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Old 11-01-2010, 02:00 PM   #101
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Ok... that R1 bike is silly.

too heavy, and honestly, too much power for the dirt. All you're going to do with that thing is rip the knobbies off the tires. A ported CRF450 with slightly upped compression and some good cams is honestly more than you can ever use in the dirt (ridden my buddies bike prepped that way... It had been my bike stock, then he bought it and had the mods done... RIDICULOUS.)

In the sand it could be entertaining......
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Its pointless and stupid. But makes for an entertaining vid lol.

I'm seriously still not completely used to the power of my tt. at 110hp 50tq you REALLY better be aware of your surroundings before winding out a gear.

I can't IMAGINE what 160+ and 70+ torque feels like I'd probably **** myself
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I rode my friend's 2001 R1. At a light on our way home from work, he said "let's switch bikes!"

So I immediately went from a 1985 Suzuki 700 with poorly sync'd carbs (he barely got it started, as it doesn't idle and died when we were switching) to a bike 16 years newer and 1000cc. It was definitely night and day. Mine was uber comfortable and plenty of power for me, and his was uber uncomfortable and way too much power for anyone on the street.

Here's a tip: If your motorcycle can break almost all speed limits in your country in 2nd of 6 gears, you probably have too much power, save your money. Although I completely understand the thrill.
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Old 11-01-2010, 10:38 PM   #104
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I've always like bicycles and by extension motorcycles. I rode one of those 50cc minibikes around a dirt track at a go-kart place when i was around 13.

At age 15, I had access to a Tomos 50cc dirt bike with a real transmission and clutch while on vacation in the Hungarian plains. That was a lot of fun and really got me into the freedom of riding around alone finding my own way.

A couple years after that, back in Hungary again, I bought myself a cheap 50cc scooter (yamaha i think), rode that all around Budapest for three weeks then gave it to my cousins who lived there.

My 1st "real" motorcycle was a lime green 2001 Ninja 250. It was in great condition with low miles, bought it from a guy who's wife didn't want to ride it anymore (haha). That thing was great.. I didn't have a license, but I was eager to learn. I got my permit, and proceeded to ride around my college parking lot at all hours of the night. I was scared to park it outside, so, with the help of a friend, we carried it up a few steps into the college dorm and it hung out either in the lobby or my dorm room. LOL the RA didn't like that very much. Unfortunately I was silly and thought I needed more power so I sold the bike after only a couple months.

A few more years went by before i got another bike.. By now i had graduated, had a decent job, and naturally wasted all my money on a brand new yellow BMW F650GSA. It was a leftover model, but brand new condition. Now i finally got my license and was legally on the road for the first time. I rode that bike all over the place, rain or shine, winter and summer. Had to sell it a couple years later because my expenses went up and my salary didn't... I still wish i kept that bike :(

As luck would have it though, my friend happened to get in a Suzuki VX800, on its side, in the back of a pickup truck. An older lady's husband died, and she had no use for it so she carted it in. She practically paid my buddy to take it off her hands. He was nice enough to give it to me, as aside from a busted up gas tank, it actually looked to be in decent shape. I took off the body panels for a 'naked' look, cleaned it all up, bought a new gas tank from a florida junk yard, added motocross style handlebars, new shocks and a sweet jardine exhaust, used leather corbin seat and it was freakin cool. That thing had torque! 800CC V-Twin, shaft driven, had a great exhaust note.

Anyway, then my 1st kid came. Since that moment i probably rode the bike twice and felt guilty each time. It didn't feel right to take unnecessary risks like riding a bike anymore so I bought my Miata and sold the bike soon after!

Congratulations to anyone who read this far
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Old 11-01-2010, 11:37 PM   #105
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By posting the video of the R1 I never said it was a good idea. But it did make for a badass entertaining video. Heh.

Check out Buell on ICE. Cant find the whole video but here are a few clips.



150 mph on ice?
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Old 11-05-2010, 09:29 AM   #106
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Motorcycle thread?! I have one of those! 2010 Kawasaki Ninja 250R, "lightly" modded.

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Old 11-05-2010, 09:33 AM   #107
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Wow, they've really updated the looks on the 250's...I'm assuming the 500 got a similar cosmetic improvement?
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The 250s got a complete redesign for '08, still has the carbureted parallel twin and rides like a scooter out of the box though. I have lowered clip-on bars, aftermarket rearsets, stickier tires with an oversized rear, full exhaust, rejetted carbs, airbox delete, etc. Rides awesome, has plenty of power for me right now, but the next bike I want is a Triumph 675 Daytona.
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Nope, 500 is still out of the 80's. I think the 650r and versys are replacing it. The new 250r is apparently a little slower than the old one, but both are still more fun than the 500, or so said the guy at the dealership.
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My old Aprilia RSV Mille-R Haga (stolen 10/06, unfortunately):

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but the next bike I want is a Triumph 675 Daytona.
Good choice. Buy mine.
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Good choice. Buy mine.
Good friend of mine is a mechanic at Triumph of Detroit and I've gotten to ride his 675 a good handful of times, what a phenomenal bike. That triple has power everywhere and doesn't peak out hard like most 4-cylinder bikes. It will probably be a good year or two before I get that far though, need to get some other things taken care of prior, like finishing school...
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Nice bikes guys.
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I rode bikes all through college. I would buy wrecked bikes in OK and bring them back to AR. I ride them while fixing them up then sell to pay for school and start all over. Ive had F2, F3, F4, 2 GSXR600, Ninja 600r, 954rr, couple of elites, etc. Let me see if I can find some pics goofin around. Been out of bikes about 5 years now, realy enjoy tracking cars better...safer.
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Nope, 500 is still out of the 80's. I think the 650r and versys are replacing it. The new 250r is apparently a little slower than the old one, but both are still more fun than the 500, or so said the guy at the dealership.
What kind of retard mechanic did you talk to?
A good friend of mine has an 09 250. We swapped bikes all the time when I had my 07 500. I was seriously bored riding that thing.

For commuting/saving gas and just all around putting around its a GREAT bike, but the 500 just has SOO much more torque while not much more weight making it so much more enjoyable to ride.


If I didn't ride them back to back many times over I wouldn't be so strongly opinionated about this, but believe me: the 500 is more fun.
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Motorcycle thread?! I have one of those! 2010 Kawasaki Ninja 250R, "lightly" modded.

very nice 250 man. looks of a much more serious bike with the fuel economy of a moped
This is the 1st one I've seen modded this much. Very clean/simple and tasteful
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Salesman, not mechanic. There's a good chance he was just pushing to sell the new 250s. I guess I shouldn't of said the 500 was slower, just not worth the extra $$ in his mind, to each his own though.
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They don't even make the 500's any more IIRC.

I paid 1900 for mine, rode it for 6 months or so, sold it for 2550. Can't complain
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They don't even make the 500's any more IIRC.

I paid 1900 for mine, rode it for 6 months or so, sold it for 2550. Can't complain
We paid 2,000 for ours 5 years ago, put over 14k miles on it, then sold it for 2,000 just a few months ago. I have to give credit where credit is due, amazing resale value on these.
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Go Kawasaki huh? This was my baby until just last year (R.I.P. one avoided deer and a culvert later she was taken from me).
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