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post #4351 of 4723
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Originally Posted by TRINI View Post

Read it on a more recent review...I'll see if I can dig it up.
Oh yeahhhhh. My bad. Still a nice bike though.

Did you by any chance locate the review? Also do you think the problem would be alleviated if one wore goggles instead of using the face shield?
post #4352 of 4723
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Originally Posted by MarkI View Post

Did you by any chance locate the review? Also do you think the problem would be alleviated if one wore goggles instead of using the face shield?

Still looking.

And it would.....but then you'd have to wear goggles. And could then take bugs to your face on the highway.
post #4353 of 4723
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Originally Posted by TRINI View Post

Still looking.

And it would.....but then you'd have to wear goggles. And could then take bugs to your face on the highway.

Well damn, seems like you can't win. I have always thought that goggles look pretty cool though... but the idea of getting smacked in the face by bugs is not appealing. could always do bandana + goggles.
post #4354 of 4723

If anyone is looking for some gear I'm going to be putting up some things for sale soon:

- Aero FQHH jacket (40)

- Vanson technical sport rider pants (36 TTS or something, I'll have to look again)

- Sidi corsa boots (9.5)

post #4355 of 4723
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Originally Posted by MarkI View Post

Well damn, seems like you can't win. I have always thought that goggles look pretty cool though... but the idea of getting smacked in the face by bugs is not appealing. could always do bandana + goggles.

Bugs and gravel
post #4356 of 4723
^Love those guys! Legendary comedy duo from the '40's. I love their classic "Who's on the 50 Yard Line?" routine. Great stuff.
post #4357 of 4723
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Originally Posted by akatsuki View Post

Anyone here ridden an HP4?

 

no

 

 

 

http://forum.smartcanucks.ca/attachments/expired-repost-not-valid-canada/213872d1391446975-toonies-tummies-2014-smiley_sigh.gif

post #4358 of 4723

Here's my 1973 Triumph T140... My wife's car has been in the shop for a little over a week, so she's been in my car and I've been 100% motorbike man. I thought it was going to be a pain in the butt, but I am bonding with this thing more now than ever. I was typically a weekend rider, just for fun, casual, but all week long, if I want to do something or go get something, I'm on the bike. I posted about this bike a few months ago, but was posting from phone and couldn't post all the pics of the build (I hope at least one person cares to see. I have a bad habit of bothering and/or offending people on this forum).

 

When I got the frame I was itchy to do some kind of work on it ASAP, so I stripped off the red paint and painted it matte black. If I had only thought twice, I would have left it red, as the frame comes black out of the factory, and the red paint was much nicer than what I did with the black...

AppleMark

 

I would go to my friend's garage and wrench on the bike every chance I got, usually after work, all night long. Most of the parts are old, rusty, original, and they came from old barn finds, neglected projects, and ebay. But for the pistons, valves, rocker arms, valve guides, carbs, and pretty much anything inside the engine, we used brand new parts. The idea was to keep the cost as low as possible but have this thing as reliable as possible.

AppleMark

 

 

I think I paid around $1,700 in the end to build this. I'll be riding it at least 500 miles in one shot, around mid June, to go on a camping trip with a few friends who also ride vintage bikes. I don't know if I've ever liked any material possession as much as I like this.

post #4359 of 4723
That's a goddamn beauty.

Question for you guys, so the tu250x I put a deposit on has been postponed. Apparently the dealership is having a hard time allocating 2015 models for their lot. Instead of the end of this month i've been told it could be as far back as july.

it got me thinking, maybe instead of buying this brand new bike as my first ride, financing it and shit, why not plunk down 1800-2200 and buy an older used bike like a 70s cb350 or something. i think it would be a good experience to have a bike like this as my first, and theyre notoriously easy to wrench on no?

as it stands i took their offer of taking back my deposit, so i need to figure something out with the quickness. i also looked into picking up a used 13 tu250, but theyre fucking impossible to find at this point really.

opinions? also suggestions for reliable, standard/cafe type bikes i could pick up for under 2500
post #4360 of 4723
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Originally Posted by MarkI View Post

That's a goddamn beauty.

Question for you guys, so the tu250x I put a deposit on has been postponed. Apparently the dealership is having a hard time allocating 2015 models for their lot. Instead of the end of this month i've been told it could be as far back as july.

it got me thinking, maybe instead of buying this brand new bike as my first ride, financing it and shit, why not plunk down 1800-2200 and buy an older used bike like a 70s cb350 or something. i think it would be a good experience to have a bike like this as my first, and theyre notoriously easy to wrench on no?

as it stands i took their offer of taking back my deposit, so i need to figure something out with the quickness. i also looked into picking up a used 13 tu250, but theyre fucking impossible to find at this point really.

opinions? also suggestions for reliable, standard/cafe type bikes i could pick up for under 2500

No.

You want your first bike to be operational and get as much road time as possible. I was tempted to go down this path myself and everyone cautioned me against it as I'd spend more time wrenching than riding.

Just get another bike. A new or nearly new one.
post #4361 of 4723
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Originally Posted by dopeitsjosh View Post

Can someone tell me what the main difference between the Speed Triple and Street Triple are?

Thinking about getting one of these bikes if I don't go with the Daytona 675.

 

Chiming in late here but, since I just put my first 700 miles on a '14 Street Triple R, I figured I'd weigh in.

 

Of the three bikes you mentioned, the Daytona is the track tool, the Speed Triple is the heavyweight hooligan bike and the Street Triple is the quick, nimble do-it-all bike. Which one you go with really depends on what kind of riding you want to do.

 

The Daytona is a beauty. It's light and screaming fast, loves to be revved up. The riding position is very aggressive, however, which makes it impractical for commuting. You'd go with the Daytona if you spend time at the track, mainly ride for canyon runs or, like my friend with a '13, frequently lane split at dangerous speeds on the highway and run from cops with no chance of them keeping up. If you commute, it's not going to be fun. My friend manages, but he's pretty fit and jacked and likes the pain. This will be the most comfortable at speed, due to being leaned far forward instead of upright.

 

The Speed Triple is a torque machine. I haven't ridden it, but those I've talked to who have say they can power wheelie from just abut anywhere in the power band. It's low revving, high torque/horsepower and heavier. This means it'll be less nimble than the other two, but it's probably the best for stunt riding and general street shenanigans. Personally, I think the Speed is due for an update. Technically classified as a "supernaked," its electronics package has not kept up with the competition. Where the only electronic enhancement it offers as ABS, something like the new BMW S1000R supernaked is not much more expensive, and can come with ABS, ride select, dynamic suspension adjustment, heated grips, traction control and more. Buy one now and you'll be sorry when they finally update the platform. In that category, go with a BMW S1000R.

 

And then there's the Street Triple. My favorite bike I've ever ridden. At low revs it is well behaved, quiet and forgiving. At high revs it's torquey, fast and screams like a banshee. It's light and flickable, able to turn on a dime and comfortable enough to commute on. It happily revs either high or low depending on how you want to ride. I ride most days out of the year and for me, this bike represents the perfect balance of speed, agility and comfort. 

 

Say hello:

 

 

 

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Originally Posted by MarkI View Post

That's a goddamn beauty.

Question for you guys, so the tu250x I put a deposit on has been postponed. Apparently the dealership is having a hard time allocating 2015 models for their lot. Instead of the end of this month i've been told it could be as far back as july.

it got me thinking, maybe instead of buying this brand new bike as my first ride, financing it and shit, why not plunk down 1800-2200 and buy an older used bike like a 70s cb350 or something. i think it would be a good experience to have a bike like this as my first, and theyre notoriously easy to wrench on no?

as it stands i took their offer of taking back my deposit, so i need to figure something out with the quickness. i also looked into picking up a used 13 tu250, but theyre fucking impossible to find at this point really.

opinions? also suggestions for reliable, standard/cafe type bikes i could pick up for under 2500

 

I don't think one should pay a lot for or finance a first bike. Like everyone always says, it's not 'if' you put the bike down, it's 'when.' Not a lot of standards that come in 250, though you could do a Star or Honda cruiser. Overall, I think the best starter bike made today is the Ninja 300. But don't be too picky about your starter; you won't have it more than a season or two.

post #4362 of 4723
BH - I must say, I'm more and more tempted to pick up a Striple R.

Though I really have no need frown.gif

Speaking of nimble, I've been appreciating riding my Scarabeo more and more every day. It makes less than 20hp but it only weighs about 320 lbs.

It's so light and nimble in the city.
post #4363 of 4723
Hopefully I am pulling the bike out of storage this evening. It has been so damn cold and rainy here that I haven't had a chance yet.

Need to get some riding time in as I am taking it on a trip memorial day weekend. Only 2 hours away, but the bike does not regularly get interstate use and I want to be sure it is all working right (and I am back used to riding it).
post #4364 of 4723
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Originally Posted by MarkI View Post

That's a goddamn beauty.

Question for you guys, so the tu250x I put a deposit on has been postponed. Apparently the dealership is having a hard time allocating 2015 models for their lot. Instead of the end of this month i've been told it could be as far back as july.

it got me thinking, maybe instead of buying this brand new bike as my first ride, financing it and shit, why not plunk down 1800-2200 and buy an older used bike like a 70s cb350 or something. i think it would be a good experience to have a bike like this as my first, and theyre notoriously easy to wrench on no?

as it stands i took their offer of taking back my deposit, so i need to figure something out with the quickness. i also looked into picking up a used 13 tu250, but theyre fucking impossible to find at this point really.

opinions? also suggestions for reliable, standard/cafe type bikes i could pick up for under 2500
Just buy a used TU250X... same 70s charm, none of the 70s problems (rotted rubber hoses, carbs, rust). Throw some lower bars and a cafe seat on........ finito
post #4365 of 4723
A lil something for Mark:

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