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Old 10-11-2011, 12:46 PM   #16
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MZ Scorpion - nice bike, handles well, way cheap, Yamaha engine and other common parts.
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Old 10-11-2011, 01:42 PM   #17
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BMW had a trio of cool singles including the XMoto, XChallenge, and another one.
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Old 10-11-2011, 02:55 PM   #18
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Don't forget ... the SRX600.
One of my all-time faves.

One of these days I'll have one.
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Old 10-11-2011, 02:55 PM   #19
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MZ Scorpion - nice bike, handles well, way cheap, Yamaha engine and other common parts.
A friend had a Sport Cup.

That was a fun sporty single!
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Old 10-11-2011, 09:12 PM   #20
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Yeah, I test rode an MZ Travellor (sp?). Great bike with full fairing and nice hard saddlebags. Should have bought it.

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Old 10-11-2011, 10:46 PM   #21
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Emissions controls have ensured that air/oil cooled carbureted singles are extinct.

That's perfectly fine, the new water cooled parallel twins from Kawasaki and BMW are just as good, as is the triple from Triumph. I don't see the fascination with old technology, particularly for a street bike.
The deal is the simpler the machine the easier it is to work on. "newer" technology is great but can be polarizing to work on, shim in bucket valves are not as easy as screw and nut. Water cooled has radiators extra hoses water pump it clutters things. I'm only 28 but I just like the look of air/oil cooled engines (not a harley fan). Water cooled are covered with fairings and are "industrial" lumps that are efficient but are hidden away. You think that the technology we have today and modern metallurgy the air oil cooled should still be a viable option I guess.

obviously you guys see that i have a vfr, its a great bike but i loath doing a valve inspection on this thing, and taking it to a dealer will at least cost me $500 granted it only needs to be done every 20k but that's every two and years for me!
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Old 10-11-2011, 11:07 PM   #22
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Old 10-11-2011, 11:19 PM   #23
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I don't see the fascination with old technology, particularly for a street bike.
I don't see the fascination with complicated, expensive technology, particularly for a street bike.

Even the most basic bikes will do everything I want, anything more is a waste of my time and money.
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Old 10-12-2011, 04:51 AM   #24
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I don't see the fascination with complicated, expensive technology, particularly for a street bike.

Even the most basic bikes will do everything I want, anything more is a waste of my time and money.
looked at the bikes at a local bmw/triumph dealer last week.
i was culture-shocked by the unrecognizable expensive STUFF bristling all over these machines. and thats only what you can see, the wiring must be absolutely overdone & alien. my next-if ever-street machine will just about have to be vintage. 25 horsepower is enough to have all the fun i want
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Old 10-12-2011, 06:18 AM   #25
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I don't see the fascination with complicated, expensive technology, particularly for a street bike.

Even the most basic bikes will do everything I want, anything more is a waste of my time and money.
All the hipsters are buying your favoured UJM's and making cafe bikes out of them.

Better start hoarding.
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Old 10-14-2011, 10:26 AM   #26
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Aprilia Pegaso Strada, one of my favs (normal road bike, not a focused
racing machine like a Duke 690 and SM690):



..or a bit more focused, the Strada Factory:



...
The same engine is in the Yamaha XT660X which looks like a supermoto, but
is more show then a proper SM machine, great bike tho:



And the MT03 ALSO uses the same 48hp engine but looks like a bunch
of fun:

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Old 10-14-2011, 10:50 AM   #27
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And, as usual, I'm pretty sure none of those great looking Aprilia singles are available in the USA.
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Old 10-14-2011, 11:04 AM   #28
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And, as usual, I'm pretty sure none of those great looking Aprilia singles are available in the USA.
'tuff..

I'd love to own the Strada Factory.. but can't justify another toy.. and
it's probably even less usable around town then my kawasaki..
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Old 10-14-2011, 11:08 AM   #29
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Buell Blast?
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Old 10-14-2011, 11:17 AM   #30
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