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Old 09-03-2003, 01:36 PM   #31
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Thanx for the good wishes. I saw a new Bonni at the rock store a while ago and I admit it gave me the warm fuzzies. I had (very briefly) a '67 Triumph Daytona 500 twin carb. Gorgeous aquamarine and white pearl tank, and the sweetest sound in the world at the time (remember I came off a 305 Super Hawk that sounded like a generator), but every time I rode around the block something fell off it. I traded it even up for a Yamaha 350 2-stroke. I had Bruce Vetter (Craig's bro -- I went to U. of Ill. with them) five-port it and it did 93 in 14.8 in the 1/4. I trust the new Triumphs are more reliable. (No external oil lines?)



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Old 09-03-2003, 01:38 PM   #32
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Yeah! Trouble is, without test riding a couple of each, how do I know which style I prefer? Choice is a bear, ain't it?



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Old 09-03-2003, 01:40 PM   #33
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Good advice! I planned on taking the course anyway to get my license endorsement.



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Old 09-03-2003, 01:42 PM   #34
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Thanx. Sounds like good advice from the pocketbook side. I certainly won't feel like it's underpowered, considering what I was used to before!

I also like the idea of upgrading when I get comfortable back in the saddle.



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Old 09-03-2003, 01:45 PM   #35
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A little help here. (Remember -- I been away a long time!) Describe your GS500E for me. 4 cyl.? No Fairing?



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Old 09-03-2003, 01:47 PM   #36
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Yeah, thanx for the advice. Like I told the other guy, the MSF course is a given. Do they provide the bikes? Maybe I can try more than one.



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Old 09-03-2003, 01:51 PM   #37
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Gear! Yeah, I was wondering about that. I did all my riding in jeans, cowboy boots, fur-lined gloves and a leather jacket from Sears. In chilly weather (This is California, remember!) I had a pair of surplus arctic mittens!

How the heck do you choose leathers?

And helmets cost as much as my first bike!



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Old 09-03-2003, 01:58 PM   #38
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Street smarts! I know where you are coming from! If my defensive riding instincts hadn't been rusty after a winter of no riding, I never would have gotten into the pinch that cost me my ride and (for a while) my riding career.

A 500 twin sounds good. How about a 650 or 750? Am I getting greedy?



It's probably good advice, but dirt riding doesn't appeal to me.



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Old 09-03-2003, 02:00 PM   #39
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You're assuming more knowledge than I have. A Honda 750 what? I suspect they make several models in that displacement, right?



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Old 09-03-2003, 02:03 PM   #40
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Whoa! 900 cc for a first bike, after 30 years since my last ride, and that on a 500? Sounds a bit ambitious!



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