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Old 12-28-2006, 12:56 PM   #61
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Default Re: Motorcycle.com Sport-Tour 2006

WHAT was that bike again?
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Old 12-28-2006, 01:00 PM   #62
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Default Re: Quick answer about other missing bikes:

As I suspected; you test what you can get your grubby mitts on.



Now that you don't have Sean to drag all the low-laying hard parts away on the "loaners" (the REAL reason Ducati wouldn't cough-up an ST - they think he still works there!), I suspect the manufacturers will be more willing to let you have a bike for a week or so...........
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Old 12-28-2006, 01:04 PM   #63
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I'm a lawyer and I'm licensed in California!



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Old 12-28-2006, 01:06 PM   #64
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Default Re: Motorcycle.com Sport-Tour 2006

And then there's the old eye abuser itsownself which, when compared to this group, deserves consideration.

I own a Viffer and I like it a lot but it's not a bike that warrants much analysis.

Now that you mention it, the Blackbird would have been a great choice. I wish I'd thought of it when I decided I wanted a barcalounger sorta kinda sport bike to act like I'm touring.

I haven't seen a pile of used CBR1000XXs but they must be around. Just not in the wilds of North Idaho.

How do you type the plural of CBR100XX. My effort doesn't look correct.
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Old 12-28-2006, 01:16 PM   #65
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Actually, my problem with that line was that riders seem to feel that bikes must _have_ "wind protection" (ie, a fairing of some sort) to be comfortable. I've ridden quite a few bikes, including several with fairings and screens, and I found that the fairing caused more trouble than it was worth. On my first Guzzi, a V-65, I spent years cutting down the original screen because the wind "broke" right at my helmet, and the turbulence drove me nuts. On my next Guzzi, a Cal III, the huge barn door fairing was better for noise but I had to look through the screen - not good in Seattle rain. And on my 1100 Sport, the wind turbulence broke right at the bottom of my helmet. Very noisy!



I finally gave up entirely on fairings and screens, because I also had owned several naked bikes in my time, and every single one of them was dead silent at speed. A CB-1, a Norton Mercury, a 1964 Triumph. As long as the bike had rearsets and a decent forward slant to the seating position (as one would get with a mildly aggressive set of bars) it was quite comfortable to ride at high freeway speeds, too. 90 mph was not a problem. No buffeting, no noise (well, except from that 650 cc twin under me, goddess! ) And so since I sold the Guzzi, I've determined to stick with unfaired bikes. My 599 is the modern successor to the CB-1, and I'd love to get a Thruxton to replace my old Brit bikes.



Try it - naked is the way to go, in bikes as well as in other human endeavors.
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Old 12-28-2006, 01:24 PM   #66
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Ssshhh! You'll get an indignant "We love Ducatis here at MO!" response.
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Old 12-28-2006, 01:31 PM   #67
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"ST3: Ducati doesn't want their 107hp bike compared to 140hp behemoths, for some reason. Bwak, bwak!"



Bollocks! They allowed Sport Bike Rider to compare it, where it won handily I might add. It turns out point and shoot riders aren't the be all and end all......next!
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Old 12-28-2006, 01:50 PM   #68
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"The 5.2-gallon tank is made completely from steel (the only one in the test),

which is good for magnetic tank bags."



I'm not sure what my FJR tank is composed of, but it is also quite "good for magnetic tank bags." Then again, I don't have the scooter edition...
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Old 12-28-2006, 02:02 PM   #69
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Sorry to bring this up but your ass is probably deformed



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Old 12-28-2006, 02:37 PM   #70
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What, you guys don´t wear matching shirts? We pay all this money and you dress like bums. No respect, most disappointing. Probably you make farting sounds on your armpits while reading important feedback from your customers.



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