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Old 02-01-2009, 06:36 AM   #81
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Careful with that gun shyt. I taught my wife to shoot and she made me buy her a Lady Smith. Now I really gotta toe the line.
Next thing you know she'll want her own compound AND dogs.

How many Lady Smiths did you have to buy? Baker's dozen?
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Old 02-01-2009, 07:27 AM   #82
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The G was 1127cc. It was heavy and top heavy but it was damm stable on the highway and gave me 74K miles without a hiccup. Pulled like a freight train. Bought for $2850. Sold after 8 years for $1800 when I bought the ZRX1100. If you want reliability you can't go wrong with those old air/oil-cooled Zookers.
Yeah they were bullet proof. Those were basically the gsxr1100 motor. Remember the VX800 that was around the same time of your gs?
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Old 02-01-2009, 08:33 AM   #83
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Yeah they were bullet proof. Those were basically the gsxr1100 motor. Remember the VX800 that was around the same time of your gs?
Air-oil Bandits use the same engine punched out a bit.

I didn't see many of those VXs around. Stupid American buying habits mean that about all you see are race replicas and cruisers. Though I'm seeing a lot more AT style bikes. We get a lot of bike tourers in Utah. It used to be all you saw were Harleys (about 90% of bikes) and some Goldwings, BMWs and a smattering of Concours, etc. Now I see a lot of Gses, V-Stroms and even Tigers. Still about 80% HDs though.
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Old 02-01-2009, 10:37 AM   #84
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I will not argue that the Harleys do hold that much of the market. I remember in Hawaii when we'd have Toys for Tot runs thinking every year we were going to out number all the Harleys with your sport bikes, which turned out to be a fallacy. After a year or so we figured out alot of them where coming from the outer islands. Probably 10 Harleys to every 5 sportbikes.
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Old 02-01-2009, 11:15 AM   #85
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I will not argue that the Harleys do hold that much of the market. I remember in Hawaii when we'd have Toys for Tot runs thinking every year we were going to out number all the Harleys with your sport bikes, which turned out to be a fallacy. After a year or so we figured out alot of them where coming from the outer islands. Probably 10 Harleys to every 5 sportbikes.
In Hawaii you don't get the cross-country tourers that we see in larger numbers each year. As far as that market goes HD obviously has it sewn up. In the west we have very loooong stretches interspersed with twisties. A race replica is a problematic bike outside of the cities mainly because of the long distances. I think the ATs are the optimum configuration for riding out here because a lot of the stuff to see is on improved dirt roads. Sport tourers as well are a good choice.
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Old 02-01-2009, 11:25 AM   #86
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The TLR, Long ride didnt I hear you say you had owned one of these once?
Loved the bike, first twin I ever owned. Fun bike, specially with the full Akras.
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Old 02-27-2009, 05:43 AM   #87
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First Bike 1982 GS850G
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Old 02-27-2009, 05:50 AM   #88
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Second bike - 1987(?) GS1150EF. Check out the mag wheels.
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Old 02-27-2009, 05:55 AM   #89
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Long gap to third bike (graduate school, etc...) 2000 Ducati 750SSie
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Old 02-27-2009, 05:56 AM   #90
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There is a new bike - 2006 Ducati Sport 1000. I need to get a good picture though. Arrow exhaust, Penske rear, Traxxion front...runs quite nice.
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