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post #3676 of 4606
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Originally Posted by BostonHedonist View Post

Are we sure it was a brake check? Dude took his hands off the bars to pose for a camera...


Bikes, especially light sportibikes with big high compression motors, can engine brake pretty hard

Plus in any case why did he need to pose in front of the RR

NYC is talking about not pursuing groups like this... fuck that... all they needed to do here was string a rope across the highway. Case close
post #3677 of 4606
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Originally Posted by Cool The Kid View Post

NYC is talking about not pursuing groups like this... fuck that... all they needed to do here was string a rope across the highway. Case close

 

LOL.

post #3678 of 4606
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Originally Posted by TRINI View Post


It looks like a Decepticon.

 

http://nerdfitti.com/llc/tv/tdc/decal-thumb.png

 

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Originally Posted by MarioImpemba View Post
 

 

I can't remember who recommended Furygan to me a couple pages ago,

 

<===him

 

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Originally Posted by Cool The Kid View Post

Ducati's changes to the top Monster are for a few reasons

For some reason air cooled engines are harder to meet emissions on (this is why Suzuki dumped its awesome air cooled 1200 for the 1250 in the big Bandit)

Also, if you'll notice, Duc stopped selling the big Streetfighter, and I think the small one is soon to follow. So the top Monster, like the old S4R, will take its place

Kind of sad to me as while I do like Monsters, I def prefer the old ones for their clean look, as well as the Streetfighter for its out of this world Borg look... the liquid cooled Monsters never did it for me. I think the Streetfighters, specifically the 1098s, are gonna become collectors items very soon.

 

Streetfigter never sold well.  When it initially came out new riders flocked to it and then quickly realized realized they couldn't handle it as it was too much bike for them.  Ducati was forced to come out with a tamer and more comfortable 848 version. 

 

The monster line is Ducatis best seller. Even though they have the 1100 monster, the 848 streetfighter will take it's lunch money everyday and twice on sundays.  They needed to infuse more power into the line, especially considering the long awaited release of the above referenced decepticon

post #3679 of 4606
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Originally Posted by Rumpelstiltskin View Post
<===him

 

Thnx, love their gear now that I've been lookin'.

 

Saw a Speed Triple at the gym last night; can't get over how hideous those headlights are.

 

Ran out of gas riding to work today; apparently my reserve is useless... :brick:

post #3680 of 4606
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Originally Posted by MarioImpemba View Post
 

 

Thnx, love their gear now that I've been lookin'.

 

 

I can convince people to spend their spare cash like none other

 

 

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Originally Posted by MarioImpemba View Post

 

Saw a Speed Triple at the gym last night; can't get over how hideous those headlights are.

 

 

It is an easy to swap out for the round lights from the  pre-2010 version.

 

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Ran out of gas riding to work today; apparently my reserve is useless... :brick:

 

Your bike has a petcock?  I didn't know they still made those

post #3681 of 4606

Lol, it's a Harley motor... it's PreWar.

post #3682 of 4606
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Originally Posted by MarioImpemba View Post
 

Lol, it's a Harley motor... it's PreWar.

 

 Pull the tank off and cut the tube shorter.  Viola!!!  Larger reserve

 

Pre War?  Does it have a hand operated gearshifter? 

post #3683 of 4606
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Originally Posted by Rumpelstiltskin View Post


The monster line is Ducatis best seller. Even though they have the 1100 monster, the 848 streetfighter will take it's lunch money everyday and twice on sundays.  They needed to infuse more power into the line, especially considering the long awaited release of the above referenced decepticon

As much as I'd like a high-performing Monster, I prefer the look of the air cooled 2-valvers. Something about the way the engine is housed in the older Monster frame, the S4 family just looks like it has too much going on. Especially with an open clutch cover, blingy belt covers, etc... I like monsters for their stripped down "engine, seat, motor" looks.

Anyway, wanted to add my underpowered 98 750




Unseen: black racing stripe down middle, front fender says "DUCATI", assorted CF bits
post #3684 of 4606
I'm conflicted about the Streetfighter

I think a 150+HP naked bike is pretty stupid idea. I got annoyed with my 70HP bike at highway speeds. A naked Panigale would prob be no quicker than an SF848 anyway with the mandatory wheelie control.

But if I had to pick I'd go with the SF848 over a Monster. Yea the Monsters look good and are all minmalist... but I like a little edge/brutality.

Its a shame how Ducati's best bikes (GT1000, 750/900SS, SF) always seem to fail. Monster is cool, Superbikes are cool, but its the blends in the middle that interest me the most
post #3685 of 4606

Here's my bike. Bought it about six months ago. It's a Yamaha V-Star 650 Classic. Delivered in 2007, had 5km on the clock (yes, 5km) when I bought it.

 

 

 

 

I have never ridden proper motorbikes before, only scooters - so I've been very careful. Taking it nice and easy, never pushing myself, cautious at all times, wearing full gear. The bike is garaged in Sydney, and I travel a lot, so I haven't clocked up the mileage I'd like. But I figure there's all the time in the world for that.

 

I'm told that these bikes have some kind of electronic engine management system which is deliberately "factory-detuned", at least for the Aus-delivery bikes, so as to meet the power-to-weight requirements for LAMS (i.e., making them legal for learners and probationary drivers). Supposedly this electronic module can be swapped out fairly easily, rendering the bike much more powerful and responsive. I will do this when my 12 months of P-plates is up. Will also get some slightly louder and ruder exhausts fitted - current sound is way too polite.

post #3686 of 4606
Maybe something like this....

http://www.jpcycles.com/product/ZZ29330

post #3687 of 4606
Saw (heard) a scooter crash today. I was riding my bicycle and the guy was coming the other way, suddenly I heard a big crunch sound and then saw the scooter sliding along on its side with the rider on the high side. I don't know what caused the crash, I caught the action a split second after it happened, but I think he may have clipped something on the side walk with his mirror and just dropped the bike.

I stopped to check if he was OK, he was dazed but otherwise OK, one of his shoes flew off along with his wallet and keys. I got him to sit down on the side walk and then went and wheeled the scooter off the middle of the road, and picked up his stuff, and the larger bits of scooter.

Thing was, I was the only one who stopped, and the traffic that was going the same way as me wouldn't even hold up for a second to let me cross over and check on the guy, I had to walk into the lane with my hand up and make them stop. Assholes.

The guy was fine, no scratches on his lid so I don't think he hit his head, so that was something. Scooter was a mess though, one mirror smashed off, all the plastic on one side scratch to hell, and the front end was fuckt.

Reminded me that I encountered a (probably) fatal scooter crash only a couple of blocks from that same place about 7 years ago. Similar situation, I heard the crash, but much louder, then a few seconds later I came over a crest to an intersection, there was an SUV with the front caved in and a guy lying unconscious and twisted up on the road about 50 feet away. It looked like the SUV ran a red and t-boned the poor guy.
post #3688 of 4606
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Originally Posted by Fang66 View Post

Saw (heard) a scooter crash today. I was riding my bicycle and the guy was coming the other way, suddenly I heard a big crunch sound and then saw the scooter sliding along on its side with the rider on the high side. I don't know what caused the crash, I caught the action a split second after it happened, but I think he may have clipped something on the side walk with his mirror and just dropped the bike.

I stopped to check if he was OK, he was dazed but otherwise OK, one of his shoes flew off along with his wallet and keys. I got him to sit down on the side walk and then went and wheeled the scooter off the middle of the road, and picked up his stuff, and the larger bits of scooter.

Thing was, I was the only one who stopped, and the traffic that was going the same way as me wouldn't even hold up for a second to let me cross over and check on the guy, I had to walk into the lane with my hand up and make them stop. Assholes.

The guy was fine, no scratches on his lid so I don't think he hit his head, so that was something. Scooter was a mess though, one mirror smashed off, all the plastic on one side scratch to hell, and the front end was fuckt.

Reminded me that I encountered a (probably) fatal scooter crash only a couple of blocks from that same place about 7 years ago. Similar situation, I heard the crash, but much louder, then a few seconds later I came over a crest to an intersection, there was an SUV with the front caved in and a guy lying unconscious and twisted up on the road about 50 feet away. It looked like the SUV ran a red and t-boned the poor guy.

Nice of you to help. Most people are douchebags. I remember when I got in my first (and thus-far) only motorcycle accident, I went high side off the bike, and the bike stopped on the center line of a two lane road. When I went to pick up the bike some guy was yelling at me for blocking the lane. Yeah dude, I crashed just to inconvience you...
post #3689 of 4606

Quote of the day: "A Harley-Davidson is the most efficient way to convert gasoline into noise, without the side effect of horsepower."

 

I was just up in Laconia checking out the upper New England foliage. 9/10 bikes you see there are Harleys. Minimal gear, no helmets. The women on back all had the same Harley logo leather jacket.  Mostly dudes riding around with a scowl on their faces riding baggers with big touring fairings. Logos everywhere on everything in Laconia.

 

At first I made my usual snide remarks about 700lb chrome money pits with no handling or horsepower. But then something occurred to me. There are people out there who don't care about things like taking a corner elegantly, surfing a torque curve, rev matching and the lot. There are some who are perfectly content to barrel down the road making noise enough to draw eyes. And when people are looking at you to see who it is that's so cool, you really would do yourself a disservice by hiding your cool face under a pesky helmet. Naturally, you'll need your sled to vibrate like a Chinese tractor, since you'll need something in lieu of cornering, wind and speed to remind you that you're actually on a motorcycle.

 

And if that's what makes you happy, who am I to pooh-pooh it?

post #3690 of 4606
Seems relevant to post this here: http://rideapart.com/2013/07/how-to-respond-to-a-motorcycle-accident/

I'd personally like to know more about what to do in the event of a single-vehicle crash.

From what I understand, if you're ok post-crash, it's best to get you and your bike out of there before the cops come and charge you with reckless driving.

The dude who runs the local motorcycle towing company told me he normally picks guys up, drop them at the hospital and then holds their bikes for them to pick up.
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