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post #3256 of 4516
This fender (bobbed):

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or this fender (stock Scrambler)

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post #3257 of 4516
Bobbed.
post #3258 of 4516
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Originally Posted by epb View Post

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Originally Posted by Rumpelstiltskin View Post

Honda has their 500 triplets

I'm conflicted about the CB500 line - they are a good fit, but man, are they ugly.

Too bad you guys don't get the Yamaha SR400.
post #3259 of 4516
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Originally Posted by TRINI View Post

This fender (bobbed):

$(KGrHqRHJEcFD)sDeFCrBR!sjYoPdw~~60_58.JPG

or this fender (stock Scrambler)

IMG_20130420_1544531_zpsc125ea90.jpg

Trini, you are a compulsive customizer.
post #3260 of 4516
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Bobbed.


Seconded

post #3261 of 4516
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Originally Posted by John Doe View Post

Bobbed.

If you're never going to ride in the rain, I agree. It looks good.

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Too bad you guys don't get the Yamaha SR400.

Cycle World claimed to see it being tested in California a while back.

post #3262 of 4516
I have sworn off night and rain riding if I can manage it.

That little Yami would be sick with clubman bars and a cafe seat
post #3263 of 4516
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Originally Posted by BostonHedonist View Post

Trini, you are a compulsive customizer.


Guilty as charged. I also put tracker bars on and wrapped the pipes this week.

Bobbed it is. That's where I was leaning anyways. Thanks for all the responses guys.
post #3264 of 4516
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More first bike thoughts:


I guess I'm one of those idiots that will never agree with all of this. I didn't do it and it worked out great for me.
post #3265 of 4516
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Originally Posted by Cool The Kid View Post

I have sworn off night and rain riding if I can manage it.

That little Yami would be sick with clubman bars and a cafe seat

It is probably one of if not the most customised bikes out there, but in bog stock form it is an excellent commuter.

If there is an after market part for a any bike there will be one for the SR400.









post #3266 of 4516

Dang, I love all of those.

post #3267 of 4516
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Originally Posted by Tck13 View Post

I guess I'm one of those idiots that will never agree with all of this. I didn't do it and it worked out great for me.

Here's the analogy I typically use: some people were taught to swim by simply throwing them in the pool and letting them work things out. There's a difference, though, between learning to swim and figuring out how not to drown, and there's a difference between figuring out how to get down the road without killing yourself and learning to ride properly. The biggest downside to starting on a sportbike is that most of the riders that survive become pretty much uneducatable - they "know what they're doing" and don't want to be bothered about poor technique or bad habits. They write off best practices as a difference of opinion.

Tons of crappy drivers make it from point A to point B without dying and figure they're good enough. Sure, they have a lot of close calls while they're texting or on the phone, but if it were really dangerous wouldn't they be dead by now? The same thing happens with motorcycles, but because of the greater mystique of danger, everyone that doesn't kill themselves figures "it worked out great." And worse, they tell their friends that.

The real issue, imo, is Americans want to do things, but they don't care if they do them well or responsibly. They want a bunch of guns, but why insist they learn how to shoot properly or store them safely? They want to drive, but why should they be expected to take care of their car or insure it - that only matters if they crash and they aren't going to, right? And sure, almost every other industrialized nation sees fit to require multiple testing and years of experience before unleashing someone on the roads on a liter bike, but those guys are all sissies - gimme!

I don't doubt you and others that started like that can ride a motorcycle. I sincerely doubt you're the best rider you could be, and I hate that so many people are content to muddle through in this and so many other areas of life.
post #3268 of 4516

@ Cool the Kid

 

Was in NYC this past weekend (actually still here) and although I would ride if I lived here (again), I would not have a faired bike as my only bike.  Fuck that. A Starbucks...err...Ducati Streetfighter with givi saddlebags (for long trips) would fit me just fine

 

T682

post #3269 of 4516
Is it worth it to upgrade my chain on the kz400?

Its a standard chain and its got a little bit of rust on some of the outside plates, but otherwise seems to be in good condition. Don't think it is too stretched or anything...it can't be the original chain that came with the bike (34 years and 28k miles wouldn't leave it looking like that).

The guy who mounted my tires suggested putting on an o-ring chain, but I can't really see why other than increased longevity and decreased maintenance. Replacing a still-good part for better longevity doesn't make sense (since it hasn't worn out yet). Since the bike sometimes gets rained on and sits outside, I probably want to keep it freshly lubed anyways because the outside will start to rust up even if the o-rings are keeping the insides nice and lubed.

Just not sure if there is any good reason to spend a hundred bucks on something that is working fine now.
post #3270 of 4516
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A Starbucks...err...Ducati Streetfighter

 

LOL.

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