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Old 02-14-2009, 09:51 AM   #151
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Not for me, dude. It's about romance. The look, the colors, the textures, the sound...the associations.

Then again, I did test-ride a GT1000--powerful, sexy, fantastic noise...but Christ, I found it uncomfortable.

Hmmm...maybe a Bonnie...and then customize the shit out of it. Fuel injection on the '09s...
Yo JD...you found 'em uncomfortable huh? Hmmm. I'm scoping that 1000S, with the cafe fairing. I am just imagining how it sounds and smells and feels...you're speaking my language.

I gotta be careful...I tend to get crazy thoughts when I'm deployed. I'll try and stay my hand when I get home...but I'm jonesing for some new experiences. The WR250R and that 1000S are Bill's dumb thoughts on how to do that.....

Still, they're beautiful.
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Old 02-14-2009, 10:24 AM   #152
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Yo JD...you found 'em uncomfortable huh? Hmmm. I'm scoping that 1000S, with the cafe fairing. I am just imagining how it sounds and smells and feels...you're speaking my language.

I gotta be careful...I tend to get crazy thoughts when I'm deployed. I'll try and stay my hand when I get home...but I'm jonesing for some new experiences. The WR250R and that 1000S are Bill's dumb thoughts on how to do that.....

Still, they're beautiful.
I'm sure it was just me...but the damned thing crushed my nuts.

If I were you, when I got home, I'd walk down the hill like the old bull and do 'em all.
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Old 02-14-2009, 10:59 AM   #153
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Then again, I did test-ride a GT1000--powerful, sexy, fantastic noise...but Christ, I found it uncomfortable.
Man... if you found the GT uncomfortable, it's pretty much
downhill with the the rest of the line. By the way... i had a Dakar,
One of the few scoots i actaully regret selling. Great ride.
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Old 02-14-2009, 11:11 AM   #154
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Man... if you found the GT uncomfortable, it's pretty much
downhill with the the rest of the line. By the way... i had a Dakar,
One of the few scoots i actaully regret selling. Great ride.
Yeah, I regret selling mine, too.
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Old 02-14-2009, 11:14 AM   #155
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I'm sure it was just me...but the damned thing crushed my nuts.
No, my friend, it's not 'just you'. The seat material is a touch too slick, and grabbing the brakes hard means using the handlebars to keep yourself pushed back on the seat a bit. They offer a 'comfort seat' option at a very reasonable cost, and that seems to have worked for many. I've gotten used to it, but re-shaping the seat a little bit is still on my list of mild improvements. Maybe sometime in the *next* 10K miles or so........
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Old 03-02-2010, 06:39 AM   #156
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I just can't help posting this fabulous picture of the Bonnie Base, White with brown leather saddle...



I'm craving for one...
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Old 03-02-2010, 08:02 AM   #157
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I've ridden the new Bonnieville,the Thruxton and a TT100.They're all decent motorcycles. But for me they're just not very exciting. I don't have to have excitement to enjoy a ride ,but when it's available I'll have some please.
I have also ridden the 1000 GT and S. I really wanted to like them more . The 1000 dual -spark motor is a gem .The retro styling is attractive. But neither of these felt as right and true as the bike I already had at home.
That bike is a '96 900 Monster. The frame of the original Monster was based on the 888 that Doug Polen went around the world setting track records on and winning the World Superbike Series. Can't get much better cred than that.
And with my 5'8" frame the Monster fits me with no alterations.Yeah the pegs are a little high and you lean forward to the bars ,but when you're flying down a back road at extra leagal speeds it's a nice place to be.
And as far as comfort goes ,I have ridden it on several 400+ mile days. At the end you know you've been riding, but it's O.K. A couple of post ride beers and a Tylenol and only the good thoughts are left'.



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Old 03-02-2010, 08:14 AM   #158
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The Ducati is drop dead gorgeous - no doubt about it but, Not very comfy IMO and they just sit weird (and I'm a sport bike kinda guy).
The Triumphs have plenty of power for what they are and are actually comfortable & designed to ride...

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Old 03-02-2010, 08:33 AM   #159
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I like the classis Cafe Racer look of the Thruxton and I like the Scrambler too, I'd personally be torn between these but seem to underpowered.
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Old 03-02-2010, 01:30 PM   #160
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I did wind up buying an '04 Thunderbird Sport a few months ago. Once you tweak in the suspension, this bike screams...and it isn't too uncomfortable. Pulled away from my buddie's '03 GSX-R600...but of course he beat me at top speed.

Tons of torque in the 885 engine. It is carbureted, but once it's warm, that isn't an issue. This is basically the older model speed triple with retro styling. Just got some clubmans...now I'm looking for a tail tidy...
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Old 03-02-2010, 11:55 PM   #161
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I kinda like . . . . . .

I kinda like this Thruxton Special Edition:





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Old 03-04-2010, 11:29 AM   #162
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Old 10-28-2010, 07:40 PM   #163
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Please tell me what this is exactly ... T-Birb, I know, but production? ...or custom bars, seat, fender mod ... what?

I LOVE it!
Hey that is my bike. Yes, 96 T Bird. Cans are predators ceramic coated. Only 63 RWHP but no one leaves her.
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Old 10-28-2010, 10:00 PM   #164
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FWIW test rode a brand new Thruxton a year ago and really wanted to fall for it, loved the looks and hoped it had the feel of the old British twins (have owned a few)...but it felt appliance like and did not excite me much, sorta like a Honda CB350 excitement wise...rode a Ducati Monster the same day and bought it, had the vibe and the edge I was looking for
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Old 10-28-2010, 11:07 PM   #165
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the 54 hp and 450 lbs. of the scrambler is a little weak imo. great looking bike though. The bonnie for some reason has 67hp a full 13 more then the scram. I believe the bonneville t-100 will be my next ride
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