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Old 06-27-2006, 07:39 AM   #11
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I have beenadvocating the "no helmet no meidcal payments" approach for years. Remember those old commercials "Freedom is not free?" There are and should be consequences to every choice. Here's my take

Helmet: A bit hot, maybe a little less hearnig, probably better looking than the head under it; More skull and brain protection, medical payments if injured, less donor organs.

No Helmet: Cooler (temperature); Better hearing, bugs on face, "freedom", zero skull and brain protection, no medical payments if injured, greater suply of donor organs.



Why do the no helmet crowd wear gloves, or sunglasses? Don't they cut down on the "experience"?



Flame away, it's my OPINION, fool. No mater what you say it won't change. Read the Hurt report before you spout off. Thanks for reading.







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Old 06-27-2006, 07:50 AM   #12
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After test riding a Buell, FZ1 and Z1000. I went with the z1000... never regretted it until it came time to sell it. Its a great bike that just isn't very popular in the US since it doesn't fall in the sport bike/cruiser mold.



Its very comfortable around town. Less hiway comfort than the FZ1. But, lots more fun and personality.



Most of the vibration in the bars is caused by a loose clutch lever. A plastic shim will remove the side-to-side clearance in the clutch lever and make bar vibration a non-issue.



BTW, with an orange z1000 you'll need to allow an extra 5 minutes at every gas stop for Q&A. The non-riding public loves the bike!
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Old 06-27-2006, 07:50 AM   #13
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Well my Greeves with the "booey" pipe can outdo that any day. What'd ya say sonny? Speak into the trumpet...
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Old 06-27-2006, 07:56 AM   #14
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Greeves, eh? And people with Italian bikes think that they have parts issues.
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Old 06-27-2006, 08:04 AM   #15
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Yes, it's fun to make your own Greeves parts out of wood or wire coat hangers. And the hose clamp is king.



Didja know ignition points from a 216 cu.in. Cheby 6 fit just fine in many wonderful English products? As well as Czecho stuff?



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Old 06-27-2006, 08:12 AM   #16
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the last reply regarding the clutch lever/handle bar buzz is valuable info. Thanks for sharing that tip...
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Old 06-27-2006, 08:19 AM   #17
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If you put a Suz or Duc motor in the Buell, you would not have a Buell. The motor is the heart of the beast, and what gives the machine its visceral character. You can't change the motor and keep the character.



Whether or not that character appeals to you is a separate issue.
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Old 06-27-2006, 08:53 AM   #18
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I loved the Buell just the way it is, but it would be neat to find out what it would be like with a Duc down below. I'm pretty sure I'd like it. A lot.

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Old 06-27-2006, 09:04 AM   #19
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If you have to ask, get the Z. The Buell has to be a definite want to be worth it. Not dogging it, in the least, just not one of the Japanese bikes...
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Old 06-27-2006, 09:39 AM   #20
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Yamaha sells lower risers (GTY-R risers) that lower the bars a bit too if needed. I found I was sitting too straight up when I got my FZ1 ('02). These leaned me over just enough so I didn't feel like I was going to fall off the back of the bike on acceleration.

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