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Old 03-11-2013, 07:12 AM   #6091
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This question wasn't so much stupid as it was kinda cute. I had a white Shoei helmet with a gold iridescent shield on it and had taken it into a grocery store to pick up something or other, and as I came out I hear a lady saying "go ahead and ask him--he won't mind" So this little boy comes up to me and says courteously "Sir, are you an astronaut?" He had seen helmets that looked like that in space-walks on TV. I thought it was kinda cute of him. I had a good chuckle over it.
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Old 03-11-2013, 07:19 AM   #6092
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Liter bikes can be as docile as any other, just go easy on the throttle. I like riding mine like a grandma most of the time, every once in a while I wind up completely alone somewhere and it try's to pull my arms off.


I recently bought a FZ1, after having an ex500. I normally ride the FZ shifting at about 5K RPMs, but when alone... yeah, it will nearly throw me off the back of the bike

Oh, someone asked me last week "Is that bike fast?" I just replied, "Probably, I haven't tried yet."
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Old 03-11-2013, 07:23 AM   #6093
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I recently bought a FZ1, after having an ex500. I normally ride the FZ shifting at about 5K RPMs, but when alone... yeah, it will nearly throw me off the back of the bike

Oh, someone asked me last week "Is that bike fast?" I just replied, "Probably, I haven't tried yet."
2nd and 3rd gear at 7k+ RPMs Love my FZ1. 85K+ miles on her.
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Old 03-11-2013, 07:30 AM   #6094
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Liter bikes can be as docile as any other, just go easy on the throttle. I like riding mine like a grandma most of the time, every once in a while I wind up completely alone somewhere and it try's to pull my arms off.
I know what you meant. The() indicated a joke.

Personally, I love acceleration, and don't have a fear of speed. I don't trust myself with a bike that handles that well, and goes that fast. It will only be a matter of time before something bad happens. ... Maybe in another 20yrs I'll mellow out some more, and find another level of restraint.
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Old 03-11-2013, 07:36 AM   #6095
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I know what you meant. The() indicated a joke.

Personally, I love acceleration, and don't have a fear of speed. I don't trust myself with a bike that handles that well, and goes that fast. It will only be a matter of time before something bad happens. ... Maybe in another 20yrs I'll mellow out some more, and find another level of restraint.
Thats my problem with them. With that kind of acceleration and handling Id be too tempted to try it out. For my usual kind of riding my Dakar handles and acclerates plenty well, and the F800 is even better. If things pick up with work Ill be trading in for an F800GS in a few months.
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Old 03-11-2013, 08:09 AM   #6096
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2nd and 3rd gear at 7k+ RPMs Love my FZ1. 85K+ miles on her.
Your bike looks almost identical to mine. Except, my engine is the unpainted version (I prefer the black, but this was a deal I couldn't pass up). I am going to have to try those RPM/gear selections... sounds fun

Oh, I only have 16K miles on mine. Looks like I can go many, many more

(Have you seen the person on the FZ1 forum with over 220K miles Just minor maintenance from what I can tell.)
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Old 03-11-2013, 08:11 AM   #6097
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My ex wife had sat on my bike while on the center stand one day, put her hands on the grips, twisted the throttle and said "Oooh, this is loose!".
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Old 03-11-2013, 08:21 AM   #6098
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2nd and 3rd gear at 7k+ RPMs Love my FZ1. 85K+ miles on her.
That Mivv exhaust is Sexay!
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Old 03-11-2013, 08:54 AM   #6099
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So, leaving the gas station this morning I dropped the clutch a *bit* early and killed the engine mid-turn in the parking lot. The bike just kinda slowly went down to the ground

Not one person asked me anything. No one asked if I needed help getting up, if the bike was ok, if I was ok, etc.

Fine, I was ok, the bike was fine, and I picked it right up (its about 500 pounds) but still. I was hoping for at least something from all the people watching. Oh well.

Oh, a trucker driving by did honk his horn in laughter
In my second year of riding I had a brand new Ninja 600. I had my girl on the back and we stopped at 7-11. I pulled into a parking spot and before I could get the kickstand down the bike started leaning over. I tried to straighten it, even telling the girl to put her feet down, which she didn't do until it was too far over for me to hold it up. I could hear some people a few houses away cheering.
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Old 03-11-2013, 09:30 AM   #6100
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Your bike looks almost identical to mine. Except, my engine is the unpainted version (I prefer the black, but this was a deal I couldn't pass up). I am going to have to try those RPM/gear selections... sounds fun

Oh, I only have 16K miles on mine. Looks like I can go many, many more

(Have you seen the person on the FZ1 forum with over 220K miles Just minor maintenance from what I can tell.
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That would be Denise. And yes she has 200K+ miles with nothing but normal maintenance.
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Old 03-11-2013, 09:31 AM   #6101
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That Mivv exhaust is Sexay!
You should hear it
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Old 03-11-2013, 09:57 AM   #6102
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My ex wife had sat on my bike while on the center stand one day, put her hands on the grips, twisted the throttle and said "Oooh, this is loose!".
Honestly, that is not the worst thing someone has said. It is pretty funny, though.
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Old 03-11-2013, 10:18 AM   #6103
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nor do I have any desire to ride a R6..
I said that until I rode one. They really are nice bikes to ride if you don't plan to do hundreds of miles.
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Old 03-11-2013, 10:41 AM   #6104
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"What kind of BMW is that?" When I'm riding a Yamaha...

I usually just say "the one made in Japan" and leave it at that.

Usually leaves them looking confused. Seems to happen with the FJR and the Super Tenere both. I guess the average non-rider only things of the GS and fully faired Sport Touring bikes as "BMWs". Sort of like all cruisers are HDs.
I get the BMW question a lot, probably because my FJR is blue and silver. BMW colors are blue and white, so the connection is understandable.
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Old 03-11-2013, 11:37 AM   #6105
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I get the BMW question a lot, probably because my FJR is blue and silver. BMW colors are blue and white, so the connection is understandable.
I got the "BMW question" a while back - about my DR350. Granted, it has a dual headlight chin fairing with windshield, an oversize tank, and GIVI trunk on it - as well as being blue/white.

I think it's more the adventure bike = BMW thing.
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