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Old 05-09-2008, 03:53 PM   #11
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EB? Yeah nobody seems to have a better selection of connectors. But even he couldn't get me some oem stuff. Fortunately bikes are getting parted out all the time.
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Old 05-09-2008, 04:04 PM   #12
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Eastern Beaver isn't into original equipment. What did you need?
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Old 05-09-2008, 05:12 PM   #13
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Hey Sachi,
forgot earlier...why the naked bike? If you enjoy the longer rides so much why have you chosen to stick with a bike not specifically designed for that? Don't get me wrong, I'm sure the 599 is a great, reliable bike, but are you mostly bopping around town?

I don't mean to pry but I love hearing why people like the bike they have, especially experienced riders. Fill us in to the joys of 599 ownership!!
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Old 05-09-2008, 05:24 PM   #14
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Good questions, Triple.

I've had faired bikes before, and a number of naked ones. My faired bikes always -- always -- dumped the turbulent air right at my ear level. Even though I can't hear well, I could definitely hear and feel the turbulence. By contrast, my naked bikes are quiet. My helmet is in "clear air" and I don't hear or feel any turbulence. Over a long distance, the clear air is a huge bonus. Both my CB-1 and my 599 are comfortable to ride long distances because they leave my head in non-turbulent air.

I also don't think that motorcycle fairings or screens are all that good for weather protection either. No matter what I ride, if it rains I'm going to get wet! I can protect myself with rain gear, which I'd need anyway.

A fairing might help if I were in a colder climate, but I live in San Diego. My concern is dealing with the 115º heat that we get east of the mountains, not with cold. A naked bike is much better suited to this climate than a faired bike would be, IMHO.

Oh, I should add that a properly fitted naked bike will put the rider in a position so that the wind holds the rider up, rather than blowing the rider around. I find it extremely comfortable to ride my 599 for long distances because I have no weight on my hands. The wind holds me up a bit, just enough so that I can relax and focus on controlling the bike.
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Old 05-09-2008, 05:49 PM   #15
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Eastern Beaver isn't into original equipment. What did you need?
I was making an extended wire harness for turn signals to use with an HB luggage rack that required alternative placement of lights. I wanted OEM connectors to plug directly into the bikes wire harness. Ebay provided all the parts as this bike is often wrecked.
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Old 05-09-2008, 06:11 PM   #16
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Hot damm Sachi. It looks like a cross between the Matrix and Road Warrior. Cool.
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Old 05-10-2008, 11:13 AM   #17
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She'll be sued for light pollution by every rural community she rides through
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Old 05-10-2008, 12:11 PM   #18
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Ha. It'll be worth it if I can see those blasted deer!
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Old 05-10-2008, 02:37 PM   #19
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Amen. I still think that (once they've been spotted) my patented "honk the horn like something's wrong with your thumb" method is the best way to scare them off
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Old 05-10-2008, 02:41 PM   #20
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That works, but even then you never know which way they'll jump! I'm just waiting for some natural selection to kick in so they instinctively jump AWAY from those big ugly asphalt-bound carnivores.
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