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Old 03-19-09, 07:34 AM   #51
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Damn crotch rockets, I'd never own one of those death traps!!!!
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Damn crotch rockets, I'd never own one of those death traps!!!!
I think MTV and youth oriented media helped push the Sportbike culture to were it
is today. For a street application, there really isnt a worse bike one can use, but,
they look cool and you get an intense rush winding up on the straights, so this has
become the new standard in determining a bikes worth. I have seen sooooo many
people get miles under thier belt and then move on to the dreaded Harley or
BMW type 'olde mans' bike because the reality is that they are soooo much more
enjoyable to ride on public roads for long periods of time
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I think MTV and youth oriented media helped push the Sportbike culture to were it
is today. For a street application, there really isnt a worse bike one can use, but,
they look cool and you get an intense rush winding up on the straights, so this has
become the new standard in determining a bikes worth. I have seen sooooo many
people get miles under thier belt and then move on to the dreaded Harley or
BMW type 'olde mans' bike because the reality is that they are soooo much more
enjoyable to ride on public roads for long periods of time
Actually I went from cruisers to crotch rockets. I had a shadow 600, shadow 1100, yamaha warrior 1700, kawazaki zx600, kawasaki zx6r, and then the kawasaki zx14 that I have now. The zx14 is by far the most comfortable bike I have ever ridden besides a goldwing. It's amazing how comfortable this bike is. It's "sorta" fast too.

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Heres my DR while it still looked new, pre-knobbies and being set up for Dual Sport events.
Out of the 20 or so bikes Ive owned, this was by far and away the most fun
You know you will be riding if you come to the west ...



When are you getting supermoto wheels on your DR?
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BMW type 'olde mans' bike because
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I may be old, but at least I'm not fat. Well, I'm fat, but at least I'm not stupid. Well, I'm on BF, so that's debatable, but at least I still have my house in this economy.

I think I just jinxed myself.
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Actually I went from cruisers to crotch rockets. I had a shadow 600, shadow 1100, yamaha warrior 1700, kawazaki zx600, kawasaki zx6r, and then the kawasaki zx14 that I have now. The zx14 is by far the most comfortable bike I have ever ridden besides a goldwing. It's amazing how comfortable this bike is. It's "sorta" fast too.
Ive had a few too...a YZF600 which I really liked ! An old Honda RR900...ROCKETSHIP !
Very scary...Realistically, I could ride the 600 much faster. And, recently, the last
year they made the ZX-9 Kawi. Very nice motor, but then a curve came along........

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You know you will be riding if you come to the west ...

[IMG]http://preowned.santafebmwmotorcycles.com/uploaded/54_lg.jpg[IMG]

When are you getting supermoto wheels on your DR?
You promise !!! I love that bike !!!! IVe ridden with people who have put them
in places you would not believe !! Do a search on adventurerider.com !!!
For the DR, I actually prefer the 21" frontee on the street. I think its more out
of familiarity, but the way it turns in on twisty roads at speed is a liitle more
predictable to me. Doing full lock powerslides on backroad pavement with slick,
new knobbies is too cool for words, too

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Fighting words ...

No...I love these bikes ! I meant when people are actually into riding for
the sake of riding and sightseeing, etc, this is where they end up.....
No fighting intended
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Hey Lem ... google Emilio Scotto

Is not the bike ... is the pilot.

The GS is easier than the Goldwing.
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Ohh can I play? Here's my bike, it's a 2006 Triumph Thruxton



I've gotten 6k miles on it now and loving it more every day! Definetly recommend MSF courses.
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The OP reminds me of buying the Sportster that I have now. My current wife was REALLY against the idea. After months of preparing her for the fact that I was going to buy one we were at my parent's one night and the issue came up. Her eyes got as big around as saucers, she knew she had me. You see, my parents are the epitome of overly-safe and conservative. However, she didn't know that my dad taught me to ride and we had both had bikes and rode together the last few years I lived at home. BACKFIRE!

To please your parents take the MSF safety course. It will also help on insurance and in some states substitute for the test for a motorcycle endorsement on your license.

Beyond that be very careful and be a little paranoid when riding. Ride as if everyone is out to get you.
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That goes for human powered two wheelers also
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The only reason I survived my first five years of motorcycling is because I had 15+ previous years experience as a road cyclist target for the cagers. I was already familiar with avoiding them. By the way, if you see some kid driving a car with a backwards or sideways ball cap, they're an idiot. If they can't even put a cap on straight, count on them being unable to drive their car.
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By the way, if you see some kid driving a car with a backwards or sideways ball cap, they're an idiot. If they can't even put a cap on straight, count on them being unable to drive their car.
This also holds true if they're wearing a hooded sweater with the hood on. Doubly so if they're wearing big can headphones.
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I've gotten 6k miles on it now and loving it more every day! Definetly recommend MSF courses.

It just doesnt get any more beautiful than this !

Awesome !
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the only reason i survived my first five years of motorcycling is because i had 15+ previous years experience as a road cyclist target for the cagers. I was already familiar with avoiding them. By the way, if you see some kid driving a car with a backwards or sideways ball cap, they're an idiot. If they can't even put a cap on straight, count on them being unable to drive their car.
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I'll take this as confirmation that putting a ball cap on straight exceeds your sophomoric capabilities.
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Here's a couple more good ones...

Over 100mph off the final corner...

I love this shot, coming off the backstretch at speed. Woooo Whooo!
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Nice

Scary, but nice !
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Bikes, love bikes

Here are my current ones





Here is a shot of one I sold a couple of years ago. You know that feelng you get when you watch the new owner ride off..The feeling, "WHY DID I SELL THAT BIKE". That feeling has never left me, daymn... My Norton rat, it started life with me as a Norton Interstate.
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Waa?

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Con, what is up with the front brake on the Norton? Is is a solid disc with an unusual wear pattern?
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And let's get this whole "250 is a noob's bike" crap out of the way. You'll only need to sell it in 2 or 3 months if you are compensating for a very small penis. I've put over 27k miles on ninja 250s and am still happy with them. I wish I still had my first one, but the neighbor ran it over so I had to get another
Another thing to look at is old UJMs. I own 2, a 79 Suzuki GS550 and an 84 Yamaha Maxxim 550. Damn near identical (thus Universal). Heavy and underpowered by today's standards - IIRC ~50hp and 450lbs. The two bikes cost me a grand total of $300. $300 for the GS which needed a new battery and a tune, free for the Yamaha which was a basket case (with fresh paint though lol)
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although I don't own a bike ( my friends talked me out of it last summer) i have crashed one...it sucks..and it hurts......and that was without getting run over by another car or truck...hitting the pavement sucks enough...but i completely understand the alure of motorcycles...for all the accidents i've been to at work, my crash, and seeing my friend messed up from a crash ( hes fine now thank god) I have to say..there is still something inside me screaming "GET ONE!!!".


On a side note + 1 on the enduro's thats what I was looking at, then found out what a supermoto was and fell in love

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Con, what is up with the front brake on the Norton? Is is a solid disc with an unusual wear pattern?
It is a stock, solid, warped disc, One of Norton’s first. It really does not stop you, it just kinda slows you. There are a number of upgrades that can be done to improve it, I never got around to those, or a hundred other upgrades it needed as part of the restoration.
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