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Old 10-31-2005, 01:34 PM   #71
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LOL. That's precisely what I did. Loved the Thruxton at first sight and bought it ... and then rode it every single day I could. By day three I was doing daily stretches to be able to comfortable sit in the racing crouch and I knew that my dream machine wasn't meant to be a commuter.
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Old 10-31-2005, 01:41 PM   #72
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So that's what it means! I share their values, but not appearance.



Hey. Commuting is the easiest riding! I occasionaly (like today) commute on my '74 Norton Commando and it has a 23 tooth front drive sprocket. Try to lane split on one of those!
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Old 10-31-2005, 01:52 PM   #73
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Well I was waiting for you to provide all that statistical info professor. Perhaps you can compare and contrast to warranty claims and repair rates and lawsuits to Japanese products as well.



I own several different brands of motorcycles so I don't know that I identify with any particular one.



Damn it must suck to be you everyday. Phew!
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Old 10-31-2005, 02:12 PM   #74
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SHOW OF HANDS: How many of you MOrons are calling in from senior centers? How many are plugged into oxygen tanks right now? just curious.
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Old 10-31-2005, 02:30 PM   #75
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I hope he didn't post more on items one must have to even think about buying a bike. I didn't get a chance to read all of his last post as I was busy trying to sell my bike on e-bay so that I could afford all of the gear he recomended. VWW
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Old 10-31-2005, 02:35 PM   #76
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Oh come on guys, a sporty 883 is a newbie bike among newbie bikes. Almost no power at all, about 500lbs, upright riding position. Maybe it's not your bag, baby, but it sure is a starter bike.
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Old 10-31-2005, 03:42 PM   #77
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23 tooth front sprocket? Whats on the back, an 87?
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Old 10-31-2005, 03:46 PM   #78
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Boy o boy are the people at Boeing going to be pi$$ed at you longride. They probably didn't tell him that they were leaving, or where they were going.
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Old 10-31-2005, 03:52 PM   #79
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I've owned a couple harleys (1200 sporty and also a full size FXR super glide) along with a variety of japanese bikes and even an old BMW r80RT air cooled twin. I currently ride a 1993 yamaha fj1200. Bottom line - harleys are overpriced and lack even basic performance. I rented a 2005 electra glide harley and it leaked oil just like the 2 I had before. Get the Suzuki GS500, or if you are bigger perhaps a dual sport like kawasaki klr650. Another great bike is the SV650. Start small, master the techniques, and buy used from a dealer so that once you know more about what type of bike you like you won't lose a lot of value like with a new bike you may not keep a long time.
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Old 10-31-2005, 03:55 PM   #80
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Three strikes and you're out Buz. This guy is good. My marketing professor said the Flaw 3 argument is valid. Indeed some advertising is directed to current customers to reaffirm their choice. So they well be more adapt to promote the brand.... Flaw 2 agrument is also good. Some would agrue that owners are more likely to not report flaws to surveyors hence the criticism against JD Power surveys. Do you own a Japanese bike? I think you have an MV, Harley and Ducati. My Kawasaki has had no claims against its waranty. 27,000 + miles...But that just one sample...
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