What bike do you want today?

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by fivehitsweak, Jun 3, 2010.

  1. Randy

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    Yeah, and the thing is, decent brakes aren't THAT hard to do. I put an off the shelf H-D item on my 48 and greatly improved its braking performance. The XR1200's Nissin 4 piston caliper was a direct bolt on and cost me around $150 retail, shipped. To Harley the price difference between it and their standard 2 piston caliper probably isn't much at all, but completely changes the way the bike brakes. I mean, they don't have to go all out with twin discs and top shelf components to make a huge improvement, but to me, "decent" brakes should be mandatory equipment on any bike built in these modern time. There's just no excuse for anything less.
  2. Cortez

    Cortez BAZINGA!

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    ..and then you ask a shop mechanic about people's braking habits and hear
    that some never touch the front and use just the rear.. especially cruiser
    riders.
  3. Randy

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    Well, unfortunately you can't design out stupidity, but for those of us that know where the real braking power comes from, it's relatively easy to design it in.

    I don't like to overgeneralize, pigeonhole, or slam any subset of riders, but it does seem that cruisers tend to attract the less knowledgeable, and less safety conscious, group of riders for some reason. Maybe it isn't a manufacturer's responsibility to make a rider safe, but it should be somewhat their responsibility to give those that choose to be, the tools with which to do so.


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  4. Cortez

    Cortez BAZINGA!

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    Yep.

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  5. southwade

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    $6800 trike... :huh

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  6. Randy

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    Sorry, but while the may be a cool "car", I don't really see that in the same vain as a motorcycle... :puke1
  7. southwade

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    Legally it is a motorcycle... in this country anyway.
  8. Randy

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    Yeah, by legal definition, having less than 4 wheels, it is a M/C here too I think. That may exempt it from certain regulatory requirements such as safety standards, emissions differences, and so forth, but to me if it is fully enclosed, doesn't lean, and/or has more than 2 wheels, it isn't a true motorcycle... Just offers none of the things that I associate with the feeling of motorcycling, IMO...

    Sorry, all you Can-Am and other trike lovers. :evil

    To me, that thing is just a tandem seat car that just happens to have one wheel missing.
  9. ParrotheadJeff

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    It doesn't require a motorcycle license in California, but I believe it would in Utah. I think it's nice to see weather protected, stable in the snow, new & reliable transportation with that low of a price. Sorry, but the price of new cars has gotten ridiculous.
  10. Randy

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    Yeah, it could be an interesting alternative form of transportation. Still don't really see it as a motorcycle in any real sense though...


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  11. Cortez

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  12. southwade

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    ditto
  13. Super Sneaky Steve

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    If you never want another woman to look at you in a sexual way ever again get the trike.

    As for me, I'll stick with real bikes. :evil
  14. mrbreeze

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    I wanted one of these so bad.... but Y never brought it to the states. It looks ideal to me. Comfy ergos, shaft drive, 6+ gallons of gas, and air cooling. I know we often say "I would have bought one if...", but I really would have bought one if they had imported it.

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  15. Cortez

    Cortez BAZINGA!

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    I know a local bloke who had over 80.000 miles on his when I last spoke
    with him, and that was at least 5 years ago.. he was accumulating 20k/year
    on average.

    The bike never let him down.

    Even here they're VERY rare, but the 600cc version (especially the naked)
    can be found rather easy.
  16. Super Sneaky Steve

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    Yamaha looks great but can't be that much different than an early model Bandit.
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  17. mrbreeze

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    yep, I wanted one of those too, and almost bought one. I did a test ride and it seemed pretty buzzy to me. I bought a C10 instead. I guess these days the only bike that is comparable would be the GSX 1250FA.

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  18. Gryphon12

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    Sorry? Shaft vs. Chain. 6+ gallons fuel vs. less than 5 gallons. Suspension and economy? I agree that they share the same "look", but that's about all.
  19. PeteN95

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    Yep, one way they can sell it so cheap, no crash testing! It will be my winter vehicle if they actually start making it, even if I need a 3 wheel endorsement and wear a helmet! 84mpg!?! :clap
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    Bama67 Been here awhile

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    For some reason I really want a Yamaha Zuma 125. :evil