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Old 02-22-2013, 04:30 AM   #481
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Lone traveler, what mods did you do to the Connie? They were kinda aggressive in the seating arrangement, too. Low bars and high pegs. I wanted one but the ex nixed it for a Harley... Shame, too.
The stuff lone traveler mentioned is great. I had a sheepskin on a Corbin seat. I went with a a CeeBaily screen. I took the Genmar bar risers off, because I'm tall. I was all set to buy the murphs peg kit and some crash bars, and the wife told me "I wish you rode a cruiser. I'd ride with you if you did. I miss the harley."

So I dumped it and got an older Shadow 1100.
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Old 02-22-2013, 08:35 AM   #482
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only bike i ever had that i discovered i didn't like?

'84 VF750F Interceptor i bought off a coworker for $700. $40 in ebay parts and 4 hours, i had it running and riding. a $60 complete carb set (swapping the front diaphragms out of my rear pair) and it purred like a kitten.

it rode ok. sounded good. had very good power....

but the riding position was crap. legs tucked up, but forward. bars stretched out to far to the front. didn't fit me. seat height was uncomfortable with the pegs. rode it till i got my ZX7 and sold it for $1200.
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Old 02-22-2013, 11:36 AM   #483
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2001 Suzuki Bandit 1200...

I thought I would love that thing.. But in the end it was heavy and boring.
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Old 02-22-2013, 11:40 AM   #484
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only bike i ever had that i discovered i didn't like?

'84 VF750F Interceptor i bought off a coworker for $700. $40 in ebay parts and 4 hours, i had it running and riding. a $60 complete carb set (swapping the front diaphragms out of my rear pair) and it purred like a kitten.

it rode ok. sounded good. had very good power....

but the riding position was crap. legs tucked up, but forward. bars stretched out to far to the front. didn't fit me. seat height was uncomfortable with the pegs. rode it till i got my ZX7 and sold it for $1200.
I had a 91 VFR,it wallowed in corners,took too long to do a simple oil change,odd seating position,too much bodywork in general and brittle to boot. It looked and sounded neat and was sold quickly.
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Old 02-23-2013, 05:38 PM   #485
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Versys. Fun in the twisties. Reliable as a wood-burning stove. GREAT little motor. Hauled me and my gear across Montana at fairly illegal speeds a few times.
I just can't get my 6'3" 230 comfortable on it, even after $500+ in seats, screens, and risers.
Have you tried lowering the pegs? Also if you need to slide back further, there's a Terry Adcox flat seat (not mine):
http://www.flickr.com/photos/5418178...7630244363554/
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Old 02-23-2013, 05:47 PM   #486
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I used peg lowers on an ER6N, and it made a world of difference. Had a Corbin seat and it was only a slight improvement.

www.ninja650shop.com/ Check with these guys and see if the lowers they have will work on the Versys. Almost bought a Versys, but got a Duke 690, instead. Great bike, but much more expensive, than the Kawi.
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Old 02-23-2013, 08:51 PM   #487
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You know, the only bike I'd gigged on this thread was the CBR929RR, which I actually owned. I've spent about 2-3K miles on an R1200R. Nice motorcycle. Light enough, powerful enough, with the OE bags, plenty of capacity, and room for a passenger. But about as stirring and engaging as flat Coke. Nice to look at, but not to marry.

Sigh.
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Old 02-24-2013, 09:08 AM   #488
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2009 Stelvio

Bought it new. LOVED that motorcycle.

Too bad it was an unreliable piece of JUNK. It got to the point of not trusting it enough for the 8 mile commute to work. Let alone going anywhere.

Off-loaded it after 5 thousand miles. Kinda sad, cause there is a lot of good about those things.




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Old 02-24-2013, 02:19 PM   #489
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What was unreliable about the Stelvio?
what broke?
why did it break?
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Old 02-24-2013, 03:30 PM   #490
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Triumph Sprint ST 1050.

I loved the bike when it ran right. Sadly it did not do so all that often.
Coolant hoses poped off and bulged. Rear axle bearings dried up and failed. Bike was an unbearable furnace in 90F+ weather even in full leathers. Getting it started in the cold was a chore. The fuel gauge would stop working in the cold as well. Right heated grip stopped working. Sometimes the engine would stall when cutting the throttle. All this in less than 16k miles.

I loved riding the bike. I hated the clueless dealers, expensive parts with long wait time (5 weeks for wheel bearings).
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Old 02-24-2013, 04:23 PM   #491
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74 CZ250,wow,ugly loud and it at the time was fast, it vibrated,leaked and it hated people,me especially\
H1 kawa,when the gods allowed for the 1% it all works it was all grins, most of the time I had my hand up its arse.
84 GS1150EF, motor galour!!, Electrics by Mr Bean, no ohms law regard made you hate.
ST4S, probably not really bad.. but I thought it was going to be Sophia Loren with some Shaquira. It always liked to remind you how brilliant Italians are and how they dont car what you think. Because adjusting valves on both sides and making excuses up for why everything is not working is normal.
97 KTM 300, I had a CR500 for years, it was fun. The KTM had two sides , one , the motor was only tuned for off and on, so in between number 2,the seat could gnaw your rectum off.
and it seized a lot, no oil in any mixture whatsoever could stop it from exploding.It never imploded.

To all you hypermotard haters, sham on you for your foul hatred and bold faced lies
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Old 02-25-2013, 09:42 AM   #492
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Best thread response so far Levert !

I'm hoping you're happy with your present mount ?

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Old 02-25-2013, 11:53 AM   #493
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I bought an XR650l. Big bore, high compression. HRC cam. Ported and valve job by XRs Only, so I knew it was done right. 17in. Wheels. It had been lowered by some real suspension guys, so I knew that was right too. Carrillo rod and the crank was built by Falicon. The engine was done right and for high dollars. It worked OK. It wasn't dog slow, but it wasn't fast either. It cornered OK. But the bike was disappointing to me overall. When cold, the carburetion sucked.
When hot, it sucked also. In the middle, it was perfect. The high compression made it ping on most premium gas, and coupled with the big bore kit, if it didn't start immediately, the battery would drag down and die. I push started it more than a few times at gas stations and stores..

I traded it for a low miles Sportster, which was a piece of shit, but that's a whole 'nother story.
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Old 02-25-2013, 04:51 PM   #494
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Let me start back in 1976 , bought a Z-1 900 after reading all the magazine reports . It was a 75' with 6,000 miles on it . All broke in so WFO on the way home , speedo would only get to about 140 . Also where was that power surge that would rip my arms off ? Don't get me wrong , I liked it and went way to fast for brakes , tires and headlight . Next letdown was a 1986 Aspencade Goldwing . Wasn't as smooth as my V-45 Sabre and was about as fun as a two wheeled motorhome . Damn thing was so wide my bad hip hurt like hell on even a modest ride . And fuel mileage as good as any dump truck . My Wee Strom is pretty damn good except for the buffeting . Tried "the bracket" and 4 different windshield and 2 different helmets . First bike in 43 years of riding that I have to wear ear plugs for any length of road trip . After having 3 V-45 Sabres and one V-65 I am a ruined man . Strom is first non belt or shaft bike in 29 years . Where is my 500cc V-4 Adventure bike with bulletproof shaft drive ? And under 400 lbs without 25" of suspension travel (my ass is only 30" from the ground) . Thinking I need to convert my last Sabre over to FI and trade the WeeStrom in on a DR200 for the off pavement stuff .
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Old 02-25-2013, 05:54 PM   #495
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