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Fri Jan 13, 2012, 09:25 PM

So, what do you ride?

Since no one else has bothered, I'll be a host for a while. And a good host passes out the beer and makes sure people start talking.

So here's this:

Now, introduce yourself and let us know what you ride!

Me, I'm (cough) between bikes until I can afford the time to heal up from falling over. But my last motorbike was this old KTM:



"It's only as cold as you feel!"

(If anyone else wants to be a host, let me know. )

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Reply So, what do you ride? (Original post)
Robb Jan 2012 OP
SeattleVet Jan 2012 #1
Robb Jan 2012 #6
Fumesucker Jan 2012 #2
Robb Jan 2012 #7
Fumesucker Jan 2012 #12
JustABozoOnThisBus Jan 2012 #3
Robb Jan 2012 #8
rfranklin Jan 2012 #4
Robb Jan 2012 #9
rfranklin Jan 2012 #11
av8rdave Jan 2012 #5
Robb Jan 2012 #10
av8rdave Jan 2012 #13
DrDan Jan 2012 #14
Robb Jan 2012 #16
DrDan Jan 2012 #19
ROFF Jan 2012 #15
Robb Jan 2012 #17
ROFF Jan 2012 #18
AtheistCrusader Jul 2013 #49
momto3 Feb 2012 #20
Robb Feb 2012 #21
cloudbase Feb 2012 #22
Robb Feb 2012 #23
AtheistCrusader Jul 2013 #50
Ganja Ninja Feb 2012 #24
Robb Feb 2012 #25
Ganja Ninja Feb 2012 #26
ge26252se Feb 2012 #27
rvt1000rr Feb 2012 #28
IDemo Mar 2012 #29
BlueCollar Apr 2012 #30
lumberjack_jeff Apr 2012 #31
guitar man May 2012 #32
cherokeeprogressive May 2012 #33
polemic_realism Jul 2012 #34
frylock Jul 2012 #35
awoke_in_2003 Sep 2012 #39
sir pball Aug 2012 #36
frylock Sep 2012 #37
awoke_in_2003 Sep 2012 #38
TxVietVet Sep 2012 #40
charin Oct 2012 #41
gonzo_del_oeste Dec 2012 #42
frylock Jan 2013 #43
catnhatnh Jan 2013 #44
shedevil69taz May 2013 #45
Gravitycollapse May 2013 #46
av8rdave May 2013 #47
Glassunion Jun 2013 #48
AtheistCrusader Jul 2013 #51
edgineered Jul 2013 #52
EnviroBat Dec 2013 #53
freebrew Dec 2013 #54
Gravitycollapse Jan 2014 #55
TxVietVet Feb 2014 #56
EX500rider Jul 16 #57
Submariner Jul 29 #58

Response to Robb (Original post)

Fri Jan 13, 2012, 11:27 PM

1. Not supposed to be falling over...

it's hard on the bike *and* the rider.

My ride's a 2004 Moto Guzzi Stone Touring.

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Response to SeattleVet (Reply #1)

Sat Jan 21, 2012, 02:41 PM

6. Hey, if you're not falling, you're not riding hard enough!

I'm going to pick your brain abut Guzzis one of these days.

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Response to Robb (Original post)

Sat Jan 14, 2012, 01:31 AM

2. 1980 Honda CX500 Deluxe..

Affectionately known as "the sewage pump" in Germany.. The odometer quit at 140,000 miles a couple of years ago so I'm not sure how many miles it actually has on it now..

I get a kick out of telling Harley riders that their engine is mounted the wrong way..



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Response to Fumesucker (Reply #2)

Sat Jan 21, 2012, 02:42 PM

7. Just looking at that fairing makes me feel cozy.

I bet that's a "warm" ride on a cold morning.

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Response to Robb (Reply #7)

Sun Jan 22, 2012, 01:26 PM

12. It's the old Vetter Windjammer ..

And it really does have a good pocket of still air behind, I can ride through a thunderstorm and if I keep moving I only get wet from the knees down and if it's a real downpour my back gets wet. Interestingly I get about ten to fifteen percent better gas mileage with that barn door sized fairing than without, go figure. But then Craig Vetter always was interested in aerodynamics.

By today's standards the whole rig is about as utilitarian and aesthetic as a WWII combat vehicle, I get comments just about every time I park it somewhere.



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Response to Robb (Original post)

Sat Jan 14, 2012, 04:08 PM

3. '73 BMW R75/5, but not in the snow

I'm getting too old for the sub-freezing rides.



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Response to JustABozoOnThisBus (Reply #3)

Sat Jan 21, 2012, 02:43 PM

8. That looks like a fun ride.

There's a guy in my neighborhood with something similar, but with a blinding amount of chrome parts. I can't imagine the time he must spend with a rag every morning.

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Response to Robb (Original post)

Sun Jan 15, 2012, 01:53 PM

4. 2009 BMW R1200R...

 

No, I haven't ridden in the snow either though I used to do it on my motocross bike.

Now, if I ride in freezing temperatures I wear my electric jacket liner.

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Response to rfranklin (Reply #4)

Sat Jan 21, 2012, 02:47 PM

9. I've always been curious about those bikes, too.

I've never ridden an "adventure" bike that big. The Charley and Ewan shows always made me wonder whether they felt like big bikes or not.

The year I bought my KTM it was in November, 400 miles away from home, in Colorado. Borrowed a heated vest and have never done anything as smart (in hindsight) in my life as bringing that thing along. Of course it drained the old battery, so I learned how to kickstart a 640cc engine in an icy parking lot... I was well motivated, I guess.

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Response to Robb (Reply #9)

Sat Jan 21, 2012, 03:50 PM

11. MIne is actually a "naked" version of the 1200...

 

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Response to Robb (Original post)

Mon Jan 16, 2012, 10:08 AM

5. 2000 Roadie

My iPad won't let me post a pic for some reason. One to follow when I get home at the end of the week.

I love the bike, and have taken some great trips on it, but a major life change (divorce) may make it go away, in which case I have to figure out what bike is next.

I will always take a couple long trips each year, but want something fun for some weekend road carving too. As much as the current circumstances can be depressing, I'm looking at it as a chance to enjoy some bike shopping.

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Response to av8rdave (Reply #5)

Sat Jan 21, 2012, 02:49 PM

10. That's a good attitude. Been there.

There is no therapy like motorcycle therapy. And there's no bike like the next bike.

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Response to av8rdave (Reply #5)

Sun Jan 22, 2012, 01:51 PM

13. Here's the pic



I love this bike!

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Response to Robb (Original post)

Thu Jan 26, 2012, 04:26 PM

14. had a HD sportster for several years - just traded it for a Burgman 400

I also have a Yamaha C3 that I really enjoy riding

guess I am a scooter person at heart

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Response to DrDan (Reply #14)

Thu Jan 26, 2012, 08:27 PM

16. I can see a lot of reasons to love scoots.

Mileage for one, no doubt. Although that 400 pretty much blurs the line between scooter and motorbike. Looks comfy for a long ride, too. Having ridden both, which is easier on the back/butt/legs over distance?

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Response to Robb (Reply #16)

Fri Jan 27, 2012, 10:12 AM

19. I do find the Burgman more comfortable than the Harley, particularly

in the Florida summers.

Then again, I have yet to ride it more than a couple of hours at a time.

I would never choose the Harley for simply running errands, choosing the Yamaha scoot instead. Now, the Burgman is the pick. Good under-seat storage, good gas mileage, and just plain fun to ride.

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Response to Robb (Original post)

Thu Jan 26, 2012, 05:28 PM

15. The wife and I

have a Can-Am Spyder RTS, in Viper Red, on order. We should pick it up before the end of February.

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Response to ROFF (Reply #15)

Thu Jan 26, 2012, 08:29 PM

17. OK *that* is a funky machine.

There's a yellow one I've seen around my neighborhood. What brought you to that bike? And tell all: what's it like to ride?

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Response to Robb (Reply #17)

Thu Jan 26, 2012, 10:31 PM

18. My wife actually.

We have had 3 bikes in the past, but she always had a problem keeping the front wheel on the ground. She is a short person and has a problem keeping the bike upright (short legs).

The spyder does not tip, which is a definite plus, and has lots of storage space. We had a ride on one and I have been on Spyder forums for about five months now. I have downloaded Operators and Service manuals. I do have my motorcycle endorsement, wife doesn't yet. I haven't driven one, but that is OK. After watching Utube videos, I have a fair idea. Buyers of the Spyder talk about it taking hundreds of miles to become accustomed to its riding style.

I suggest going to spyderlovers.com for more information.

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Response to Robb (Reply #17)

Wed Jul 31, 2013, 03:01 AM

49. My mom rides one.

She picked it out because it doesn't fall over at a red light. We tried putting her on a Harley sportster lowered as low as it would go, and her feet still don't touch.

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Response to Robb (Original post)

Wed Feb 1, 2012, 09:08 PM

20. I ride a BMW G650 X-country.

This is my first bike and has been a great bike to learn on. I am thinking about purchasing a new F650 this spring - I am ready for a bit more power.

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Response to momto3 (Reply #20)

Thu Feb 2, 2012, 11:03 AM

21. I'm told the new small twins are worth riding as well.

Sadly out of my budget. Actually, everything's out of my budget for the moment. But even out of my pretend budget.

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Response to Robb (Original post)

Fri Feb 10, 2012, 11:41 PM

22. 2000 Moto Guzzi Quota

The one that even other Guzzi riders look at and shake their heads, but it's the best handling and do everything bike I've ever owned.

1984 Guzzi V6SP, a restoration project with one of my sons. Until he comes to take it I give it some regular exercise.

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Response to cloudbase (Reply #22)

Sat Feb 11, 2012, 04:16 PM

23. OK, I'm going to require pictures and more talk about the Quota.

It's been on my short list for a long time.

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Response to cloudbase (Reply #22)

Wed Jul 31, 2013, 03:02 AM

50. I wanted one of those since I first saw it released.

I ended up settling for a KLR though. Fills the same role, if slower.

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Response to Robb (Original post)

Tue Feb 14, 2012, 03:18 PM

24. My pride and joy -2006 Bonneville

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Response to Ganja Ninja (Reply #24)

Tue Feb 14, 2012, 05:11 PM

25. That's awful pretty.

Good looking pipe on that, too.

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Response to Robb (Reply #25)

Wed Feb 15, 2012, 07:54 AM

26. Here's a more recent pic I've been meaning to upload for some time now.

I had to replace the seat when mice attacked my bike in the garage. I've also added new hard bags.

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Response to Robb (Original post)

Wed Feb 22, 2012, 04:03 AM

27. Spam deleted by Robb (MIR Team)

 

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Response to Robb (Original post)

Tue Feb 28, 2012, 05:07 PM

28. Honda RC51 SP2

Just about as much fun as you can have! Great brakes, lots of torque, solid handling and a degree of exclusivity.


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Response to Robb (Original post)

Fri Mar 2, 2012, 09:43 PM

29. Kawasaki 900 Vulcan

Pretty enjoyable streetbike overall, but haven't taken any lengthy road trips yet. The 27 degree mornings are a bit nippy for me on the commute. It's supposed to warm up a bit next week, hopefully . The bike is pictured below overlooking the Snake River canyon, only about 45 miles or so from Boise.


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Response to Robb (Original post)

Wed Apr 11, 2012, 11:13 AM

30. Hopefully the Norton before the end of the summer

the BSA is going to be a full restoration so that's a factor. I think I can get away with a short turn on the Norton but time and money will decide...


The Norton looks a little shabby but at least it's an electric start....and it's too damn hot here in Texas to get into it with a cranky British Twin

Norton Commando 850




or

1970 BSA Lightning 650.

Actually it's in better shape than it looks. The fork rubber needs replacing and the tires are cracked. It's been stored for awhile so the rubber's rotted and the carbs will need overhaul but it turns over, and when I hooked up a battery everything turned on and off without going up in a puff of smoke...



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Response to Robb (Original post)

Sat Apr 14, 2012, 12:04 PM

31. 82 GS750ez. 16,000 miles

I don't ride often enough.

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Response to Robb (Original post)

Fri May 4, 2012, 12:15 PM

32. '99 Sportster Custom

I'll probably ride this one until I die

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Response to Robb (Original post)

Mon May 21, 2012, 01:46 AM

33. '06 Road King. Last of the 88's. 14,000+ miles.

One trip to the Canadian border and one to San Antonio, both from So. Cal., both with my wife ridin' pillion (not the word she uses, but it'll do for now).

She rides like a couch, and the seat is so soft it kisses my ass.

She's never spent a night outside except when we traveled on her. Nary a scratch.

My favorite detail? Cruise control. I wish I had pictures of the occupants of some of the cars I've passed with my hands in my jacket pockets...

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Response to Robb (Original post)

Mon Jul 9, 2012, 10:35 PM

34. 1971 Honda CB350K3

Going on three years as a daily rider, year round through the fairly temperate winters here in Tallahassee, FL...

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Response to polemic_realism (Reply #34)

Thu Jul 12, 2012, 04:16 PM

35. man that is real nice!

for my next bike i'd like to find an old CB500 and build it up as a flat tracker, ala Brat Style. very similar to this W650:

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Response to polemic_realism (Reply #34)

Mon Sep 10, 2012, 11:03 PM

39. I was mowing the other day...

and the same bike (same color even) drove past. I am an HD guy, but it isn't often you see these. I think they are pretty cool.

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Response to Robb (Original post)

Thu Aug 30, 2012, 11:03 AM

36. 2000 SV650

First bike five years ago, had a few offers for it but no way...it's going to be my last, too! Had a couple of others pass through my hands but for all-round practical transportation I've yet to beat her...and still more fun than a barrel of monkeys!

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Response to Robb (Original post)

Sun Sep 2, 2012, 08:09 PM

37. 2006 KTM 625 SMC



for the time being, anyway. i'm trying to sell this and am looking at getting an adventure bike (a Triumph Tiger 800XC or BMW F800 GS) real soon. in any case, this thing is a blast to ride, and it hauls the mail. gets a little sketchy over 70mph though.

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Response to Robb (Original post)

Mon Sep 10, 2012, 11:01 PM

38. 83 HD FXE...

also known as a SuperGlide.

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Response to Robb (Original post)

Tue Sep 11, 2012, 10:59 AM

40. A 2008 Honda VTX 1300C

I have owned two Kawasaki Vulcans. A 500, my first bike and a 900 which I traded in on the Honda.

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Response to Robb (Original post)

Mon Oct 15, 2012, 07:35 PM

41. 08 Kawasaki Versys

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Response to Robb (Original post)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 11:50 AM

42. 4th post

ratty looking 1986 r80

daily ride

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Response to Robb (Original post)

Wed Jan 16, 2013, 12:35 AM

43. 2011 Triumph Tiger 800 XC..



Bought this from a salvage lot in Helena, MT. The bike had been dropped, but fired right up. The frame is cracked at the left passenger peg, but has no effect on the structural integrity. I also had to replace a turn signal, clutch lever, and the right-side footpeg. The left handguard was also destroyed, and I opted to replace the engine guards, as they had done what they were designed for. The bike rides great and receives a lot of compliments. Can't wait to do some ADV touring!

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Response to frylock (Reply #43)

Wed Jan 16, 2013, 12:42 AM

44. Nice find.

May her new owner get the miles and joy she was built to supply.

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Response to Robb (Original post)

Mon May 6, 2013, 05:14 PM

45. 2012 HD Street Glide

Between February and November last year put about 16000 miles on it.

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Response to Robb (Original post)

Sun May 19, 2013, 10:53 PM

46. 2005 Honda CB900F (aka 919)

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Response to Robb (Original post)

Tue May 21, 2013, 02:01 AM

47. Took me long enough, but picked up my new ride last month

f6B

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Response to Robb (Original post)

Sat Jun 15, 2013, 02:01 PM

48. HD Sportster

Picked it up on Mother's day. Already have about 1500 miles on it.


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Response to Robb (Original post)

Wed Jul 31, 2013, 03:04 AM

51. 2009 Kawasaki KLR 650

Oil burner, but I love it anyway.

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Response to Robb (Original post)

Wed Jul 31, 2013, 08:31 AM

52. '82 KZ1100

I've been working it down to make it more my style, still looking for a tank smaller than the 5-1/2 gallon - this fall (hopefully) she gets extended about a foot. We all know how these WIP projects go, but as a motorcycle mechanic, my bike is the last one ever worked on! Love the CX500, btw, that SOB might go a million miles!

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Response to Robb (Original post)

Mon Dec 23, 2013, 11:29 AM

53. This is the new love of my life...

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Response to Robb (Original post)

Wed Dec 25, 2013, 10:01 AM

54. Homebuilt custom...

'74 shovelhead in front of a 5-speed Triumph trans.

Like an above poster said, it's a bar bike, although I don't do that anymore...

A friend that worked as a machinist made some connecting rods for me, Al4-V6 titanium.

Lots of motor work, used to be my job, dual-action disks on each end.

Can't find a picture, maybe later.

Currently working on a '51 Triumph TR6, but have the winter, no-money blues.

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Response to Robb (Original post)

Mon Jan 20, 2014, 12:30 AM

55. Just realized I've posted in here before. NVM.

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Response to Robb (Original post)

Tue Feb 11, 2014, 09:15 PM

56. 2013 Honda Goldwing F6B.

I traded in my 2008 Honda VTX 1300C for it. It was a gift to myself for winning the battle against prostate cancer. I took the Goldwing on a 2700 mile trip to visit my friends in Wisconsin.

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Response to Robb (Original post)

Wed Jul 16, 2014, 08:06 PM

57. Well my user name ought to be a clue...lol

1988 Kawasaki EX-500
Bought new in Oct '87
GSXR750 front end & rims-heads up display-ZX6 alum swing arm-Fox shock-chromemoly rear subsection-Ducati tail-re-enforced frame-rear sets-SS brake lines-pod air filters-Muzzy/Yoshi 2into1 exhaust-

Road raced it for 6 years in AMA/CCS Fla Region-1 SE Championship, 2 Fla Championships CCS Expert LtWt Superbike/LtWtSupertwins+Top 10 tag

Stock hp is about 52 for a EX, my race motor has about 80hp
Race motor: Bore and stroke and sleeved to 650cc, with 8mm over Wisco pistons + stroked Carillo rods + a spacer plate, a Falicon crank w/37mm CR carbs, Megacycle cams, adjustable cam sprokets, solid motor mounts, a D&D carbon fiber can w/ 2/1 header, an oil cooler, 1mm over stainless valves and polish and porting on the head and knife edge and work crank, lighted flywheel,(ie no magnets) timming adv chip, no cooling fan, Barnett kevlar clutch w/ hvy duty springs




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Response to Robb (Original post)

Tue Jul 29, 2014, 01:30 AM

58. Piaggio BV 350 Scooter



Just got a new beach cruiser. First bike I've ever had with a water-cooled engine.

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