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    If you're riding on tight twisty roads, a 250 will probably do better than a liter bike (ridden by someone of equivalent skills/experience). Big open roads or freeways are a different story of course.
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    Quote Originally Posted by msincredible View Post
    If you're riding on tight twisty roads, a 250 will probably do better than a liter bike (ridden by someone of equivalent skills/experience). Big open roads or freeways are a different story of course.
    I'd like to think that my tandem MTB skills helped me adapt to a 1.8 liter bike in the twisties, but I suppose most of the credit goes to Honda engineers.

    On that note, we're considering another Goldwing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ModoVincere View Post
    depends on what you ride. I've actually looked at getting a little 250 for commuting on. They supposedly get around 75-80 mpg.
    If I were to buy a 250 cc street bike today, there would be only one choice: the Suzuki TU-250.

    PS: My Aprilia Scarabeo 500 maxi-scooter gets around 60-65 MPG for my commute.
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    Quote Originally Posted by x136 View Post
    I disagree. A Ninja 250 is lightweight and with enough power to get you in plenty of trouble. Especially in the mountains where riding is fun. It's getting closer to reaching its limits on the freeway, though it's still perfectly capable of sitting in the fast lane all day if you're so inclined. But freeway riding is dreadfully boring.

    Also, 60-70 MPG and $50 a year to insure. If it's a toy, it's a cheap one.
    Ok...I should have said, "a toy in comparison to a 1 liter or more".

    Man, some people take their dinosaur powered bikes seriously.

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    Quote Originally Posted by x136 View Post
    Also, 60-70 MPG and $50 a year to insure. If it's a toy, it's a cheap one.
    It's that cheap to insure if you're not 19.

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    Quote Originally Posted by x136 View Post
    But that's okay, because 19 year olds ride GSX-Rs anyway.
    I spoke to an ex-cop (my wife and I had my ex and her husband over for dinner) and he was telling me that pulling over younger guys on sport bikes was a sure thing. They usually had either no license, or no motorcycle license, and no insurance. The fact that they are many times unregistered was also a bonus. If you are young and on a sport bike, the odds are stacked against you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by msincredible View Post
    If you're riding on tight twisty roads, a 250 will probably do better than a liter bike (ridden by someone of equivalent skills/experience). Big open roads or freeways are a different story of course.
    So True. There is a guy in Santa Cruz mountains that rides 250 by choice (you might know him), he can ride circles around most everyone up there.
    I see hills.... Bring them on!!!
    Stay calm and bring a towel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by UmneyDurak View Post
    So True. There is a guy in Santa Cruz mountains that rides 250 by choice (you might know him), he can ride circles around most everyone up there.
    I've always wanted to ride my Honda Rebel to Santa Cruz. Highway 17 makes me a t***** nervous though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aadhils View Post
    I've always wanted to ride my Honda Rebel to Santa Cruz. Highway 17 makes me a t***** nervous though.
    Why would you take 17 there are so many other funner ways of getting there!
    I see hills.... Bring them on!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by aadhils View Post
    I've always wanted to ride my Honda Rebel to Santa Cruz. Highway 17 makes me a t***** nervous though.
    I've ridden all around these mountains and the rest of the bay area and I haven't ridden on 17, no interest in doing so. I've never seen so much bad driving in one place as on there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by UmneyDurak View Post
    Why would you take 17 there are so many other funner ways of getting there!
    Hmmm...actually I never really thought about an alternate route. Time to start browsing Google Maps!

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    Quote Originally Posted by aadhils View Post
    Hmmm...actually I never really thought about an alternate route. Time to start browsing Google Maps!
    Lots of good options but be aware that there are currently some road closures on 9 between Felton and Santa Cruz.
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    Quote Originally Posted by msincredible View Post
    Lots of good options but be aware that there are currently some road closures on 9 between Felton and Santa Cruz.
    Good to know. Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by x136 View Post
    Yeah, 17 isn't the most exciting road in the area. It always feels like a commute, even if you aren't.

    The only time it was exciting was several years ago when I was driving 17:
    a) For the first time.
    b) In the second-heaviest rain I've ever seen.
    c) At night.
    d) In my 1985 Buick Skylark, with its 80 HP wunderengine and 3-speed slushomatic. It was giving all it had (cap'n), and I was managing about 40 MPH up some of the slopes.

    But that's not the same kind of excitement.
    Haha, my main reason for going into the mountains is for photography. Options are always nice

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    Quote Originally Posted by aadhils View Post
    Haha, my main reason for going into the mountains is for photography. Options are always nice
    Great excuse to explore the mountains.
    I see hills.... Bring them on!!!
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    Another motorcyclist commits suicide. That's the fourth motorcyclist killed without automotive assistance up here in two weeks.

    Do us all a favor. Don't worry about the cagers you idiots. Just try not to ride into the weeds or a guardrail at high speed. You know, I'm starting to think motorcycling has more imbeciles than cycling. And that's saying something right there.

    I do both. Let that be your guide.

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    I sold my motorcycle last spring for a mountain bike. All I can say is it was the best decision ever. I mean motorcycles are awesome, but there's still too many cars on the road for me. Once gas hits $5/gallon I'll buy one again. I've owned two motorcycles in my short life and I can honestly say they are one of the most enjoyable things ever. My first was a Yamaha 600XT(dual-sport), really smooth ride, and lots of low end power. If I ever do get another motorcycle, it will be a dual-sport. I'm good with my bicycles for now. At least with bicycles, I can afford the best of both worlds, on and off road.


    Quote Originally Posted by x136 View Post
    But that's okay, because 19 year olds ride GSX-Rs anyway.

    And by that logic, all old people ride harley's. AmIrite?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Motman320 View Post
    And by that logic, all old people ride harley's. AmIrite?
    Of course not. Our own patentcad rides a tank on two wheels, that is not a harley.
    I see hills.... Bring them on!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by UmneyDurak View Post
    Of course not. Our own patentcad rides a tank on two wheels, that is not a harley.
    If you even had a glimmer of what you were talking about, you still wouldn't.

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    Quote Originally Posted by patentcad View Post
    If you even had a glimmer of what you were talking about, you still wouldn't.

    Lazyboy with wheels?
    I see hills.... Bring them on!!!
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    Thought I would share my newest ride. '07 FZ1 that I picked up about 2.5 weeks ago with 4300 miles. It now has 5300 miles and a growing list of modifications. Love the bike. It's very comfortable, very smooth, and VERY fast!

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    Quote Originally Posted by patentcad View Post
    You know, I'm starting to think motorcycling has more imbeciles than cycling. And that's saying something right there.
    I think you're right about that. The potential for self inflicted damage is a lot higher with motorcycles too, regardless if it's due to youth and overexuberance or old age and diminished skills/reflexes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by UmneyDurak View Post
    Lazyboy with wheels?
    More like a cross between a crotch rocket, a barco lounger, and an all weather fighter.




    In other words, the perfect motorcycle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by no motor? View Post
    I think you're right about that. The potential for self inflicted damage is a lot higher with motorcycles too, regardless if it's due to youth and overexuberance or old age and diminished skills/reflexes.
    Unfortunately, Darwin isn't working fast or severe enough to cull the idiots amongst motorcyclists...

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