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Unread 07-25-2013, 01:53 PM   #1
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Motorcycles. The Thread.

(Sorry if this thread has already been made. It's not on the first page, so, IMHO, it doesn't exist.)

Motorcycles, scooters, mopeds, whatever.

I just got my license and I am shopping for my first "real" bike.

I deliver pizzas. This is what I've currently been driving for work. It's a 1985 Yamaha Riva XC180. I realize it's not a "motorcycle motorcycle".



Who else rides? Care to share?
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Unread 07-25-2013, 02:22 PM   #2
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I ride!

I have a 1982 Honda Nighthawk 450 that I love to death.

It's down right now because I need to change my fork seals. Can't wait to ride again soon.
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Good luck! I have a 1982 Honda Magna vf750c. Yes I said 1982. That is an old bike. Amazing how this thing has held up. It's only a 750 but has lots of get up and go! I mean LOTS! It's not a real good 2 up bike though. My wife and I have been shopping around for a replacement. Something a little easier on the back side. Maybe a Roadstar or a Boulevard or something like that.


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I ride!

I have a 1982 Honda Nighthawk 450 that I love to death.

It's down right now because I need to change my fork seals. Can't wait to ride again soon.


A 1982 Honda, how coincidental is that!?

It definitely speaks volumes for Honda.

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A 1982; How coincidental is that!?
Ha, I know!

I really like the picture you put up of yours. Reminds me of mine, which makes sense; same company, same year.

I, unfortunately, cannot find any pictures of my bike right now. I will put some up later, though.
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Unread 07-25-2013, 04:49 PM   #6
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Great thread!

I ride as well, although I am likely done for the year due to a back injury. Bummer.

In any case, here are the two good pictures I have of my '05 GSX-R. I like it well enough, but every now and then I do miss riding on the street on a regular basis. The new KTM 390 has definitely caught my eye. If they keep the weight and price down, I'd love to end up with one eventually.






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Whoa. That's sweet.

Here's what I'm hoping to pick up this weekend. It's a 1980 Suzuki GS850 with some touring package additions. I will see how I like it, and down the road, either upgrade and cafe this thing out, or just sell it to upgrade.

Any recommendations for some leathers? I want a good leather jacket, but don't want to spend an arm and a leg.

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I like them, love the idea, dont trust my self on one, two of my uncles got in some bad accidents one died, the other was never the same.
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For leathers, I've had good luck with my Alpinestars gear. I went down at about 55 and slid for a LONG time, and everything performed great, and it's all still in usable condition.

Check craigslist or any local motorcycle forums. Used leather is fine unless it smells funky, haha. All of the major companies make great gear. I would recommend something with some armor in it like a sport-oriented product. The single-thickness leather vests and chaps lots of the Harley guys wear are pretty much for decoration only.

What is your price range?
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For leathers, I've had good luck with my Alpinestars gear. I went down at about 55 and slid for a LONG time, and everything performed great, and it's all still in usable condition.

Check craigslist or any local motorcycle forums. Used leather is fine unless it smells funky, haha. All of the major companies make great gear. I would recommend something with some armor in it like a sport-oriented product. The single-thickness leather vests and chaps lots of the Harley guys wear are pretty much for decoration only.

What is your price range?
I haven't even started shopping, to be honest. I was hoping to get a decent jacket for in between $100-250. I'll stick with blue jeans and my boots till I can afford to get something nice.
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I haven't even started shopping, to be honest. I was hoping to get a decent jacket for in between $100-250. I'll stick with blue jeans and my boots till I can afford to get something nice.
That should be enough for a pretty serviceable jacket. Boots that cover the ankles are a must. Jeans aren't ideal, but understandable considering budget issues.

Sportbiketrackgear.com has some pretty good sales from time to time. Awesome service too.
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That should be enough for a pretty serviceable jacket. Boots that cover the ankles are a must. Jeans aren't ideal, but understandable considering budget issues.

Sportbiketrackgear.com has some pretty good sales from time to time. Awesome service too.
I'll check that site out.

I'm an in-person shopper, though, so I'm going to check the local CycleGear and other shops as well. My budget is low because I need to get my wife a helmet and jacket as well, as she'll probably hop on the back from time to time.
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Sportbiketrackgear are good guys. About half of my gear came from those guys, good service.

If you are going to just wear jeans for now then I would recomend getting some knee protection. There's lots of options out there. I'm personally partial to icon armor, but if squid gear isn't your thing there's plenty of different mfrs to pick from.
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Search Xelement on amazon. I bought my jacket through them and it was fairly inexpensive and pretty tough. It has armor built in as well. I think the price was around 150 or so.
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Whoa. That's sweet.

Here's what I'm hoping to pick up this weekend. It's a 1980 Suzuki GS850 with some touring package additions. I will see how I like it, and down the road, either upgrade and cafe this thing out, or just sell it to upgrade.

Any recommendations for some leathers? I want a good leather jacket, but don't want to spend an arm and a leg.

Nice! How much is it going for?
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