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Old 10-24-05, 10:51 AM
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I have two motorcycles. A Gold Wing 1800A and a Ducati 620 Monster. I am a Motorcycle Safety Foundation certified instructor and teach basic and experienced rider courses in the Boston area.

To stay in shape for motorcyling, I ride a LeMond Zurich which is very comfortable for a 67 year old guy like me.

Because people driving cars don't see motorcycles or bicycles very well, I am a firm believer in the MSF concept of making yourself and your ride as visible as possible. The Gold Wing is Pearl Orange. The Ducati is Yellow. My motorcycle helmet is White with lots of relective decals. The Wing has lots of extra lights which I keep on all the time. On the bicyle, I always wear a fluoresecent green shirt (www.alertshirt.com) or jacket and have green reflective decals on my helmet. I also use a flashing white LED light in the front and a flashing red LED lamp on the back.

I feel much more vulnerable on the bicycle than I do on the motorcycle. If I sense that I am going to be squeezed between a line of parked cars and an automobile moving up to pass me on the left, I move out to the center of the lane in which I am traveling to block that automobile and put myself in a much safer position. I don't care if the driver blows his horn - it is my life and I want to control the traffic situation as much as I can.

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Old 01-31-06, 06:23 PM
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As spring time gets closer I feel it is my responsibility to revive this thread. Here is my 1999 Triumph Daytona 955i.

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Old 01-31-06, 06:54 PM
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I used to have a Ninja Zx-7R. I ride a Cannondale.
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Old 01-31-06, 06:56 PM
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Originally Posted by garysol1
As spring time gets closer I feel it is my responsibility to revive this thread. Here is my 1999 Triumph Daytona 955i.

sweeeet....
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Old 02-01-06, 08:39 AM
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Really nice looking Lightening.
The tube frame Buells are so much more visually pleasing than the newer ones. I will see about getting a pic of my 2000 S3 Thunderbolt.
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Old 02-01-06, 09:10 AM
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Originally Posted by telenick
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Old 02-01-06, 09:19 AM
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My wife wants me to get a touring Motorcycle for when we retire.

sweet mother of God I just saw a picture of the '06 Honda Goldwing ... IT HAS AN AIRBAG!!!!


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Old 02-01-06, 09:50 AM
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My motorcycle: 2004 Honda CBR 600RR...


Previously owned a 2001 Honda CBR 600F4i and a 96 Kawasaki Ninja 500... next bike will probably be a Triumph 675.

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Old 02-01-06, 10:55 AM
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Yea, a Katana 750, hence my name, road bike a specialized Allez, mountian bike specialized FSRxc.
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Old 02-01-06, 11:02 AM
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Too many to talk about here.

But the real question is: How many of you all run your bicycle front brake on the right side?

I recently watched one of my buddies do a beautiful face plant on my MTB because I forgot to brief him...

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Old 02-01-06, 11:08 AM
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All my bikes are set up: right hand is front brake!
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Old 02-01-06, 11:18 AM
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Old 02-01-06, 11:33 AM
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Had quite a few bikes when I was young. I got my first road bike at age 16ish. It was a Fiori Modena. Cheapest road bike at my LBS for 400$. I only added a water bottle and bought some gloves.

Then at age 20 I went out of country for a year. Came back, sold the Fiori and bought a Honda VF500F Interceptor.


Kept if 2 years and then upgraded to a VFR750.


I am now the father of a 10 months old kid and sold the bike just before deciding to have kids. I just got a specialized tricross 4 weeks ago. I'm using it ona trainer for now and will be commuting with it this summer. Maybe it's the fever of my return to bikes but I'm already considering getting a dedicated light road bike in addition to the commuting cyclocross. I'll probably just get smaller tires and possibly wheels in the first year and switch them on weekends.

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Old 02-01-06, 11:51 AM
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Just sold my Suzuki Bandit 1200. Hopefully my next motorized ride will be a Triumph Speed Triple!
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Old 02-01-06, 12:27 PM
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started off with R6's and R1's until Nov. of 04... when i purchased a yamaha road star silverado(wife wanted comfort). i've had it and i really enjoy riding it, although it's nothing like doing a track day on my R1. anyways...

I've always loved anything with two wheels... ridden bicycles and dirt bikes since an early age. gone thru many hobbies... but, i keep coming back to motorcycles and bicycles.

EDIT: **started off, meaning motorized bikes on the road and not dirt.
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Old 02-02-06, 10:25 AM
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Old 02-02-06, 10:46 AM
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Old 02-02-06, 10:53 AM
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I too own a motorcycle. I would say I've transferred more riding technique from my motorcycle over to my bicycle eventhough I've been riding bicycles a lot longer. I currently own a TL1000R. I take my motorcycle to quite a few "trackdays" through out the year. If anything my bicycle handling skills are much much better because of my experience on a motorcycle. Especailly since taking motorcycle racing schools and attending trackdays.
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Forgot I wanted to answer that part of the question as well. I rode road bikes heavily in the early 80's, then switched to Mt Bikes for 15 years. When I got the Harley I had to teach myself not to worry about all the small cracks in the road that I had learned to avoid like the plague on the road bike. It took me a while to learn that the ruts on the freeway, the manhole covers, the water grates were not going to send me over the handlebars on the Harley. Then I got back into road bikes last year and I had to remember that I was not on a Harley and that the smallest crack in the road could be disastrous. Luckily I made the transition both ways (insert both ways joke here) without any major pitfalls.
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Old 02-02-06, 11:31 AM
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I ride a 2000 Ducati 748 mono tail.



My bicycle is a 1996 Trek 2100, I changed some parts and it now weighs 18lbs total with pedals.







The connection? Well, I guess anything with 2 wheels is a lot of fun. I really love my bicycle though because it doesn't need any gas and also gives me a good workout at the same time.
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Old 02-03-06, 07:02 AM
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Old 02-03-06, 07:06 AM
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I started riding two years ago. Honda ST1300ABS (2004). The amazing thing to me is how many similarities there are between 17lb. racing bicycles and 700lb. motorcycles. Put 6000+ miles on the ST the first year (2004). In 2005 I put 7800+ miles on my bicycle and only about 1200 on the ST. Oh well. Only so many hours in the day I suppose : ).

Thought about selling the ST in 2005 - then I started riding it again. Forget it. LOVE the motorcycle....
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Old 02-03-06, 07:48 AM
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Originally Posted by RC51
Riding a Honda RC51.
One of my all time favorite Hondas...Just behind the RC-30 and 45.
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Im riding a 2005 Ducati Monster 620. My other bike is a 1998 Indy Fab Crown Jewel.
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