I am conducting an experiment.

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by Zerk, May 30, 2011.

  1. Zerk

    Zerk DILLIGAF

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    I bought a Jap bike today, 2001 Concours. 100 miles and so far no one has kicked sand in my face or knocked my mess hall tray off the table.

    I did notice that some Harley riders must have been looking the other way when I waved. Most of the Jap bikes were crotch rockets, and they don’t wave anyways

    Big fairing is nice. I am tolerating the feet under, but not a huge fan. Hard on the knees, I got bad knees though from an accident. Luckily at has highway pegs to stretch out.

    Hard on the forearms. I started to relax helped a bit, but I wonder about a day of riding.

    PIA needing the keys for glove box and ignition. Givi trunk is PIA to open, and needing key.

    Handles well. Power isn’t that great, but I didn’t wind out the gears either. In the past this bike did pull away from 98” at 100.

    You sit a lot higher. I was little nervous cause of the seat height, but wasn’t to bad, but I was one up.

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    More vibration then I thought there would be.

    Overall fun bike, I want to get it one some twisties. Can’t have to many bikes.
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  2. Zerk

    Zerk DILLIGAF

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    Pic. Needs a mirror. Got the mirror just got to get in on. Another negative, everything is PIA on metric.

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  3. DirtyOldMan

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    It wouldn't look that nice if I'da had it for the last 10 years.:clap
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  4. Zerk

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    Ya it only had 20k miles on it. I thought only Harleys had low miles?:eek1

    I am thinking it will be a good winter bike. Big fairing, no chrome. You do think with your gf, you wouldn't do with your wife.
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  5. HammerMacGreed

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    good bike. really shows it's good side when riding in a cold wet rain. as for the riding position, try to keep your lower back curved backwards and let your gut hit the tank. seems strange after getting off a cruiser but it works better .
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    Schlug JockeyfullofBourbon

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    put something on and stay in that position.

    :lol3

    Joke, right?
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  7. PalePhase

    PalePhase Humour Noir

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    Looks like a good find, Zerk. Like that electric blue paint. :evil

    My experience so far is that, yes, a fairing is great in the winter but really a serious debit in the summer, at least in the Turkish bath in which I live. I took off for a ride today on my Viffer and got about six miles down the road before conceding that I could not get enough airflow through my mesh jacket to make the 93° afternoon bearable. I turned right around, went back home, swapped the VFR for the Magna and then proceeded to spent two very happy hours riding without feeling like I was about to drop from heatstroke.

    If your knees will let you grip the tank, you can get in the habit of relieving stress on your forearms. I seem to have to relearn the habit if I go more than a few days without riding the VFR, but I find it becomes second nature after a couple of days in a row of commuting on it.
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  8. Zerk

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    I want it for work. I work late alot, and cool in the mornings in WI. I end up taking my Ultra alot, and been racking up the miles. I also have a Road King, but like I said like a fairing.


    I think my 98 750 Magna was faster, atleast the way I remember it. Seemed like it got up to 100 alot faster.

    I thought about changing the carbs or cam, to the Ninja, but I want to leave this nice a relibile.

    Probably put a 12v plug in it and GPS mount. I wanted a radio, but don't really see where you would put it.
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  9. Zerk

    Zerk DILLIGAF

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    I don't like stripping bikes down, cause I like the function. But it was brought down a trailer, looks good stripped down.
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  10. DAKEZ

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    Congrats on the new scoot Zerk. :clap Fun bikes!!! Your knees and wrists should adjust some after putting some miles on it and it should become a more comfortable ride.


    I took a '09' ZG1400B (Concours 1400) on trade aganst a FLHX. Black on Black. Fun Bikes!!!
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  11. xcgates

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    For foot positioning, try putting your feet on the rear pegs. You can hook the top of your foot on the peg, toe on the peg, heel on those bars, or even hook your heel on the peg. (If you have boots with a logger heel)
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    Ceri JC UK GSer

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    Wow, never thought I'd see the day. :eek1

    Zerg on some metric junk. :lol3
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  13. Zerk

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    That seems even worse.



    I am debating if I want to take this bike on a long run. Got a long weekend, 500 miles down to KY. Some fun twistie roads when I get there, but not sure if I could 500 miles on this bike in one day.
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  14. Zerk

    Zerk DILLIGAF

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    I started out on metric, as alot of Harley riders do. Then I got a job.

    This my Japanese sex slave, do things to it I wouldn't do to Ms Zerk.

    I like the functionality of the bike. Strap points on the back seat.


    I wanted something sport touring, figure I better try it while I am young enough to ride it.
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  15. Zerk

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    I meant in parking lots. I really haven't pushed it around. Be interesting to see, getting out of the garage. A lower bike man handles better. Though this does seem to steer better at speeds, less effort with the small bars and tighter rake.


    I was surprised how quickly I got used to the standard brake and shifter, its been 8 years. Though I did hit the horn when going for the blinker. Nervous cause the starter is right where I expect the right blinker. Also no self canceling blinkers. Thats not a big deal though.




    The bike may have some extended riders, put on by the first owner. Has a throttle mister or some kind of throttle tensioner so I can scratch my balls.


    I may take the center stand off, I keep hitting it with my foot. Wait and see if I get used to it. Unless you got a chain to lube, they are not that big a deal. I don't think it raises you enough to change the tire????
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    Next stop, Gixxer-land!
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  17. ph0rk

    ph0rk Doesn't Care

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    Looks good, I'd probably pull off the givi trunk and roll with the stock cases unless I had a big trip planned - I think those older concourses looked best that way (in the same way older k-bikes with side cases looked good)
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  18. PalePhase

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    That's neither here nor there

    :rofl:rofl:rofl:rofl
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    I agree it looks good, but I am into function. I see no reason to pull a bag off, for cosmetic reasons. I got a detachable trunk on Road King, rarely ever comes off.
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    ph0rk Doesn't Care

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    Well, depending on seat height, a top case can make it tougher to swing a leg over - at least that was my experience with my strom, so I run without one whenever I can. Plus I like using a bungie net or rokstraps on the top cargo plate, as I have side cases for anything that needs casing.

    At ~30" that might not be a problem though.
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