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Forum: Battle scooters 11-20-2012, 01:24 PM
Replies: 118
Views: 13,521
Posted By Dr. Motardo
Interesting thread. My everyday ride is a Vespa...

Interesting thread. My everyday ride is a Vespa GTS 250 and I also have a Triumph Tiger 800. I've had 2 or 3 other scooters and a selection of Honda and Ducati motorcycles over the years and I can...
Forum: Vendors 11-15-2012, 12:09 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,013
Posted By Dr. Motardo
You guys are wonderful and should be proud of the...

You guys are wonderful and should be proud of the service you provide. Patient, thorough and your prices are great too! Keep up the good work!
Forum: Beasts 05-25-2012, 11:30 AM
Replies: 21,468
Views: 3,848,430
Posted By Dr. Motardo
My VIN is a 510 so it looks like the 2012 model I...

My VIN is a 510 so it looks like the 2012 model I bought in November is a newer build than the affected bikes. Ducati had some issues with shifter return springs on some bikes. Best to get it fixed...
Forum: Beasts 05-15-2012, 12:21 PM
Replies: 21,468
Views: 3,848,430
Posted By Dr. Motardo
This statement has me wondering if it's not the...

This statement has me wondering if it's not the racks, but rather a bit of inconsistency from bike to bike. My SW Motech plate fit just fine, probably took all of 5 minutes to install. I remember...
Forum: Beasts 05-10-2012, 01:24 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 18,146
Posted By Dr. Motardo
Lots of folks have mentioned weight and that's a...

Lots of folks have mentioned weight and that's a big issue for me as well. The Explorer's wet weight is 70 pounds more than BMW's stated wet weight for a 1200GS. That issue alone makes the Explorer...
Forum: Beasts 05-09-2012, 02:28 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,793
Posted By Dr. Motardo
I don't have a bad back per se, but I do suffer...

I don't have a bad back per se, but I do suffer occasionally with back spasms. My Tiger 800 is the most comfortable bike I've ever owned but I can't ride it if I'm having back spasms. Even a car is...
Forum: Beasts 05-09-2012, 08:11 AM
Replies: 21,468
Views: 3,848,430
Posted By Dr. Motardo
Hopefully you'll have a lot of fun and learn...

Hopefully you'll have a lot of fun and learn something. As the good Grifter said, the skills you hone at Supercamp do somehow transfer to the road. Their training helped my braking skills and my...
Forum: Beasts 05-08-2012, 12:22 PM
Replies: 21,468
Views: 3,848,430
Posted By Dr. Motardo
I don't know, I kind of think the MSF basic...

I don't know, I kind of think the MSF basic skills class could still be helpful. They really do help if you've picked up any bad habits over the years. Of course, these classes vary depending on...
Forum: Beasts 05-03-2012, 09:06 PM
Replies: 21,468
Views: 3,848,430
Posted By Dr. Motardo
Interesting take but, to be fair, you're talking...

Interesting take but, to be fair, you're talking apples and oranges here. I traded a nicely modded Hyper S for my 800 roadie and couldn't be happier. Now, the Hyper isn't quite the sport bike the...
Forum: Beasts 04-26-2012, 08:08 AM
Replies: 21,468
Views: 3,848,430
Posted By Dr. Motardo
I guess I fall outside the norm of Tiger 800...

I guess I fall outside the norm of Tiger 800 owners because I just don't give a shit about the odometer. I never "use" the odometer while I'm riding because I know how many total miles are on my...
Forum: Beasts 04-25-2012, 07:52 AM
Replies: 21,468
Views: 3,848,430
Posted By Dr. Motardo
Not exactly, but my guess is you have the old...

Not exactly, but my guess is you have the old center stand. When I negotiated the deal on my 800, the center stand was part of the package, along with the OEM heated grips. Grips were installed...
Forum: Beasts 04-12-2012, 12:01 PM
Replies: 21,468
Views: 3,848,430
Posted By Dr. Motardo
syspig and helotaxi, thanks for the...

syspig and helotaxi, thanks for the clarification. I'll be attempting to mount an old Magellan Roadmate because I just happen to have one handy. May as well try it out before spending big money on...
Forum: Beasts 04-11-2012, 06:42 PM
Replies: 21,468
Views: 3,848,430
Posted By Dr. Motardo
I really like this arrangement. If this has been...

I really like this arrangement. If this has been covered, I apologize, but which arm did you use? The medium (3" socket to socket) or the long (5"). The picture in the link looks like the 3" but I...
Forum: Beasts 04-04-2012, 03:32 PM
Replies: 21,468
Views: 3,848,430
Posted By Dr. Motardo
See, this is what I'm saying about perception. I...

See, this is what I'm saying about perception. I also weigh in at around 150 without gear and I find the 800's suspension to be a nice compromise between supple for comfort and taut for...
Forum: Beasts 04-04-2012, 12:36 PM
Replies: 21,468
Views: 3,848,430
Posted By Dr. Motardo
I'm still under 1000 miles on my roadie so I've...

I'm still under 1000 miles on my roadie so I've not noticed any sort of softening yet, but I've felt it on pretty much every bike I've ever owned. Much of your question has to do with perception. ...
Forum: Beasts 04-03-2012, 01:26 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 11,669
Posted By Dr. Motardo
I gave up a Hypermotard S for my Tiger 800. The...

I gave up a Hypermotard S for my Tiger 800. The XC was a little bit of a turnoff for me because of the 21" front wheel and the tubed tires. I loved my Hyper, which is damned close to be being a...
Forum: Beasts 03-22-2012, 11:39 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,306
Posted By Dr. Motardo
I've test ridden both multiple times and bought...

I've test ridden both multiple times and bought the roadie, mainly because I spend most of my time on pavement. Personally, I think both bikes are brilliant and, at my weight (150-ish before gear),...
Forum: Battle scooters 03-09-2012, 12:19 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 5,667
Posted By Dr. Motardo
I bought my lightly used 2009 GTS just about a...

I bought my lightly used 2009 GTS just about a year ago. It's my urban road warrior and perfect for my daily commute. It's also surprisingly comfortable for two so the wife and I use it for all of...
Forum: Beasts 03-08-2012, 01:07 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 15,348
Posted By Dr. Motardo
I too owned a Hyper before I bought my 800 Tiger....

I too owned a Hyper before I bought my 800 Tiger. The Hyper is everything I love about sport bikes. Slim, light, nimble and fast enough for any relatively sane person. I used Wolfman bags on my...
Forum: Beasts 02-24-2012, 12:02 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 23,265
Posted By Dr. Motardo
One point I can vouch for is scheduling your...

One point I can vouch for is scheduling your buying for the end of the month. This is almost always a good strategy.

The other opinions offered in this thread might work at some dealerships but...
Forum: Beasts 02-14-2012, 08:12 AM
Replies: 21,468
Views: 3,848,430
Posted By Dr. Motardo
It's been a while so I'm not sure if my memory is...

It's been a while so I'm not sure if my memory is faulty, but I seem to remember receiving a pair of lock cylinders matched to my bike when I picked up my 800. You didn't? Or are you already using...
Forum: Beasts 02-09-2012, 12:04 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 4,973
Posted By Dr. Motardo
Yossarian covered pretty much everything very...

Yossarian covered pretty much everything very well. I have an 800 (not the XC) that I'm enjoying very much. I'd add two minor points:

I haven't bought a new bike since 2007 but I've test ridden...
Forum: Beasts 02-05-2012, 02:07 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 9,119
Posted By Dr. Motardo
Just to get this out there, Woody's cannot seal a...

Just to get this out there, Woody's cannot seal a 21" wheel. Period. When I was deciding on whether to go with an 800 or an 800 XC I talked to Woody's to find out about sealing the XC's wheels. ...
Forum: Beasts 02-01-2012, 07:46 PM
Replies: 21,468
Views: 3,848,430
Posted By Dr. Motardo
This is really the key point. I bought the road...

This is really the key point. I bought the road version because most of my riding is on tarmac and the roads here in Colorado are pretty bad. Coming from a Hyper S, the roadie's suspension feels...
Forum: Beasts 01-14-2012, 04:48 PM
Replies: 21,468
Views: 3,848,430
Posted By Dr. Motardo
That was the suspicion but I'm not sure it was...

That was the suspicion but I'm not sure it was ever proven conclusively. Bikes did seem to have more problems in regions using ethanol.
Forum: Beasts 01-13-2012, 12:35 PM
Replies: 21,468
Views: 3,848,430
Posted By Dr. Motardo
B2 wrote: B2, just to be clear, I was not talking...

B2 wrote: B2, just to be clear, I was not talking about being "right" or "wrong", I was simply saying that making broad comments about one company's warranty service compared to another company's...
Forum: Beasts 01-11-2012, 12:12 PM
Replies: 21,468
Views: 3,848,430
Posted By Dr. Motardo
I would be cautious when making broad-stroke...

I would be cautious when making broad-stroke statements like this. If anything, I'm a Ducati apologist and I loved the Ducs I've owned. But, all things considered, they're no better or worse than...
Forum: Battle scooters 01-05-2012, 01:59 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,093
Posted By Dr. Motardo
They've already been mentioned but for my money,...

They've already been mentioned but for my money, Modern Vespa and Modern Buddy are two of the best. Yeah, it's a very eclectic group of people at both but the mix is pretty good. Useful for all...
Forum: Beasts 12-22-2011, 01:23 PM
Replies: 21,468
Views: 3,848,430
Posted By Dr. Motardo
Hard to say that this is the case or not, but I...

Hard to say that this is the case or not, but I purchased my 2012 all black 800 on November 30 and the dealer did need to update the tune. While I only have about a 150 miles on the clock (it's been...
Forum: Beasts 12-14-2011, 12:52 PM
Replies: 21,468
Views: 3,848,430
Posted By Dr. Motardo
How about us Rocky Mountain guys? Part of my...

How about us Rocky Mountain guys? Part of my deal on my new 800 was having the Triumph grips installed at the time of delivery. I picked up the bike last Saturday and did a decent amount of riding...
Forum: Beasts 12-03-2011, 09:18 PM
Replies: 21,468
Views: 3,848,430
Posted By Dr. Motardo
Pretty much my thinking exactly. The Heidenaus...

Pretty much my thinking exactly. The Heidenaus are pretty great but I'll wait and see how the stock Pirelli Scorpions do. I test rode the 800 and XC back to back, on pavement of course, and...
Forum: Beasts 12-03-2011, 02:54 PM
Replies: 21,468
Views: 3,848,430
Posted By Dr. Motardo
Count me in!

Signed the paperwork on a 2012 black 800 roadie last week and have been trying to catch up on this thread for a couple of weeks. I still have a few hundred pages to skim but it's nice to see that...
Forum: Battle scooters 11-29-2011, 07:46 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,881
Posted By Dr. Motardo
BINGO! If I can find something to actually lock...

BINGO! If I can find something to actually lock my scoot to, I'll do it. Frequently, like where I work, I cannot. We have designated 2 wheeler parking areas and there's nothing to lock to. ...
Forum: Layin' down tracks 11-19-2011, 04:59 PM
Replies: 3,546
Views: 590,918
Posted By Dr. Motardo
Hmm, I picked one up at REI today but didn't see...

Hmm, I picked one up at REI today but didn't see anything about a rebate. Thanks for mentioning this! I already found the rebate info and form online.
Forum: Battle scooters 07-19-2011, 09:11 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 6,922
Posted By Dr. Motardo
Well, as the smily would suggest, it was a rather...

Well, as the smily would suggest, it was a rather dimwitted attempt at juvenile, gender-related humor.

Since, you know, that's kind of what started the whole thread.
Forum: Battle scooters 07-19-2011, 04:37 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 6,922
Posted By Dr. Motardo
Well, um, I bought my pristine 2009 250 from a...

Well, um, I bought my pristine 2009 250 from a woman. Like Foldart said, the seat is pretty high and she couldn't flat foot it. Had 350 miles on the clock and I got it for $3950, a pretty fair...
Forum: Ride reports 05-23-2011, 03:18 PM
Replies: 206
Views: 45,601
Posted By Dr. Motardo
As an owner of one of the first '06 Buddy 125's...

As an owner of one of the first '06 Buddy 125's in Denver, I'll be following your escapades with great interest. As a daily commuter, the Buddy can't be beat. I've only put about 8000 miles on mine...
Forum: Battle scooters 04-27-2011, 02:21 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,042
Posted By Dr. Motardo
I think what actually matters is one's attitude...

I think what actually matters is one's attitude and how one carries him (or her) self. I know of many scooter pilots who share your view but I've had no issues with other riders or drivers giving me...
Forum: Battle scooters 04-22-2011, 06:59 PM
Replies: 114
Views: 17,296
Posted By Dr. Motardo
Haven't been around for a while but this is a...

Haven't been around for a while but this is a discussion that always interests me. As long as folks fully understand the risks they're taking with or without gear, I'm fine with whatever you choose...
Forum: Battle scooters 08-26-2010, 11:18 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,814
Posted By Dr. Motardo
If you want some additional opinions there's a...

If you want some additional opinions there's a Blur forum over at Modern Buddy. I don't mind the floorboard arrangement, feels a bit sportier to me. And personally, I think the bike looks great.
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