Where are the singles?

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by 40cu.in.of.furey, Oct 9, 2011.

  1. 40cu.in.of.furey

    40cu.in.of.furey Been here awhile

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    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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  2. Skippii

    Skippii Milkshakes, my lad.

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  3. windmill

    windmill Long timer

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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.
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  4. plugeye

    plugeye mc caregiver

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    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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  5. Grainbelt

    Grainbelt marginal adventurer Super Moderator

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    All the hipsters are buying your favoured UJM's and making cafe bikes out of them.

    Better start hoarding. :lol3
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  6. Cortez

    Cortez BAZINGA!

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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):

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

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    ...
    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:

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

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  7. Wuwei

    Wuwei Long timer

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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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  8. Cortez

    Cortez BAZINGA!

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    'tuff.. :wink:

    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.. :cry
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  9. DynaSport

    DynaSport Been here awhile

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    Buell Blast?
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  10. NJ-Brett

    NJ-Brett Brett

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    Yuk!
    Paint shaker with wheels.


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  11. CyHawk

    CyHawk Been here awhile

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    Actually, the single 650's have such a popular following that BMW brought them back as the G650's.
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  12. EastSideSM

    EastSideSM Isn't that dangerous?

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    they are over in THUMPERS...
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  13. acap650

    acap650 acap650

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  14. anotherguy

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  15. Jimmy the Heater

    Jimmy the Heater Tilting the Horizon

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    Don't forget this funky thing...BMW F650CS before the X series came out.
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  16. Cortez

    Cortez BAZINGA!

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    Love that bike!
    Only saw it once here..
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  17. 40cu.in.of.furey

    40cu.in.of.furey Been here awhile

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    Yup bought my 07 right after college and just got my first job, I'm never gonna sell it! I was just seeing what other single cylinder options were out there for road going only since I'm such a big fan of the DR i want more thumpers!


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  18. B02S4

    B02S4 Aye

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  19. doink1968

    doink1968 Old noob.

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    I've got a client who works at a bike building shop near me, and we recently picked up a nearly running (just needs a carb cleaning...) 1994 Savage in surprisingly good shape for $250.... and we gots ta thinkin'

    We went looking at the RYCA site, and liked it, but wanted something that felt more vintage. Then I found this photo of one that was built in Britain somewhere, and we both like that one even more!
    I photoshopped my own 1969 Suzuki T350 tank onto it and came up with the mock-up photo below...
    Ours will have clubman's and no stock battery box or air box at all. Harley Dyna mufflers bolt right on and can be had for pennies. I haven't posted anything because we haven't even started doing anything with it at all, just collected some parts and brainstormed a bit. I'll start a thread once we really have something to show, but just wanted to chime in here.
    I think the Savage could be a great power plant for a retro single (I hope so!!) and they can be found cheap all day long, so it's easy to throw a little extra money at them.

    Wish us luck!
    Cheers...

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  20. doink1968

    doink1968 Old noob.

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    Elsewhere they are sold as the TEMPTER in 400cc form...

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