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post #3211 of 4526

Riding at lunch today some pedestrian started jumping up and down to notify me a cop was ahead. fing02[1].gif I guess he thought I was more likely to do something illegal on a bike than had I been in a cage, LOL.

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Originally Posted by TRINI View Post

Can someone explain the downsides of running dual-sport tires on the street? Like what are the tradeoffs vs. normal road tires?

I'm inspired...

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Gawd that's a good looking bike

 

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Originally Posted by John Doe View Post

Lousy traction that will leave you on your ass if you ride it like anything other than an old lady. I don't get this trend that I've been seeing a lot lately. Who would want to put big ass knobby dirt tires on a street bike? I think this trend is more about people who are more concerned about the aesthetic rather than the performance or even the safety of the bike. I think people who do this are more dilettantes than motorcyclists.

 

It would be cool if you lived somewhere with a lot of dirt or gravel roads...maybe even cobblestones if you lived in an old city.  It's a good look but yeah it is quickly becoming the latest Starbucks poseur look.

post #3213 of 4526
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Originally Posted by Rumpelstiltskin View Post

Gawd that's a good looking bike


It would be cool if you lived somewhere with a lot of dirt or gravel roads...maybe even cobblestones if you lived in an old city.  It's a good look but yeah it is quickly becoming the latest Starbucks poseur look.

i don't know what a bike like that is supposed to do besides be posed with...
post #3214 of 4526
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Originally Posted by akatsuki View Post


i don't know what a bike like that is supposed to do besides be posed with...


 If you like riding fire roads, dirt trails, cutting across pastures with an occasional on road riding it is fine.  You're in Brooklyn so not so fine.

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Originally Posted by akatsuki View Post

i don't know what a bike like that is supposed to do besides be posed with...

Bike styling is mostly about posing anyway.

Examples:

Plastic body work on sportbikes. It serves no purpose except to give the look of a race bike.

Big BMW GS bikes with knobbies. Please take your big adventure bike with saddlebags offroad into areas where the knobbies are actually needed. BTW, the saddlebags are there so the bike can't actually fall flat. You will need that advantage when you try to pick up that 600+ pound beast.
post #3216 of 4526
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Originally Posted by Steve Smith View Post


Bike styling is mostly about posing anyway.

Examples:

Plastic body work on sportbikes. It serves no purpose except to give the look of a race bike.
 

 

Survey says

 

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Anyone who rides over 55 mph (virtually everyone) and anyone who rides distance will disagree with you.  Vehemently.

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Originally Posted by Rumpelstiltskin View Post

Survey says

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Anyone who rides over 55 mph (virtually everyone) and anyone who rides distance will disagree with you.  Vehemently.


The longest ride I have ever done in a 24 hour period was just shy of 1100 miles. It was on a naked Yamaha XS1100 Special and is documented with the Iron Butt Association.

I have run hours at a time on I-40 in Tennessee at 95MPH on my Cagiva Gran Canyon. This was on a roadtrip that covered over 2500 miles last Fall. I didn't say that a windscreen has no effect. But all that bullshit boy racer plastic bodywork around your engine makes you look like a wannabe.
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Originally Posted by Steve Smith View Post


The longest ride I have ever done in a 24 hour period was just shy of 1100 miles. It was on a naked Yamaha XS1100 Special and is documented with the Iron Butt Association.

I have run hours at a time on I-40 in Tennessee at 95MPH on my Cagiva Gran Canyon. This was on a roadtrip that covered over 2500 miles last Fall. I didn't say that a windscreen has no effect. But all that bullshit boy racer plastic bodywork around your engine makes you look like a wannabe.


Some of us don't have extra muscular necks.  As for the rest of the body work aerodynamics really work you know....ask the touring guys on their Goldwings and  BMW K1600s.

 

You like naked bikes.  I get that.  So do I.  But if I were to only own a single bike, it would not be a naked bike (except for maybe a Duc 1098 streetfighter).  Different strokes for different folks. But to liken enduro knobby tires on a bike that stays on road with functional bodywork is a rather silly comparison.

post #3219 of 4526
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Originally Posted by Rumpelstiltskin View Post


Have you ever ridden a super hawk? Not a beginner bike but it is another cult classic. 

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An older friend of mine had one and rode the piss out of it, small gas tank and all.  track days, long trips, around town, backroads...everything.  Ended up totalling it on the track (cracked engine case but insurance covered it because it was written up as a "rider education program") so he bought a cbr1000 (the heavy one from 2006).  He still misses it all these years later.
I like these... (Hawk... SUPER Hawk lololol). The small tank turned me off though. If I went the liter V route I would sort out an SV1000. I need that range.

There's no better death for a bike than blowing up on the track. Your friend really pushed that bike, that story makes me happy.
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Originally Posted by Steve Smith View Post

The longest ride I have ever done in a 24 hour period was just shy of 1100 miles. It was on a naked Yamaha XS1100 Special and is documented with the Iron Butt Association.

I have run hours at a time on I-40 in Tennessee at 95MPH on my Cagiva Gran Canyon. This was on a roadtrip that covered over 2500 miles last Fall. I didn't say that a windscreen has no effect. But all that bullshit boy racer plastic bodywork around your engine makes you look like a wannabe.

I don't typically ride long distances - typically no more than 100 miles at a time - but I have had no problems on my naked Buell Lightning either in terms of aerodynamics or comfort. Then again, It is my only bike and I haven't ridden any of those plastic covered Hondas either.
post #3221 of 4526
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Originally Posted by brokencycle View Post

I don't typically ride long distances - typically no more than 100 miles at a time - but I have had no problems on my naked Buell Lightning either in terms of aerodynamics or comfort. Then again, It is my only bike and I haven't ridden any of those plastic covered Hondas either.

Iv'e got a standard, a naked, and a faired sportbike - there's a big difference at highway speeds. On my CB400 you're seriously fighting the air above 60. My NT650 puts you at an angle to deal with it better, since you're half tucked already. But the CBR has me speeding, because the bodywork seriously reducing the sensation of speed as I'm used to it - I actually worry about taking curves too fast because I don't realize how fast I'm approaching; luckily, it also handles curves at higher speeds than I'm used to.

Still, SS has a point: the RR does stand for race replica and a lot of young riders like to highlight that. wink.gif
post #3222 of 4526
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Originally Posted by epb View Post

If you're new to bikes and not mechanically inclined, get something newer. Even a well-maintained old bike is going to have problems because it's old, parts are going to give out, old wires will fray. Track down a used CBR250R or Ninja, or if you want a standard and aren't power mad like most ill-advised newbies, a Suzuki TU250X, SymWolf Classic or Cleveland Misfit which have old-school style and power but are new.

You have any experience with the Suzuki, SymWolf, or Misfit? Been reading up on all 3 and they have very good reviews, a great look, and are decently priced. I'm leaning toward the Misfit, but I'm curious if the lack of dealerships that sell/repair them (closest to me in 2 hours away, which actually isn't too bad) is an issue.
post #3223 of 4526
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Originally Posted by Reynard369 View Post

You have any experience with the Suzuki, SymWolf, or Misfit? Been reading up on all 3 and they have very good reviews, a great look, and are decently priced. I'm leaning toward the Misfit, but I'm curious if the lack of dealerships that sell/repair them (closest to me in 2 hours away, which actually isn't too bad) is an issue.


There was a brisk debate about the Misfit in this thread several weeks ago. No need to rehash it.
post #3224 of 4526
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Originally Posted by Cool The Kid View Post


I like these... (Hawk... SUPER Hawk lololol). The small tank turned me off though. If I went the liter V route I would sort out an SV1000. I need that range.

There's no better death for a bike than blowing up on the track. Your friend really pushed that bike, that story makes me happy.

 

He rode that bike to Daytona multiple times, to Indiana I believe, and countless trips into the Appalachian, the Allegheny and the Adirondacks, the local and not so local tracks like VIR & Summit Point (where the bike lost it's life).  And this is a dude in his late 50s/early 60s.  That bike lived a long life

post #3225 of 4526

We have a TU250 and it's oddly entertaining.  We picked it up to keep on the boats.

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