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Old 04-21-2010, 08:37 PM   #226
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Love my new 07 ST. Major step up from Viago and even CBR1100XX. I have a question for you "old" ST'ers. How the heck do you ride this ST on gravel? I tried it out to be prepared last week for couple of miles in loose gravel. The most scary experience of my riding. I was all over the place, had to stop for oncoming traffic. Youi have the same experience??
I ride mine in gravel all the time. I have 1/4 mile of gravel just to get to my house. Then I have to go up a real steep incline and make a U-turn into my driveway. I've ridden 15-20 mile stretches of gravel with no problem.

You just need more experience and confidence.
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Old 04-22-2010, 04:01 AM   #227
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I ride mine in gravel all the time. I have 1/4 mile of gravel just to get to my house. Then I have to go up a real steep incline and make a U-turn into my driveway. I've ridden 15-20 mile stretches of gravel with no problem.

You just need more experience and confidence.
Yup. I took mine over the Top of the World highway in Yukon/Alaska and the Dalton to Prudhoe. Hundreds of miles of gravel, loose dirt, and mud. Speed helps. Slower is not easier in all cases.
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Old 04-22-2010, 07:06 PM   #228
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Old 04-22-2010, 07:08 PM   #229
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Old 04-22-2010, 08:40 PM   #230
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You need some traction tires on that ST.
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Old 04-26-2010, 03:08 PM   #231
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Old 04-26-2010, 08:23 PM   #232
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How do you like it?
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Old 04-26-2010, 08:32 PM   #233
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How do you like it?
I'm liking it. Compared to my last touring bike, a KLR, it is like riding around on a magic carpet Stable, but still loves to dive into corners and hold a line with ease. The power curve is sort of strange to me... It has the down-low power of my Magna but without the top end rush.

Overall I'm really happy with it. I'm currently trying to decide whether to get a honest-to-God cruise control or a throttle lock. and then I think it will be about perfect. It's such a different feeling jumping on the interstate with this bike... On the KLR I felt pushed around, now I feel like king of the road
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Old 04-26-2010, 08:46 PM   #234
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The ST has no power hit - torque everywhere. I think both 4th and 5th are overdrive gears. More power than you think - but it is a heavy beast.

Really like my electronic cruise - but you remember me bitchin' about the install
I'd try a vista cruise first.
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Old 04-26-2010, 09:28 PM   #235
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The ST has no power hit - torque everywhere. I think both 4th and 5th are overdrive gears. More power than you think - but it is a heavy beast.

Really like my electronic cruise - but you remember me bitchin' about the install
I'd try a vista cruise first.
There are a bunch of retired guys with STs in eastern Iowa and they all want to help me install a bunch of stuff on my bike. That may be the way I end up with cruise control
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Old 04-27-2010, 05:04 AM   #236
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Old 04-27-2010, 08:56 AM   #237
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If you talk to Rob Parker tell him I said hi
Same here, and if you get over there for a tech session be sure to let us know so that we can come down and "help".

You should stretch the legs on that bike and make the run to Slimey Crud coming up on Sunday 5/2. Rob and John Oo usually make the trip up. If you go, I'll root around in my stash of ST goodies and find a little bike-warming present for ya.

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Old 04-27-2010, 09:02 AM   #238
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Love my new 07 ST. Major step up from Viago and even CBR1100XX. I have a question for you "old" ST'ers. How the heck do you ride this ST on gravel? I tried it out to be prepared last week for couple of miles in loose gravel. The most scary experience of my riding. I was all over the place, had to stop for oncoming traffic. Youi have the same experience??
If you've ever ridden sand on a dirt bike, you know you need some speed and that you have to keep the throttle on to keep the front wheel light. The same principles apply to taking an ST through deep gravel. You need to take it up to what you think is an appropriate speed, then add a little more throttle. If you hit the gravel with enough speed, the puckering of your asshole will provide enough uplift to float the bike over the tricky section. Oh yeah, remember to pack a second pair of shorts!
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Old 04-27-2010, 02:57 PM   #239
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You gonna give us a heads up on those handlebars ?...

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Old 04-27-2010, 05:17 PM   #240
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You gonna give us a heads up on those handlebars ?...

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They are the Heli-bars for the ST1100, I'm not even sure they make them anymore. They are basically fully adjustable, but I've been too afraid to mess with them so far

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