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Old 07-11-2011, 03:33 AM   #706
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Will, I've decided to sell my Roadster after we get back on vacation next week. It looks good, it sounds good, brakes are good, and it handles respectably. But the engine heat is no fun in the city, and I'm just not riding it enough to keep - 1,000 miles since I got it.
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Old 07-11-2011, 05:05 AM   #707
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Selling?

You are selling your Sporty because of the heat - WHAAAT???
And you live in Boston? Isnt that cold?
I first owned mine in Darwin, Australia, with a climate like your Florida - after owning a water cooled BMW there for some years.

What a relief to sit at the traffic lights on the Harley. In traffic, the Beemer would think "Oh dear I do feel hot! I believe I'll fan myself now!" So my wife and I would sit there, in all of our heavy riding gear in 34 degrees (98 or so degrees F) BEFORE the ocean of hot air blasted over us.

But, hey whatever. Knock yourself out as you Americans say. Or go baste yourself, perhaps.

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Old 07-11-2011, 06:08 AM   #708
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YMMV. High temp in Boston today will be about 90 degrees F./ 32 C.

The V-Strom is never a problem. The SV650S gets quite hot, as does the HD.

Bottom line is not hot air. I like it but not enough to keep it. Especially when XR1200's are headed towards $6,000.

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Old 07-11-2011, 06:36 AM   #709
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YMMV. High temp in Boston today will be about 90 degrees F./ 32 C.

The V-Strom is never a problem. The SV650S gets quite hot, as does the HD. Bottom line is I like it but not enough to keep it.
Don't move to Florida. 90 is a cold front down here in the summer.
We've had weeks of temps over 100.

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Old 07-11-2011, 07:23 AM   #710
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Don't move to Florida. 90 is a cold front down here in the summer.
We've had weeks of temps over 100.
Yes, since my wife is from Floriduh and my sister lives there I'm aware of that. It's 115 in Baghdad at the moment, so enjoy your cool spell.
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Old 07-11-2011, 07:46 AM   #711
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I ride my 2006 XL883 year round (not in snow) here near Seattle, Wa. That includes, last winter, down to 16 degrees. And while its true that we don't get much 90 degree plus wethare here, I have never had a heat problem either.
By the way, in that 16 degree weather my XL actually got an all time low of 37.5 mpg. Now that it's warm here (70s to about 80) I just got 59.8 mpg. My bike for sure prtefers the warm stuff.

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Old 07-11-2011, 12:50 PM   #712
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garandman, i hear ya. the rear cylinder head on my XR will absolutely bake me at a stoplight. it has been 98-99 degrees each day around here lately, w/ heat indices in the 108-110 range. i take it riding when i know i can keep moving. its fine when you've got some airflow. but going from stoplight to stoplight in town is almost torture in this weather.

i aint getting rid of it though
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Old 07-12-2011, 10:32 AM   #713
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I suppose if you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen. I took a couple 200-300 mile rides on my Ironhead last summer in 100+ degree weather, and will probably do it again this year. Part on the highway, part in cities. Sure, it's hot, but if I want comfort, I'll take the car and turn up the air conditioning.
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Old 07-12-2011, 11:23 AM   #714
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I suppose if you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen. I took a couple 200-300 mile rides on my Ironhead last summer in 100+ degree weather, and will probably do it again this year. Part on the highway, part in cities. Sure, it's hot, but if I want comfort, I'll take the car and turn up the air conditioning.
.......... these poor souls! What shall we do?
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Old 07-12-2011, 11:25 AM   #715
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I suppose if you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen. I took a couple 200-300 mile rides on my Ironhead last summer in 100+ degree weather, and will probably do it again this year. Part on the highway, part in cities. Sure, it's hot, but if I want comfort, I'll take the car and turn up the air conditioning.
OK, and how about cold?
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Old 07-12-2011, 02:55 PM   #716
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OK, and how about cold?
Well, if it's in the upper 40's and sunny, I'm in. Colder than that, and it's really no fun. I have ridden in the 20's, though, when I had to. Same with rain - if it's pouring down rain, I don't get the bike out and ride. If there's a chance of rain. I'll take some rain gear and head out. For me, motorcycles aren't a means of daily transportation, they're something to ride for enjoyment. If the conditions aren't enjoyable, I take the car. I don't get rid of the bike, though.
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Old 07-12-2011, 07:02 PM   #717
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5 States and 2600 Miles Later

So I rode my Sportster 2600 miles through California, Nevada, Idaho, Oregon and Washington over the 4th of July weekend. The bike ran great other then needing to have the ignition switch replaced. Forward controls are not for me! Spent most of the time with my feet on the passenger pegs.

Below is a shot of the bike on US 50 "The Lonelist Highway"
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Old 07-12-2011, 07:17 PM   #718
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The New Sportster

I sold the 883 Custom Sunday night as I really did not care for the forward controls. Picked up this 1997 883 with 11K last night which had not run in 3 years. Spent the morning cleaning the carb and replacing the battery, started up first try and runs great

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Old 07-12-2011, 07:33 PM   #719
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looks good DHR whatcha gonna do to it farkle-wise? i must admit not being a fan of the straight pipes, but YMMV
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Old 07-13-2011, 04:57 AM   #720
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Congrats and everything, but you could've swapped for mids for like $30.
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