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post #4096 of 4516
my xs650 is a parallel twin as well and it was my first bike. I think it's just right. Not having enough power is also a liability...
post #4097 of 4516
A 250 will get up to highway speeds safely. I don't think there is any instance in which a 250's lack of power would be dangerous.
post #4098 of 4516
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Originally Posted by Cool The Kid View Post

A 250 will get up to highway speeds safely. I don't think there is any instance in which a 250's lack of power would be dangerous.

100 hp is the generally accepted minimum for an SF Baller Motorcyclist.
post #4099 of 4516
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A 250 will get up to highway speeds safely. I don't think there is any instance in which a 250's lack of power would be dangerous.

What I've encountered on my CB400T is being unable to maintain a buffer zone to the rear when someone inattentive comes up behind me too quickly. It will (theoretically) top out at ~100 mph, but if I'm cruising at 60 mph in 5th it'll take a while to speed up unless I downshift a couple of gears and lean on it. I290 if really bad for this, to the point I typically keep the gears low and the revs up, just in case.
post #4100 of 4516

Gents, the g/f is putting me under a lot of pressure, some shit about "All I hear is talk about your next pair of shoes or your next bike but nothing about us (read: ring), blah blah blah".  SO it seems my 1098 Streetighter S dreams might have to get put on hold.  2nd gen Speed Triples are looking pretty good right now though.  Suspension is a little soft and it doesn't have balls like the Duc but I like how they ride.  What say you?

 

 

http://motorbike-search-engine.co.uk/2010-motorcycles/SPEED%20TRIPLE%203.jpg

post #4101 of 4516
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Gents, the g/f is putting me under a lot of pressure, some shit about "All I hear is talk about your next pair of shoes or your next bike but nothing about us (read: ring), blah blah blah". 

Buy her a helmet and ask her if she'll be your ride or die chick?
post #4102 of 4516

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

post #4103 of 4516
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 #4104 of 4516
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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 #4105 of 4516
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 #4106 of 4516
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 #4107 of 4516
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 #4108 of 4516
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 #4109 of 4516

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 #4110 of 4516
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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