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Old 11-18-2004, 10:21 AM   #46
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[QUOTE=Bueller]My latest "Harley"



Sweet! I ride a Sportster now and am trying to talk the SO into letting me add a second bike to the stable. The Buell Lightning is high on my list, the main drawback I have is I don't perceive it as having the ability to go off pavement. But it is still real tempting.

I got to ride one at KC plant open house in September. A lot of fun. It was the only ride of the day that had me smiling the whole way. I'm sure there are faster bikes out there, but it is plenty fast for my abilities. And if I ever really needed more speed, a conversation and some $$ left at Nallins would make it far faster than I would ever want to go.

Even more impressive were the brakes. Geez, I'm guessing two fingers would be too much in a panic. Very quickly I found myself running higher rpms than I normally run and using engine braking to take the edge off before using the front brake. Funny, I have never done a wheelie and have very little desire to do so, but on that thing I was fighting the desire to pull the rear off the pavement.

Dagnabit! I really should be going with a DRZ400 or possibly a Baghira, but man that is a funnnnnn ride.

Thanks for that pic up.
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Old 11-18-2004, 12:52 PM   #47
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I just got back from a little trip out west with a pal who rented one of these in a tasteful black:



I rode it for about half an hour, my first time on a Harley. Took some getting used to, as the ergos were a little different from what I'm used to. It demands a riding style that's quite different from my KTM. What can I say? I loved it. We wandered around for over 2000 miles in a week, and it performed flawlessly. It had a buncha gadgets; the one that impressed me was the radio that would scan the WX stations. THAT'S actually useful.

This summer in Montana, we followed a fellow on a Road Glide, two-up (wearing FF helmets!), towing a trailer. Up a pass. He was flying. Truly inspiring to see someone riding so smoothly and quickly on such a rig. We were impressed.

My Beloved does not pillion. She has seen my cut-and-thrust style on the bike, and is not interested. She does, however, express some enthusiasm for riding on the back of the big Harleys. "It looks like it would be so smooth and comfortable--so easy and relaxing." She's a very perceptive gal, she is. She said, "But you'd never get a Harley." I told her I would if she'd ride with me. Now, after riding one, I know it wouldn't be a sacrifice to travel that way. So, someday...
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Old 11-18-2004, 03:52 PM   #48
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My latest "Harley"



After a little over 1000 miles on it I sent it away for 2.5 months to be used as a prototype in the development of adjustable clip-ons and rear sets. I'm supposed to go pick it up today, but of course it's raining
Dang, Bueller, you can ride one of these that require you to become a contortionist but not the 1150GS?
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Old 11-18-2004, 04:20 PM   #49
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I just got back from a little trip out west with a pal who rented one of these in a tasteful black:



I rode it for about half an hour, my first time on a Harley. Took some getting used to, as the ergos were a little different from what I'm used to. It demands a riding style that's quite different from my KTM. What can I say? I loved it. We wandered around for over 2000 miles in a week, and it performed flawlessly. It had a buncha gadgets; the one that impressed me was the radio that would scan the WX stations. THAT'S actually useful.

This summer in Montana, we followed a fellow on a Road Glide, two-up (wearing FF helmets!), towing a trailer. Up a pass. He was flying. Truly inspiring to see someone riding so smoothly and quickly on such a rig. We were impressed.

My Beloved does not pillion. She has seen my cut-and-thrust style on the bike, and is not interested. She does, however, express some enthusiasm for riding on the back of the big Harleys. "It looks like it would be so smooth and comfortable--so easy and relaxing." She's a very perceptive gal, she is. She said, "But you'd never get a Harley." I told her I would if she'd ride with me. Now, after riding one, I know it wouldn't be a sacrifice to travel that way. So, someday...
Those are my favorite HD's. I wouldn't mind having one...don't know if I would swap the RT for one though.
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Old 11-18-2004, 07:07 PM   #50
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Little Late with this

But here is a pic of mine. She is for sale too. I just do not ride her enough and needs a good home.

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Old 11-18-2004, 08:29 PM   #51
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Here is a funny pic I found of one...this is why ia m glad to have a garage...snows like that here alot apparently.
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Old 11-19-2004, 04:02 AM   #52
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Dang, Bueller, you can ride one of these that require you to become a contortionist but not the 1150GS?
Its not a question of whether or not I can ride the 1150 GS. I can, and its quite comfortable. The problem is I can't ride it well off road , which was one of the intended purposes for the bike. The excess weight is difficult to deal with due to physical issues.

The Buell, on the other hand, weighs in at 395 Lbs. dry and only causes some stress on my neck & wrists. Both of those parts of me are in decent enough shape for the time being, so I can handle it. However, I'd have to say a 300 mile day on it is enough. I did a little over 300 once and was really starting to feel it. Hopefully the new clip ons being made for it are going to alleviate some of that. Regardless I really don't need to ride the Buell more than 300 miles in a day. I primarily use it to go to work, play in the twisties of S.E. Ohio or WVA, and twice a year it will go to the smoky mountains. Although I used to ride my previous Buell up to 600 miles a day on the Smoky Mountain trips, this one is less comfortable but fits nicely in the back of a truck

As for my GS replacement, I'm quite happy with my V-Strom for the adventure touring stuff. It might not be as rugged as the GS, but its good enough for anything I'm going to put it through, and its 150 Lbs. lighter. Now if I could just sell the GS...
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Old 11-24-2004, 10:03 PM   #53
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Here's my hawg. 02 that just turned over 35k miles.



Click here for a bigger picture.

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Old 11-25-2004, 07:01 AM   #54
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Carl,

Good to see you here. Looks like you have your ride set up for a quick spin around the neighborhood! I'll be getting the H-D out this morn for a Thanksgiving morning family donut run

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Old 11-25-2004, 10:53 AM   #55
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Carl,

Good to see you here. Looks like you have your ride set up for a quick spin around the neighborhood! I'll be getting the H-D out this morn for a Thanksgiving morning family donut run

Steve
Heh, I figured it was you over here. It's one of the reasons I posted :-) While I like the st-n site (the only one I've donated a couple of bucks to so far), I'm still on the lookout for something as close to my, well beliefs is as good as anything else, WRT riding.

I took the 'busa out this morning while Rita was still in the sack. Very nice riding weather. I may take another run in a bit. No donut runs for me though. Down to 224.25 lbs from 295 (highest) and 275 (in May). Eating a reasonable t-day meal today.

And have a good t-day yourself. See you on the roads.

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Old 11-25-2004, 11:59 AM   #56
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Well, I did make it out for the Thanksgiving morning donut run. Here's the driveway at 1/4 mile. Half of the way to the "maintained" road.


And here's the reward at the end of driveway. Thank-you County Road & Bridge! . Be smooooooooth...

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Old 11-25-2004, 01:02 PM   #57
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Happy Thanksgiving, Sfarson. Thanks for posting such wonderful pics today.
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Old 11-25-2004, 08:47 PM   #58
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Here's mine...a Dyna Superglide:


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Old 11-26-2004, 03:48 PM   #59
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My 2000 Victory V92C. I rode for many years before stradling a cruiser and this is my first. I can be satisfied just putting along on this, or crank up the juice and have fun in the twisties as well. Mods include JE 10.5:1 pistons, Andrews #2 cams, K&N filter & performance pipes, D&D chip, Techlusion fuel manager, Mustang Seat, Champion "Patriot" bags. I've owned and sold a lot of bikes, but I'll never ditch this one.

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Old 11-26-2004, 05:52 PM   #60
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Here's mine...a Dyna Superglide:
Eeyore... Nice! Knowing the roads in the Ozarks (if you're close), this would be one of the better H-D's to have!
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