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Old 08-22-2002, 04:52 AM   #51
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Default You cross-shopped a Bandit and a Blackbird?

The bandit didn't make my short list when I went looking in '01...I rode a 2000 and I thought that engine and handling-wise the 'bird romped all over it- and my Blackbird was $9500 otd. Sure you could make the Bandit churn out more power and handle "better", but you'd be real close to the cost of an XX by that time, too-on the other hand, I'm paying more for insurance on the 'bird than I would've on a bandit.

I'da thought that you'd be looking at the 'Busa, ZX-12R, ZZR-1200, and possibly the FJR1300 if you were looking at a CBR/XX.
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Old 08-22-2002, 05:13 AM   #52
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Default Re: Shaping up to be a Very Good Year...

Remember the NAIS concept bike Honda displayed at Laguna in '01? Numerous sources tell me that it will be the basis for the new '03 naked sportbike from Honda (think possible '03 Super Hawk).



How's that for a nekked sportbike?



BTW, did anyone catch Burnsie's little "warning", if that's what it was - "We'll have the full run-down, with photography, about mid-September--if Whitey doesn't shut MO down before then..."



Watcha mean Burnsie? MO going belly-up or closing it doors for good?
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Old 08-22-2002, 05:18 AM   #53
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Default They're not getting mine...

Actually, I have every right to complain about them whether I tithe to the Church of AMA or not-it's called freedom of speech and I thought it was the excuse du jour the AMA was taking for NOT wearing brain buckets. Furthermore, I doubt very much I'll ever become a member, since I don't intend to race, and I disagree with several of their current and previous political and racing positions.

You might also want to check out some of the congressional websites that specify what EXACTLY your AMA reps are fighting for (or possibly against), before you give them a fiat to represent you to your own elected officials.

I voice my approval for MO, and my dis-approval for the AMA with my wallet by subscribing (or not) to their publication or organization...I suggest you consider doing the same
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Old 08-22-2002, 06:29 AM   #54
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Default Re: You cross-shopped a Bandit and a Blackbird?

Gotta agree that your cross-shopping proposals are more logical, but then, who is all that logical?!



Personally, I am currently cross-shopping a BMW R1150R, a KTM Duke and a ZX-12R. Go figger! I want all of them, can't have but one (in addition to the Ducati race bike I already own), and I am having a really hard time deciding.



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Old 08-22-2002, 06:48 AM   #55
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Default Re: Post your AMA number

I won't post my number but I will give you the frame work.

AMA 2002

American Motorcylist Association



XXXXXX 01 1/2003

Myname

Address

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The back says

I acknowledge the risk of injury to my person and property while participating in motorcycle events. I will rely upon my own judgement and ability while participating in AMA sanctioned evens and I assume all risks .....



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Old 08-22-2002, 06:53 AM   #56
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Default Re: Post your AMA number

The cover of the last issue is a guy on a Red suzuki SV650 "Escape from NY" Also there was an article on the Buell Firebolt. Sorry this all you are getting sir. You can call me a liar or not. Next do you want to describe the stickers we got in the mail recently.

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Old 08-22-2002, 07:56 AM   #57
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Default Re: What about the 919?

Actually that is not true... The hornet 600 has been in europe for years but the Hornet 900 (aka 919) is brand new for 2002 everywhere. Couple of issues...



The chain is too long. If you look at a 2002 on the showroom floor the chain slack adjuster is already halfway through its travel. In Europe a few lucky riders have had their dealerships replace it at no cost with a shorter chain but Honda USA is still pretending there's no problem. I'll bet it's magically fixed on the 03 model if it makes here for 03.



Biggest complaint is the suspension. The kindest reviews have been "inexpensive but adequate". No adjustability on the front forks, preload only on the rear. Some guys with money to burn are looking into mounting F4i forks on it. Ohlins makes an aftermarket rear shock already and I'm sure it will help.



The bike is typical production Honda so fit and finish are great but the bike is running rich. A power commander is out for it and it supposedly greatly smooths the powerband.



If they bring them in for 2003 I'll buy one in a few weeks. If they don't, Yamaha will probably get my business for an FZ-1.



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Old 08-22-2002, 08:00 AM   #58
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Default Stealth is great

That's what makes this bike great, is the stealth factor. People think its boring when it actually beat a 954 from 0-60 in Motorcyclist testing (can you say torque boys and girls).



100hp and 425 dry pounds is boring in a 919 but 90HP and 400 pounds is exciting in a 600cc supersport. That's what's fun, teaching the kids the difference between HP and torque. This bike will leave the fast n furious racer boys behind.



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Old 08-22-2002, 09:36 AM   #59
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Default Re: Post your AMA number

I think it was a Ducati Monster 620, not an SV.
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Old 08-22-2002, 09:55 AM   #60
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oops I am at work and my wife discribed it over the phone to me. Of course longride will say I am not an AMA member
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