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Old 01-26-2004, 01:57 PM   #51
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Default Re: 2004 ZX-10R vs R1 vs 1000RR vs GSX-1000 Article

Yeah MOFO - 22Jan was the promised date, I am pretty sure now Australia day (26Jan) has passed so has your promise! Has the compo been done or was that just a bull***** line to keep us here? Are you guys actually alive still or no factory belives you either ??



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Old 01-26-2004, 02:15 PM   #52
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Default slowish day here.

If you want to talk bikes exclusively while despising liberals as background, motorcyclistonline.com now has forums! Could be fun to go over there and ask Boehm interesting questions and watch the steam come out of your computer. Free and worth it.
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Old 01-26-2004, 02:19 PM   #53
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Default New pond

Hey now you are talking. I hate his political remarks in his column. This is like going to a new Bass bond. Only wish my grandpa could see how many fish I have caught here.
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Old 01-26-2004, 02:25 PM   #54
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Default Searching for Mom, on an '02 H-D RoadKing

So, my Mom is doing her thing, supporting the troops, making sure they all remember just what it is they are fighting for. She rode her VMax to San Diego to make sure the jarheads had all left with a smile on their faces. Of course, she didn't tell me of her plans, of abandoning the VMax to support the troops, until she'd already arrived in San Diego.



To make sure the bike was okay (afterall, I know my mom, and I knew it would be awhile before she got back to shore), I immediately headed out from DC on my RoadKing to take care of her VMax.



The first leg was a total pain, in the arse. I had added Cruise Control, and highway pegs, but the seat just plain su'kd. But, being on a Harley, I was able to find a dealer near Memphis that had a touring saddle in stock. With a backrest, no less. This has to be heaven, I think, until I get about 200 miles down the road. Not only is the new seat no better, but the backrest doesn't recline enough for my less-than-petite body. What a waste of H-D money! Should've listened to my momma -- if your tush ain't happy, you won't be happy!



So, I made it to Dallas. Loved the cruise control, and the sound that the screaming eagle pipes made. Loved the looks I got, and all the old coots coming up to me at the rest stops to tell me about the bikes they used to own. But, hated the seat. So, I found a dealer and made another change, to a Mustang (Regal) seat.



Now, my mother has already abandoned the VMax, 2 days ago, and I needed to get to San Diego to protect her bike. I just knew that, with all the scratches her nipple rings have left on the gas tank, the salt air was just going to play havoc on her mauve paint. So, after the new seat was installed, I headed west, through the oil fields, dodging the sage brush, trying to make time as best I could.



The bike just hummed, taking almost everything in stride. I did have one minor problem, where the gear shift lever came lose. But, since this was a Harley, fixing it was well within my capabilities. Unfortunately, the seating still s**k'd, so I had to stop in El Paso to buy me a 'gel" pad. OMG, what a relief! Check em out. American Motorcycle Specialists, out of California. The pads may 'look' dorky, but, dang it if they don't work.



From El Paso to San Diego, I enjoyed the ride like no other ride. Granted, there wasn't much scenery, but the Harley and I were one.



To make a long story short, I did find my Mom's bike. And, yes, she had hooked up with some guy called Gunney, or Gunny, or Gunnery - I don't know for sure. Whatever. They both appeared to be happy, and more importantly, the VMax appeared none the worse for wear. And, as far as the RoadKing was concerned, I'd only ask for another 50hp and more ground clearance.



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Old 01-26-2004, 03:29 PM   #55
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Default Re: 2004 ZX-10R vs R1 vs 1000RR vs GSX-1000 Article

No such comparo was promised- if you go back and read, it was a cruiser comparo.
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Old 01-26-2004, 03:37 PM   #56
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Default BMW K1200LTC Review

I decided to buy this bike in less than 3 miles of my test ride. Actually, I was in love before I straddled this bike.



There are so many different things about this bike that I like. Great handling, and fair power. Great mileage. Decent storage capacity, and sound system. Great (and intuitive) cruise control. Loved the heated grips and seat (ok, so I didn't use the heated seat that much, but when I needed it, it was there). Loved that electronically adjustable windshield!



What I didn't like: The seat was so-so. Not bad, but not great. The comms system (on my bike, the BC-1) required frequent repairs. And, the rear drive assy failed in less the 18k. Granted, BMW did keep repairing the comms system (but wouldn't replace it with the newly designed system), and they also repaired the rear drive assy as well (all free of charge).



All in all, for eating miles while providing smiles in curves, this bike is hard to beat. It is a great commuter bike, a great touring bike, and a great 'smiles' bike. Watch your rear drive assy, and you'll love this bike.



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Old 01-26-2004, 03:51 PM   #57
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Default '99 Ducati ST4 Review

I bought this bike because my 916 wasn't too commuter friendly, yet I knew that I certainly enjoyed that Ducati touch.



I did make some quick adjustments after buying this bike: new seat, new bars (from Munro Motors - great bars, multi-adjustable once installed, worth more than the price), wrist rest, pipes, chip, etc. Every adjustment I made was well worth the price. More power, better sound and comfort - who could ask for more?



The first 'long-ish' trip I took on this bike was a simple 1000 mile round trip. I learned that this bike certainly has legs, as I mistakenly (and comfotably) averaged above the speed limit. For the record, this speedo is pretty dang close to accurate, so don't count on the BMW 10% difference!



Maintenance isn't cheap on this bike, but once it is set up for you, this bike will certainly deliver the smiles per mile factor we all crave.
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Old 01-26-2004, 04:01 PM   #58
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Default Suzuki RE-5 Review

This is the best bike I have ever owned. With the exception of one problem, it has also been the most trouble-free bike I have owned.



First, the one problem -- The gasket where the gift shift lever went in to the tranny would fail every 20k, or so. For some of you, that's what, 3 years worth of riding, eh KPaul? For me, though, with trying to look after my Mom's VMax, that was a twice yearly job.



Forgetting that gasket, though, gave me a bike that was a comfortable commuter and tourer, and a bike that was versatile and 'unique'. If only I could have that bike back!!!!!!!!
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Old 01-26-2004, 04:04 PM   #59
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Default Hmmmm.

Any guesses as to which of the above bikes I really have owned?
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Old 01-26-2004, 04:18 PM   #60
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Default Re: '99 Ducati ST4 Review

Your speedo is accurate???? Mine is about 8 mph off. It makes me feel fast though.



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