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post #181 of 4723
^ That screw thing sounds interesting. My 03 650 doesn't have it (great ergonomics though). Wonder when they stopped, or if only the twins had it. Thanks for the Total Control rec.
post #182 of 4723
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I recommend the book "Total Control" for anyone who rides - there's a good section that covers this along with other ergonomic issues with setting up a bike properly.
It's on my list of books to get. I also got a video called "Ride Like a Pro". It's a pretty good video. Has lots of good practice excercises and information.
post #183 of 4723
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^ That screw thing sounds interesting. My 03 650 doesn't have it (great ergonomics though). Wonder when they stopped, or if only the twins had it. Thanks for the Total Control rec.
I think they stopped in the 80s sometime. Like I said, probably for liability reasons, because with the "cruise control" on, the bike can overrev or if you fall off, can keep going at full throttle until it crashes. I find myself wishing for it though, because now my right hand gets tired after a while. The Duc has a really touchy throttle, really light drivetrain, and serious engine braking. That means that going over a bump with any weight on the throttle hand can chop or crack the throttle enough to be dangerous. "You get used to it", but it still feels scary to me.
post #184 of 4723


That brings back memories- I rode a Matchless 650 single whin I was 14 or so. Love the torque.

The latest thing I seriously considered was a Triumph Rocket III.
2300cc.- 140 hp- 147 ft.lbs of torque for the no-shift lifestyle.



they sell an aftermarket turbocharger for the truly insane- kicks it up to about 200 hp.
post #185 of 4723
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^ I just noticed he has a flat tire...


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That brings back memories- I rode a Matchless 650 single whin I was 14 or so. Love the torque.

I've never even heard of a Matchless.
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post #187 of 4723
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I've never even heard of a Matchless.


They were big in TT racing in the 60's. Sort of a nicer version of a BSA Gold Star.
post #188 of 4723
The Sport 1000 looks cool, but it is pretty uncomfortable. Keep in mind this is coming from a guy who, once upon a time, used to club race on an Aprilia rs250 so I am used to uncomfortable Italian bikes!

It is gorgeous, no doubt, but tough on the wrists and hands. Ducati added bar risers for 2007, so maybe they are a little more tolerable.

The GT1000, on the other hand, is sublime. You can mod it for a racier look if you want. For example:

post #189 of 4723
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The Sport 1000 looks cool, but it is pretty uncomfortable. Keep in mind this is coming from a guy who, once upon a time, used to club race on an Aprilia rs250 so I am used to uncomfortable Italian bikes!

It is gorgeous, no doubt, but tough on the wrists and hands. Ducati added bar risers for 2007, so maybe they are a little more tolerable.

The GT1000, on the other hand, is sublime. You can mod it for a racier look if you want. For example:


Isn't it uncomfortable to ride leaning over so far if you're going a long distance?
post #190 of 4723
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Isn't it uncomfortable to ride leaning over so far if you're going a long distance?
Actually, one of the most pleasant ways to handle long distance on an unfaired bike, IME, is to put a tank bag on top of the tank, fill it with your stuff, and lie down on it. But yes, generally, if you want long distance comfort, get a bike with a fairing and somewhat more upright seating position.
post #191 of 4723
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Actually, one of the most pleasant ways to handle long distance on an unfaired bike, IME, is to put a tank bag on top of the tank, fill it with your stuff, and lie down on it. But yes, generally, if you want long distance comfort, get a bike with a fairing and somewhat more upright seating position.


All my bikes (BSA, Triumph, HD) had an upright seating position (no fairing). Just what I'm used to, I guess. I'm still bummed about the mandatory shift on the left as I learned on Brit bikes and was used to having the shifter on the right ( which is why I bought a Sportster rather than a big twin). I still am unconvinced about getting a fairing- but I'm not in the market right now so it's moot anyway.
post #192 of 4723
Per my previous post- just for grins

http://www.boostisgood.com/RocketIII/index.htm
post #193 of 4723
So while I was riding my bike home from work last week, a car just happened not to see me in my lane and struck the side of my bike.. (I walked away with no injuries)

I was wearing my brand new Vanson jacket and my Red Wing GT's..

Here are pics of my gear:

post #194 of 4723
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So while I was riding my bike home from work last week, a car just happened not to see me in my lane and struck the side of my bike.. (I walked away with no injuries)

I was wearing my brand new Vanson jacket and my Red Wing GT's..

Here are pics of my gear:

That sucks. Will insurance pay for gear?

I think I have the same Red Wing boots. Do you have a link to Red Wing or the boot name or number?

Whatever you do, don't wear them in the rain. I got caught in a couple of storms and they were quite squishy when I got home.
post #195 of 4723
Yeah her insurance is going to cover the motorcycle and my gear.

Thanks for the tip on the Red Wings they are the Gentlemen Traveler 9014 model.

I usually ride with my Dainese Atacama boots unless I'm just running errands around town in that case I wear my Red Wings. Luckily I had the gear on if not my left arm would have had a bad case of road rash.
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