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Old 06-06-09, 04:58 PM   #351
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I wear an iPod shuffle when I ride, I crank the windscreen up at higher speeds like on the highway when the wind noise levels get worse. The helmet makes considerably less noise with the shield up (how I typically ride) than with it down, that was also true of my old Nolan. The new model really is much nicer. I wonder how much different the N103 is?
I've thought about getting some nice sound-isolating earbuds for riding, but at the moment it's earplugs. The windscreen is really good at diverting the wind directly into my face (small bike, tall rider), so I don't really have a choice in the matter, if I want to continue to hear.

Interesting that your helmet is quieter when open.
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[QUOTE=patentcad;9054139]First bike, big, heavy, dangerous, I knew that, /QUOTE]

I had my Goldwing for all of five weeks before I took the practical test and passed on the first try. I couldn't wait two months for the MSF course. I honestly think that having a tandem played a big role in how quickly I was able to toss around that 800+lb bike at low speeds. Anyone can whip a bike around an on-ramp at 100, but it's much harder to do the slow speed U-turn.

This would already be considered an old shot, since I replaced the bars, threw some black shocks on, and only use the sissy bar/backrest when Tricia is with me. Time to invest in some baffles too.

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I wear earplugs. I didn't used to, but when I started doing track schools I found that I got less flustered by a loud bike passing my RZ350 when I had ear plugs in. I could just concentrate on my line. Then I used them on a tour and found that I was much less tired and beat up when I got to the end of the day. Now I wear them for everything except trials riding (which is slow, so there is no wind noise, and the bikes are quiet too). Besides making rides less tiring, earplugs help save your hearing.
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I wear earplugs on my cruiser (Yam Road Star) for many of the reasons ericm979 mentioned even though I added quieter baffles (in V&H Longshots). That said, I would miss the Milwaukee-esque rumble in town. Only wear the plugs on the highway.

Seeing pcad's ST and his nice summary has me thinking of going back to a sport tourer. Would appreciate the EFI and electronic cruise. I had a 92 Honda Pacific Coast but there wasn't much available for aftermarket seats at the time. Plus I must be long in the torso cuz I got helmet buffeting even with the taller optional windshield.

I do love the versatility a dresser offers. Despite the R* being bleepin' heavy (~800lbs) it handles remarkably well and practically drives itself on the highway.
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I wear earplugs. I didn't used to, but when I started doing track schools I found that I got less flustered by a loud bike passing my RZ350 when I had ear plugs in. I could just concentrate on my line. Then I used them on a tour and found that I was much less tired and beat up when I got to the end of the day. Now I wear them for everything except trials riding (which is slow, so there is no wind noise, and the bikes are quiet too). Besides making rides less tiring, earplugs help save your hearing.

I always wear earplugs......I need/enjoy hearing air and quite mechanical
noises....
But, more importantly, thats just unsavorly rude to come into a bike thread,
say you have an RZ, and not post up a pic. wtf ?



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What? What?

I just got back from a 3 hour evening ride that included plenty of twisty turns between my house and the canyon above Sundance resort, one deer sighting where we stared each other down, and a quick stop to load up on sushi. Now I'm back home in my office, and my girlfriend has a bunch of friends over, for an adult novelty party.

My evening promises to get even better.
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The ST doesn't have electronic cruise, a major oversight on Honda's part that everybody in the ST community has griped about for many years. I have a Throttle Meister aka White Trash Cruise Control, and it works just fine for my needs. But a factory electronic unit would be nice. The Wing has it. Let's hope the next ST has it too. Duh. It's a pricey touring bike (latest 2009 MSRP is up to over $17K with ABS, don't ask me who's buying it at that price).

WhatEVER. The bike has what I want.
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I was surprised that my Suzuki doesn't have self-canceling turn signals, but the Harley does.
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The ST doesn't have electronic cruise, a major oversight on Honda's part that everybody in the ST community has griped about for many years. I have a Throttle Meister aka White Trash Cruise Control, and it works just fine for my needs. But a factory electronic unit would be nice. The Wing has it. Let's hope the next ST has it too. Duh. It's a pricey touring bike (latest 2009 MSRP is up to over $17K with ABS, don't ask me who's buying it at that price).

WhatEVER. The bike has what I want.
My bad. That's what I get for assuming.

$17k is still cheaper than most HD's & beemers.

I have the brakeaway throttle lock for my R*, one of several Fredlike additions. It's pricey and looks good. It's low tech. It works.
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But, more importantly, thats just unsavorly rude to come into a bike thread,
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$17k is still cheaper than most HD's & beemers.
There are at least a dozen new Harley models under $17k. Of course, that's still cheaper than the Goldwing, but you don't get the 300,000 mile warranty either.
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I prefer AGV helmets. Lots of features and colorful designs. Valintino Rossi wears them and the schemes they come up with for him are from another planet.










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I can't stay off mine. The Dr is a great "do everything" bike.
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Who rides a bike 300,000 miles? I ride fairly often and in 5 years the bike has 14,000 miles.
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Who rides a bike 300,000 miles? I ride fairly often and in 5 years the bike has 14,000 miles.
Go to a BMW or Goldwing riders club meet
Sort of like those Winnabego traveling ppl.......

I went to a Goldwing meet once just out of curiosity and it was a real
awakening as to what 'real' riding was .....maybe not 150mph on the
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like being pulled out of a mud hole by a burro in Mexico, going by
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My ass gets sore just thinking of riding a motorcycle 300,000 miles.
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Who rides a bike 300,000 miles? I ride fairly often and in 5 years the bike has 14,000 miles.
Apparently, you don't ride "fairly often" if you only rode 14,000 miles in five years. During our short Utah riding season, I'll easily put 5-6k on my bike. Even if that means riding to work in 22 degree weather.

The 300,000 mile Goldwing warranty is a seven year warranty.
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Go to a BMW or Goldwing riders club meet
Sort of like those Winnabego traveling ppl.......

I went to a Goldwing meet once just out of curiosity and it was a real
awakening as to what 'real' riding was .....maybe not 150mph on the
back wheel, or throwing sparx off your pegs, but most of these guys
had scrap books about where they went with their 'Wings at 50k,
75k, 100k, 150k etc etc.....they had pix of the bikes in situations
like being pulled out of a mud hole by a burro in Mexico, going by
10' snow banks in Alaska, etc, crazy, crazy stuff !!!
I met a guy who retired from Ford in a parking lot of some unknown shopping mall some place I dont recall on his 'Wing.

He was like an 1800's cowboy just riding around the country and stopping where the weather was good.

This whole "getting up and going to work everyday" is way over rated.
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That reminds me of a bit more touring bike insanity. My Goldwing had something that was incredibly low-tech, yet still surprised everyone that noticed it. A trailer hitch.
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Apparently, you don't ride "fairly often" if you only rode 14,000 miles in five years.
Short trips.
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Short trips.
Like going for pizza short? What's the fun in that? A short trip for me would be around the lake and back, something that can be done in 3-4 hours. Not something that could be done on a Vespa.
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Like going for pizza short? What's the fun in that? A short trip for me would be around the lake and back, something that can be done in 3-4 hours. Not something that could be done on a Vespa.
I hope that all works out for you. Don't crash.
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I hope that all works out for you. Don't crash.
Hey, you're the one that said you ride often, yet average less than 250 miles per month. At that rate, your ST may indeed last until you're 70. My last two bikes were bought used, both 2 years old. One had under 4k on it, the other, only 2k. I don't understand why people buy motorcycles and then not ride them. If your ST is so great, why not put some real miles on it? That's why you bought it, right?
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Hey, you're the one that said you ride often, yet average less than 250 miles per month. At that rate, your ST may indeed last until you're 70. My last two bikes were bought used, both 2 years old. One had under 4k on it, the other, only 2k. I don't understand why people buy motorcycles and then not ride them. If your ST is so great, why not put some real miles on it? That's why you bought it, right?
I put real miles on my road bicycle. Long motorcycle rides are for bigger idiots than me. But I do ride often, which is no claim of mileage. I'd say I'm on that motorcycle an average of 4 days weekly for some miles from May through October. I don't have a regular commute, or I'd do more miles. I went out for a 60+ mile fun ride today, took about 2 hours (a couple of scenic stops of course). It was EXCELLENT.
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I do love motorcycling, even though my riding is light by any serious biker standard. Nothing like it at all. I'll probably have a bike until I'm too old to ride them.
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