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Old 08-31-2006, 12:04 AM   #91
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Default Re: Big, Naked and Beautiful: Open-Class Standards 2006

Well, maybe, but I've got a 96, and am too cheap to upgrade, so what else could I have got for 4500 bucks that was any better at the time?
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Old 08-31-2006, 12:17 AM   #92
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Default Re: Big, Naked and Beautiful: Open-Class Standards 2006

And besides, what bike would you want to be on on some road in Utah or Idaho when it's just you and the bike, no excuses accepted? I know how to deal with my VFRs flaws, and would have to start all over again with a Brit or an Italian. It's like in the movie "Memphis Belle" where the guys who flew the B-17s came to love their planes simply because they got them home, even when they were full of holes.
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Old 08-31-2006, 12:20 AM   #93
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By some of the more unbalanced among us, yes. If we had any sense, we would be driving cars.
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Old 08-31-2006, 03:33 AM   #94
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i wonder what kind of mileage they got on the test...you'd figure that if you got an extra 10-15 mpg out of the tractor motor it would help alleviate the price difference...
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Old 08-31-2006, 05:03 AM   #95
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Default Re: Big, Naked and Beautiful: Open-Class Standards 2006

True. I got carried away in the heat of the moment. It was all those, "big,naked" comments....
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Old 08-31-2006, 05:42 AM   #96
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Default Re: Big, Naked and Beautiful: Open-Class Standards 2006

It's 2006, not 1996.



Triumph has a reliability rating that's second to none. I'd have no problem taking a Sprint on a long tour anywhere. At least I know that the regulator won't blow.



If I get stranded in Utah I'm hosed no matter what bike I'm on. It's two hundred miles to ANY m/c help from Monument Valley, dude! In any case no matter what m/c I'm on the solution would be: 1) Call my son and have him get me in his pickup. 2) Fix it myself.
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Old 08-31-2006, 07:00 AM   #97
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I sent an email to Yamaha, they still haven't responded. I'll email you as soon as I hear from them.



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Old 08-31-2006, 07:30 AM   #98
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You should try a bike with an engine sometime



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Old 08-31-2006, 07:34 AM   #99
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Great choice.....

I have owned mine since July 5th and 1600 miles...best handling bike I have owned and though my bandit 1200 had more ooomph right off idle, the FZ1 murders it in peak power.

buy one, adjust the suspension to suit.

I liked the front with the factory settings,

the rear I bumped the preload down a notch and up one click on the rebound adjuster.

then ride the wheels off of it....

nothing but smiles



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Old 08-31-2006, 07:57 AM   #100
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Default Re: Oh yeah, about the trans;

Whether the gearbox, which the article called soviet-era, reaches the towering heights of "acceptable" is beside the point. Its a lousy gearbox. Worst of the bunch. End of story.



More bad news are that the engine is even worse than the gearbox. Worst of the bunch by even bigger margin. If you want a bike with a soviet-era gearbox and engine, you know what to buy.



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