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Old 04-30-13, 11:45 AM   #1751
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I did the Tulip Ride this weekend. I'm in a lot of the photos. (I'm easy to spot, bright orange with the ears on the helmet. The other guy in bright orange was also riding in our little group.)
Is that Katee Sackhoff posing next to you? I should have done this ride!

PS: I think I see Tricia Helfer, too!

PPS: I am just kicking myself for missing this. It was last Saturday.

PPPS: Notsofastlane, let me know next year and I would be happy to ride with you. We can be all representin' Everett and such like.

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Old 04-30-13, 01:59 PM   #1752
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It's fascinating that after 12 model years here in the US, the ST1300 is STILL arguably the best sport touring bike on the market. Why do I say this? Smoothness (smoothest engine in its class by far). Best wind protection/rider comfort in its class. Honda quality. Proven long term reliability. Still quite powerful and tossable, the largest fuel capacity of any production motorcycle (7.6 gallons). Some newer sport touring bikes may be superior in terms of gadgetry/performance/handling; but I don't think those factors are as critical on a sport tourer as rider comfort and ergos, smoothness. Newsflash: once you're in to hour 3 of any m/c ride it's not how fast the bike is 0-60 or how well it corners, it's whether your ass is sore or not. That being said, the stock ST seat blows, everybody I know that has had an ST long term upgrades the seat first; I've had a Sargent seat on my bike since 2004.

The only way I trade this bike is if Honda comes out with a new ST and blows me away with how cool it is. At that point, it's bound to be a pricey bike in the $20K range. We're all still waiting.
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Yes, Tricia Helfer and Katie Sackoff both joined us this year.

As for the ST, it's a great bike, but I like smaller, lighter machines. I loved my Pacific Coast (and would still have it if it weren't totalled). I am thinking I might get a NT-700V some day. With a few relatively inexpensive upgrades, it can be a fully capable touring bike that's also a great day to day commuter (when I'm not on my bicycle).
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Yes, Tricia Helfer and Katie Sackoff both joined us this year.

As for the ST, it's a great bike, but I like smaller, lighter machines. I loved my Pacific Coast (and would still have it if it weren't totalled). I am thinking I might get a NT-700V some day. With a few relatively inexpensive upgrades, it can be a fully capable touring bike that's also a great day to day commuter (when I'm not on my bicycle).
Don't forget the Suzuki DL650: the Wee Strom! A great daily driver that can also be used for touring. It has quite a following and is not overly heavy, although it does have a high center of gravity.
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Yes, Tricia Helfer and Katie Sackoff both joined us this year.

As for the ST, it's a great bike, but I like smaller, lighter machines. I loved my Pacific Coast (and would still have it if it weren't totalled). I am thinking I might get a NT-700V some day. With a few relatively inexpensive upgrades, it can be a fully capable touring bike that's also a great day to day commuter (when I'm not on my bicycle).
I've ridden lighter bikes. I like them ok, but if I'm going to have one bike, particularly one that I may ride on the highway, the extra heft is key to stability @ 80mph, particularly on windy days. At that point the question is how tossable your 600lb+ motorcycle is, and the ST is very nimble.
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I've ridden lighter bikes. I like them ok, but if I'm going to have one bike, particularly one that I may ride on the highway, the extra heft is key to stability @ 80mph, particularly on windy days. At that point the question is how tossable your 600lb+ motorcycle is, and the ST is very nimble.
Yeah, but can you do THIS on an ST?


The 360 at 1:43 is simply amazing, barely wider than the length of the bike!!!
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Old 05-09-13, 12:31 AM   #1758
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Yeah, but can you do THIS on an ST?
Um, it's not that nimble.
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Old 05-14-13, 03:40 PM   #1759
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Notsofastlane, I posted a message in PNW Riders about the 7/13/13 Angel Ride for Hospice leaving out of Smokey Point.
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Old 05-14-13, 10:50 PM   #1760
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I do like that new revamped FJR 1300.

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Old 05-23-13, 08:38 AM   #1761
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Well, I finished painting the track back last night, and got the numbers on it. All that's left is to drill the exhaust mounting bolt for safety wire, and get the Dzus fasteners installed on the belly pan (I'll do that at the track friday). I'm ready to go racing!
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Old 05-23-13, 04:52 PM   #1762
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+1 on the ST. Wish I had one
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Well, I finished painting the track back last night, and got the numbers on it. All that's left is to drill the exhaust mounting bolt for safety wire, and get the Dzus fasteners installed on the belly pan (I'll do that at the track friday). I'm ready to go racing!
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Old 05-23-13, 06:27 PM   #1765
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Old 05-25-13, 08:52 PM   #1766
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I'm tempted to get an Honda Grom. It's only $3k msrp!

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^^^ Isn't that interesting? I wonder what a sustainable top speed is for it? You clearly can't take it on the freeway, but would it go on surface arterials, I wonder?
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^^^ Isn't that interesting? I wonder what a sustainable top speed is for it? You clearly can't take it on the freeway, but would it go on surface arterials, I wonder?
They say the top speed is around 65mph. I cannot get an accurate idea of the fuel mileage. I hear 70mpg and then I also hear 120-130mpg. I'm leaning towards the latter.
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That Grom looks like a blast. I did a track day friday at The Ridge Motorsports Park in Sheldon. I was planning on racing this weekend too, but the track was way too wet for me. Not that most of the local crazies let that stop them!

I did grind off a good bit of my footpegs...need to get rearsets, stat!
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They say the top speed is around 65mph. I cannot get an accurate idea of the fuel mileage. I hear 70mpg and then I also hear 120-130mpg. I'm leaning towards the latter.
a Rebel 250 gets about 70mpg while some 50cc scooters are in the 90-100mpg range. I'd expect something between the two, maybe 85-95 mpg?
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Except that scooters have sucky intake & induction systems, not meant for power nor efficiency.

The Grom is fuel-injected 125cc while the Rebel is 250cc with carburetor. Grom has 9hp vs Rebel's 16hp, almost a linear-scaling with engine-size. Additional 15-years of development eeked out another 15% or so extra power. My wife's CB125TT (carbs) gets 100-120mpg, depending upon the terrain and throttle-handedness. So it's not unlikely the Grom can get 120-130mpg.

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Old 06-01-13, 03:42 PM   #1772
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As far as fuel economy goes the BMW F"650"GS does 100+mpg real world, that's a 70hp full size bike.
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After the Round2 washout, round 3 is this weekend. I should have two races sunday! Fear my ninja two-fiddy!

Any peeps in the Puget sound area, come on out to Pacific Raceways in Kent (my particular races are at 10:30 and 2:30) and watch the fun!
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