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Old 04-10-2006, 06:09 AM   #31
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Default Re: One Thousand Miles of Solitude

Nice writeup and ride. My theory about bikes is they will all do everything if you want to use them that way, just like tools will. A screwdriver can be used as a punch, chisel, hammer, and pry bar. It works lots better if it's used as a screwdriver though.
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Old 04-10-2006, 06:49 AM   #32
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My 1203cc Buell will regularly get well over 50mpg on the interstate, so 60+ out of a ~750 isn't too much of a stretch.
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Old 04-10-2006, 01:23 PM   #33
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reminds me of myself before I let the pressures of life drain away some part of me that I need to find. This story makes me pine away for an old black 750 Nighthawk that was purchased with a 3 hour old credit card. It was fast on the Interstate, on the mountain roads, and in winding trails of SC and GA. At least at the time it felt perfect, always pushed the front in the dirt, though
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Old 04-10-2006, 02:42 PM   #34
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Default Good to know that they are so reliable.

Good to know that they are so reliable. I have always love the way the ducks look and have thought about buying a used 999 but haven't for all the reason you have listed.



So... I just might trade in my 04 XB12S Buell for a 999.



Has anybody else here traded in a Buell for a Duc?
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Old 04-10-2006, 06:59 PM   #35
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Anyone have similar long distance riding experience on a 999? I'm likely purchasing one in the next month or so and am interested to hear real world experiences such as this about its every day riding characteristics.



Also, did you go with a tank bag, backpack, or what to carry your things? One of my biggest reservations about my prospects for long distance riding with the 999 has been the ability to carry things with me. That and the small fuel tank.



Good read.
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Old 04-11-2006, 03:48 AM   #36
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There's not enough bandwidth here to list the things you keep talking about and never do.



Your battery would be good and charged by the time you finished that ride though!
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Old 04-12-2006, 04:29 AM   #37
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Check out twistingasphalt.com for what it's like to live with and love a 999.
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Old 04-19-2006, 10:06 AM   #38
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I've had mine for a few years now too...just as reliable as the day I got it.
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Old 04-20-2006, 03:44 AM   #39
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I had a 748 for 7 years and did several 400 mile days. Before that, I had a Suzuki Katana and, given any reasonably open road, I found the Duc to be more comfortable. Modifications were Pro Italia bar risers and a Corbin seat. The torture rack thing is overblown although, in stop and go, or around town, not much fun.
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