Motorcycles

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

  1. Cool The Kid

    Cool The Kid Senior member

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    I have sworn off night and rain riding if I can manage it.

    That little Yami would be sick with clubman bars and a cafe seat
     
  2. TRINI

    TRINI Senior member

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    Guilty as charged. I also put tracker bars on and wrapped the pipes this week.

    Bobbed it is. That's where I was leaning anyways. Thanks for all the responses guys.
     
  3. Tck13

    Tck13 Senior member

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    I guess I'm one of those idiots that will never agree with all of this. I didn't do it and it worked out great for me.
     
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    It is probably one of if not the most customised bikes out there, but in bog stock form it is an excellent commuter.

    If there is an after market part for a any bike there will be one for the SR400.

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  5. MarioImpemba

    MarioImpemba Senior member

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    Dang, I love all of those.
     
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    Here's the analogy I typically use: some people were taught to swim by simply throwing them in the pool and letting them work things out. There's a difference, though, between learning to swim and figuring out how not to drown, and there's a difference between figuring out how to get down the road without killing yourself and learning to ride properly. The biggest downside to starting on a sportbike is that most of the riders that survive become pretty much uneducatable - they "know what they're doing" and don't want to be bothered about poor technique or bad habits. They write off best practices as a difference of opinion.

    Tons of crappy drivers make it from point A to point B without dying and figure they're good enough. Sure, they have a lot of close calls while they're texting or on the phone, but if it were really dangerous wouldn't they be dead by now? The same thing happens with motorcycles, but because of the greater mystique of danger, everyone that doesn't kill themselves figures "it worked out great." And worse, they tell their friends that.

    The real issue, imo, is Americans want to do things, but they don't care if they do them well or responsibly. They want a bunch of guns, but why insist they learn how to shoot properly or store them safely? They want to drive, but why should they be expected to take care of their car or insure it - that only matters if they crash and they aren't going to, right? And sure, almost every other industrialized nation sees fit to require multiple testing and years of experience before unleashing someone on the roads on a liter bike, but those guys are all sissies - gimme!

    I don't doubt you and others that started like that can ride a motorcycle. I sincerely doubt you're the best rider you could be, and I hate that so many people are content to muddle through in this and so many other areas of life.
     
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  7. Rumpelstiltskin

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    @ Cool the Kid

    Was in NYC this past weekend (actually still here) and although I would ride if I lived here (again), I would not have a faired bike as my only bike. Fuck that. A Starbucks...err...Ducati Streetfighter with givi saddlebags (for long trips) would fit me just fine

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    otc Senior member

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    Is it worth it to upgrade my chain on the kz400?

    Its a standard chain and its got a little bit of rust on some of the outside plates, but otherwise seems to be in good condition. Don't think it is too stretched or anything...it can't be the original chain that came with the bike (34 years and 28k miles wouldn't leave it looking like that).

    The guy who mounted my tires suggested putting on an o-ring chain, but I can't really see why other than increased longevity and decreased maintenance. Replacing a still-good part for better longevity doesn't make sense (since it hasn't worn out yet). Since the bike sometimes gets rained on and sits outside, I probably want to keep it freshly lubed anyways because the outside will start to rust up even if the o-rings are keeping the insides nice and lubed.

    Just not sure if there is any good reason to spend a hundred bucks on something that is working fine now.
     
  9. MarioImpemba

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    LOL.
     
  10. Cool The Kid

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    I dont get the Starbucks joke

    But yea within a first month of me having my bike someone knocked it over

    Within a year meter maids towed it

    Only way to have a nice bike there is to garage it and trailer it to Monticello

    I am in NC now :)
     
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    It's where us Ducatisti spend most of our time posing with our beautiful bikes rather than actually riding them.:teach:
     
  12. MarioImpemba

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    What do ya'll pay for insurance?

    I'm $550/yr for 1200cc V-Twin. I'm due to renew, and I think I can do better on price.
     
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    I pay $400 a year for my 2010 Multistrada.
     
  14. Cool The Kid

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    I think insurance on my Ninja 650R is something stupid like $300/yr. Only liability though (bike is worthless)
     
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    $239/yr for a 05 Buell Lightning XB9SX, that is comprehensive with $1000 deductible.
     

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