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Old 12-23-13, 12:00 PM   #1826
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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.
Nice Giant. Adding a rack? The Hooligan is indeed a goofy looking bike. Thought it was a folder at first. What will you use it for over the Giant?

I should sell my Road Star. Only put maybe 200 miles on last season. And I could use more room in the garage. But it's paid for so...
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Old 12-23-13, 12:24 PM   #1827
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The Hooligan is indeed a goofy looking bike. Thought it was a folder at first.
Love the Hooligan -- cbr9926, you getting the basic derailleur version or the sick 3sp?

The MZ did not get much use this year seeing as how I got a great deal on it heading into Winter. Can't wait for warm temps in the Spring to really get some riding in.
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I should sell my Road Star. Only put maybe 200 miles on last season. And I could use more room in the garage. But it's paid for so...
200 miles? Is that your only motorcycle? I sold mine when my mileage dropped to 3,000 for the year. I felt like I wasn't riding enough to keep my edge and didn't want to find out I wasn't.
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Love the Hooligan -- cbr9926, you getting the basic derailleur version or the sick 3sp?

The MZ did not get much use this year seeing as how I got a great deal on it heading into Winter. Can't wait for warm temps in the Spring to really get some riding in.
I got the only Hooligan version for 2014. http://www.cannondale.com/catalog/pr.../category/935/ the 3 sp.
Winter is repulsive! My Hooligan is showing up in March just in time.
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Nice Giant. Adding a rack? The Hooligan is indeed a goofy looking bike. Thought it was a folder at first. What will you use it for over the Giant?

I should sell my Road Star. Only put maybe 200 miles on last season. And I could use more room in the garage. But it's paid for so...
I don't like how racks look at all. So will just use a backpack. The Hooligan is just for kicks and laughs for around town. I understand about not selling a paid off bike cause it was HARD work to pay it off.
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Old 12-23-13, 01:03 PM   #1831
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200 miles? Is that your only motorcycle? I sold mine when my mileage dropped to 3,000 for the year. I felt like I wasn't riding enough to keep my edge and didn't want to find out I wasn't.
Good point. I'd like something smaller (less storage space), more nimble, yet with enough snot for the highway if I so choose.
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I got the only Hooligan version for 2014. http://www.cannondale.com/catalog/pr.../category/935/ the 3 sp.
Winter is repulsive! My Hooligan is showing up in March just in time.
F'n' sweet! So jealous!

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Good point. I'd like something smaller (less storage space), more nimble, yet with enough snot for the highway if I so choose.
Something like this?



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Something like this?
Can't have it, it's mine.
Something of similar displacement and body style, yes. I was thinking of

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Something of similar displacement and body style, yes. I was thinking of

Versys is on my very short list of current model lust-worthy bikes.

Ten years hence, there will be all kinds of used, reasonably priced motorcycles out there...
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New (used) moto for me!

Sold the MZ to a friend, had considered trading for this. Time passed and I had no motorcycle. Same friend who bought the MZ was looking for a mtn bike. I work in a bike shop. A trade was made. He got a slick new Trek X-Caliber 9, I got this. Street-fightered 98 Honda VTR1000F SuperHawk (which is USAian for FireStorm). Omigodz, the power and torque of a liter twin... Yes the tank is big -- VFR tank for near double the range of the stock unit.
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Is that the radiator, there at the right front frame underneath the tank? That will make a nasty crunching sound at a right-side tip over.
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Old 06-26-14, 01:28 PM   #1837
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I ride my bicycle so much that I've become accustomed to that hunched over seating position ... my bike is a 750 Aprilia Shiver which is a naked standard bike. I now think the upright seating position feels awkward and wish I bought a track bike instead.
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Old 06-26-14, 01:57 PM   #1838
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Is that the radiator, there at the right front frame underneath the tank? That will make a nasty crunching sound at a right-side tip over.
Typical Honda-twin (or V4). Radiators on the sides, under the fairings. RC51, Superchicken, and I think the Viffer have their rads there.

It does look awfully exposed without the plastics over it.
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Is that the radiator, there at the right front frame underneath the tank? That will make a nasty crunching sound at a right-side tip over.
Yep, radiator, there's another one in the same position on the other side, too. That stubby black peg just aft of the rear corner of the radiator is a frame-saver and will keep the rad off the deck in case of a tip over.

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Typical Honda-twin (or V4). Radiators on the sides, under the fairings. RC51, Superchicken, and I think the Viffer have their rads there.

It does look awfully exposed without the plastics over it.
This. There's an under-seat radiator mod that some do to these bikes, but I'm just not looking to put that much effort into this bike. Destined to remain a rat-bike rather than some sweet, dialed custom job.
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Ah -- I missed the bungs when I squinted at the photo. Nice.
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Old 08-22-14, 06:41 PM   #1841
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Good deal on a Honda ST1300: 2006 ex cop bike $6000
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Old 08-22-14, 09:09 PM   #1842
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I've been riding since 1975. Been a MSF Instructor and ridden cross country several times. Not much for sport tourers though. I've been riding Ducatis since 1998. Two older Supersports, two 998s (one a Troy Bayliss WSB replica) and my current SS1000DS. Have ridden my current Duc on a couple 1,000 mi. days. This year I find myself cycling much more than motorcycling.
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Old 08-23-14, 06:10 AM   #1843
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Not much for sport tourers though.
Fascinating. I'm relatively new to motorcycling, bought my first bike in 2004, a brand new 2004 ST1300, which is what you are NOT supposed to do (you know, you were an MSF instructor). On the other hand the features and mix of traits that the ST1300 offered seemed like what I wanted in a bike for a bunch of reasons. I took the MSF course. Then the delivered my new ST. I got on it and promptly dropped it twice in the first 5 minutes. But no damage and I got the hang of it. I live in a very quiet rural area and I was able to ride on lonely very low traffic roads and gradually phase in busier routes, highways, etc. Now I've been riding for a decade without even a close call. I ride VERY defensively, and I firmly believe that all those years as a road cyclist prepared me to be a motorcyclist. I already assume these cars can't see me, and I knew that long before I ever took the MSF course. And THAT's what really keeps me safer. SafER. You're always at MUCH greater risk on a motorcycle. But SO many m/c crashes are pure pilot error, stupidity, kids, drunkenness. So all you have to do to reduce your risk 80% is not ride like a total friggin moron from what I can see around me. But that last 20% or whatever is always there.

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Old 08-23-14, 08:28 AM   #1844
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Agreed. One of the things that I have found invaluable is the ability to anticipate the actions of others. Cycling will help you enhance that skill as will motorcycling. Actually, car drivers should be doing that too. The problem is that a car isolates you from your surroundings by it's very nature.

As for the sport tourer thing.....riding is such an individual thing. Some will enjoy a sport bike others a cruiser. There is no right way. It's just your own proclivities at play. Glad you are enjoying 2-wheeled travel safely.

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Old 08-23-14, 01:15 PM   #1845
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The town is a lot quieter when it rains , since the Harleys on Hwy 30 [1/2 block from my house] are kept home in the garage.

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I had a TKR (total knee replacement) of my right knee on August 6th. No motorcycling I fear until next Spring. Just don't want to get caught out in a situation where my right leg has to support 900lbs. of motorcycle/me if I lean the wrong way at a traffic light : ).
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I had a TKR (total knee replacement) of my right knee on August 6th. No motorcycling I fear until next Spring. Just don't want to get caught out in a situation where my right leg has to support 900lbs. of motorcycle/me if I lean the wrong way at a traffic light : ).
900 lbs!? My Duc weighs 400 lbs with a full tank of gas.
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Gonna test drive a NC700X after we get a good rain or two to wash some of the salt, sand, etc off. More nimble and economical/practical than my Road Star, yet highway worthy.
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Damn, motorcycles, that sounds dangerous.
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Damn, motorcycles, that sounds dangerous.
Crashed a Triumph on the BRP and broke 4 ribs. Crashed a Masi locally and broke my neck. It's all dangerous.
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