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Old 03-19-2006, 08:55 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I didn't really see any biker threads so sorry if I missed it!

So I ride a Silver 2006 Kawi 650R and haven't been riding too long. Making some fun mods on her but nothing performance driven...yet. Hubby has a 2003 Blue Yamaha FZ1 so leaves me in the dust from time to time lol.

So what is everyone else riding...well bikewise anyway
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Old 03-20-2006, 07:45 PM   #2 (permalink)
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2005 Silver Ninja 250- Fast enough to be fun but there may be a 600cc in the future.
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Old 03-20-2006, 08:24 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Nice! I traded in my red 2005 Ninja 250 for this bike. Loved it but really wanted a bit more powerful bike. This one has a nice upright posture and I am not one to crouch down so it was perfect. Plus I love having a bike that not many have yet!
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Old 03-21-2006, 07:14 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I have an '05 Suzuki C50, but I just got my new baby last month...an '06 Honda ST1300! Such an amazing bike!
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Old 03-21-2006, 04:40 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I wish I rode myself, but I prefer pillion. There's a splendid '06 GSXR 1000 that lives in my carport. I ogle it every morning. And my sexy man that rides it. Deep silver and black.

I loved his '00 silver and blue 'busa with the 1300cc engine and its really comfortable ride. The vibrations of the engine were spectacular at 140 mph. And you could hear it humming from 1/2 mile away. But he blew it up. Sheesh... boys.
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Old 03-25-2006, 07:59 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I have a '04 Softtail Springer, that is slightly modified: 98" CI, ported/polished heads, TW37g gear drive cams, Keith Black pistons, Crane lifters and BuB "Jug Hugger" exhaust to name a few...the tins are at the painter but I hope to have 'em back this week...bought in late April '04, (14th bike) I had 26k on it Jan.06 but I don't get to ride to work as I'm in construction so it's evenings and weekends/vacations...been riding 36 years now...yeah guess I might be a biker... here are a couple of pics before disassembly:


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Old 03-27-2006, 05:09 AM   #7 (permalink)
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I have an '84 Kawasaki 750Turbo GPz that I am riding/restoring. I've been doing alot of performance tricks to it ie: It has an adjustable fuel pressure reg, a bleed valve on the waistgate, race mode activated in the computer, K&N filter on turbo and single exhaust to name a few. This is the second one that I have owned. Crashed the first one 10 years ago and the wife got this one for my birthday 2 years ago.
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Old 03-27-2006, 05:57 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Old 03-27-2006, 11:52 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Old 03-27-2006, 12:29 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I have a 2000 Harley Fatboy and my wife has a 2000 Harley Deuce. We used to take a 3000+ mile trip every summer from Seattle to Sturgis. We have since moved to the country in Southern Ohio and now just ride around here. My bike is stock except for the "black ice" paint and her's is silver and we had it lowered to make it easier for her to handle.
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Old 03-28-2006, 11:35 PM   #11 (permalink)
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www.ninja650r.com has a picture of mine (the silver). I'm too much a newbie to post pics here lol. We had a nice ride Saturday out through the hills to a local biker hangout called Cook's Corner. Then up through a park area with easy twisties and oak trees that bridge the road. Was so relaxing! The 25 mile ride back with the weather changing and wind picking up was harder, but well worth it! I'm looking forward to some longer rides as I get more experienced and my kids get older and are easier to dump...I mean have someone stay with over a weekend
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Old 04-03-2006, 07:47 AM   #12 (permalink)
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Newly painted Tins...WoooHooo!!!

the pics don't offer a good rendition of color or metal flake but imagine these on the black Harley above...


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Old 04-03-2006, 09:19 AM   #13 (permalink)
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Old 04-03-2006, 05:07 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Old 04-05-2006, 02:33 PM   #15 (permalink)
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I sold my bike about 10 years ago, a Honda Shadow Spirit. With a new wife and a baby on the way, I gave it up. Now, I am thinking about a Harley, leaning towards a Dyna. Hopfully this summer or next year. It is going to take some time to get use to the idea of spending about $20K on a bike.
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Old 04-05-2006, 02:40 PM   #16 (permalink)
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1985 GL1200 Aspencade with over 288,000 miles.

Wow! That about 13,700 miles per year. Have you had to do any major engine work? That's one thing I loved about the Honda I had, the thing never broke down, never had any problems.

Anyone got the kind of milage on a Harley?
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Old 04-05-2006, 02:52 PM   #17 (permalink)
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Other than timing belts every 50K miles and a couple of water pumps the only engine work was head gaskets at about 211,000 miles. The previous owner was a real stickler for maintenence, I've had it about 40,000 of those miles since June '03 - so I'm keeping up with his averages per year quite well.

The very best part about this bike it that it was a gift from a man I first met on the internet in 1998, then in person the first time in 2001. He bought a new BMW 1150RT in 2003 and gave me his old bike, he had it since new and I got complete maintenence records with it also.

This guy lives in a motorhome full time and trailers his BMW around, finds a place to park and goes on day rides till he runs out of roads in a given area. I have managed to see him every year, sometimes a couple of times a year, since 2001.

I've ridden quite a few GL1200 Goldwings and this one runs as strong as any I've ridden, better than most. The only one close was an '86 SEi - the fuel injected one, and that bike had only about 100K on it when I rode it.
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Old 04-05-2006, 08:33 PM   #18 (permalink)
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Old 04-05-2006, 08:47 PM   #19 (permalink)
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dcope, the closest bike I've ridden to yours was a Katana 600.

Care to race coast to coast?

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Old 04-05-2006, 08:49 PM   #20 (permalink)
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Me on my Goldwing of course?

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Old 04-05-2006, 08:59 PM   #21 (permalink)
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Actually, I have to be truthful here. I could not afford to take on the bet so I cancel my request.

But dcope I have to ask you.

Would you take on a ride of 3,000 miles in 3 days?

It's not my cup of tea but I do have friends who thrive on rides such as this.

I have a couple of buddies who are regular riders of the Iron Butt Ride, which consists of 11 straight days of 1000 miles or more per day.

A lot of those guys favor BMW Touring machines, and quite a few Goldwingers also.

My favorite though was a guy about 3 years ago who completed the ride on a Honda Helix Scooter!

Talk about balls!
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Old 04-07-2006, 11:51 AM   #22 (permalink)
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Wow! That about 13,700 miles per year. Have you had to do any major engine work? That's one thing I loved about the Honda I had, the thing never broke down, never had any problems.

Anyone got the kind of milage on a Harley?
I've got nearly 30k on mine with nothing other than maintenance, that's over 13k a year...have a friend that puts nearly 30k a year on his Harley with little or no trouble (he's at 68k right now) ...this ain't yer daddy's Harley...
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Old 04-07-2006, 11:53 AM   #23 (permalink)
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Actually, I have to be truthful here. I could not afford to take on the bet so I cancel my request.

But dcope I have to ask you.

Would you take on a ride of 3,000 miles in 3 days?

It's not my cup of tea but I do have friends who thrive on rides such as this.

I have a couple of buddies who are regular riders of the Iron Butt Ride, which consists of 11 straight days of 1000 miles or more per day.

A lot of those guys favor BMW Touring machines, and quite a few Goldwingers also.

My favorite though was a guy about 3 years ago who completed the ride on a Honda Helix Scooter!

Talk about balls!

Most consider 1k in 24 hrs an "Iron Butt Ride" there is in fact an Iron Butt Association that you can join if you provide documentation...just try 1000 miles in 24 hrs if ya don't think it sounds tough!
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Old 04-07-2006, 03:34 PM   #24 (permalink)
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My personal longest ride is 710 miles in a day - Colorado Springs to Oklahoma City. That is my choice, I'm sure I could make 1000 but not real sure about day after day of it.

Iron Butt Association has several certificates they offer - at a price - on this site: http://www.ironbutt.com/ridecerts/

I have 3 friends who are about 10 days from embarking on a 100CCC ride, which is coast to coast and back in the USA in 100 hours or less.

I count among my friends about a dozen who have one or more of the various IBA certificates.

My thinking is even if I did accomplish any of the rides as described I'll be damned if I would pay IBA for bragging rights. The cost of a certificate would buy the gas for almost 1000 miles.
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Old 04-07-2006, 03:57 PM   #25 (permalink)
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I'm still new enough that the 150 miles I plan to ride tomorrow will be plenty for an "iron butt" lol
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Old 04-07-2006, 04:00 PM   #26 (permalink)
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I'm headed out in the morning to visit my Son and his family, about 250 miles.
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Old 04-07-2006, 04:14 PM   #27 (permalink)
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I've got nearly 30k on mine with nothing other than maintenance, that's over 13k a year...have a friend that puts nearly 30k a year on his Harley with little or no trouble (he's at 68k right now) ...this ain't yer daddy's Harley...
I visited my local Harley dealer today. They had a few used bikes, but they were asking almost the same money as the new ones. They ain't making it easy to get into the game. I keep asking myself is a Harley worth the extra money.
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I visited my local Harley dealer today. They had a few used bikes, but they were asking almost the same money as the new ones. They ain't making it easy to get into the game. I keep asking myself is a Harley worth the extra money.
Shop online, in magazines and among friends...you may even wanna buy with high miles, it's not too hard to do a topend and they're good for another 50k or start small and buy a Sporty but never, I mean NEVER buy at the dealer unless you are ready to buy new!!! Your investment won't lose much value over time either so you can always trade up...
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Old 04-09-2006, 03:16 PM   #29 (permalink)
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I'm just in from a 500 mile weekend to visit my son and two grandsons. Nice ride except for the fact I had strong headwinds both going and coming!

Oh well, that is one thing about biking - you can usually find something to bitch about even though you are having fun! LOL
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Old 04-09-2006, 03:52 PM   #30 (permalink)
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I have a 98 fatboy w/ 84,691 miles on it. Strict oil changes, a belt, brakes, starter and tranny linkage, a few seals and still runs like theres no tomorrow.

I also have a 98 sportster custom bar hopper that has 56,901 miles on it. Just routine maintenance.

I bought a 05 shadow spirit off the showroom floor 10 months ago and am about to hit 15k on it. No problems except for a chain and set of tires.

I love that spirit its fun as hell to ride. I ride everyday year around to work.

Here is a post that has a link to a nice website for winter gear. I can personally vouch for this stuff, I have the vest, arm chaps and gloves. Keeps me toasty warm. 23 degrees this winter add 80mph down the interstae=about 4 degrees.

http://www.tfproject.org/tfp/showthr...00#post1952500
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Old 04-17-2006, 11:40 AM   #31 (permalink)
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My wife and I have a 97 Virago 535 that we both used to learn to ride on. If all goes well, I'll have a 00 V-Star 650 in a week or so.
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My wife and I have a 97 Virago 535 that we both used to learn to ride on. If all goes well, I'll have a 00 V-Star 650 in a week or so.
I've got an '05 V-Star 1100. Great bike, you'll love the 650!
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I've got an '05 V-Star 1100. Great bike, you'll love the 650!
I'm 6' 4" and about 260lbs so I was a little afraid that the 650 would be under powered, but from all of the reveiws I have seen online, it should be plenty, at least for now I'm sure I'll be looking fondly at the 1100s in a couple of years.

I figure by that time, my wife can use the 650 and we can trade in the Virago on a V-Star 1100.
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Old 04-21-2006, 12:46 AM   #34 (permalink)
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Well, I'm more like 6' and 220lbs and the 1100 is perfect for me. I've been looking at doing some performance mods, but the bike has good power stock. California freeways are insane, so a bit of extra power comes in handy at times.

I just wish there were not so many cool accessories for the V-stars, I'm never going to quit buying stuff!
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Ok, now I have a dilemma. I found a 96 Virago 750 here in town for about $3000. The V-Star 650 that I have been looking at is $3800.

I figure that I'm going to want a bigger bike than either of these in a couple of years, so I think I am leaning more toward the Virago now, although I like the looks of the V-Stars better. Then when I'm ready, go for the 1100 V-Star.

That's my tenative plan for now, it may change in a few minutes.
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Well, I'm more like 6' and 220lbs and the 1100 is perfect for me. I've been looking at doing some performance mods, but the bike has good power stock. California freeways are insane, so a bit of extra power comes in handy at times.

I just wish there were not so many cool accessories for the V-stars, I'm never going to quit buying stuff!
Be happy you don't have the Harley accessory addiction, (also known as HAA or Hundred Dollar Disease HDD) where parts are even more plentiful...
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Ok, as predicted, my plans have changed. My wife went and looked to the Virago with me and said it didn't look like it fit me very well. That's fine by me, I really like the V-Star better anyway. Gonna pick it up in a couple of days!
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i ride a '97 suzuki savage. haven't ridden much in the last year due to health issues, but this should be a mileage full season.
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Old 04-24-2006, 09:17 AM   #39 (permalink)
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pixelbend, I don't think you will be sorry. I have heard of a lot of starter problems with various Virago's.
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Here she is. Can't wait to get 'er licensed so I can take a longer ride. My only ride so far has been from the seller's house to my in-laws.

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