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Old 12-14-2001, 09:50 AM   #231
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Default There's another bike that meets your criteria....

Kawasaki ZR-7. Though it may be a little bit too tall for you it meets all your other requirements! You may be able to find new old stock of the '00 model for cheap if you ask around,t hey weren't big sellers even though they're great motorcycles.
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Old 12-14-2001, 11:34 AM   #232
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Default Feh! Too Heavy...

And the handling is less than confidence inspiring on the track...although who knows, with a lightening program, updated suspension...could be a winner.
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Old 12-14-2001, 11:41 AM   #233
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Default But then...

Nobody would buy a VFR!! The Superhawk is lighter, faster, has more character in the motor, doesn't have goofy linked brakes (who are those for, anyway? Mr. Magoo?) and is much cheaper! They should build a Superhawk/VTR hybrid, with the VFR's range, comfort and reliability mixed with the VTR's torquey motor and thriftyness. Oh, yeah, throw in hard bags...a poor man's ST4...oh, wait, this is a "sport-standard discussion.



Never mind.
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Old 12-14-2001, 01:35 PM   #234
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Default Re: STEEL!!

Give me steel over aluminium any day. Steel has a limit at which fatigue stops. Aluminium does not. Steel is also easier to repair after a prang.



(BTW, this comes from someone in one of the major bauxite-exporting nations of the world, so ulterior motives should bias me TOWARD aluminium...)
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Old 12-14-2001, 01:45 PM   #235
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Default Re: One other bike you should check out...

<blockquote>I was also surprised how many favaorable commets I get from teenage boys. </blockquote>



SAM!



Yes, God?



DON'T SAY A WORD!!!



But it was just going to be in jest...



YOU HEARD ME!



Aw, heck; it was such an easy target, too...

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Old 12-14-2001, 01:51 PM   #236
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Default Re: Yamaha FZ1 not retuned

So I guess it goes further now, with more gas and better fuel economy. Also smoother, what with the heavier crankshaft.



Exactly what's wrong with that?
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Old 12-14-2001, 02:22 PM   #237
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Default Re: More weight...

...the price paid for the economy and longevity of steel.
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Old 12-14-2001, 02:47 PM   #238
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Default Re: Colours

I would rather my bike be white, or very bright yellow. Be seen and not hurt.



That said, my only bike so far (1988 CM200T TwinStar) is red with blue side covers. Those side covers are soon going to be painted silver...
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Old 12-14-2001, 03:00 PM   #239
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Default Re: What the Manufacturers consider when designing a new bik

Reliable and either simple or low-maintenance.

Decent power and handling.

Economical

Comfortable

Not too difficult to put up on centre stand.



In short, what I have now, except that it's neither simple no low-maintenance, and these days it's not that reliable either.



Bikes I'd like to try:



Honda Nighthawk 750

Suzuki GS500E

MuZ Skorpion Tour or Traveller

Kawasaki W650

Harley-Davidson XL883R Sportster or XL1200S Sportster Sport (I have been warned about the vibrations...)

Moto Guzzi California Jackal or Stone or whatever the name of the cheap California is...

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Old 12-14-2001, 03:03 PM   #240
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Default OOPS!

Forgot the Buell Blast!
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