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post #4096 of 4728

i say compromise is the first turn onto the road of unhappiness.

post #4097 of 4728
I love the twin thrum. I know they are nowhere near as sexy, but I would look out for some SV1000Ns. Same power as the Striple but with more torque, and you can swap over the suspension from a GSX-R and engine guts from a TL1000R. They are soft out of the box but they have a ton of potential and cost way less than the Euro stuff.
post #4098 of 4728
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Buy her a helmet and ask her if she'll be your ride or die chick?

 

She has a helmet that she has worn twice as well as an A* leather jacket and gloves.  She had a boyfriend (along with his cousin) that died after having an accident on her scooter back in {her home country} so bikes in general bring back those days, especially once she saw how I ride when I am in a hurry.  She says she is open to getting a bike of her own but will not ride on the back with anyone including me.  She actually gave me a pass and took one short jaunt 3 years ago.  And when I say short I mean we went about 2 miles away to a get some food.


Edited by Rumpelstiltskin - 2/5/14 at 7:03am
post #4099 of 4728
Still time to buy a Holy Harley at Bonhams Paris tomorrow:

Sold for charity; formerly the property of His Holiness, Pope Francis,
2013 Harley-Davidson 1,585cc FXDC Dyna Super Glide Custom
Frame no. 5HD1GV4D3DC306096
Engine no. GV4D306096
Celebrating its 110th anniversary, Harley-Davidson presented the newly elected Pope Francis with two of its motorcycles, plus a biker jacket, at a ceremony in Rome in June 2013. As part of the celebrations, Pope Francis blessed a gathering of some 800-or-so motorcyclists and their machines in St Peter's Square for his Sunday Angelus on 16th June. Addressing the enthusiastic assembly, the Pope warned them that 'power and pleasure', among other things, lead to God being 'replaced by fleeting human idol'. Food for thought.
post #4100 of 4728
The popes bike was a bit pricey. It sold way over the estimate at 241,500 Euro.

His leather jacket sold for 57,500 Euro.
post #4101 of 4728
Well, Ducati has let everyone ride the new Monster 1200S - thoughts and reactions?

I've always admired the Monster and seriously considered getting one a year or two back, but the overall ergonomics never worked for me on the old ones and with size 15 feet it's looking like the new one is off the table as well.

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post #4102 of 4728
Im not sold. Its a shame the Streetfighter had to die for this, IMO. And they STILL haven't figured out how to make footpeg mounts.
post #4103 of 4728

The 1098 Streetfighter had more balls and the signature clackety clack dry clutch but it also had 2 year/8k mile belt change and 15k valve check while the testastretta motor'd Monster has a wet clutch and an 18k mile valve check, longer than most Japanese bikes.  More time to be spent riding or at Starbucks

 

The littler tamer Streetfighter is still in the lineup for 2014 plus there are plenty of brand new 1098s left over.  The Duc dealer in Manhattan has a lightly used (1k miles) 2011 Streetfighter S with Termis that looks hot. 

 

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Edited by Rumpelstiltskin - 2/13/14 at 7:07pm
post #4104 of 4728
As much as I like the Monster (I've played with getting an early model for years), the SF848 is my favorite. It has a lot of what's appealing about my Honda Hawk GT (lightweight, narrow, V-twin, very similar ergonomics) with an exotic flair. I doubt it's as care-free, though. smile.gif I like the yellow.

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post #4105 of 4728
Hmmm. For all the SFS's fanfare I'm surprised there are brand new three year old leftovers. It may be one of those bikes that sounds like a good idea on paper, but is too much in the real world. If it were my money I'd go for the 848 too; 1098 does seem like a bit much for the street, especially w/upright bars
post #4106 of 4728
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Hmmm. For all the SFS's fanfare I'm surprised there are brand new three year old leftovers. It may be one of those bikes that sounds like a good idea on paper, but is too much in the real world. If it were my money I'd go for the 848 too; 1098 does seem like a bit much for the street, especially w/upright bars

Exactly. The idea is it's a bike for riding in the commuting in the city, and you don't need 1100cc to do that. Heck, 850cc is overkill - bikes like the SV650, Hawk GT, and Street Triple have been praised as the best iterations of the concept and they've got by with less. I could see the SF848 working better for me in Chicago because commuting can often involve hopping on a crowded interstate for a few miles, but even then it would be weird. My Hawk is very narrow and something about it makes me nervous on the interstate - it feels like I'm on a unicycle. smile.gif
post #4107 of 4728
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Exactly. The idea is it's a bike for riding in the commuting in the city, and you don't need 1100cc to do that. Heck, 850cc is overkill - bikes like the SV650, Hawk GT, and Street Triple have been praised as the best iterations of the concept and they've got by with less. I could see the SF848 working better for me in Chicago because commuting can often involve hopping on a crowded interstate for a few miles, but even then it would be weird. My Hawk is very narrow and something about it makes me nervous on the interstate - it feels like I'm on a unicycle. smile.gif

Highway bikes need more stability + substance. That, and on the highway a little more passing power and less strain on the engine is never a bad thing. So for a bike that will see a lot of highway time or pillion time, I think ~800-900ccs of torquiness is legit. But yea, my Ninja 650 was a hoot in NYC. It was a stoplight missile and maneuverable enough to lane split and all that. I can't see that being the case on a bike with 2x the displacement. Different strokes I guess.

My dream logical bike is an SV1000N. Basically a Japanese SF848
post #4108 of 4728

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post #4109 of 4728
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Originally Posted by Cool The Kid View Post

Hmmm. For all the SFS's fanfare I'm surprised there are brand new three year old leftovers. It may be one of those bikes that sounds like a good idea on paper, but is too much in the real world. If it were my money I'd go for the 848 too; 1098 does seem like a bit much for the street, especially w/upright bars

 

HP

132 hp @ 10,000 rpm vs 155 hp @ 9500 rpm

 
Torque
69 ft/lbs @ 9,500 rpm  vs 85ft/lbs @ 9500 rpm

 

1098 doesn't sound too much to me, it sounds just right!

post #4110 of 4728

just sealed the deal and wired the money for my first bike.  a Black Honda CB500F, 1k Miles, 2013, for $4,000.  Only downside is it's in FL and I'm in NJ, so in total it'll cost me $4,300.  But these bikes are $5,500 MSRP, so after fees roughly $5,700-$5,900.  Really excited I found this bike.  Can't wait to start riding.

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