What bike do you want today?

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

  1. ph0rk

    ph0rk Doesn't Care

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    If you want to complain about something on the California, complain about the floorboards and godawful heel-toe shifter. Second might be the tilted back seating position, but I guess people actually like that.

    Especially the California "custom" - seems like that should have pegs and a more upright seating position to me, but oh well.

    I guess this is what I would do, instead, if I was looking for a muscle-ish cruiser:
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  2. Cortez

    Cortez BAZINGA!

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    It's probably a great bike but it scores 1/10 on my drool meter, and the
    california is a pure 10/10, and I never felt that way about ANY cruiser in
    my life.
  3. Yossarian™

    Yossarian™ Deputy Cultural Attaché

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    Just to have ridden a homebuilt. I think it'd be a hoot.

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  4. ph0rk

    ph0rk Doesn't Care

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    Yeah, well, I thought it was sexy too until I rode one :rofl
  5. Cat0020

    Cat0020 El cheapo

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    Cruising around 10-11k rpm, 196 mi. Ninja 250 use about 3.6-3.7 gal.; that's about 53-54 mpg. I do have a large 130/90-16 tire on the rear. :lol3
  6. SpikeC

    SpikeC Been here awhile

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    I rode an early California from Portland down to the races at Laguna Seca once, and my feet kept vibrating off of the floorboards.
    The water pump on my K100 died just before leaving so I borrowed this Goose for the trip. In the rain near Salem I touched the brakes and the linked system locked the rear and hydroplaned me onto the concrete.
  7. PishPosh

    PishPosh n000000b

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    Is this photoshopped?

    Something doesn't look right with that pedal and what appears to be half a sprocket? Where's the drive train?

    :huh



    EDIT:

    Is the half sprocket thing part of a kick start?
  8. Oilhed

    Oilhed MarkF

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    I think the half sprocket is attached the that kick starter. But what's with pedal sticking out down there. No way it can rotate. Perhaps you have to remove the motor to pedal it.


    Mark F.
    aka OILHED
    Central CT
  9. pjensen641

    pjensen641 Been here awhile

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    Looks like the "foot pegs" to me
  10. Venteuri

    Venteuri I don't give a shit

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    ^ this. Adjustable foot rest.
  11. Cortez

    Cortez BAZINGA!

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    That's not bad.
  12. Yossarian™

    Yossarian™ Deputy Cultural Attaché

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    Yes, that is the kick start. The drive train is on the RH side; you can see the large hoop next to the rear wheel that is a the rear pulley on the belt system.

    What intrigued me the most was the throttle. Not a good image of it in the photo, though. It was a twist grip tube around the handlebar, pulling on a lamp cord chain that wound through two small pulleys before activating a lever near the back of the tank, that rotated the throttle in the carb.
  13. Kawasakirob

    Kawasakirob flick the bean

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    I want a motard

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  14. mrbreeze

    mrbreeze Long timer

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    Awesome! count me in!
  15. Cortez

    Cortez BAZINGA!

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    I'm getting ready for a trip, this would do a bit better then what I have now:
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  16. Venteuri

    Venteuri I don't give a shit

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  17. rathawk

    rathawk Adventurer

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    I really like the paint on this, and for some reason...I really want a GS now.
    an inmate has it for sale, and I dont have any money... :(
  18. wyobohunter

    wyobohunter Been here awhile

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    Street legal WR450F
    Want for those rides that are more challenging trail and less graded gravel and highway.

    Or a KTM 500 EXC-F (I'd even "settle" for the 350).
  19. BigIron

    BigIron Tenured Prof - Leghump U.

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  20. Tip Over

    Tip Over Whoopsie!

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    I've come to the realization that my previous choice, the Electra Glide Police, isn't best for my riding style at all. I ride every day, rain, sun, cold, heat. It is, in fact my only way around.

    Since I am currently saving up to trade up, I've decided on this big beast, Deluxe model, with the touring windshield. Maybe even the Cobra six pipes and the mustang seat...