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Old 10-27-13, 05:41 AM   #1801
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Bet you can really throw that thing into a corner--looks great.
Well, I've only ridden two motorcycles my entire life, plus a scooter or two and a moped when I was a teenager. But yeah compared to the bike I took my state required MSF course on, it handles like well a sport bike. I try not to push it too hard in the corners on the streets, what makes it fun to ride is the sport bike gearing and willing to rev engine, with a redline of 13,000 rpms. It's only a 250, so the acceleration is all 0 -60, but it's a blast getting it up there.
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Here's a replica of an 1869 Roper motorcycle.

That one could only go about 30, but his later model had a top end of around 60.


This model was built for Albert Pope owner of the Pope Bicycle Co.
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Old 10-31-13, 12:29 PM   #1803
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It's coming on winter in ME, so I'll probably not ride it much, but I am totally psyched to be back on a motorcycle, and can't believe my luck at finding a MZ at an extremely reasonable price. Fun, fun bike. Thumpers rule!
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Old 11-08-13, 03:15 PM   #1804
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After doing a ton of reading on the internet, a 83 Nighthawk 550 popped up for sale with only 6500 miles on
it. It was at a small dealer, and I went there expecting I'd buy it.

The bike is a real sweetheart, Honda did a nice job with this, and this particular one
is in great shape. It's gonna make some kid real happy.

When I got on it, the seating felt just a little small. The tops of my thighs
were parallel to the ground. I'd never had that happen before. I wasn't comfy,
and I didn't want it. My legs are quite short, I get 28 inch inseams and have to take them up.
So I didn't expect that.

He also had a 81 Suzuki GS650. That had a good riding position, but
the Honda seemed a decade ahead technologically.
Still, it's something to consider. I don't want to spend much, and that is cheap.

I sat on some cruisers, and loved the seating position on the Shadow.
Very, very comfy. But from what I read, it's way too easy to get the bike
spitting sparks in corners. I like windy country backroads full of twists and turns.

So I went there thinking I was going to get a bike, and wound up getting confused instead.
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Old 11-08-13, 06:49 PM   #1805
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After doing a ton of reading on the internet, a 83 Nighthawk 550 popped up for sale with only 6500 miles on
it. It was at a small dealer, and I went there expecting I'd buy it.

The bike is a real sweetheart, Honda did a nice job with this, and this particular one
is in great shape. It's gonna make some kid real happy.
Yeah! The ole CB550SC is a sweet bike. Twas my first bike. I found it fantastic for a new rider such as myself as it was VERY easy going low in the RPMs until about 7000. Hardly had any power and just accelerated nice and easy. I still remember the first time I ventured above 7k, look out! That thing really screamed along when you twisted it up above 7000 RPM. It's not a sport bike, but I think the 0-60 spec of 4.2 seconds isn't anything to laugh about.

It's a bike you VERY quickly outgrow as in physical size though. I bought mine in August to learn and rode it about a month before putting it away. The following year I rode a ton but by about the 2nd month of the riding season, I wanted something physically bigger. I was plenty happy with the power though, like I said, it really really went once you took it up past 7000 rpm.

I have a bunch of photos uploaded somewhere, just have no idea where they are, LOL. Best I can do from 2003....

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All things considered, there is far more idiocy in motorcycling than in bicycling, which is really rather astonishing.
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Old 11-19-13, 01:18 AM   #1807
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All things considered, there is far more idiocy in motorcycling than in bicycling, which is really rather astonishing.
Unfortunately motorcycling isn't lethal enough. Too many survivors due to the gooberment's dictation of laws for our own "safety". We'd probably be much safer if more of those idiots didn't survive their stupid antics.
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Hi UD!

Any trackdays coming up? I'm looking at doing:

Sears Point 23-Nov with Trackmasters-racing
Laguna Seca 29-Nov with NorCal Shelby Club

But nothing on the calendar for motorcycles though. Need an excuse for some new tyres...

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Old 11-19-13, 03:57 AM   #1810
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Unfortunately motorcycling isn't lethal enough. Too many survivors due to the gooberment's dictation of laws for our own "safety". We'd probably be much safer if more of those idiots didn't survive their stupid antics.
Wow, that's a pretty bold statement, do you think all motorcyclist are the type that do wheelies down the highway? To say that no motorcyclists should survive is the type of statement that could get you in trouble if you were to make that statement in the wrong place at the wrong time. But this is the internet, so I guess you might be safe.
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Hi UD!

Any trackdays coming up? I'm looking at doing:

Sears Point 23-Nov with Trackmasters-racing
Laguna Seca 29-Nov with NorCal Shelby Club

But nothing on the calendar for motorcycles though. Need an excuse for some new tyres...
No, I am done for this year. Bike is in the shop anyway. Been having issues since I low sided it a month ago (freaken gravel).
On a bright side, I have spare set of wheels now, and going to buy some race plastics so should be doing more track days next year.
Have fun in your car.
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Wow, that's a pretty bold statement, do you think all motorcyclist are the type that do wheelies down the highway? To say that no motorcyclists should survive is the type of statement that could get you in trouble if you were to make that statement in the wrong place at the wrong time. But this is the internet, so I guess you might be safe.
Lighten up dude.
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Old 11-19-13, 08:59 PM   #1813
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Wow, that's a pretty bold statement, do you think all motorcyclist are the type that do wheelies down the highway?
Nowhere did I say that "all motorcyclists are the type that do wheelies down the highway."

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To say that no motorcyclists should survive is the type of statement that could get you in trouble if you were to make that statement in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Again, it's not that black and white, all-or-nothing. I said, "Too many survivors", meaning some of the idiots who have survived would not have if it wasn't for mothering regulations.

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But this is the internet, so I guess you might be safe.
I've been riding motorcycles since 1985 and have had my share of safety-related incidents to know what I'm talking about. Going back to PCAD's original statement, we don't see many bicyclists doing this kind of stuff:

or this

It's unfortunate that being smart and group-oriented is no longer a requirement for surviving the elements, avoiding predators and passing on your genes. Mankind really may have evolved to the point where Mother Nature will have to wipe us out for her own survival...

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Started prepping for 2014 after talking with THE guy responsible for competitive race/track Ducatis. Sending the forks and rear shock off for a refresh, and saying goodbye to the OEM Brembo rotors, OEM triple clamps, and OEM rear link. Possibly adding a Microtec ECU, we'll see.



Also heading to CA Superbike School for Level 3 (I did Lvls 1 & 2 last April @ Infineon), and the Code R.A.C.E. Program in March @ Willow Springs to start my year.

The combo of the cross cycling I'm doing, the chassis changes to the bike, and the riding education should make for an awesome 2014!

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Going back to PCAD's original statement, we don't see many bicyclists doing this kind of stuff:


It's unfortunate that being smart and group-oriented is no longer a requirement for surviving the elements, avoiding predators and passing on your genes. Mankind really may have evolved to the point where Mother Nature will have to wipe us out for her own survival...
It's going to take more than shag carpet remnants to cover up that kind of idiocy.
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I've been riding motorcycles since 1985 and have had my share of safety-related incidents to know what I'm talking about. Going back to PCAD's original statement, we don't see many bicyclists doing this kind of stuff:

or this

It's unfortunate that being smart and group-oriented is no longer a requirement for surviving the elements, avoiding predators and passing on your genes. Mankind really may have evolved to the point where Mother Nature will have to wipe us out for her own survival...
Well it's not true that you don't see idiocy on bicycles a quick search of youtube turned up these:



Now I have never done either of those stupid tricks on a bicycle, nor have I ever tried to ride a wheelie down the highway on my motorcycle, are they both stupid, yes, but the stupid motorcycle trick is far more likely to be lethal.
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Well it's not true that you don't see idiocy on bicycles a quick search of youtube turned up these:



Now I have never done either of those stupid tricks on a bicycle, nor have I ever tried to ride a wheelie down the highway on my motorcycle, are they both stupid, yes, but the stupid motorcycle trick is far more likely to be lethal.
Good demonstrations of why students should study both mathematics AND physics.
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Well it's not true that you don't see idiocy on bicycles a quick search of youtube turned up these:

Now I have never done either of those stupid tricks on a bicycle, nor have I ever tried to ride a wheelie down the highway on my motorcycle, are they both stupid, yes, but the stupid motorcycle trick is far more likely to be lethal.
That was Pcad's and my statement from the beginning. With bicycle, the damage is limited due to the slow speed of the rider+bicycle package, ~150-250 lbs @ 15mph. Percentage-wise, there appears to be more idiocy on motorcycles and when mistakes are made, the damage to other riders, drivers and property is much, much greater with the 500-700 lbs missile @ +100mph. I would like to see more of those events be terminally fatal for the instigator.
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I just bought 2 bicycles this month due me possibly leaving the sport of motorcycles this coming spring. There is simply way too many angry drivers there who think speed limits signs are posted for decorations. I plan on riding my bikes as often as I can on the sidewalk. I love how sportbikes looks and the fun of the sun and wind on a warm day but I am slowly heading out the door with the sport.
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I just bought 2 bicycles this month due me possibly leaving the sport of motorcycles this coming spring. There is simply way too many angry drivers there who think speed limits signs are posted for decorations. I plan on riding my bikes as often as I can on the sidewalk. I love how sportbikes looks and the fun of the sun and wind on a warm day but I am slowly heading out the door with the sport.
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Beautiful [motor]bike!

Now how about pics of your bicycles? And why ride on the sidewalk? Do you not have the option of riding sidestreets to avoid the busier roads?
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Bet you can really throw that thing into a corner--looks great.
Love the Ninjette, though a bit tall for one unfortunately. Nothing like thrashing a 250 bike and being able to really use all the throttle.

I should ride my WR250X more.
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Now how about pics of your bicycles? And why ride on the sidewalk? Do you not have the option of riding sidestreets to avoid the busier roads?
In my city its legal to ride on the sidewalks as longs as its not the business area. I don't feel comfortable on the busy roads with bicycle gear- the helmets feels like nothing and compared to Motorcycle gear its just too sparse. So its sidestreets riding for me.

Here is my new bike I got last week. Love it- Tried many bikes and the Giant Escape line fits the best for me, stretched out more than the others and gave me more leverage to pedal the hills. I have a Cannondale Hooligan on order, its suppose to be here in March. Its goofy looking and that's fine by me.
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