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Old 10-10-2010, 09:12 PM   #1
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There seems to be a mentality amongst many riders that you either ride a race replica or a harley or maybe even a hardcore adventure bike as if there were nothing else in between. I know because I was one of them. I recently purchased a Kawasaki Z1000 but I also test rode several other brands including Yamaha's FZ1 and Honda's CB1000R. I can honestly say they were all great bikes but the Z1000 seemed to please me best. The bikes I have mentioned are all pretty much derived from superbikes slightly retuned and more comfortable. I can easily keep up with my buddies on race replicas when canyon carving but I am comfortable enough to ride all day with my other buddies riding touring bikes. You get the best of both worlds at a lesser price. Let's be honest, these bikes would keep up with a race replica from a few years ago around the race track. All I'm asking is that you at least give them a go. I promise you'll be impressed
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Old 10-11-2010, 06:28 AM   #2
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Old 10-11-2010, 06:59 AM   #4
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Speaking of which: how'd it go with the new tractor, I mean, B M F'ing W this weekend? Didja ride the wheels off it? Polish it beyond all reason and slather it with 8 different products from Mothers?

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Speaking of which: how'd it go with the new tractor, I mean, B M F'ing W this weekend? Didja ride the wheels off it? Polish it beyond all reason and slather it with 8 different products from Mothers?

There are few things in life better than a new motorcycle. Actually none, once you're over getting laid.

Yeah went for a nice rainy ride and got it dirty, oddly enough it looks better that way. I didn't go to far though because it was raining quite hard and I have a week and a half before I can do the initial service at 600 miles. I'll be way over that by then but I'd like to try and keep it under 1000 at least.

I rode it today in foggy chilly drizzle but it's supposed to be 60 or so this afternoon...
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When we rebuilt my Shovelhead, we finished in the middle of July. The mechanic who did the real work wouldn't let me take it out of the shop until one of the heavy thunderstorms came along. He said it was ideal for breaking in an air cooled bike. So I did...

There's a whole contingent of anti-clean riders on Stromtrooper.com. They look down their noses at guys like me who keep their bikes all shiny and new. F'em, I like shiny and new.
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To be perfectly honest, I'm just too f'n lazy to spend much time washing my bike. Not that I look down my nose at those who do....I just can't be bothered.

Now the first K bike I had, I washed and waxed the paint off that one, I used to take a tooth pick and go along the fairing seams. Bikes with body work like my Trophy and the Electraglide look better clean and shiny but in the winter up here it's next to impossible to keep them clean and still ride much. Fortunately they don't salt the roads so other than looking pretty nasty they don't suffer much from the dirt.
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There seems to be a mentality amongst many riders that you either ride a race replica or a harley or maybe even a hardcore adventure bike as if there were nothing else in between. I know because I was one of them. I recently purchased a Kawasaki Z1000 but I also test rode several other brands including Yamaha's FZ1 and Honda's CB1000R. I can honestly say they were all great bikes but the Z1000 seemed to please me best. The bikes I have mentioned are all pretty much derived from superbikes slightly retuned and more comfortable. I can easily keep up with my buddies on race replicas when canyon carving but I am comfortable enough to ride all day with my other buddies riding touring bikes. You get the best of both worlds at a lesser price. Let's be honest, these bikes would keep up with a race replica from a few years ago around the race track. All I'm asking is that you at least give them a go. I promise you'll be impressed
I agree with you men that their bikes becomes more beautiful as years gone by. I like their dirtbike graphics.
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To be perfectly honest, I'm just too f'n lazy to spend much time washing my bike. Not that I look down my nose at those who do....I just can't be bothered.

Now the first K bike I had, I washed and waxed the paint off that one, I used to take a tooth pick and go along the fairing seams. Bikes with body work like my Trophy and the Electraglide look better clean and shiny but in the winter up here it's next to impossible to keep them clean and still ride much. Fortunately they don't salt the roads so other than looking pretty nasty they don't suffer much from the dirt.
GSes are one of the few bikes that looks just as good dirty as clean. I love riding up to a gas station on the Uly with is all dirty.

"Yup. I know whatcher thankin'. I rode that thang all the way up hare in the ray-un and muhd."
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