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Old 01-29-08, 12:26 AM   #1
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couldn't resist new bike

Couldn't resist finding a bargain new bike today its a Kona Smoke, 06 model, for 300 Aus Dollars.

Perfect sizing and although heavy seems bomb proof to me, perfect complement to the Sutra and cant wait to pic her up

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Couldn't resist finding a bargain new bike today its a Kona Smoke, 06 model, for 300 Aus Dollars.

Perfect sizing and although heavy seems bomb proof to me, perfect complement to the Sutra and cant wait to pic her up

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That's a pretty good price. The Smoke is heavy, but it's also steel with a lot of room to upgrade if you want to lighten it. Congrats!
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Old 01-29-08, 02:42 PM   #3
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might even turn into a ss any thoughts.....
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Old 01-29-08, 09:13 PM   #4
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ok she's here, great little bike, big, heavy but nothing wrong with that its built like an iron horse and i figure it will last like one. I have already fitted my old rack to it and will get some lights etc on in the coming days, although summer time in australia doesnt warrant lights or mud guards but always good to be prepared



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ok she's here, great little bike, big, heavy but nothing wrong with that its built like an iron horse and i figure it will last like one. I have already fitted my old rack to it and will get some lights etc on in the coming days, although summer time in australia doesnt warrant lights or mud guards but always good to be prepared

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That's a really nice bike but how wet and miserable does it get, June through August? I guess if you pull it out on the really wet days it may pay for itself in......25 years

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Old 01-30-08, 04:59 AM   #6
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clearly youve never lived in melbourne the weather is poooooo
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no - last time I was in Oz I was eyeball to eyeball with a wallaby, and a short one at that. Perth only to see the relatives as far as I know.
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Is that a Jandd Expedition on the rear? It looks pretty beat up!
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That bike is beautiful! Nice buy!
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Ah Craig, you've finally got a 26' wheeled bike! I've always felt that a Kona Smoke could make an excellent expedition bike...all the ingredients are there, 26' wheels, steel frame, rear rack mounts, all you need to do is u-bolt a front rack on and you have a cracking, cheap, loaded tourer! Jealous!

Oh, and was it you that left a comment on my blog by any chance?
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That Smoke is missing the big squeezy horn. And to make it SS, you'd need a chain tensioner since the dropouts are vertical.
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yeah it was me, i also think it will make a good tourer, will have to see how strong the wheels are but i hear there pretty good.

the rack is an old tioga one that i had laying around, been through a bit of use for sure...
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first ride today on her
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Hey nice work and good price! I recommended one of those to my sis, seems like about the most practical bike for the money. Not cool enough for her though.

I found the steering a bit ordinary, how do you find the handling?

I also think it would be the best budget tourer out there, might need to replace parts after a few thousand km though.
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Hey nice work and good price! I recommended one of those to my sis, seems like about the most practical bike for the money. Not cool enough for her though.

I found the steering a bit ordinary, how do you find the handling?

I also think it would be the best budget tourer out there, might need to replace parts after a few thousand km though.

yeah for sure i posted a a few thoughts on the blog yesterday, great little tourer i think with some upgrades, im off for a week of vic rail trails as of this morning so ill let you know how i go....

plus great price yeah
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