Motorcycles

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

  1. Steve Smith

    Steve Smith Senior member

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    I had the black one. It is a step through frame, scooterish motorcycle, very typical of what they have in Vietnam. I think there is a blurry line between scooter and motorcycle. They use a lot of Hondas and Yamahas. I asked someone about Chinese bikes and she told me that the Chinese ones are less expensive but have a reputation for low quality.

    That is consistent with my experience renting a Chinese bike in Laos. That bike was an ergonomic nightmare. I had to take my foot completely off the peg to shift up or down. I could not sit in such a way that my right toe was above the brake pedal. Here is a pic of a couple the Chinese bikes ridden by my Dutch riding buddies and two girls who went with us. The bike with only one rider has a flat. This pic was in the countryside near Thakek, Laos.

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  2. Steve Smith

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    What's killing me is the flip-flops. :)
     
  4. Tck13

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    I knew this was going to happen. I see that misinterpreting what I wrote is happening already which is typical as most people don't read very well (if you're replying to my post).

    I never suggested that people should start riding on an R1. I knew that I shouldn't have put it in my post as people would think that I started seriously riding on that bike which I didn't. It was a trade in at a car dealership that I worked at so I bought it to sell and make some money. I took it for a couple of small tools around the neighborhood (and I had already taken an MSF course) but it certainly wasn't a good "first bike" for me which isn't why I got it anyway. I assume that if anyone has the ability to read that they may understand but I don't have much faith in that.

    My first serious bike was a Honda VTX 1300 Cruiser which is the same size as a Harley Sportster. When I got it I had more than one MSF course (beginning and advanced) and many hours of practice under my belt before heading out for any serious riding. The bike was extremely comfortable, fit my 6', 225lb frame very well and the power was perfect. Enough to get me out of any trouble on the road yet not underpowered.

    As I said earlier, (and since I need to make extra clear what I stated in my original posts) starting out with no experience on a bike that you can't handle is a stupid idea. Why is that even a part of the discussion? Why would anyone be even getting a bike without any experience? There are plenty of free courses that you can take that will give you some great experience for riding a bike and one doesn't even need a bike.

    I could handle my bike (VTX) very well and rode within my experience (not that I didn't have a lot to learn - even after several years there's still much more to learn). I wasn't "lucky" and surviving "a few years" with "a superbike". A VTX or Sportster is far from a superbike. Plus if my (or anyone's) skill level matches that of a Sportster or even something like a Deuce I really don't see the purpose in wasting the money buying a Ninja 300 when it's not something that they like or want to ride and they can easily skill-wise handle a bigger bike with more cc's (like a Sportster, Bonneville, Honda 1300 , BMW 800 or 1100 enduro) I'd say go for it. I'm so glad I didn't waste my money and I loved my bike. I knew my limits regarding experience and $. To each his own.
     
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  5. Rumpelstiltskin

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    They're carbon fiber
     
  6. Rumpelstiltskin

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    Repurposed BMW R65. Totally impractical/impossible to ride over 20 mph yet eye catching

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  7. MarioImpemba

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    So i tried youtube for motorcycle jacket reviews, so i could see them on people under normal lighting, not stock photos, and the only thing I could find is this entire culture of leather daddy's that post vids of them smoking in leather gear... what in the fuck, i don't even...
     
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    Ooo damn, that custom leather seat looks so much better than most attempts you see. Love the choice of leather, too.
     
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    That's cool--although it seems like a better solution would be a mini trailer (use the board as the frame--attached to the bike on one end and with a wheel strapped to the other end). Do those BMWs have trouble if they get tapped in a parking spot (by a parallel parking car) or knocked over? Seems like the cylinders would be especially vulnerable.
     
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    You may end up with some scuffs on the valve covers if you're trying to scrub chicken strips. [​IMG]
     
  11. TRINI

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    Revzilla's videos are good.
     
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    Funny moment while out today - passed a guy wearing a Scorpion Hat Trick jacket just like mine, down to the colors ("Phantom"). I didn't even realize it until he was past me and I saw the shape of the reflective stripes...
     
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    Anyone have any recommendations on black kevlar jeans that don't fit like a tent? I want something to replace my Levi 511s that has some level of abrasion resistance. I'm seriously considering trying women's jeans :embar:
     
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    TRINI Senior member

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    Deth Killers has a black kevlar-woven jean I believe.
     
  15. epb

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    No need to get all drastic. Draggin' Jeans has a model for men called Slix that sounds like what you're looking for, though they're a bit pricey. There is a review of them on Pipeburn.
     
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