The older Sportbike Road Warrior thread

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by arctic954, Mar 9, 2016.

  1. sodapop

    sodapop Caffeinated

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    That looks fantastic. Congratulations!
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  2. MedicAndy

    MedicAndy It's not always easy being me!

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    I had a day off from work, so I finally had some time this morning to uninstall the factory airbox and installed a new set of velocity stacks in this 1995 Sport. This bike had some RaceCo engine upgrades installed by the original owner, and the carburetors were setup to the European configuration. I removed and damaged the original installed velocity stacks when I bought this bike and installed the factory airbox, which made this bike run like crap……… But, this bike now with the velocity stacks installed again perform so much better!

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  3. markk53

    markk53 jack of all trades... Super Supporter

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    Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmm... Big block Guzzi! :nod
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  4. spdtrpl

    spdtrpl Red Coat MagnoliaTx

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    Just finished getting this old girl back on the road again.
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  5. DAD51

    DAD51 Been here awhile

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    I owned a 1989 ZX10 Ninja. I had it from 1990 to 2002. It took me on many trips. The valves were easy to adjust with shims on-top of the buckets. I got an average of 50mpg at 70mph. It weighed 576lbs. old pis motorcycles 031.jpg d 041.jpg 178.jpg
  6. markk53

    markk53 jack of all trades... Super Supporter

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  7. spdtrpl

    spdtrpl Red Coat MagnoliaTx

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    As a treat I took her out for a track day which took care of those markings
    (before pic, just in case)
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  8. markk53

    markk53 jack of all trades... Super Supporter

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  9. mmattockx

    mmattockx Adventurer

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    Looks like a good thread for these.

    First pic is from a long weekend trip in 2010. The K6 GSXR1000 on the left is mine. We did ~1500km in 3 days and my butt knew it for several days afterwards.

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    This is my current sport bike, a 1998 ZX6R (as I get older it seems my bikes do, as well). It started as my wife's bike and took a fairly twisting route to ending up as mine, but it has found a home now. Motor is stock aside from the Yosh slip on and slight carb tweaking. Has an Ohlins shock I got for cheap and heavier springs in the forks to suit my larger gravitational attraction level. With the Ohlins and forks correctly set up for my weight it is one of the best handling bikes I have ever ridden.

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    Mark
  10. bikemoto

    bikemoto Tyre critic

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    Have you ridden the bigger engined bikes? How do they compare? The smaller displacements were always said to be sweeter, by the journos. Red 916s are everywhere; I always liked the idea of a yellow 748.
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  11. spdtrpl

    spdtrpl Red Coat MagnoliaTx

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    I haven't ridden a 916 or a 996 but I did own a 998. The 998 had grunt at all speeds, the 748 is slower by comparison and needs to be revved. I’d say the 748 is more akin to riding a 600 instead of a liter bike. These bikes are now 20+ years old and the new Panigales give another level of performance and rideability.
    It’s a real pleasure to ride the 748 - it sounds fantastic, the handling is great.. and I like sportsbikes that need to be revved.
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  12. DesmoDog

    DesmoDog Desmo was my dog. RIP big guy.

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    I like posting this picture when the talk gets around to tires. Here's a 996 tire to ponder.
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    I don't have that bike anymore (the only Ducati I regret selling) but I did just get back from Grattan a few hours ago, I rode this one today because my 900ss track bike wasn't ready to go
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    There were a few people who appreciated seeing it out in the fray. And at least one guy who wasn't too sure what it was, but to be fair, the bike is older than he is.

    In the final session I rode today, an all red bike went down right behind me. I never saw it and the session got red flagged. When I got back to my car one guy rode up all wide eyed asking if I was ok, then seemed quite relieved when he realized it wasn't me who crashed. I got the feeling it wasn't me he was worried about...
  13. Rox

    Rox Been here awhile

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    My 02 Goozi Scura. #354..
  14. Hobbomock

    Hobbomock I's wide open

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    Had both my "collectables" out today.

    Pardon the bulbous Givi case, my 'Bird is a full-on touring rig these days.

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    Plus, it keeps my beautiful bride from falling off the back :lol3
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    (yup, that's a cop back there. Good fortune had me slowing to find the tag)


    Then some golden hour tagging on the only redhead that truly concerns said bride:

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    Whenever I consider selling them, I swing a leg over and burn a couple gallons. That's all it takes.:pynd
  15. guns_equal_freedom

    guns_equal_freedom Long timer

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    1975 Honda CB750F
    Clubman bars, Alphabet Pipe.
    The day I traded it in on a brand new 1983 GpZ1100
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    1983 GpZ5550
    Kerker header, Dynojet jet kit, Morwaki rear shock with a remote reservoir, springs in the forks.
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    1985 RZ350
    Toomy pipes, battery relocation kit, jet kit, shaved head
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    RZ350 and GpZ550 together
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    1987 Kawasaki 750 Ninja
    Marvic magnesium rims - 3.3 front, 5.5 rear - at the time no mass produced street bike had rims that size Cycle Parts Plus in Oxnard was able to get me a set of prototype Metzler ME33's in a 120/70/17 & 180/5.5/17 because the Metzler rep at the time wanted to see them on a street bike, FZR1000 forks and brakes, braced frame, Stortz Superbike Bar Kit with BMW Superbike bend bars, Falicon lightened crank and connecting rods, Kawasaki "B" race kit cylinder head (done by Muzzy), Kawasaki "special" race kit 37mm CV carbs assembled. Great bike, I wish I had never sold it.
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    1990 Yamaha FZR1000
    Marvic rims, Ferodo rotors, Race Tech Emulators in the front, Fox twin clicker adjustable height remote reservoir rear shock, Dutchman Racing rear linkage, 1070 pistons, Falicon lightened crank and connecting rods, 1985 FZ750 6 speed transmission and oil spray bar, Jerry Branch ported and flowed head, Dutchman Racing reverse taper race pipe, Dynojet jet kit with "special" Dynojet needles and jets, that bike was fast. Another bike I wish I hadn't sold.
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    2002 TLR1000
    M4 pipe, Dynojet controller, airbox mods, I bought it in 2014 with 2,300 miles on it for $3,200. I wish I had kept that bike.
  16. Stomp347

    Stomp347 I'll do anything fun Supporter

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    620CE9A2-9674-40F5-A4AD-F014F990DAE3.jpeg I found I could do about 235 miles on my K6.
  17. mmattockx

    mmattockx Adventurer

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    I loved mine, but I got old and my shoulders could no longer hack the riding position. It was such a fantastic bike, by far the best sport bike I have ever ridden.


    Mark
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  18. MedicAndy

    MedicAndy It's not always easy being me!

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    Yup, I always knew that someone had looked over me all of those years! :)

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    My herd of 90’s bikes….. :)
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  19. MonkeyBut

    MonkeyBut Fuel Whore

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    I can finally add to this thread. I was going to find old pictures of me with my 1982 GPz550, my 1992 Katana 750 (my God was that Miami Vice Blue with the splash) or my 1993 GSXR750 and I might still post them up. But, a week ago a bike from my brothers past came up in conversation. He had a 1996 Burgundy ZX6 and its big brother showed up in conversation, so I brought it home.
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    1993 ZX-11D. I'm going to get it running again before Christmas and put it under his tree. (Well, in the garage at least) I did the same for him 3 years ago when I found a non-running 1997 Honda Valkyrie. He loves that bike and we ride everywhere again. But the Burgundy ZX-11 had a fraternal twin.
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    The original owner was moving and needed to get the bikes out of his garage because he sold his house before he bought another house and couldn't store anything. So the bikes went home with me. Score!!
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    My friend and my daughter helped get them home.
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    I will keep you all posted on their progress. It's threads like these and the generation of sport bikes that don't have their asses high in the air (I personally hate the look of the BACK end of new sportbikes) and the work some of you have done to preserve and rebuild motorcycles from our past, that gives me hope and confidence that I will at least get the my brother's Burgundy bike going before Christmas. Thank you all for your posts.
  20. 1 wheel peel

    1 wheel peel Been here awhile

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    You're a good brother!
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