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Old 07-05-12, 07:04 PM   #26
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I had a 75 CB400F, all red.
First time I saw that bike I was sure I had to have one. Somehow I never got around to it. Still love them though.
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Old 07-05-12, 09:02 PM   #27
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My Honda 400F was red also. Sweet little bike!

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The last one I saw had been converted to a cafe racer.

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Old 07-05-12, 09:37 PM   #28
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Never got into motorcycles, when I was in my late teens, I had one friend killed blah blah blah.
When I was 15, the entire family across the street was killed in a car accident. They ran into fog on the highway, slowed down and got hit by a semi truck going 70 mph.

If I'd followed your line of thinking I'd have stuck to motorcycles only for the rest of my life.

The lesson here is not to avoid a particular mode of transportation, it's to not ride like a knob like your friends did, or to pay attention like my neighbors didn't.
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Old 07-06-12, 05:43 AM   #29
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Had a Cushman Eagle when in High School. Was used when I got it. Got rid of it in 1967, wish I still had it.
This is not mine, just wanted to post a pic of one for anyone not familiar with it...

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Old 07-06-12, 05:48 AM   #30
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The lesson here is not to avoid a particular mode of transportation, it's to not ride like a knob like your friends did, or to pay attention like my neighbors didn't.
Here in CT (a non-helmet state) my favorites are the idiot Harley riders who don't wear a helmet or the idiot young Japanese sport bike riders who ride sans helmets and in shorts & T-shirts as a former MSF instructor I'm always amazed.
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Old 07-06-12, 05:54 AM   #31
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Surfmonkey,
That picture of a "Cushman" has a Harley motor stuck in the frame, not sure that was a factory option!

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Old 07-06-12, 06:27 AM   #32
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CT is a no helmet state!?! That's just stupid in my opinion.
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Florida is too Mikey. Used to have a helmet law but the activist and Riders' rights groups got it repealed in 2000. Pretty dumb move to me. Deaths went way up almost immediately. I will not ride a motorcycle one foot without a helmet. Too many friends got killed or hurt when I was a teenager starting out.
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I will not ride a motorcycle one foot without a helmet.
Once, when my motorcycle lost traction in a low speed turn, I remember as I fell, suddenly, I was aware the my field of view was shifting around. I realized I had my helmet on and it was moving in relation to my head. "That's cool." I thought to myself. It didn't prevent any catastrophic injury, but I'm willing to bet that my face would have resembled hamburger, getting dragged along the asphalt that way.
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I still think the CB400F may be the best looking motorcycle ever. Clean, simple, classic lines.
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I still think the CB400F may be the best looking motorcycle ever. Clean, simple, classic lines.
100% in agreement. You can still find decent examples for sale too. Much to my wife's chagrin.
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Old 07-06-12, 09:54 AM   #37
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Started with a CT90, then
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now back to the CT90. I really like the CT90. It's slow but very economical and will climb over and thru lots of obstacles. Problem is I have no time to ride it. If I ride it I don't ride my bike. So the CT90 has been sitting for a couple of years now. Guess I should sell it.
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Here in CT (a non-helmet state) my favorites are the idiot Harley riders who don't wear a helmet or the idiot young Japanese sport bike riders who ride sans helmets and in shorts & T-shirts as a former MSF instructor I'm always amazed.

Just remember, for every one of those you see there are 20 equally stupid people driving cars.
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Old 07-06-12, 10:00 AM   #39
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Respectfully disagree....this is the best looking motorcycle ever IMO.

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that Cushman rig in #29 is a hoot .. they normally have a Briggs And Stratton
simple garden tractor, low rpm single piston engine in them,
not one out of a Harley Sportster..

next : Rocket powered Vespas..
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Old 07-06-12, 12:03 PM   #41
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Just remember, for every one of those you see there are 20 equally stupid people driving cars.
This does not make me feel better. Are there 20 equally stupid people people riding bicycles?
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Old 07-06-12, 01:22 PM   #42
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Respectfully disagree....this is the best looking motorcycle ever IMO.

Absolutely, positively agree. Especially since I have one.
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Absolutely, positively agree. Especially since I have one.
This is the one I sold to buy an '02 998S Bayliss WSB Replica #315. Sadly ended up having to sell it and now own a '05 SS1000DS.
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This is the one I sold to buy an '02 998S Bayliss WSB Replica #315. Sadly ended up having to sell it and now own a '05 SS1000DS.

Mine is a 996. Same body, different motor. Still fast enough to scare the bejeezus out of me.

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Respectfully disagree....this is the best looking motorcycle ever IMO.

While the Modern Ducati is a thing of beauty I would say that there are two classic bikes that are definitely better looking.

Norton Commando "John Player Norton"


Ducati Mike Hailwood Replica
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Old 07-06-12, 07:42 PM   #46
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While the Modern Ducati is a thing of beauty I would say that there are two classic bikes that are definitely better looking.

Norton Commando "John Player Norton"

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Ducati Mike Hailwood Replica


This http://www.motorcyclespecs.co.za/mod...750ss%2074.htm is the Ducati classic along with the 916. At least on my Ducati list and with my Ducati friends.
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The early Ducatis were very cool. I was never keen on the valve train though. Never trust a valve without a spring.
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This http://www.motorcyclespecs.co.za/mod...750ss%2074.htm is the Ducati classic along with the 916. At least on my Ducati list and with my Ducati friends.
I bought a roundcase 750SS brand new in '75 and was driven to roadrace it. I've had many bikes but the 750SS will always be first on my list. Traded my first one for a newer 900SS and then had the opportunity to purchase another in '79 which was auctioned on Ebay a few years ago. Got so pricey I couldn't afford to keep it.
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This http://www.motorcyclespecs.co.za/mod...750ss%2074.htm is the Ducati classic along with the 916. At least on my Ducati list and with my Ducati friends.
Yes the 750 Sport, 750SS and 900SS are uniquely Ducati, better handling and faster than the heavier MHR but to me the body work and the paint scheme of the MHR are just heart stopping.
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When I was 15, the entire family across the street was killed in a car accident. They ran into fog on the highway, slowed down and got hit by a semi truck going 70 mph.

If I'd followed your line of thinking I'd have stuck to motorcycles only for the rest of my life.

The lesson here is not to avoid a particular mode of transportation, it's to not ride like a knob like your friends did, or to pay attention like my neighbors didn't.
It made me change my mind for a few years, then it got too expensive to insure. These days it costs an arm and a leg to get car insurance, MC insurance is both arms, both legs and first born male child. My Brother-in-law parked his motorcycle because of insurance costs at least one year.
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