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post #46 of 4800
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Originally Posted by Kevin
This is excellent information to have. Thanks gents; I'll keep you posted on my progress.
youll be addicted within weeks. have fun
post #47 of 4800
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Kevin
I'm just learning to ride, and have been looking for a cheap 250 for a few weeks now.

However I've got a lead on a 1981 Yamaha 650 Special II, 5,000 original miles for $1,250. My primary reservation is the size of the bike. That seems like way too much power for a beginner, but the bike was well cared for and hardly ridden, so I could probably recoup my losses if I get skittish about the engine size. Should I jump on the deal or wait until I find something more in my experience range?

The MSF course is definitely on the agenda for this summer.

I agree with J. Don't buy a 250, buy something you really like (within reason) You will be bored with a 250 after 3 months of riding. There is a pretty quick learning curve in the beginning, especially if you ride a lot early on and 250 gets old quickly.
post #48 of 4800
Not to threadjack, but can we see some more pics like that Bonneville?
post #49 of 4800
Thread Starter 
This Triumph kicks ass...


http://www.triumph.co.uk/uk/784.aspx
post #50 of 4800
those retro triumph's are beautiful, i think a lot of them get shipped over to japan, they love that classic repro stuff. for a cruiser i reckon the triumph rocket III is the way forward, 2.3 litre engine on a production bike is crazy.
post #51 of 4800
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Originally Posted by Tck13
This Triumph kicks ass...


http://www.triumph.co.uk/uk/784.aspx
Oh my god.



Drool...

Though actually that's still not as cool as the new Norton Commando. I like the 2-seat version they have coming soon.
post #52 of 4800
Norton? I thought they folded years ago. Their 650 used to be the rage. Did someone resurrect their logo? Nice looking bike.

M8
post #53 of 4800
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Originally Posted by Martinis at 8
Norton? I thought they folded years ago. Their 650 used to be the rage. Did someone resurrect their logo? Nice looking bike.

M8
http://www.nortonmotorcycles.com



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Norton Motorsports, the latest incarnation of the storied brand, is now taking advance orders for its 2007 Commando, a complete retooling of the legendary model that brought Norton glory in the late-'60s and early 1970s. This recent announcement comes as the fledgling company feels out the marketplace to gauge demand for its new creation.
http://www.motorcycle-usa.com/Articl...ID=2794&Page=1
post #54 of 4800
Nice!!! And Ohlins suspension too!
post #55 of 4800
Thread Starter 
Welp, I took the plunge last week and bought a bike.

I got a Honda VTX 1300C (in black-the fastest color)

I figured since I spend $300 to $400 per month in fuel, the savings would warrant a bike.

Like an idiot, I could've gotten a less expensive bike and saved money every month but I got as much bike as I could afford. I should break even.

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post #56 of 4800
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Originally Posted by Tck13
Welp, I took the plunge last week and bought a bike.

I got a Honda VTX 1300C (in black-the fastest color)

I figured since I spend $300 to $400 per month in fuel, the savings would warrant a bike.

Like an idiot, I could've gotten a less expensive bike and saved money every month but I got as much bike as I could afford. I should break even.

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Wow, nice. What's the gas mileage like on that hog?
post #57 of 4800
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Originally Posted by j
Wow, nice. What's the gas mileage like on that hog?

From what I understand I should get about 40 mpg in the city. The salesman (and a couple others) said I should get about 50 mpg on the highway. I filled up my tank yesterday (87 octane) for 10$!

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!! I love that.

The only bad thing is that it only has a 4.8 gallon tank so if I ride a lot I need to fill up every couple of days.

Fine with me!
post #58 of 4800
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Originally Posted by Tck13
From what I understand I should get about 40 mpg in the city. The salesman (and a couple others) said I should get about 50 mpg on the highway. I filled up my tank yesterday (87 octane) for 10$!

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!! I love that.

The only bad thing is that it only has a 4.8 gallon tank so if I ride a lot I need to fill up every couple of days.

Fine with me!
Very similar to mine. I have a small tank too, and I have let it run very nearly out a couple of times.

I keep thinking I should get printed on the back of my jacket something like:

50MPG
HOV lanes
What's your excuse?
post #59 of 4800
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by j
Very similar to mine. I have a small tank too, and I have let it run very nearly out a couple of times.

I keep thinking I should get printed on the back of my jacket something like:

50MPG
HOV lanes
What's your excuse?

That would be awesome!!

The first thing the salesman showed me on the bike when we bought it was the switch for the fuel. He told me that I need to be able to sit on the bike and find it w/o looking.

Thank God!

About an hour from home on one of my first longer rides, the bike started sputtering. The gas mileage was terrible (since the bike was new) and I was running out of fuel. I reached down and flipped the switch after I realized what was going on.

Whew!
post #60 of 4800
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Originally Posted by Tck13
That would be awesome!!

The first thing the salesman showed me on the bike when we bought it was the switch for the fuel. He told me that I need to be able to sit on the bike and find it w/o looking.

Thank God!

About an hour from home on one of my first longer rides, the bike started sputtering. The gas mileage was terrible (since the bike was new) and I was running out of fuel. I reached down and flipped the switch after I realized what was going on.

Whew!
Yeah, my bike has two reserve tank switches. I leave one on reserve all the time so it takes longer to get to the reserve but once it does, I need to hurry to a gas station pronto. I found out the hard way how small one of those two reserve tanks actually is... luckily there was a gas station downhill from me.
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