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PostSubject: Re: Bikes   Wed Sep 21, 2011 9:58 pm

the macdonald wrote:
It's funny this topic came up, I hvenever been a "bike guy," but lately I can't get it out of my head. I started looking at "rat bikes" online because I like the style, cheapness and DIY sort of feel.

You may have already heard of this mag, but I'll post a link just in case. Lot's of guys who can wrench, have invested around $1500-$2500 plus time and labor, and created some one of a kind scoots.

http://www.ironcross.net/
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PostSubject: Re: Bikes   Wed Oct 05, 2011 8:09 pm

I had a sportster and always caught hell because it was an 883. Since then I've had softails, road kings, and a ridged frame I built myself and I miss the sportster most of all. Go for the 1200 kit, but put the 883 heads back on. Hold on tight and let me know what you think.
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PostSubject: Re: Bikes   Wed Oct 05, 2011 8:21 pm

Kyle Weiss wrote:
...believe me, the "biker brotherhood" thing is great---until you're the guy on a Vespa... suddenly you're the lowest of the low, I get waves about, oh once in thirty bike passes. *laughs* Scooterists like it that way, we're the mangy dogs of the two-wheeled world. Smile Nope, can't do 190MPH, but people sure look at you funny when you pass them on the freeway. Cool

Sorry, man, you're cool afro and all (I've read many of your posts), but I'm just a scooter snob. Dunno...it's like driving a 3-wheeled Corbin car. Sure they look funky, but IMHO, not funky cool. It's not about the top speed...for me cycles are all about the lean. Don't get the 300mm rear tires, or the Can Am Spyders, just like I don't get the scoots. The fact they're auto's and predominantly driven by teenagers and chicks..well, on this manly board, you see where I'm going. lol!

I wouldn't wave to you, but I'd sure share a Hop Devil with you Cool , 'cause that's the kinda manly, beard-sporting, bike-riding, beer-drinking, pipe-smoking brother I am. cyclops


And please...don't get me started on trikes.....hahaha
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PostSubject: Re: Bikes   Wed Oct 05, 2011 8:38 pm

What a Face What a Face What a Face
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PostSubject: Re: Bikes   Wed Oct 05, 2011 9:07 pm

"The government is the servant, not the master, of the people."
Thomas Jefferson



If only this were true...



Here, I fixed it:


"The government is the servant, not the master, of a few rich people and corporations."
deepbass9



Yeah, I'm on a roll tonight...
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PostSubject: Re: Bikes   Wed Oct 05, 2011 9:25 pm

I don't like anything about the way government is ran either, but it can't be that bad. People are still coming to America. As much as I complain on a regular basis America is still the best place to live in the world.
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PostSubject: Re: Bikes   Wed Oct 05, 2011 9:28 pm

Now, enough about our wonderful tax dollar paid employees. Y'all get back to the real biker and scooter sissy ribbing.
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PostSubject: Re: Bikes   Wed Oct 05, 2011 11:12 pm

Young briar fan wrote:
I had a sportster and always caught hell because it was an 883.

I'll open by admitting that I am no Harley fan. Or any cruiser style bike, for that matter. I've just never been comfortable on them.

That said, I've always thought it funny that the best handling and (possibly) best looking bike Harley has, the Sportster 883 always gets crap for it's size or gets called a "chick" bike. Personally, if cruiser's appealed to me, the 883 Sporty would be one of the first ones on my list.
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PostSubject: Re: Bikes   Wed Oct 05, 2011 11:18 pm

deepbass9 wrote:

Sorry, man, you're cool afro and all (I've read many of your posts), but I'm just a scooter snob. Dunno...it's like driving a 3-wheeled Corbin car. Sure they look funky, but IMHO, not funky cool. It's not about the top speed...for me cycles are all about the lean. Don't get the 300mm rear tires, or the Can Am Spyders, just like I don't get the scoots. The fact they're auto's and predominantly driven by teenagers and chicks..well, on this manly board, you see where I'm going. lol!

I wouldn't wave to you, but I'd sure share a Hop Devil with you Cool , 'cause that's the kinda manly, beard-sporting, bike-riding, beer-drinking, pipe-smoking brother I am. cyclops


And please...don't get me started on trikes.....hahaha

Bullocks, I'm not cool, just cool to other people who question cool, perhaps. Razz Cool Can Ams are weird, trikes are funny-looking (though some old Harley guys that can't stay upright for some reason get them, I guess that's okay)... Be a scooter snob, I know I am. If it ain't a shifty 150 or 200, I ain't interested in it. There's a billion "twist and gos" out there, and during a gas crunch, you'll see tons of kiddies on 49cc scoots...those things suck. I love my Vespas, Bajajs, Lambrettas, Salisburys, all those. Just dig 'em. I love cafe bikes, old beemers and Hondas, Triumphs, Nortons and the like. I never felt like I fit on many bikes except those. Groups of people that like their own thing are as ragtag and ratty as their rides, and that's the way I roll, too!
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PostSubject: Re: Bikes   Thu Oct 06, 2011 6:58 pm

the macdonald wrote:
It's funny this topic came up, I hvenever been a "bike guy," but lately I can't get it out of my head. I started looking at "rat bikes" online because I like the style, cheapness and DIY sort of feel.

Yeah. I just turned 53 and have never ridden a bike in my life, but I have been thinking about taking a motorcycle safety course and buying a bike. I really like cruisers as opposed to sport bikes. I'll probably take the course in the spring and go out and find me a good second hand bike to ride.
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PostSubject: Re: Bikes   Thu Oct 13, 2011 10:48 am

Young briar fan wrote:
I had a sportster and always caught hell because it was an 883. Since then I've had softails, road kings, and a ridged frame I built myself and I miss the sportster most of all. Go for the 1200 kit, but put the 883 heads back on. Hold on tight and let me know what you think.

That's my eventual plan. From what I've been reading thats the cheapest and easiest way to get a good & quick HP boost. You can get the bolt on kits for very little considering what you get.
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PostSubject: Re: Bikes   Fri Oct 21, 2011 7:38 pm

Being new to the forum, this thread actually seems the best place to introduce myself.

In the early 80’s I got my first bike – a Honda 350. I rode this bike, with my wife as a co-rider, around Little Rock for about three years. When my wife and I found out we were going to have a little girl, we sold the bike.

Fast forward to June of 2005. We are now in North Carolina, the “little girl” is 20, and is going to App State up in the mountains. I decide to fulfill my long time dream and proceed to buy a 1990 Honda Goldwing with 100K miles on it. Wife and daughter go with me to the dealership, about 50 miles away from where we live, and since the paperwork is taking so long, wife and daughter decide to head home. I finish the paperwork, get on the bike, and have an epiphany. I haven’t ridden a bike in 20 years. I have never ridden a bike larger than a 350, the wing is a 1500. I’m 50 miles from home. Hmmmm, something’s definitely wrong with this picture. What was I thinking? Oh, I wasn’t!!!

Well I survived the trip home, and, with many bruises and sprains over the next several months, learned to ride. Within a month of getting the bike, daughter decides she wants to ride so we buy her a Honda 450 nighthawk. Within a month she’s up on my Wing, and can take it in a tighter circle than I could at the time. Within the year we sell the 450 and get her a Suzuki 650 V-Strom.

Over the next four years after getting the Wing I put over 100K miles on it. I’d like to say riding in the mountains with my daughter, but truthfully most of those miles were getting to and from the mountains. We got to know almost every mountain road there was in NW North Carolina and the border areas of eastern Tennessee and southwestern Virginia. Having made new friends amongst the music community around Wilkesboro, I continued riding out west almost every nice weekend even after daughter graduated in 2008 and, fulfilling her dream, moved to Japan. It was supposed to be just for three years, but with the economy in shambles here, who knows when she'll come back.

Then in September 2009, in a moment of stupidity on I-40 coming down the mountain east of Asheville, I took the Wing into a concrete dividing wall at over 70 mph. Needless to say, the bike was toast, and I spent 8 days in critical condition in intensive care, followed by another two weeks in the hospital. Just starting to get better, five months later I suffered complications from the internal injuries received, and wound back up in ICU for another week.

You can question her judgment, but finally in July of 2010 my daughter loans me her bike, and I start to ride again. So now I ride a V-strom. It’s a great bike, and I love it, but I dream of one day perhaps being able to ride a Goldwing again. Don’t know if it will ever happen, but I can dream.

So that’s my tale. As to my philosophy on what bike’s the best – I’m glad there are so many of them. There’s enough expense and danger in riding that I think everyone should ride their dream. My dream’s obviously a Goldwing, but there are obviously a lot of dreamers on the highways and byways, each, I hope, riding theirs. So yes, I tell Harley jokes, but I wave at every rider I see, and am glad they’re enjoying the dream.
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PostSubject: Re: Bikes   Fri Oct 21, 2011 8:10 pm

It's a little known fact that 90% of all Harley-Davidson's ever produced are still on the road, but...

Only 10% ever made it home. Wink
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PostSubject: Re: Bikes   Fri Oct 21, 2011 8:17 pm

CACooper wrote:
It's a little known fact that 90% of all Harley-Davidson's ever produced are still on the road, but...

Only 10% ever made it home. Wink

Yup, but the version I heard was 98 and 2.

Harley T-shirt: I rode my Harley at a trailer rally.

What's the difference between a Harley and a dog? The dog can get in the pickup by itself.

I'm sure we're starting a lot of trouble here!
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PostSubject: Re: Bikes   Fri Oct 21, 2011 9:16 pm

No offense intended, and I hope none taken. It's biker humor, after all. Laughing

I've owned 3 H-D's - '89 Sportster 883, '91 Sportster 883, '89 FLHTC Electra Glide Classic. Oh, and an '06 Buell Ulysses (owned by Harley, I guess that counts). All fine bikes. The Buell especially.

The Electra Glide did strand me once (bad ignition coil) and required a new clutch, among other things. Both Sporties were 100% reliable, although they shook like a paint mixer. The Uly made a 4000+ mile, cross country trip without so much as a hiccup. Great bike. Shame they're gone.

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PostSubject: Re: Bikes   Mon Oct 24, 2011 9:14 am

My Sporty is a rubber mount and it shakes enough, I can imagine how much those older solid mounts shake. Mine is an 883 as well and i can leave any of the big boys behind on a curvy road, they do start to overtake me in the straightaways. But here in the mountains the straight stretches are mostly interstate anyhow.
@ Wingrider, we have a couple of guys that ride old Wings (80's models) We have nicknamed one Scraper cause thats what you hear when riding behind him on a curvy road, he handles that sucker like a sportbike, the other guy stripped all the fairings off his and painted it flat black, looks kind of roadwarrior, pretty cool IMO.
I kind of like the variety of the guys in our group we are a very individualized group and our bikes represent that, they're an extension of that indivuality just like our Tats and our leathers, many similarities but none the same.
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PostSubject: Re: Bikes   Mon Oct 24, 2011 9:47 am

EricJ wrote:

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We have nicknamed one Scraper cause thats what you hear when riding behind him on a curvy road, he handles that sucker like a sportbike,

Yeah, that was me. The foot pegs on the Wing were ground off at a 45° angle from scrapping on the Twisties.

What part of SW Virginia do you live in. I've ridden Hwy 58 between Damascus and Mouths of Wilson more times than I can count. Same for the BRP up as far as around Floyd. Love going to Chateau Morrisette and Floyd on a Friday night. I've ridden the whole Parkway as well as Skyline Drive. One of the guys in our ride group grew up near Christiansburg, and has a place not to far from there that we go to occasionally.

I also try to get up to Wayne Henderson's annual festival at Grayson Highlands as often as I can.

Beautiful country!
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PostSubject: Re: Bikes   Mon Oct 24, 2011 12:58 pm

WingRider,
I live between Christiansburg and Floyd in a small community called Riner, grew up here. I drive through C'burg every day to go to Blacksburg (Home of Va Tech) for work. We ride down to Mt Airy occasionally and a place called Stations Inn just off the BRP (in NC), a kind of Biker Mecca. Thats about as far south that we get on a regular basis, we ride up to Natural Bridge & Lexington, VA (North) to Smith Mt Lake (East) & out throuth West Va, most of our rides are one day rides either a Sat or Sun all day, Sometimes several get together & go to Gatlinburg or Richmond for a weekend event, in about a Month several are planning a ride to Charlotte to a big swap meet there. Next summer we want to plan a weekend to the Tail of The Dragon, down south of the Smokies. Let me know next time you come up maybe you could ride with us.
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PostSubject: Re: Bikes   Mon Oct 24, 2011 2:37 pm

EricJ

I've been to Station's Inn a lot. Going up 18, actually some of the back roads coming up out of Elkin and then ending up on 18, is one of my favorite ways up onto the Parkway. As my daughter went to App State, I know a lot of roads up that way, and have lead annual mountain rides for our ride group for several years. Actually I now prefer Freeborne's to Stations in. Its just a 100 feet up the road on the other side. It's the wife from Station's Inn. She and her husband fell out, and she opened this place. Gotta love it. I tell everyone that Freeborne's is the only gourmet biker bar I know.

Been on Tail of the Dragon. It's nice, but no better than a lot of other mountain roads, as I'm sure you know. Have you been to Shady Valley on 421 between Mountain City and Bristol? It's the heart of what's called The Snake. Also a biker hangout, I like it every bit as much as The Dragon.

Finally, if you get to Charlotte you all have to go to McCranies. One of the best pipe and tobacco stores in NC. I bought a pipe there the morning I crashed my bike. But that's another tale I guess I should post sometime.

Would love to meet you sometime. Let me know the next time you're heading down to Station's Inn.

Ciao

Bob
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PostSubject: Re: Bikes   Mon Oct 24, 2011 4:09 pm

Preacher wrote:
the macdonald wrote:
It's funny this topic came up, I hvenever been a "bike guy," but lately I can't get it out of my head. I started looking at "rat bikes" online because I like the style, cheapness and DIY sort of feel.

Yeah. I just turned 53 and have never ridden a bike in my life, but I have been thinking about taking a motorcycle safety course and buying a bike. I really like cruisers as opposed to sport bikes. I'll probably take the course in the spring and go out and find me a good second hand bike to ride.


I'm an on again, off again rider and happen to be a Road Glide fan. Raced many years ago - VF1000R, RM 500.

That being sad, the old Triumphs fascinate me, especially with the introduction of the new Thunderbird Storm. It's completely different animal vs the RG but still evokes an old school style.

Just can't pull the trigger on a bike as I'm the sole provider for a wife and two teens. Too much to risk, too much to lose but I'll be damned if I won't own one of the two and do a cross country venture before I leave this plane of existence!

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PostSubject: Re: Bikes   Wed Nov 23, 2011 6:02 am

I'm a Royal Enfield owner.
I'm proud to have a 350cc Bullet!
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PostSubject: Re: Bikes   Wed Nov 23, 2011 9:44 am

2003 Hayabusa GSX-1300R- custom exhaust, OHLINS suspension, power commander, lots of small engine performance upgrades, hard side bags, gel seats. I set it up as a highway cruiser/touring bike that can also pull sub 9's at the track on the weekends. Absolute joy to ride.
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PostSubject: Ahh, the Dual Sport!   Thu Nov 24, 2011 8:22 pm

I ride a Honda XR650L.

Got my first bike in 1966 (a Honda), have owned Bridgestone, Suzuki, Kawasaki, Triumph, Norton, Ducati, and more Honda's. Never owned a BMW. But I do like the fit and finish of Honda's, and the stone-cold reliabilty of the ones that I have owned.
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PostSubject: Re: Bikes   Thu Nov 24, 2011 11:35 pm

Gave my XR650L to a friend last year ,,,,I enjoyed every mile I put on that bear,,,one helluva machine.

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PostSubject: Re: Bikes   Fri Nov 25, 2011 1:26 am

My current ride.


84 FXST; with a few mods
S&S Super Sidewinder 107" long block
S&S Super "G" carb.
Rivera Engineering "Pro Clutch"
PM 4 piston calipers on the front.
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