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Old 09-03-2003, 02:40 PM   #41
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Re:Parallel Twins. I know. The 180 degree crank models sound like generatrs, and the 360 crank models sound great but shake themselves apart.



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Old 09-03-2003, 02:43 PM   #42
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See my previous remarks re the new Bonnies. Too bad there aren't any used ones around yet. I understand they've managed to quell the shakes a bit.

Sure are purty!



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Old 09-03-2003, 02:49 PM   #43
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Cheeze, man! Why don't you give me a little variety to choose from?

Sounds as though it would be hard to make a wrong choice!



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Old 09-03-2003, 02:54 PM   #44
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In California, the CHP offers a course in riding that ends with a M/C endorsement on your license. I'm planning on taking that. They provide the bikes, but I don't know what kind.

I am getting a consensus here that a used bike with upright riding position is my best bet to start. My initial reaction is that it sounds boring, but since my last bike wasn't that fast (and had a weak clutch, to boot), they'll all seem fast to me, I suppose.



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Old 09-03-2003, 02:57 PM   #45
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I suppose if you graduated from a CB500 to a ZRX 1200, it can be done. I'd love to find a bike fair where I could check out all the latest machines.

Did your CB500 have a weak clutch?



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Old 09-03-2003, 02:59 PM   #46
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Demo fleet? Where? Let me at 'em!



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Old 09-03-2003, 03:00 PM   #47
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Thanx.

250 feels like going backward, though.



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Old 09-03-2003, 03:02 PM   #48
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I can see I'm gonna hafta check out this SV650. It's been recommended by just about everyone!



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Old 09-03-2003, 03:22 PM   #49
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Another SV650 recommendation! Geeze, does Suzuki read these messages and plant replies?

Remember, I never had a windshield or fairing on any of my previous bikes, and I rode from coast to coast and from border to border (including a run across Nevada laid down on the tank and feet up on the luggage rack, when the speed limit was "reasonable and proper"), so lack of wind protection is no biggie.

I understand about the gut. I was on the way there, at 5'9" & 193 (from 155 in my "glory days"). I did the Atkins induction thing and now I avoid sodas, pasta, rice and potatoes, cold cereal, bread, pastry (Damn! No Krispy Kremes), and limit my fruit intake. I was at 164 last I looked. I've learned to love San Pelegrino, and that a square of REAL Swiss bittersweet (71% cocoa) has the same effective carbs as an Atkins bar and tastes like the real thing (and doesn't give you the runs).
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Old 09-03-2003, 03:27 PM   #50
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Kewel. Sounds like a great candidate.

Gotta say I am really seduced by the looks of a Yamaha YZF, though. So many choices!

'99 CRV? I just put a client in a new CRV on Labor Day (it was a zoo at the dealer!). I'm an unlicensed broker in my off hours.



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