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Rick_a
Posted on Thursday, August 31, 2017 - 08:21 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

I haven't been following racing much in general these days. There's not much of interest left for me there. I'd like to watch some vintage action one of these years.

I don't want to test ride anything just yet, either. I'm a year or two out from purchasing anything and don't want to lust over something I can't have for that long.
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Tootal
Posted on Friday, September 01, 2017 - 02:24 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Somehow I missed this thread. Thanks Rick for the K100RS video, brought back some good memories. I had a 4 into 1 Supertrapp on my K bike. Sounded great! The familiar alternator whine included! Those bikes had such a long wheelbase it was physically impossible to ride the DMV test course on one. I literally walked the bike around the course and could not do it! Anything over 100 mph was it's element. I cruised through the pan handle of Texas at 120 mph for around an hour. Suspension and handling all came together at those speeds. A true GT machine.
I did get to ride a K1 on the track once and that bike handled so much better than my K100 it was amazing!
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Rick_a
Posted on Saturday, September 02, 2017 - 02:36 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

I've admired the K bikes since I was a wee little boy and saw one parked outside of my dads office in the 80's.
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Rick_a
Posted on Sunday, September 03, 2017 - 02:00 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Another plus for the Yamahas are valve adjustment intervals. The FZ-10 is 24K and the 900 triple is 26k.

Most of the competitors are 12-18k. No fun.
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86129squids
Posted on Sunday, September 03, 2017 - 02:47 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

"Another plus for the Yamahas are valve adjustment intervals. The FZ-10 is 24K and the 900 triple is 26k.

Most of the competitors are 12-18k. No fun."

The Tuning Forks Company. Grew up a Suzuki kid, now I appreciate Yamaha more than most.
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Rick_a
Posted on Sunday, September 03, 2017 - 03:15 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

I've admired Yamaha for some time...starting with the RD400, TZ750, RG500, RZ350, SRX600...and have always thought the crossplane R1 engine would make a great streetfighter base.

That's one thing about the XSR900 that appeals to me...its almost like a modern RZ.

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86129squids
Posted on Sunday, September 03, 2017 - 11:32 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

OMG- I disagree, buddy. Had an RZ, NOTHING like a 2smoke! I'd LOVE to get another, but I aint rich.

The new bike IS purty though. ; )
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Rsh
Posted on Sunday, September 03, 2017 - 11:57 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

If you're not ready to buy for 1 or 2 years, why all the postulating. Sort of a dead thread at this point.
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Rick_a
Posted on Sunday, September 03, 2017 - 07:21 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Its certainly not like it...just reminiscent.

All the postulating is because this is something that's a long term decision that will impact the rest of my able bodied life.

I've never regularly driven a car. I don't take this lightly. I'd like to get as much input as possible.

The thread can die when it dies. That's how things go.

Thanks for the obvious, though.
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Rick_a
Posted on Monday, September 04, 2017 - 10:38 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

While "postulating," a coworker that has owned an S1000RR and HP4, of course believes I should get an S1000R. It's known for being very capable with an impeccable fit, finish, and level of refinement.

I've seen one on the road and it's a handsome machine.

The local BMW dealership will have a demo truck in, in the middle of the month.


I've looked at some used ones and they really retain their value.

The 1000XR gets rave reviews as well, but that's a lot of bike. It gets impressive lap times for a long, tall, bike.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yemiO6buqE4

(Message edited by Rick_a on September 04, 2017)
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Court
Posted on Monday, September 04, 2017 - 10:54 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

He rides that BMW very well . . . .
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Rsh
Posted on Monday, September 04, 2017 - 10:13 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

You've been riding that S1 for so long you may not meld with a new bike. You get used to the character and quirks and have been making it work for you for quite awhile.
Maybe find another Buell like an S3 or Ulysses, certainly it wouldn't break the bank and you seem to know the Buell's inside out, who know's, that could possibly be your best bet.
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Rick_a
Posted on Tuesday, September 05, 2017 - 02:02 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

The S1 has been, through years of hard lessons, hammered into my vision of the most fun and capable air cooled streetbike imaginable. It's a riot and I miss it. The longest I've been without it previously was one year when the crank got twisted and I had to save up to fix it. That said, it's kind of ridiculous for a daily rider.

My DR650SM is incredibly fun, extremely forgiving, and amazingly agile, despite a total lack of refinement and power. It took months to get used to sitting upright and a couple weeks to get used to a standard shift pattern. That said, it's a bike I'll keep forever if I can, like the Buell. A little bit more power in the way of a cam, high compression piston, and perhaps headwork would make it perfect. The rear shock could use a revalve, but that'll come when it blows.

The next bike, in my estimation, should be more powerful than necessary, have a massive and flat torque curve, yet be easy to live with long term.

The FZ-10 has everything I'm looking for, but it is a bit wide and portly for my tastes, physically. I've rode a bunch of bikes at this point. It's a matter of a few weeks to get acquainted, is all, me thinks.

I may go check out some Beemers this afternoon, but it'll be more a matter of curiosity than anything else, methinks.

As much as I love my Buell I have no yearning for another...though the thought of an 1125CR has crossed my mind...
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Rick_a
Posted on Tuesday, September 05, 2017 - 02:15 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

These things sell at giveaway prices with low miles...my only concern would be availability of spares long term.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dXX4kX-Pef8

They sound absolutely raunchy, and as already mentioned, with some tuning still hold their own against more modern machines.
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Rick_a
Posted on Tuesday, September 05, 2017 - 04:52 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Another new bike with promise is the Z900. It appears to be the only one of these new nakeds available devoid of rider aids.

It uses a trellis style backbone frame similar to the H2.


There's a spec racing series already...



...and I think a few tweaks would make it tolerable.


The stock exhaust, plate holder, mirrors, turn signals, and the goofy engine and frame accent covers would have to go.

The power isn't great, but I'm sure can be improved upon.


It's a far cry from the other "super nakeds."
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Rick_a
Posted on Tuesday, September 05, 2017 - 06:44 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Checked out the BMW/Ducati dealer. The only thing that excited me was this:


I was literally grinning ear to ear sitting on it. It's tiny.

The performance is a bit underwhelming.


They also had the "desert sled" version. Kinda cool...but kinda goofy. It was good for a laugh
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Rick_a
Posted on Tuesday, September 05, 2017 - 06:47 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

The S1000R was a disappointment. It's literally a racebike with more compact bodywork and a slightly more upright handlebar. Certainly not a favorite. I'm not going to bother going to the demo.
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Rsh
Posted on Tuesday, September 05, 2017 - 07:51 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Was riding around yesterday surveying the local wildfire burn area (La Tuna canyon)
Even though the fire was horrendous and happens to be in the neighborhood I grew up ridding in. It brought back a lot of good memories and was very sad to see in person.
At least the FZ-10 is all fun.
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Rick_a
Posted on Tuesday, September 05, 2017 - 10:37 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Spent a few years in Camp Pendleton. Burned out areas looked like the lunar surface.
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Rsh
Posted on Wednesday, September 06, 2017 - 02:11 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

CycleWorld magazine has the latest comparo of the Aprilia Tuono 1100RR, KTM Super Duke 1290R, BMW S1000R and Yamaha FZ-10.

You can read it on the Cycleworld site
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Rick_a
Posted on Wednesday, September 06, 2017 - 10:36 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

I read that a few days ago.

That Ducati has thrown me for a bit of a loop. I've looked into what's involved in desmo belt replacements and valve adjustments. As long as I've got another roadgoing bike it wouldn't be bad. The wife likes it (and wants to ride it) and the kid loves it. The only downside is that a catastrophic engine failure in those bikes out of warranty more or less means ruin. The cost of parts alone often quickly exceeds the value of the motorcycle.

I've looked into servicing and modification of the FZ, as well. That thing has as much bodywork as a fully faired sportbike...it's just in smaller pieces.

The XSR may make a good compromise. I've been reluctant to go and look at one. I'm not sure why.
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Rick_a
Posted on Friday, September 08, 2017 - 01:21 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

These are some bikes I've ridden, listed by my general opinion of them:

Aprilia Tuono V2
Ducati Streetfighter/S
Buell XB12S
Ducati M900 Monster
BMW K1200R Sport
Ducati Hypermotard 1100
Triumph Speed Triple 1050
Triump Street Triple/R
Honda NT650 Hawk
Honda CBR1000RR Repsol
Kawasaki ZRX1100
Suzuki Hayabusa
Ducati Monster 1100
Suzuki SV650
Suzuki DRZ400SM
Triumph Scrambler
Triumph Thruxton
Harley Sportster (rubber mount engine)
Suzuki DL1000 VStrom

I've noticed some owners have called the Yamaha 900 triple the best engine in motorcycling...then sold their bikes.

The FZ-10 guys seem to hold on to them a bit longer.

The European Blue scheme is striking. A shame it's not an option here.


The kid likes this rendering.

It cleans up nice...and that exhaust is awesome.

Yamaha will have the demo truck at Daytona this fall.
https://www.yamahamotorsports.com/motorsports/yama haevents/eventdetail/599c545b2a0ab60c1045da6c
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