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Unread 02-27-2014, 06:53 PM   #76
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My 2004 Honda Shadow Spirit

This was one year ago, right after I rolled it out of the garage having just painted it.
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Unread 02-27-2014, 07:59 PM   #77
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Hey, that looks sharp! What's all that white stuff underneath the bike?
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Unread 03-02-2014, 12:02 AM   #78
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So my bike is in the shop for some suspension work....

Front and rear is getting re-valved and re-sprung. My wallet is getting lighter by the second. It should be awesome this summer, though!

Last step is bodywork and paint, if I can stand to work some more overtime...
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Unread 05-10-2014, 06:31 PM   #79
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I'm thinking about getting a new bike. I like the "sport touring" bikes...I think one would fit my needs well. However, there's a ton of cruisers on the market and they're really cheap so I'm torn a little.

My question is what do you know, what are your opinions of Triumphs and BMWs?
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I love my Triumph, but I've had problems with coolant leaks. Triumph has been good about warranty repairs, but it's still been a pain having it in the shop multiple times. I think it's finally fixed.

The Daytona is a joy to ride - smooth, fast, handles by telekenisis. I haven't ridden the sport touring bikes, but if I were in the market for one I'd certainly look at the Triumph Sprint. If there's a Triumph dealer near you see if you can get a test ride.

If you're considering used bikes, you might look at the Aprilia Futura. A friend has nearly 75k miles on his and loves it. Dealers might be a little hard to find, though.
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Unread 05-12-2014, 10:58 PM   #81
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I'm thinking about getting a new bike. I like the "sport touring" bikes...I think one would fit my needs well. However, there's a ton of cruisers on the market and they're really cheap so I'm torn a little.

My question is what do you know, what are your opinions of Triumphs and BMWs?
Do it. BMW has been making awesome stuff recently. The S1000R is mental.

Also look into a slightly older Aprilia Tuono. I want one.
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Unread 05-18-2014, 01:32 PM   #82
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I guess I'll probably end up with a Japanese cruiser due to availability and options, plus I don't want to be limited to just one or two dealers in Houston who can work on the bike.

So another question: With mid size cruisers (say a Kawasaki Vulcan 900 or similar), at what point do you start thinking "whoa, that's a lot of miles"? I'm hardly seeing any with 30,000+ miles. Do they tend to die around 40-40,000 miles?

So I'm thinking I don't want to pick one up with 15,000+ miles if it's going to be worn out by 30,000. Thoughts?
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Unread 05-18-2014, 03:41 PM   #83
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Nothing will be worn out by 30k miles, unless the previous owner was an idiot. I've seen CBR's that did track duty last more than 200k, Ducati Monsters over 200k, SV650's over 100k....

Bikes can last a long time.



You should still buy a Tuono. Way cooler than a Japanese cruiser. Rotax powered as well... so you can't break it. One of the biggest Aprilia dealers in the US is in Texas.

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2005 Yamaha v star 1100 with 12,000 miles. Got it cheap. I think I'll be pretty happy with it.

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Congrats! That's a clean looking bike.
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Congrats! That's a clean looking bike.
Thanks.

Anybody buy gear online? Can anyone recommend some reputable sites to buy from?
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Anybody buy gear online? Can anyone recommend some reputable sites to buy from?

Sportbiketrackgear.com are good people. Despite their name, they sell gear appropriate for most riding styles. I think Ben turned me on to them and I've bought quite a bit of stuff from them since.
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2005 Yamaha v star 1100 with 12,000 miles. Got it cheap. I think I'll be pretty happy with it.

Very nice.
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Sportbiketrackgear.com are good people. Despite their name, they sell gear appropriate for most riding styles. I think Ben turned me on to them and I've bought quite a bit of stuff from them since.



Nice bike!

Sportbiketrackgear.com is good.... revzilla.com is also good.


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The only motorcycle related news from my end is that the track bodywork I wanted is out of stock. Dang it. Looks like I'll be doing some zip-tie work for a little bit...
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Unread 06-02-2014, 07:07 AM   #90
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The bike news from my end lately is that it finally got warm enough to ride about a month ago and I have been spending more time working on other people's rides than riding my own. Kind of sucks when this time of year when you really have the itch your time is cut short here in the midwest by torrential rain/hail storms. Hopefully it will only be another week or so.
On the flip side I have gotten to work on some really cool bikes so far this year. Here is a couple pics of one I just finished rewiring from the ground up.

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