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Motorcycles

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

  1. MarioImpemba

    MarioImpemba Senior member

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    Sounds sweet man; seems ideal.

    I sweat just sitting at my desk. I am always warm. I rode my bicycle every day in college as my primary means of transportation. It would be sub-freezing temperatures and I'd have a light hoodie and basketball shorts on, and I'd still be a mess by the time I got to class. I have no patience for lolly-gagging on a bicycle. I am far from a wheezing fat slob. I sweat very easily, period. High metabolism + muscle mass insulation.
     
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  2. epb

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    I LOVE the Hawk GT - it was my dream bike in the late 80s, and I don't think I'd ever sell mine, but I wouldn't pay the crazy money I see people ask for them on eBay. A couple have gone for over $4k recently - unless you have some nostalgic connection, there are better, newer bikes to be had.

    As far as fit, swing by www.cycle-ergo.com and put in your stats to see. Looks to me as if the SV650 and NT650 would have the same fit for you.
     
  3. TRINI

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    Can someone explain the downsides of running dual-sport tires on the street? Like what are the tradeoffs vs. normal road tires?

    I'm inspired...

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  4. John Doe

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    Lousy traction that will leave you on your ass if you ride it like anything other than an old lady. I don't get this trend that I've been seeing a lot lately. Who would want to put big ass knobby dirt tires on a street bike? I think this trend is more about people who are more concerned about the aesthetic rather than the performance or even the safety of the bike. I think people who do this are more dilettantes than motorcyclists.
     
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  5. MarioImpemba

    MarioImpemba Senior member

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    Riding at lunch today some pedestrian started jumping up and down to notify me a cop was ahead. [​IMG] I guess he thought I was more likely to do something illegal on a bike than had I been in a cage, LOL.
     
  6. Rumpelstiltskin

    Rumpelstiltskin Senior member

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    Gawd that's a good looking bike

    It would be cool if you lived somewhere with a lot of dirt or gravel roads...maybe even cobblestones if you lived in an old city. It's a good look but yeah it is quickly becoming the latest Starbucks poseur look.
     
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  7. akatsuki

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    i don't know what a bike like that is supposed to do besides be posed with...
     
  8. Rumpelstiltskin

    Rumpelstiltskin Senior member

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    If you like riding fire roads, dirt trails, cutting across pastures with an occasional on road riding it is fine. You're in Brooklyn so not so fine.
     
  9. Steve Smith

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    Bike styling is mostly about posing anyway.

    Examples:

    Plastic body work on sportbikes. It serves no purpose except to give the look of a race bike.

    Big BMW GS bikes with knobbies. Please take your big adventure bike with saddlebags offroad into areas where the knobbies are actually needed. BTW, the saddlebags are there so the bike can't actually fall flat. You will need that advantage when you try to pick up that 600+ pound beast.
     
  10. Rumpelstiltskin

    Rumpelstiltskin Senior member

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    Survey says

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    Anyone who rides over 55 mph (virtually everyone) and anyone who rides distance will disagree with you. Vehemently.
     
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  11. Steve Smith

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    The longest ride I have ever done in a 24 hour period was just shy of 1100 miles. It was on a naked Yamaha XS1100 Special and is documented with the Iron Butt Association.

    I have run hours at a time on I-40 in Tennessee at 95MPH on my Cagiva Gran Canyon. This was on a roadtrip that covered over 2500 miles last Fall. I didn't say that a windscreen has no effect. But all that bullshit boy racer plastic bodywork around your engine makes you look like a wannabe.
     
  12. Rumpelstiltskin

    Rumpelstiltskin Senior member

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    Some of us don't have extra muscular necks. As for the rest of the body work aerodynamics really work you know....ask the touring guys on their Goldwings and BMW K1600s.

    You like naked bikes. I get that. So do I. But if I were to only own a single bike, it would not be a naked bike (except for maybe a Duc 1098 streetfighter). Different strokes for different folks. But to liken enduro knobby tires on a bike that stays on road with functional bodywork is a rather silly comparison.
     
  13. Cool The Kid

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    I like these... (Hawk... SUPER Hawk lololol). The small tank turned me off though. If I went the liter V route I would sort out an SV1000. I need that range.

    There's no better death for a bike than blowing up on the track. Your friend really pushed that bike, that story makes me happy.
     
  14. brokencycle

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    I don't typically ride long distances - typically no more than 100 miles at a time - but I have had no problems on my naked Buell Lightning either in terms of aerodynamics or comfort. Then again, It is my only bike and I haven't ridden any of those plastic covered Hondas either.
     
  15. epb

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    Iv'e got a standard, a naked, and a faired sportbike - there's a big difference at highway speeds. On my CB400 you're seriously fighting the air above 60. My NT650 puts you at an angle to deal with it better, since you're half tucked already. But the CBR has me speeding, because the bodywork seriously reducing the sensation of speed as I'm used to it - I actually worry about taking curves too fast because I don't realize how fast I'm approaching; luckily, it also handles curves at higher speeds than I'm used to.

    Still, SS has a point: the RR does stand for race replica and a lot of young riders like to highlight that. ;)
     
  16. Reynard369

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    You have any experience with the Suzuki, SymWolf, or Misfit? Been reading up on all 3 and they have very good reviews, a great look, and are decently priced. I'm leaning toward the Misfit, but I'm curious if the lack of dealerships that sell/repair them (closest to me in 2 hours away, which actually isn't too bad) is an issue.
     
  17. Steve Smith

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    There was a brisk debate about the Misfit in this thread several weeks ago. No need to rehash it.
     
  18. Rumpelstiltskin

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    He rode that bike to Daytona multiple times, to Indiana I believe, and countless trips into the Appalachian, the Allegheny and the Adirondacks, the local and not so local tracks like VIR & Summit Point (where the bike lost it's life). And this is a dude in his late 50s/early 60s. That bike lived a long life
     
  19. EgliComet

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    We have a TU250 and it's oddly entertaining. We picked it up to keep on the boats.
     
  20. Steve Smith

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    Short jaunt this afternoon.

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