1. And... we're back. You'll notice that all of your images are back as well, as are our beloved emoticons, including the infamous :foo: We have also worked with our server folks and developers to fix the issues that were slowing down the site.

    There is still work to be done - the images in existing sigs are not yet linked, for example, and we are working on a way to get the images to load faster - which will improve the performance of the site, especially on the pages with a ton of images, and we will continue to work diligently on that and keep you updated.

    Cheers,

    Fok on behalf of the entire Styleforum team
    Dismiss Notice

Motorcycles

Discussion in 'Fine Living, Home, Design & Auto' started by Tck13, Mar 15, 2006.

  1. j

    j Senior member Admin

    Messages:
    14,914
    Joined:
    Feb 17, 2002
    Location:
    Seattle, WA
    What you going to use it for?
    From what I've seen, they are pretty similar to what the BMW 800 GS will be like, so basically, put huge bags on the back, load it up with stuff and kind of head off in whatever direction I feel like. And probably, take it off some sweet jumps. I really don't know. I just increasingly want to have something that can go on dirt (not necessarily serious mud/dirt/technical stuff though) as well as road. It just seems like a lot of fun. I will test ride the 800 GS when the shop gets one in October.
     
  2. Tck13

    Tck13 Senior member

    Messages:
    5,750
    Joined:
    Mar 9, 2006
    Location:
    Philly
    And probably, take it off some sweet jumps.

    [​IMG]
     
  3. Matt

    Matt Senior member

    Messages:
    11,179
    Joined:
    Jan 14, 2005
    Location:
    Sunny Saigon
    What you going to use it for?
    thrifting
     
  4. eg1

    eg1 Senior member

    Messages:
    5,601
    Joined:
    Jan 22, 2007
    Location:
    Burlington, ON
    Who knows about BMWs? After getting caught in the rain for the MILLIONTH FUCKING TIME without bags and all of my gear (and for a couple of other reasons), I'm thinking about maybe a sport tourer for my next bike.

    Honda's ST1300 or BMW's R1200 RT or the R1200 GS. I use my bike a lot for commuting and I like to ride in all kinds of weather (except for below freezing unless it's completely dry). I also would like a small windsheild, bags, the whole package.

    I know that I could put bags on my cruiser and whatnot but I'm thinking I'd rather get a bike more suited for commuting and riding.

    Anyone have either of the BMWs or the Honda that I mentioned?

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]


    I have an old K100RS, and like j says, they are rather heavy for in and around town, but are rock-solid on the highway and real favourite of the iron-butt set. If you are looking to ring up serious cross-country mileage fast, something like the the K1200GT might be what you are looking for. I've never liked the BMW opposed-twin, so I would shy away from the R-series, but admit it's pure prejudice on my part.

    Off-hand I would think the ST1300 would be better value than any of the Beemers.
     
  5. A Harris

    A Harris Senior member Dubiously Honored

    Messages:
    4,582
    Joined:
    Jan 6, 2003
    From what I've seen, they are pretty similar to what the BMW 800 GS will be like, so basically, put huge bags on the back, load it up with stuff and kind of head off in whatever direction I feel like.

    And probably, take it off some sweet jumps.

    I really don't know. I just increasingly want to have something that can go on dirt (not necessarily serious mud/dirt/technical stuff though) as well as road. It just seems like a lot of fun. I will test ride the 800 GS when the shop gets one in October.



    That sounds like the right use for it. They really aren't that off-road capable (too heavy and powerful) but would be a good choice for trips that are say 80% asphalt / 20% dirt roads, where a 530 would either kill you or itself under the extended road travel.
     
  6. speedster.8

    speedster.8 Senior member

    Messages:
    1,697
    Joined:
    Nov 30, 2007
    My new object of lust... Triumph is coming out with a 50th Anniversary Bonneville next summer. Gives me a year to get ready, make a bunch of money and buy one [​IMG] [​IMG]
    NEXT YEAR? I passed this one the other day, sorry for the crappy cellph pic.
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
     
  7. j

    j Senior member Admin

    Messages:
    14,914
    Joined:
    Feb 17, 2002
    Location:
    Seattle, WA
    NEXT YEAR? I passed this one the other day, sorry for the crappy cellph pic.
    Yeah, I was pretty sure I'd seen one of those before too. Unless it's got something special I can't see from the pic.
     
  8. Ludeykrus

    Ludeykrus Senior member

    Messages:
    2,297
    Joined:
    May 27, 2007
    Location:
    North Georgia
    Working out some kinks:

    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
     
  9. speedster.8

    speedster.8 Senior member

    Messages:
    1,697
    Joined:
    Nov 30, 2007
    Working out some kinks: [​IMG]
    Id personaly look into the way they do the exhaust piping @ confederate ... How about a "springer" style fork?
     
  10. Ludeykrus

    Ludeykrus Senior member

    Messages:
    2,297
    Joined:
    May 27, 2007
    Location:
    North Georgia
    ^ I really like the pipes on the Confederates. My pipes aren't spectacular, but they are tuned to the motor.

    I like springers, but only on old school high-bar bobbers. Honestly, the only thing I can see changing on it right now is painting the front fork legs black. The rest I'm satisfied with.
     
  11. A Harris

    A Harris Senior member Dubiously Honored

    Messages:
    4,582
    Joined:
    Jan 6, 2003
    That chain is crazy long. Ever thrown one? I imagine that would be a big mess.
     
  12. Ludeykrus

    Ludeykrus Senior member

    Messages:
    2,297
    Joined:
    May 27, 2007
    Location:
    North Georgia
    Nope! Not on that bike, at least. I pitched one going down the offramp off the interstate once on my GS750, luckily it got stuck between the swingarm and shock, didn't lock up the rear tire, and didn't slap around tearing into my leg!

    Chain maintenance is a top priority for me after that incident!
     
  13. speedster.8

    speedster.8 Senior member

    Messages:
    1,697
    Joined:
    Nov 30, 2007
    How about belt drive, to wide?
     
  14. Ludeykrus

    Ludeykrus Senior member

    Messages:
    2,297
    Joined:
    May 27, 2007
    Location:
    North Georgia
    ^ I know there can be problems with belt conversions on the old Ironheads due to the belt being way too wide for the side case. I've heard of people having to dremel their case a bit just to be able to fit on a good o-ring chain!

    One of the only belt conversion kits I've found runs ~$800, so it wouldn't be a cheap endeavor. Actually, since it came up: anyone have any experience running belt drives? I've talked to two guys locally, and they said they've seen problems with eating belts within a short amount of miles. How's the durability compared to a chain?
     
  15. j

    j Senior member Admin

    Messages:
    14,914
    Joined:
    Feb 17, 2002
    Location:
    Seattle, WA
    Belt drive, pfeh. What is this, a bench grinder? [​IMG]
     
  16. Ludeykrus

    Ludeykrus Senior member

    Messages:
    2,297
    Joined:
    May 27, 2007
    Location:
    North Georgia
    Nope, but it might pass for a vibrator.
     
  17. Tokyo Slim

    Tokyo Slim Senior member

    Messages:
    19,179
    Joined:
    Apr 28, 2004
    Location:
    Where Eagles Dare!
    All images stolen gratuitously from stromtrooper.com That road(?) looks like... fun?!? [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  18. Tck13

    Tck13 Senior member

    Messages:
    5,750
    Joined:
    Mar 9, 2006
    Location:
    Philly
    FWIW, the latest issue of Motorcycle Consumer News has an awesome comparison of the BMW R1200GS, KTM 990 Adventure, and the Buell Ulysses XB12X.
     
  19. Matt

    Matt Senior member

    Messages:
    11,179
    Joined:
    Jan 14, 2005
    Location:
    Sunny Saigon
    Don't think I have ever posted a shot of my day-to-dayer.

    Honda AX1 250.

    [​IMG]
     
  20. A Harris

    A Harris Senior member Dubiously Honored

    Messages:
    4,582
    Joined:
    Jan 6, 2003
    Hmm, based on the XR250?
     

Share This Page

Styleforum is proudly sponsored by