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Forum: Road warriors 09-17-2014, 09:20 AM
Replies: 944
Views: 145,904
Posted By cls
Agreed, and nothing said to the contrary. The...

Agreed, and nothing said to the contrary. The -07 is a hoot...as is the 500X. They have different strengths. Just because a bike is stronger, doesn't make it (always) better. If you want a...
Forum: Road warriors 09-17-2014, 06:33 AM
Replies: 944
Views: 145,904
Posted By cls
I have the 500X and the -07. It just depends on...

I have the 500X and the -07. It just depends on what you want. The 500 is the better practical bike, IMO: mpg's, comfort, wind protection, smoothness, light clutch, and less cost. Neither is...
Forum: Beasts 09-17-2014, 06:27 AM
Replies: 4,494
Views: 788,334
Posted By cls
[QUOTE=grnd0;25088108] Then you...

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Then you wouldn't have noticed any difference in mpg's having changed it out that early. I'll probably go TBR for the enjoyable music...and a little bump in feel.
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Forum: Beasts 09-16-2014, 12:46 PM
Replies: 4,494
Views: 788,334
Posted By cls
My last two tank fulls were 75 mpg, so the...

My last two tank fulls were 75 mpg, so the average is coming up w/more miles. Did you see an improvement in mpg's w/the LV exhaust? I would think that'd help a good bit, provided you rode the same...
Forum: Beasts 09-16-2014, 06:14 AM
Replies: 4,494
Views: 788,334
Posted By cls
Yes, minimal differences, for sure. Still, the...

Yes, minimal differences, for sure. Still, the interest of the hunt. I just don't like the ethanol deal, period. Otherwise, I'm all for the cheaper, lower octane gas, as long as it's trouble-free...
Forum: Beasts 09-15-2014, 07:10 AM
Replies: 4,494
Views: 788,334
Posted By cls
I'm averaging 73 mpg's (U.S.) w/87 octane, "up to...

I'm averaging 73 mpg's (U.S.) w/87 octane, "up to 10% ethanol." I just found a local place w/o ethanol to see how it goes. From my understanding, lower octane gas provides more power, so long as...
Forum: Road warriors 08-22-2014, 11:57 AM
Replies: 120
Views: 7,010
Posted By cls
I've had the exotic stuff in the past. I swore a...

I've had the exotic stuff in the past. I swore a few months back to only go w/Japanese bikes from here on out. I have no time or interest in exorbitant pricing, hard-to-get parts/service,...
Forum: Road warriors 08-21-2014, 06:44 AM
Replies: 383
Views: 77,825
Posted By cls
I'm not the technical guy to explain all the...

I'm not the technical guy to explain all the details, I'm afraid. I just ride 'em. I know the engine went from 1352 to 1441cc's, along w/some other tweaks to suspension, fueling, etc. (Sounds...
Forum: Road warriors 08-17-2014, 05:32 PM
Replies: 331
Views: 54,542
Posted By cls
Very nice summaries, I think. Great bikes that...

Very nice summaries, I think. Great bikes that just don't add up...especially for the price. IMO, of course.
Forum: Road warriors 08-17-2014, 05:29 PM
Replies: 383
Views: 77,825
Posted By cls
I had an '06 and have a '12. The Gen 2 is a...

I had an '06 and have a '12. The Gen 2 is a notably better bike, if you're into such comparisons and details. They're both very nice and silly fast, of course. But there are a number of nice...
Forum: Road warriors 08-17-2014, 05:25 PM
Replies: 215
Views: 26,702
Posted By cls
Yes, you made it clear in your evaluation w/"as...

Yes, you made it clear in your evaluation w/"as for myself." My input was for those who have different priorities. I'd hate for someone to discount the Honda 500's because of a single perspective. ...
Forum: Road warriors 08-17-2014, 06:27 AM
Replies: 944
Views: 145,904
Posted By cls
The only reasonable knock I have is the pretty...

The only reasonable knock I have is the pretty narrow engagement zone on the slightly grabby clutch. And, yep, that's nitpicking. It's not bad, but it shouldn't be. Otherwise, it's a very small...
Forum: Road warriors 08-16-2014, 08:42 PM
Replies: 215
Views: 26,702
Posted By cls
Depends on what your priorities are. The Honda...

Depends on what your priorities are. The Honda is smoother, roomier, gets better mpg's, the clutch is a bit slicker and lighter, and it just feels really nice and slick as a commuter. The Hondas...
Forum: Road warriors 08-12-2014, 04:09 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 4,412
Posted By cls
...and they're great bikes. But, they're heavy...

...and they're great bikes. But, they're heavy and cheaply appointed. I want something a bit sharper for a comfortable, street, sporty bike. Pick and choose.
Forum: Road warriors 08-09-2014, 05:33 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,837
Posted By cls
There's also the matter of being able to get and...

There's also the matter of being able to get and use whatever you want from the bike w/minimal revs or strain, including running highway speeds at very moderate revs. There's a certain comfort in...
Forum: Road warriors 07-30-2014, 11:48 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,102
Posted By cls
There's a relatively new trend towards d-s bikes,...

There's a relatively new trend towards d-s bikes, as well as electric bikes, for police work. I tried to go the d-s route years ago. They put it in the budget, but no success in the follow-through....
Forum: Road warriors 07-28-2014, 11:11 AM
Replies: 944
Views: 145,904
Posted By cls
Pretty much a ditto on size (6'01"/33"), riding...

Pretty much a ditto on size (6'01"/33"), riding style for this bike, and opinion...except I feel a little cramped. It feels very purposeful, though. Not too bad, at all. I actually like the...
Forum: Road warriors 07-25-2014, 07:43 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,102
Posted By cls
Everybody and everywhere has their own preference...

Everybody and everywhere has their own preference and advantages for their needs/desire, I reckon. Our guys much prefer the HD's.

And it's not that slow-speed is what they do the majority of the...
Forum: Road warriors 07-24-2014, 05:41 PM
Replies: 944
Views: 145,904
Posted By cls
Interesting. I love the bottom-mount exhausts: ...

Interesting. I love the bottom-mount exhausts: clean, efficient, and out-of-the-way.
Forum: Road warriors 07-24-2014, 05:39 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,102
Posted By cls
BMW's were not included maintenance when we tried...

BMW's were not included maintenance when we tried a few of them for a few years. They ate us up in maintenance and parts. That's been a while back, so maybe the include maint. is something new? I...
Forum: Road warriors 07-24-2014, 11:37 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,102
Posted By cls
I'm not an NC rider, but I'd suspect the engine...

I'm not an NC rider, but I'd suspect the engine heat would even keep them nice and warm, stored in the frunk.
Forum: Road warriors 07-24-2014, 11:35 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,102
Posted By cls
I think there are 3 primary reasons: 1) The...

I think there are 3 primary reasons: 1) The "American" perspective/perception in going w/HD; 2) They also have an old, proven, easy-to-use PD set-up and the history that goes along w/it; and then,...
Forum: Road warriors 07-24-2014, 05:48 AM
Replies: 5,559
Views: 1,056,684
Posted By cls
Other folks might like to see something a little...

Other folks might like to see something a little different (Dare I say better for them?) evolve from it. If you're happy, awesome. Nobody's taking that from you. I'd love to see a few tweaks. ...
Forum: Road warriors 07-23-2014, 05:26 PM
Replies: 5,559
Views: 1,056,684
Posted By cls
Most anything is subject to change, but I suspect...

Most anything is subject to change, but I suspect you're right. We'll see.
Forum: Road warriors 07-23-2014, 10:27 AM
Replies: 5,559
Views: 1,056,684
Posted By cls
Yep, you're dealing w/personalities and...

Yep, you're dealing w/personalities and principles. The thought of having to get off the bike and pop the seat (not to mention any bag/packing concerns) drives me crazy. It would irritate the crap...
Forum: Road warriors 07-23-2014, 10:24 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 9,526
Posted By cls
Add a topper to it (Sheepskin, beadrider, gel...

Add a topper to it (Sheepskin, beadrider, gel pad); comfortable, cheap, and flexible.
Forum: Road warriors 07-23-2014, 07:18 AM
Replies: 5,559
Views: 1,056,684
Posted By cls
Ditto. It's a deal-killer for me. I know some...

Ditto. It's a deal-killer for me. I know some don't understand it, but I'm buying for me, not them. I could probably overlook it if they'd do all the just right things to the 750 that will...
Forum: Road warriors 07-22-2014, 05:51 PM
Replies: 944
Views: 145,904
Posted By cls
"Tiny" may be a little strong, but you're getting...

"Tiny" may be a little strong, but you're getting into intentions there. It's a good step smaller than the FZ-09 and the CB500X. How the actual numeric dimensions amongst the 3 compare, I'll let...
Forum: Beasts 07-21-2014, 11:07 AM
Replies: 1,682
Views: 383,169
Posted By cls
Easy there, big fella'. I'm afraid you're gonna'...

Easy there, big fella'. I'm afraid you're gonna' hurt yourself. :evil
Forum: Beasts 07-21-2014, 04:44 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,518
Posted By cls
If you really enjoy the off-road, off-pavement...

If you really enjoy the off-road, off-pavement side of Adventure-touring, especially w/a feel for performance, you would definitely appreciate the advantages of the Beemer...IF you're willing to fork...
Forum: Beasts 07-19-2014, 07:43 AM
Replies: 4,494
Views: 788,334
Posted By cls
Excellent. That's sweet.

Excellent. That's sweet.
Forum: Beasts 07-18-2014, 04:24 AM
Replies: 4,494
Views: 788,334
Posted By cls
Oh, yeh. You have to get that...in addition to...

Oh, yeh. You have to get that...in addition to the X. That's the right thing to do.
Forum: Road warriors 07-17-2014, 04:30 AM
Replies: 173
Views: 16,414
Posted By cls
Nothing wrong w/that. It just depends on what...

Nothing wrong w/that. It just depends on what you're after, though. In certain situations and for certain purposes, the extra power, weight, and displacement is a negative. I've been through the...
Forum: Road warriors 07-15-2014, 12:16 PM
Replies: 173
Views: 16,414
Posted By cls
Indeed. More bikes, better quality. I, for one,...

Indeed. More bikes, better quality. I, for one, will gladly pay for what I want. I like different stuff: big(ger) and small(er). "The right tool for the job" and all that. I like to tackle...
Forum: Road warriors 07-15-2014, 04:57 AM
Replies: 173
Views: 16,414
Posted By cls
As I said, I'd like to see higher quality in...

As I said, I'd like to see higher quality in everything. If you like whatever bike, for whatever reason, that's awesome. Ride and enjoy. About "passing folks on the inside" and crap, though, who...
Forum: Road warriors 07-14-2014, 07:00 PM
Replies: 173
Views: 16,414
Posted By cls
"The right track" being an extremely tight one, a...

"The right track" being an extremely tight one, a situation already mentioned. Most tracks aren't like that, most roads aren't like that, and most riders aren't like that. And, agreed, most would...
Forum: Road warriors 07-14-2014, 11:41 AM
Replies: 173
Views: 16,414
Posted By cls
Yes, I'm speaking of performance potential. Not...

Yes, I'm speaking of performance potential. Not judgement or good fun. He's talking about 90 mph, passing folks on the inside, etc. I was speaking of a different world than the public road, legal...
Forum: Road warriors 07-14-2014, 11:39 AM
Replies: 173
Views: 16,414
Posted By cls
In which case, as already known, it's the rider,...

In which case, as already known, it's the rider, not the bike. Faster sweepers and straights, the 300 is gonna' be hurting against someone who can ride a higher performance bike.

Ride what you...
Forum: Road warriors 07-14-2014, 10:12 AM
Replies: 173
Views: 16,414
Posted By cls
I'm all for high-quality bikes of all sizes. ...

I'm all for high-quality bikes of all sizes. Then just pick the right tool for the job. The 300 won't get it done on the straights, sweepers, or the drag strip. The bigger bikes pay in the tight...
Forum: Road warriors 07-12-2014, 07:33 AM
Replies: 215
Views: 26,702
Posted By cls
Yeh, I know how the maps work. I just didn't...

Yeh, I know how the maps work. I just didn't feel much difference from A to Std. I'd guess most of the difference you saw was from easy throttle application, 'cause I didn't see much. I'll give a...
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