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Old 06-19-2009, 01:22 PM   #51
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fireworks12,

You'll have much better luck getting the info you seek on a site dedicated to the particular bike.

There is a wealth of info here, but the majority of posters are pissed-off middle aged males.

Interestingly, no particular make of bike is preferred.

Which reminds me: Isn't it time to update the Triumvirate of Best Bikes? It was the VFR, SV-650 and Concours for a long time. All three are much different than they were.
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Old 06-19-2009, 04:13 PM   #52
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Which reminds me: Isn't it time to update the Triumvirate of Best Bikes? It was the VFR, SV-650 and Concours for a long time. All three are much different than they were.
Not a bad idea. We're working on something like that.
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Old 06-19-2009, 05:34 PM   #53
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I actually think this is a worthy story idea. We're talking degrees of comfort here, and slightly taller bars or a slightly thicker seat can make a supersport quite a bit more tolerable for weekend sport-touring.

And comfort is in the eye of the beholder: My 55-yr-old friend sport-tours on a Gixxer 1000, often with his wife on back.

The problem of doing this story for MO is that few ppl will be searching the net for it. The owner of the site wants bike reviews, bike reviews, bike reviews, as that's what ppl do the most searching for. That leaves no time for us to do feaure-y stories like the one proposed above. Sorry!
Hmm. Well that sucks.

Anyways, what about something 'free'ish like a module on the website where people could enter the bike, ergo changes (or maybe other mods if that's more appealing?) in detail, and the effect, with photos? That way people could document their bikes, people could get inspiration from others, and depending on usage you'd get more traffic. Maybe hand out some prizes. It would probably need a bit of home page visibility (maybe just a link?).

You could reuse the interface from the 'Motorcycle Research' functionality, probably most of the application logic from the 'Motorcycle Research' section, a few extra database tables and BING! Cake's done. Well, in theory anyways...

Now that I think about it that might be better than doing it as part of the reviews. It would be useful for anyone buying an older bike.

No matter what, it's nice to know it's just management that's in the way of a good idea...
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Old 06-20-2009, 08:22 AM   #54
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fireworks12,

You'll have much better luck getting the info you seek on a site dedicated to the particular bike.

There is a wealth of info here, but the majority of posters are pissed-off middle aged males.

Interestingly, no particular make of bike is preferred.

Which reminds me: Isn't it time to update the Triumvirate of Best Bikes? It was the VFR, SV-650 and Concours for a long time. All three are much different than they were.


phffffft I'm not pissed off, I'm happy as a dog in an Alpo factory..

Definately time for a re-do on the best bikes but we should start another thread for it so we don't muddy up this one....
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Old 06-23-2009, 11:38 PM   #55
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This reminds me of another topic brought up in which a reader wanted the site to test motorcycles with aftermarket exhausts and the like to see which bike is ultimately the best.

My best advice would be to visit the sites of the manufactures you mentioned. They're sure to have customer testimonials and can demonstrate why their product would increase your level of comfort on a motorcycle.

I think it's fairly straight forward though. Aftermarket seats, bars and rear sets and you can create a reasonable sport tourer depending on bike of course.
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Old 06-23-2009, 11:41 PM   #56
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Which reminds me: Isn't it time to update the Triumvirate of Best Bikes? It was the VFR, SV-650 and Concours for a long time. All three are much different than they were.
Never seen that article on here......where did you find it?
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Old 06-24-2009, 04:57 AM   #57
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Never seen that article on here......where did you find it?
Years ago MO had a bunch of members who constantly asked that SV650s be included in just about every test. Other people constantly wanted the Concours added in and others constantly promoted the VFR. It got to be a joke that the SV650, the Concours and the VFR were actually the Holy Trinity of Motorcycledom. This running gag went on for years but petered out a couple years back. For a while the M109 almost reached similar status.

Maybe it is time for a new Triumvirate. Which 3 do you recommend?
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Old 06-24-2009, 05:08 AM   #58
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The NT650 HawkGT is the Platinum-Standard Benchmark by which ALL others should be judged. It is the do-all, be-all, Everyman's bike. Except for Coolness, it does Nothing "perfectly" - but does Everything well...................

SV650? - Midrange upright sporty-typie bike: Inspired by the HawkGT.

VFR? - Single-sided swingarm: it gets its Cool from the HawkGT

KonKours? - Have you seen me pack a HawkGT to go 'cross-country? Yet another bike that yields to the HawkGT.

I rest my case.
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Old 06-24-2009, 05:11 AM   #59
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Maybe it is time for a new Triumvirate. Which 3 do you recommend?
This topic can't be taken lightly. People around the world will be talking about the decisions made here for years to come. What are the qualifiers? You can't just go and throw something like this onto the monitor like a coughed-up blob of Chinese food. An error at this juncture could cause the collapse of the sport as we know it today.
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Old 06-24-2009, 06:10 AM   #60
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This topic can't be taken lightly. People around the world will be talking about the decisions made here for years to come. What are the qualifiers? You can't just go and throw something like this onto the monitor like a coughed-up blob of Chinese food. An error at this juncture could cause the collapse of the sport as we know it today.
Okay, enough with the jokes, then. Real nominees:

1- ZX-14 Concours. Touring comfort and license burning performance at a bargain price.

2- V-Strom1000. Top all around do anything motorcycle at half the price of overrated German problematic bike.

3- Street Triple. You gotta get a ride on this thing. I mean it.

PS. Great signature. Did you recently join the Bull Moose Party?
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