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Old 02-13-18, 12:13 AM
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Mighty fine rack on the back of that beauty... be a shame if something happened to it...

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Old 02-13-18, 09:25 AM
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Mighty fine rack on the back of that beauty... be a shame if something
Too late, I've already seen those
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I got one for my F800GT, but have been on crutches for the last 6 weeks and haven't had a chance to install it. (Bicycling mishap, not motorcycling.)
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I got one for my F800GT, but have been on crutches for the last 6 weeks and haven't had a chance to install it. (Bicycling mishap, not motorcycling.)
I used to ride my bicycle to a brewery after work and let traffic clear out before driving home, so it would be handy for that!

Plus it just looks awesome. Does it fit a fat bike?
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One of my friends had 2 Vincents. It was pretty awe inspiring to see one in person, moreso to ride in the sidecar of one of them.

I went to a couple of Vincent events with him too. Some of these guys had owned their bikes for years, and the thing I really liked about the owners was that they rode their bikes, even if the weather wasn't perfect.
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Aprilia Sr150 Race

Yeah comfort is very important during ride and so my new scooter is best to give, it is comfortable like scooty and RS-GP inspired style like bike which has wider sporty street tyres, Distinct sporty handlebar with integrated turn indicator lights, 150cc powerful engine and 14" Fluo Rosso large wheels. It gives just wow feeling on the track.
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Old 04-23-18, 03:00 PM
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The bike I ended up with.



Last year, I ended up with two bikes, this having been bought from a friend. One of the bikes had to go and I was keeping the bike the didn't sell. Goodbye 91 BMW R100R, hello 09 Ducati MultiStrada 1100s.

Since the BMW left, I swapped out the stock bars for some narrower, more pull-back Rizoma bars, went from bar end mirrors back to perch mount, and got some stock saddlebags (not matching color...). I didn't like the ergos with the stock bars and the panniers makes it a bit more useful for daily commuting and occasional (sport)touring.

I've had a couple Ducs in the past -- 95 900ss/cr and 97 M900 -- good to be back on one. I have to say that I think Ducati lost their way during the Terriblanche design era with the Multistrada being Exhibit A, but the rest of motorcycle design seems to have caught up with it and I don't hate the styling as much as I did when these first came out. Still not in love with the front end of the bike, but the rest of it is solid.

Otherwise, I'm enjoying the huge performance upgrade over the R100R, especially since I got this dialed in over the weekend. Finally some warm weather and time to ride.
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One of my friends had one of those, and said it was a great bike after he got the suspension sorted out. He thought they'd designed the suspension for a 150 pound person, not the typical american.
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Old 04-24-18, 06:26 AM
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The last Moto Guzzi before getting off of motorcycles for good.
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I traded in the 2013 BV350 on last Friday (4/27) for a new 2017 BV350:


2017 Piaggio BV350 ABS/ASR

I'd been having issues with the 2013 model when riding in the rain, and with starting in general. There were times it'd take close to 30 minutes of starting attempts to get it to finally start up and idle smoothly. When riding in the rain, if I went through a puddle or got splashed by a car, the engine would die. I'd have to wait about 5 minutes, then it would start back up. The shop couldn't find anything wrong with it. My electrician/former bicycle mechanic/motorcycle riding brother said it sounded like I had an electrical issue, most likely involving a ground wire not being fully connected. I intended to spend a weekend checking every connection to make sure they all worked properly, but never got around to it.

Due to a generous financial gift from a family member, I was able to take the plunge and get the new scoot.

The only differences between the 2013 and the 2017, besides the gorgeous color, are the 2017 has ABS and traction control (ASR). They ride pretty much the same. The newer one has much firmer brake feel, doesn't engine brake as hard as the old one, and has a much quicker throttle response than the old one (the old one had about 1/4 of a turn on the throttle before it engaged, the new one is almost instant). I still need to get a top case for it.

The nice thing about simply getting a newer models is that all my accessories will work with it. I have a larger Givi windscreen and a Tucano Urbano Thermoscud that I use for winter riding, and they'll mount up exactly the same.
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Old 05-02-18, 01:46 PM
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One of my friends had one of those, and said it was a great bike after he got the suspension sorted out. He thought they'd designed the suspension for a 150 pound person, not the typical american.
This is the later "S" version, Ohlins suspension forks and shock, all the adjustability. Right now, if anything, it's a bit stiff and I need to dial back either the preload, compression damping, or both...
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Old 05-07-18, 09:58 PM
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This is my new motorbike, a 2017 Honda Africa Twin, CRF1000L.

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Old 05-07-18, 10:06 PM
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This is my new motorbike, a 2017 Honda Africa Twin, CRF1000L.
Nice bikes those been considering one myself. Is that for happy remote long distance travels.

On a Honda note RIP the great Eric Geboers
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This is my new motorbike, a 2017 Honda Africa Twin, CRF1000L.
Not going to harsh on anyone who gets and loves one, but I do have issues with Honda regarding the Africa Twin. It's a bit heavy and electronicky for my tastes. But having taken a spin on a KTM SuperDuke 1290 with all the electronic controls, I could come around on stuff like traction control, ABS, throttle by wire, etc. And there are times where I'm certainly envious of cruise control.

However. Back in the 90s, I did this deal where I swapped my bike so that a guy from England could come over here and ride for a week, for his bike, so me and wife no.1 could tour England (primarily Wales, as it turns out). Bike we rode over there was a 90s Honda Africa Twin 750. I was big into the Honda Hawk NT650 GT at the time and the AT was basically a next gen TransAlp, which kind of shared an engine and was contemporary with the Hawk. Of the same family, anyway -- people were modding Hawks with AT cams, sometimes whole engines.

Know where the Africa Twin was not available? USA. F'ing Honda. They could have OWNED the adventure bike market with an early entry. The AT 750 had decent styling, was big enough without being too big, and was just a great all-around, do everything bike. I am still sore atHonda that there is not a market of used AT 750s in the USA. The 750 was a V-twin, the new AT is a parallel twin. It really didn't need to be a 1000, except for the fact that everyone else, esp. BMW is doing big displacement adv. bikes. Bah!

But really, I got no business kvetching about the new AT, seeing as how my current bike is a Terriblanche-era MultiStrada...
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This is my new motorbike, a 2017 Honda Africa Twin, CRF1000L.

Paris - Dakar worthy, although the actual event moved to South America due to unstable reality on the African continent..
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Discontinuing the Transalp was a dumb idea on Honda's part, especially with so many BMW GS owners switching to lighter/smaller bikes.
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I had such a thing for the Transalp when I was a kid and I saw it in my dad's Cycle magazine.
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My old bike was the BMW F650 GS, "Dakar". This one seemed like a good next bike.

Bought the Africa Twin because I didn't want to take long trips on a thumper. Gave considerable thought to the BMW F800GS and the KTM 990/1090's. The BMW felt a bit too small and reminded me of my 650 I had before, the 1200s have no appeal to me. The KTM's are both too fast / scary to ride, I would not even consider the 1290r. I also had concerns about maintenance / upkeep of the KTM bikes. Didn't really give Ducati or Triumph or anyone else a thought. Honda seems to kinda fit the sweet spot in the middle of all those options.

I'm only 1000 miles into this bike with about 200 in the dirt. The Africa Twin is MUCH heavier then the Dakar, 100lbs more, I have yet to pick it up, I dread the day. The AT has twice the HP, so that's nice. Already got a nice rear rack and skid plate. The bike came with Mitas e07 dakar 6ply tires. They have been awesome for pavement, gravel and most dirt. No good at all in the sand. Utah has a lot of sand. Probably going to shop for an aggressive front tire soon. Plan is to put soft bags on it and head to Alaska or Mexico, or Utah.

Speaking of the original 650 & 750 africa twins. I remember that being my dream bike as a child of the 80's. Watching the Dakar race was my introduction to Africa as well. There is no question that the heritage of the name and stories created on the original africa twin had something to do with me wanting this bike when they first announced it a few years ago.
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Putting this here as I like this one better. Saw this at Laguna Seca couple weekends ago.

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Some interesting developments in armour technology. Makes for more comfortable yet more protective gear.

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Is that one of Dan Gurney's Alligators?
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