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Motorcycles

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

  1. epb

    epb Well-Known Member

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    I go ridiculously easy on the turns because the street is the street, not the track - you simply don't know what's on the street. I've come close to losing my bike on turns due to broken glass, diesel, at least a Super Gulp-sized Slurpee, a puddle of what I still think was maple syrup, and a clear sheet of plastic that was invisible until my front tire touched it. (Funny how after a close call, you always go back and see what the hell it was). Yes, I feel like an idiot poking thru a curve at 20mph or so, but over the years I've had to catch a bike too many times to take a good surface for granted. My lowest, nearly knee-down turns come when I screw up - take a turn a bit too fast and discover it's tighter than I expected. Newbies tend to high-side because it's counter-intuitve to think about pushing the bar down further and staying on the throttle.
     
  2. epb

    epb Well-Known Member

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    Depends on the highway, depends on the ride. I've got a Honda CBR600RR, CB400T, and NT650. The CB400T, like otc said (he's got one as well), is about 35hp and has a top speed of 99mph; it hits the meat of its torque-band above 5000 rpm. I've ridden it to Milwaukee, but I do that by taking Route 43 way north of Chicago where it merges with I-94, and I can cruise along at 70mph. I'm keeping up with traffic, and if I need some more a (BIG) twist of the wrist will move it along. With an engine this old, living near redline would be foolhardy.

    Around town, where commuters are manically driving 80-90mph while texting, shaving and such (yesterday I was behind a guy brushing his teeth - how do you even do that? does he spit in his car?) and the CB400 doesn't do well, lacking the ability to quickly put some room between me and the inattentive. For those situations, the other two are fine - the low-down torque of the NT650 can handle any sane speeds, and the CBR... let's face it, it's untouchable. :)

    So, to sum up, I wouldn't take a Misfit on the interstate for an extended trip, but I would take it on county/state roads - which would be more fun/interesting anyway. I haven't taken a motorcycle trip yet where I droned along on the intersate dodging semis and minivans; I use my car for that.
     
  3. Cool The Kid

    Cool The Kid Well-Known Member

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    250cc is fine on the highway, no worse than a 14 second car

    Riding in Manhattan just puts you on the super defensive, to the point to me that it's almost not fun. I had an accident with a cab and have had countless close calls with them. I would find a lot to practice skills in and ride super defensively
     
  4. Rumpelstiltskin

    Rumpelstiltskin Well-Known Member

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    Your bike makes 70something hp. You cannot relate. According to motorcylist.com the Misfit dynoed at almost 12 hp. Almost. Consider this: 125cc scooters make about same horsepower yet they are not highway legal

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    A new rider on NY highways for extended trips on this bike is a recipe for disaster. I can't imagine being on Grand Central Parkway, FDR, the LIE or Southern State Parkway on a 12 hp vehicle. Can you imagine crossing the Verrazzano or the George Washington Bridge on that thing? How about cruising down the Jersey Turnpike or up the NY State Thruway?

    I understand supporting the young man and all that jazz as I am always one to bring more people into the riding brotherhood but this is rediculous
     
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  5. Rumpelstiltskin

    Rumpelstiltskin Well-Known Member

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    When one of my childhood buddies lives in East New York (Brooklyn for non-New Yorkers) decided to buy his first motorcycle I pushed him into looking at this. You can probably find a brand new 2010 model still sitting in a crate for dirt cheap. My friend decided against it but instead put his g/f on a 9 month weight gain program [​IMG]

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  6. Cool The Kid

    Cool The Kid Well-Known Member

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    Ooof yea Rumplestiltskin didn't realize it was that underpowered. Well, he should be fine if he stays off of highways and in the "subway zone". Hey, I see folks on Vespas on the bridges and those have like 5HP. So he should be OK off the highways.

    It's possible/probable a very used TU250 would have been a better buy. But hey, you live and you learn. Enjoy it
     
  7. Cool The Kid

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    Speaking of horsepower I got clocked for doing 49 in a 35 yesterday. Cop let me off with a warning. Couldn't believe it.
     
  8. BostonHedonist

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    I almost want to go and impulse buy a Ninja 300 w ABS. My gut tells me it's the smartest beginner sportbike to buy. And so much cheaper than a Striple
     
  9. Cool The Kid

    Cool The Kid Well-Known Member

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    Smartest beginner bike is a $1500 Ninja 250.....
     
  10. brokencycle

    brokencycle Well-Known Member

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    I think they're typically forgiving of motorcycles. I merged onto the interestate and immediately cut over into the HOV/motorcycle lane doing about 70 in a 60 right by a parked state trooper in an unmarked car. I thought he was going to get me, but he just sat there.
     
  11. Perilo

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    I'll join in...this is my sanity on the weekends.
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  12. Bob Loblaw

    Bob Loblaw Well-Known Member

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    I owned a Triumph Bonneville for a while before trading it in for a Speed Triple. The Bonneville, while a great 'gentleman's cruiser' around town seemed to fall a bit short in terms of performance outside of town on twisted mountain roads.

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  13. andrewgreg

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    Just give u guys an update. I decided go for a V-rod (used). It's really the best bike Harley made.
     
  14. BostonHedonist

    BostonHedonist Well-Known Member

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    Pics or it didn't happen.
     
  15. andrewgreg

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    shhh currently negotiating and still shopping around. Bikes are not cheap in So Cal.
     
  16. epb

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    Perhaps, but... :satisfied:

    My biggest issue with the cruisers - not picking on just HD there - is the weight. Man, almost 700-lbs? My brother and I started out on dirt bikes, which you just pick up and hop back on like it's nothing. The transition to street bikes weighing 350 or so was bad enough. The Bonneville is about my limit.
     
  17. BostonHedonist

    BostonHedonist Well-Known Member

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    I hear ya epb. And Harley's are some of the heaviest. I love my Triumph cruiser a lot. I mean a real lot. Sometimes my girlfriend even gets jealous. But I'm dying to ride something that's not 500lbs dry...
     
  18. Cool The Kid

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    Could you ever do a UJM... they are still pretty heavy but you still get classic styling a much more responsive ride

    I think the CB1100 is a little cheesy and overdone... but something like an old Bandit 1200 could do the trick, I think
     
  19. akatsuki

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    Lot cheaper than the Tristate area since there are so many floating around. People here want ridiculously high prices for their piece of crap "streetfighters".
     
  20. MarioImpemba

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