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Old 09-25-2006, 11:47 AM   #31
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Default Re: Common Sense Motorbiking. Where Is It?

Look back at the thread for the Burgman 400. I brought up the subject of the PC800 and was roundly abused. I do 85-90miles commute almost every day, rain or shine. The bike did great until it dropped below 40degF. Rather than spend a couple hundred on heated hand grips, I opted for the BMW RT option for $16K. Nonetheless, the bike was a neat concept. There are some who have put well over 200K miles on them.
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Old 09-25-2006, 11:49 AM   #32
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Default Re: GO TO THE HONDA, KAW, SUZUKI, and YAMAHA (STAR) SITES

Right on. That and more, how about the retro Triumphs and the Kawi 650 or the moto journalists choice for several years the VFR. There are lots of um.
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Old 09-25-2006, 11:56 AM   #33
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Default Re: Common Sense Motorbikes are now Super-Scooters

Common sense two-wheelers were conquored by the super-scooters almost a decade ago. Contraptions like the Honda Silverwing, Reflex, Big Ruckus, and Helix (quite possibly the most sensible -- and boring -- two-wheeled vehicles on earth) have taken over the 'common sense' bike niche. Yamaha chipped in with the Bergman and the Morphous, and legions of Chinese 250cc scooters are flooding eBay daily.



With few exceptions, They get 50-70 mpg, cruise from 70-90 mph, and have radios, ABS, and (God help us) trunks like cars. THAT is what has happened to common sense motorbiking. The 1970s and 1980s bikes that used to fill that limited bill have mutated into scooters.
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Old 09-25-2006, 11:58 AM   #34
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Default Re: Common Sense Motorbiking. Where Is It?

Find an '89 or so Deauville-like Honda with the 583cc V-twin from the VLX that's hopped up. I'm retarded at the moment and cant remember it's name. Africa Twin or something.
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Old 09-25-2006, 12:01 PM   #35
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CORRECTION: The Bergman is a Suzuki product. Sorry, brain-fart.
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Old 09-25-2006, 12:04 PM   #36
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Excellent Point. I am sure if you go to countries where gas is expensive, one look at the streets would prove your point.
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Old 09-25-2006, 12:04 PM   #37
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Something with fewer gadgets and more manageable mass would've been cool and more in that Connie tradition.



That would have been the ZZR1200. Too bad it didn't sell and went the way of the Z-Rex, Bandit and so many other nice bikes.
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Old 09-25-2006, 12:10 PM   #38
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Common sense is for cars.
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Old 09-25-2006, 12:11 PM   #39
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So what you're saying is, you're wrong again.
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Old 09-25-2006, 12:13 PM   #40
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Sorry KP. No SUV for me. BMW 3 series and a pickup truck.
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