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Bubs
Posted: Jan 27 2008, 04:11 PM


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In today's time of high gas prices, it's never been a better time to hop on a bike. Not to mention the extreme amount of fun you can achieve on just about any motorcycle. Got one, post it! Want to know more about bikes? Shoot. Have any other questions? Feel free to ask. I want to know who else on IDWF owns, rides, or wants a bike.

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My bike. '01 Buell Blast. 500cc single cylinder, 70mpg. Great rideJUNK! Sold the damn thing!.

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Dad's bike. 650cc Ural Deco Classic.

'75 Kawasaki H1 500 Triple
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Posted: Jan 27 2008, 04:56 PM


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Up here, a bike is useless at least 4 months out of a year. Couple that with the fact that the general populace cannot drive, and having a bike is more of an exercise in frustration than anything else. sad.gif
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Posted: Jan 27 2008, 04:59 PM


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QUOTE (Apex Carver @ Today at 5:56 PM)
Up here, a bike is useless at least 4 months out of a year. Couple that with the fact that the general populace cannot drive, and having a bike is more of an exercise in frustration than anything else. sad.gif

I'm not far south of you, either. While this is true, I still get to ride from March-December so I'm happy. happy.gif
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Posted: Jan 27 2008, 08:53 PM


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I was going to get a 650 Ninja. Still want to... any advice?
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Posted: Jan 28 2008, 02:43 AM


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QUOTE (Cyrus430 @ Yesterday at 8:53 PM)
I was going to get a 650 Ninja. Still want to... any advice?

someone here has one, the guy with the beach avatar.

http://www.motorcycle-usa.com/Article_Page...?ArticleID=3250

i like them.
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Posted: Jan 28 2008, 01:43 PM


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My dad has a '99 ZX-6, "Rosebud." I've posted it on here before but all pics were temporarily hosted or the host crashed and burned. I'll get more of his bike. But, because of my dad's back issues (crushed disk I think) the Kawasaki really isn't the best thing for his back, so he's looking at BMW's grand tourers and similar bikes. His riding buddy has a BMW with something like a 1200. He absolutely does not want to give up the Ninja so I wish we could think of some way to make that bike mine, but I need to learn to ride first. I'm thinking a Ninja 250 or something would be fun just around town. I mean, I'm probably not the person to give 500 - 600cc of power to right off the bat. I'd probably get a little cocky, just like everyone else, and try something I'm not ready for yet.
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Posted: Jan 28 2008, 07:30 PM


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That would be me. I love my 650r. Unfortunately I have to sell because I'm moving to Korea, and I can't ride or drive in Korea.

Here is a pic. It has R&G frame sliders, to protect the fairings, a muzzy slip-on exhaust, and a custom LED kit that I did myself.

Here is a pic.

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See the link below for more pics and vids.

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The 650r gets 55 mpg, has 65 hp, 48 ft-lbs of torque, goes 0-60 in 3.7 seconds, and the quarter mile in about 12.3 seconds. A lot of people have viewed the bike as a girls bike, but you can make this bike anything you want it to be. Some people take the fairings off to create a cafe style racer, some swap out the handlebars, footpegs, and brakes to create a SuperSport type bike. This bike also races in the Moto-ST series and routinely beats the SV650. I also saw that people have been using the bikes chassis and engine in a dirt flat tracker and have been quite successful.

My insurance cost 318 dollars this year total for full coverage. Of course, I'm over 26 so its cheap, But it is still way cheaper than any SS bike.

I'm willing to part with it for $4900, but not until May. I still need a way to get to work.

Here are some bikes that I got a chance to ride in Japan. They belong to a local bike gang that is friends with my brother in law.

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Check out the cigarette vending machine, complete with lucky strikes!
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Posted: Jan 30 2008, 08:22 AM


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Love those Urals! Several years back I had a Russian Sputnik sidecar fitted to my racebike (Bandit 400). Quite a bit of fun! Miss that old rig.

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Been through several bikes, but I've settled on a '98 Superhawk. Swapped out the front end for a CBR 929's and fitted it with OZ wheels from a VTR1000-SP1. Nice balance of power / handling / practicality. Two Bro's cf exhaust has a really nice rumble too, roars in the higher revs. Just the range with a 4 gallon fuel tank is weak smile.gif

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Posted: Feb 4 2008, 11:22 PM


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what do you guys think would be a good bike to get for learning. i'd probably like to take it to a track occasionally and do a bit of racing, but probably dont need something like a busa i learn to control something, or may stick to lower powered since it's probably more rewarding beating high powered ones.
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Posted: Feb 5 2008, 05:00 AM


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QUOTE (redgreen @ Today at 12:22 AM)
what do you guys think would be a good bike to get for learning. i'd probably like to take it to a track occasionally and do a bit of racing, but probably dont need something like a busa i learn to control something, or may stick to lower powered since it's probably more rewarding beating high powered ones.

If you don't mind taking the risk of buying American, the Buell Blast I own is considered one of the best learner bikes out there, and one of the most fun mid-range bikes for experienced riders. It is light, relatively powerful and easy to control. If you want to know more about the bike, just let me know.

If you want something a bit older or cheaper, the first bike I owned was a Honda CM400T. Not exactly a racing bike, but a great learner. Pretty comfortable, but a bit top-heavy and awkward for technical riding.
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Posted: Feb 5 2008, 01:24 PM


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Well technically while bikes consume less gas and get more MPG than cars, they aren't more cost effective in terms of transportation. In North America (ie: Canada / Alaska), we get crappy winters which limit use of these sexy beasts to maybe 4-5 months a year. Add the fact that North American traffic is downright hostile to bikers for most part, insurance costs become a nightmare.

Biking is fun but I don't think I'll do it again in North America. Too many idiots. In Japan, bikes and scooters are EVERYWHERE and I would certainly hop on a scooter to get around town if the subway for whatever reason didn't cut it.

Kawa's are great starter bikes. Best complete package from what most people tell me since I only ever rode a ZZR250.
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Posted: Feb 5 2008, 03:52 PM


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I'd love one of these. Available in 400 or 440. My dad's first bike was a KZ440 just like this, except I don't know if he had the smooth seat or this one. I'd rather have this one or the one that's even more built up in the back. Something to push my butt up against.

Edit: Something like this!
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Drew
Posted: Feb 5 2008, 04:01 PM


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I'd eventually want a bike.

Something old, with modern workings...

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Bubs
Posted: Feb 5 2008, 04:05 PM


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Frost - I live in central NH and can ride from mid-March (depends, April at latest) and can ride until mid November if I dress up right. Given that I really start riding in April, that's still a good eight months of riding.

I was riding in mid December this year when it was eight degrees outside. Could've been better if I had a face shield on my otherwise full-face helmet but still fun.

Alex - That's pretty cool. Seeing that you dad's first bike was a Kawasaki reminds me of my dad's first bike. He and his friends all bought Kawasaki H2 400 Triples in '76. He says that you can rip a wheelie out of any gear on that bike because of the powerband. My boss, one of his high school friends, was the only one in the group to buy a four-stroke, a Suzuki something-something 400. My dad refers to that Suzuki as a "doggy piece of s**t."
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Posted: Feb 5 2008, 11:39 PM


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QUOTE (Frost @ Today at 1:24 PM)
Well technically while bikes consume less gas and get more MPG than cars, they aren't more cost effective in terms of transportation. In North America (ie: Canada / Alaska), we get crappy winters which limit use of these sexy beasts to maybe 4-5 months a year. Add the fact that North American traffic is downright hostile to bikers for most part, insurance costs become a nightmare.


Ahhh, but in Washington state no insurance is required. Though if you go that route, only hit something cheap or be sure to punch your ticket in the wreck wink2.gif

I rode year round in Seattle, not the driest of places. Only had to deal with snow a few times, though in the sidecar it was a lot of fun!
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Posted: Feb 6 2008, 01:47 AM


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Honda Monkey FTW. tongue.gif I actually considered getting one, but then, one beautiful day, I managed to beat my cousin who was riding with his slightly modded Monkey with my bicycle on straight.. I had higher top speed you know. laugh2.gif
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Posted: Apr 19 2008, 08:25 AM


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So, who here has a motorcycle? About 6 months ago I started collecting parts for a 1994 Honda CBR600F2, and about two months ago I got it running, although after buying a frame and engine, and a bunch of other parts, I gave up and bought a mostly complete parts bike.

It's probably the ugliest sports bike you'll ever see, but jesus it's fast.

I'm starting a new job this week so I'll finally have money for a suit, so I can take it to the track (well, I need to find a place to live where I can keep and work on my bike and car first...)...although it needs new tires and preferably brake lines and pads since the ones on there won't stand up to the track.

Once I get some fairings it'll start to look a little better, but I can't find any good street/track fairings that I like, and are cheap... guess I'll just get some race fairings since I don't really like riding in the street that much (although you don't have to have a headlight in Alabama to ride during the day).

Here's a pic to show just how ugly it is... for some reason the previous owner painted over the windscreen, so I just bolted it on there to cover up the way I stuffed the harness into the fairing bracket.

I've spent about $1000 on it so far... which in hindsight, I probably could have bought a much nicer one for that price, but this way I've learned a LOT about working on bikes (I swapped the bad engine on the parts bike for the good engine I bought... I have a pile of spare everything, including a pretty painted frame that the dick I bought it from wouldn't give me the title to).

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Posted: Apr 19 2008, 08:50 AM


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My father has a BMW F650GS Dakar,and I am going to buy a Honda Today 50 maybe in 2-3 weeks.
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Posted: Apr 19 2008, 11:04 AM


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This is a repost, and I think Bubs made a similar thread.

Edit: Here it is.

This post has been edited by JZX100 on Apr 19 2008, 11:09 AM
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Good catch, JZX100. wink2.gif
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Posted: Apr 23 2008, 01:10 PM


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lol i want 2 stunt ride & i want a honda CBR but my old math teacher back in high school had a black ninja he said with was little better that the CBR while he drives a accord he saids that honda cars are better then bikes while the other thing 4 me is because in canada bc around where i live there are lots of bad chinese drivers lol even though i am chinese i find that if i ride i might be in danger is there any that can help me on this
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My god, you're from CANADA? You're typing is atrocious for an English speaking native.
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i know i not a great typer but dude u should stay on topic
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I used to have a 2005 GSXR 600. I wish I had it now because gas is becoming so expensive!

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Posted: Apr 29 2008, 11:11 AM


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Planning to get a 08 R6 next week...hopefully my credit is good...Im ganna put a 1500 down payment.

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