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Old 11-13-2006, 08:16 AM   #41
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Default Re: look at the Buell.....

Don't you mean, "Sit on one if they'll let ya?"





I ride a Big American Bike. Still can't get over the "Do not sit on bikes without sales associate" signs.



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Old 11-13-2006, 08:23 AM   #42
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Default Re: Suggest A Bike For My Commute.

You could also add MPB hardened steel valve collets and bring the valve maintenance interval up to 24k miles.
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Old 11-13-2006, 08:24 AM   #43
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There are still new ZRX 1200s out there within your price range. You may also be able to find a leftover 1200 Bandit. So long as you're, um, mature enough to regulate your own right hand, those are pretty close to perfect commuter bikes for a 40-mile commute. Any bike will do, really, but some will do better than others.



Dual-sport singles are a lot of fun, but a 40-mile round trip might seem less attractive after a few months. Another ideal solution would be the 650 V-Strom--wonderful riding position, windscreen and rack, hard bags from DL 1000 will fit, and hard to argue with the engine. SV650 is more fun, but V-Strom would be, by far, the better day-in, day-out commuter.



I wouldn't have any problem buying a new bike, and if you've got to rely on it, the new bike warranty is a great incentive.



If you're buying used, go BMW and get a low-mile boxer or K75 that has obviously been very well cared for by someone who loved it. Properly maintained, those things will easily top 100,000 miles without a teardown.



Bottom line: It's all good, and your CX500 was a very interesting bike.



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Old 11-13-2006, 08:29 AM   #44
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With or w/o machine guns/cannon? Might consider FW190 or P-51 also. I'd probably go with a flat-blacked out P-47 but then getting home after a rough day counts ALOT to me.
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Old 11-13-2006, 08:38 AM   #45
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"Bottom line: It's all good, and your CX500 was a very interesting bike".



Argues the point that less than a couple grand could go a long way toward making a CX500 "New".
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Old 11-13-2006, 08:40 AM   #46
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you're an idiot
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Old 11-13-2006, 08:44 AM   #47
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That's caused by a mental malady common to owners of old Triumphs. It's called Amal Anxiety Syndrome.
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Old 11-13-2006, 08:46 AM   #48
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Its a brilliant commuter.



Sheer brilliant.

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Old 11-13-2006, 08:51 AM   #49
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Suzuki bandit 600... not my favorite but nobody has mentioned it yet and it seems to fit the bill. The engine is as reliable as a hammer. The 1200 is just as good with a smaller case of asthma, but its probably more bike than you want. By the way, if you're 6'2" and you get a 250 ninja, I am really just going to have to punch you. A 500 ninja is as small as you're allowed to go sir, and even that is pushing it...
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Old 11-13-2006, 08:54 AM   #50
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I said M109R, not ME109. :-p



Though I'd take a P-38 then I can tell everyone I fly a Lightning and they'll think it's a Buell.
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