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Old 04-21-2010, 09:32 PM   #21
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Beautiful, beautiful bike. I'd love to get into biking myself, but better not start a million things at once. Maybe a few years down the road...
Look for something cheap, start small, but ride if you want to. I didn't always throw my leg over something like this, my first four bikes were smaller than 500cc and one 650cc standard. First sporty bike was a Kawi 500R, then the Trumpet.

Main thing is gear and the class, and not getting in over your head. Remember that most people fall in love with their second bike.
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Look for something cheap, start small, but ride if you want to. I didn't always throw my leg over something like this, my first four bikes were smaller than 500cc and one 650cc standard. First sporty bike was a Kawi 500R, then the Trumpet.

Main thing is gear and the class, and not getting in over your head. Remember that most people fall in love with their second bike.
I was thinking hard on getting the new Kawi ninja 250 but being 6'1" and 190 pounds, I figure I'm a bit too big for it and better off with a Vulcan 500 or a Ninja 500, and then transition to a crotch rocket.
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My friend's '06 Ninja 650r had a clock, it was really nice, I should incorporate something like that into my bike. You never have time to whip out your cell phone, and my watch is buried in my jacket.

Unfortunately I can't afford to re-register ($45) or insure ($150 for 6 months) my bike for the foreseeable future. Didn't seem so bad during the winter when both expired, but now that the weather's getting warmer, I'm regretting not doing it while I still had a job :(

I'll ***** another picture. Awesome bike you've got, but my vote is strip it of all it's plastics and paint it flat black
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My friend's '06 Ninja 650r had a clock, it was really nice, I should incorporate something like that into my bike. You never have time to whip out your cell phone, and my watch is buried in my jacket.

This guy put some pretty neat farkles on it. Garage door opener button (uses voltage reducer), extra fan ground switch to flip it on in traffic BEFORE your leg is rotiserried, two setting grip warmers, nicely reupholstered seat, and of course the clock/lap timer. I did use it to gauge how much I needed to speed on the way to campus this morning. My commute is looong, but I can easily squeeze 10min out of it when pressed.


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Unfortunately I can't afford to re-register ($45) or insure ($150 for 6 months) my bike for the foreseeable future. Didn't seem so bad during the winter when both expired, but now that the weather's getting warmer, I'm regretting not doing it while I still had a job :(

Seems to me that now is the time you should be able to ride the most. Sorry to hear finances are making it sit there. I know if you are going through tough times it's sometimes your hobbies that keep you sane.

Can we start a Curly's Bike Reg fund?

My insurance worked out to $89/yr.


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I'll ***** another picture. Awesome bike you've got, but my vote is strip it of all it's plastics and paint it flat black
I've done that to two bikes, a Virago 500 (eh), and a Yamaha XS650 (great bike). The XS was pretty mean in flat black. Of course those didn't come with fairings to begin with.

I kinda like the street fighter thing, but fairings are nice when you take long rides. If I lived in town I'd do it. I rode the Triumph for a week with nothing but tank, seat and tail. It got a LOT of looks.
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Yes fairings are very nice, and as I said so is your bike, so don't ruin it like I told you to in my joke

No need for the registration fund, it's just one thing that's helping me stay motivated for the next couple months to finish my training and get another job. I'm currently unemployed, self inflicted even.

I do need to get another quote for my insurance. Since it expired at the beginning of winter and I wasn't sure if I was going to reinstate it, I've turned 25 and one of my accidents past it's three year mark. My car insurance went down $60 a month, I'm hoping my bike insurance did something similar, who knows, I may be riding sooner than I thought.

Have fun on yours!
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I've honestly spent the last two nights in bed thinking about it...

do it do it do it
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do it do it do it
They say that when you have a spouse that doesn't like you riding, you don't sell one bike until you've parked another in the garage next to it, and you keep your bike running. I can just see the end of my riding car as I'm standing there crying to her with bent rods in my hands.

That said, if Tim sends me a second motor, not only do I have a backup, but I have something with which to mock up this crazy manifold I'm dreaming up. It would be a hell of a project for sure.

I'm thinking purpose built MegaSquirt, which could easily use some type of cam sensor and have it still be accurate since the cams are gear driven, so no need for crank trigger wheel inside the cases. Nice injectors in a custom intake mani, minicooler up front. Intake mani would have to come in the left side of the V, with the turbo resting on the opposing side. The funny thing is I actually plotted what 160hp would look like on a 750cc motor that spins to 11k, and the turbo I have in the garage is actually PERFECT for it, right through the damn middle of the efficiency island. I do worry about expansion with a mani that links both banks of cylinders.
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Seems to me that now is the time you should be able to ride the most.
I should also add that it only gets 40mpg @ 700cc. I don't have a good carburetor synchronizer to tune it, and with my DD getting 30mpg, I'd have to drive it school 20 times to make up the difference of registration and insurance, and I only have a couple weeks of class (2 days a week) left. Not to mention all those times I'd have no weather protection in an incredibly rainy climate, and of course no cargo room for all the stuff I need to bring to class. I envy you that you have a decent commuter and a commute that makes a bike appropriate, must be fun. I'll be there soon!

Edit: DO NOT turbo it. I'm a member at http://www.oldskoolsuzuki.info/ and the few people that have turbo'd the bikes generally have it down for easily more than 6 months, and you need the entire frame and engine to mock up, there's lots that get in the way. Plus EVERYTHING is custom, manifold, plenum, wiring harness, intercooler, pipes, etc, etc. You also need to be an incredible fabricator, since this stuff isn't hidden under a hood. All for a bunch of power that is only usable by V. Rossi.
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Here's a good thread, dunno if you have to be a member to view it though.
http://forum.oldskoolsuzuki.info/cgi...8655;start=all

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is the 19T not too big ?!! moves a LOT of air ! (wondered how long it would be before someone bolted one up fancy trying one meself)
He's referring to the TD04 19T, barely and upgrade from the popular greddy kit turbo.

Oh wait, was I supposed to be convincing you to not turbo it? Oops.
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What's your wife's primary language?
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What's your wife's primary language?
She's fluent in both bitch and nag.

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You guys need a good vacation or cruise to the caribean. Just you and your wife, it's a nice way to clear your mind and start from scratch.
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That said, if Tim sends me a second motor, not only do I have a backup, but I have something with which to mock up this crazy manifold I'm dreaming up. It would be a hell of a project for sure.
Miata part-out/goal prioritization FAIL.
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You guys need a good vacation or cruise to the caribean. Just you and your wife, it's a nice way to clear your mind and start from scratch.

June 5th our flight leaves for Cancun. Really nice time share of my brother-in-law's...I just had to pay our food and airfare (which I handed him the last check for the other day).

If I actually pull of this 4.0 I'm shooting for this semester I will REALLY enjoy the R&R.


We've also been doing a lot more as a family recently. No garage time = being able to take our daughter to the Houston Children's Festival weekend before last, and to see the Dragon movie this last weekend (she laughed so much and so hard I thought they'd kick us out).


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Miata part-out/goal prioritization FAIL.
Yeah, kinda defeats the purpose eh?

I just like to tinker so much, and have been talking myself out of projects a lot the past week. I was *this close* to ordering an MSII kit this morning since my damn turbo kit still hasn't sold.

Step away from the soldering iron...slowly.
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I remembered incorrectly, but knew it was a 750 V4, so I looked it up. It was a metallic green one of these:


Honda Interceptor VF750F - and the long and short of the story was something to do with loaning a car to a friend to run an errand because he only had a bike. I was caught by a hardass cop in a podunk town riding it somewhat inappropriately with no motorcycle endorsement and the bike having no insurance and no current registration. Ahh, the good old days.
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Cool old bike. The original V4s started it all, but they later fixed a lot of bugs and made a GREAT bike. I bet that was fun back in the day. **** da pohlice.
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Hey that's how big my injectors are.
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I would like to know how that sounds.

This one has the shorty can, which sounds pretty awesome, but I might play around with it a little.
Staintune high pipe without the baffle... one of the best engine sounds ever.

It's so good that after I dumped my '97 VFR I kept the pipe (pipe was perfect, bike was a cosmetic total) just in case I ever get another VFR.

Looooooooooooooooove the 2nd and 3rd gen VFR's!
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Thats exactly like the last bike I owned.I just had to go wack one off after seeing your pictures... WOW. I loved that machine.
How much did you pay, ive been watching those, and they really seem to hold their value over the past 5 years.
. I sold it before I made a Move to NC... Best sounding engine EVER.... I had the large stock can, that had been taken apart,and all the baffling removed from the inside, Really let it sing. I had a friend that had that short can, just didnt let it reverb like my bike did.

Be sure to check the torque and locktab on the outside hub nut of the sprocket on the rear swingarm. 250 miles out on a weekend trip, i lost my nut and the sprocket, it passed me on a bridge, jumping the curb and landing in a river. Needless to say, i needed a tow home. Sadly there arent many parts left out there for these classics, But ues, i had 46K on my bike and it rode like a dream. Michelin pilot roads are the best tires.

If you ever want to sell... PM a brotha....

Oh yea. little hot gun action, and a razor blade you can go right above that purple stripe, and remove the entire purple decals, and leave the rest. Making a rear fender eliminator isnt hard either.

Congrats.
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Staintune high pipe without the baffle... one of the best engine sounds ever.

It's so good that after I dumped my '97 VFR I kept the pipe (pipe was perfect, bike was a cosmetic total) just in case I ever get another VFR.

Looooooooooooooooove the 2nd and 3rd gen VFR's!
I had read a good deal about these bikes before buying, and fell in internet love. Luckily the bike didn't disappoint when I actually got it. Lives up to all the hooplah, lore, and reviews.

PM a brother if you ever want to let go of that wallart.

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Thats exactly like the last bike I owned.I just had to go wack one off after seeing your pictures... WOW. I loved that machine.
How much did you pay, ive been watching those, and they really seem to hold their value over the past 5 years.
. I sold it before I made a Move to NC... Best sounding engine EVER.... I had the large stock can, that had been taken apart,and all the baffling removed from the inside, Really let it sing. I had a friend that had that short can, just didnt let it reverb like my bike did.

Be sure to check the torque and locktab on the outside hub nut of the sprocket on the rear swingarm. 250 miles out on a weekend trip, i lost my nut and the sprocket, it passed me on a bridge, jumping the curb and landing in a river. Needless to say, i needed a tow home. Sadly there arent many parts left out there for these classics, But ues, i had 46K on my bike and it rode like a dream. Michelin pilot roads are the best tires.

If you ever want to sell... PM a brotha....

Oh yea. little hot gun action, and a razor blade you can go right above that purple stripe, and remove the entire purple decals, and leave the rest. Making a rear fender eliminator isnt hard either.

Congrats.
Thanks for the tips, especially on the decals, hate the purple, and bike would be perfect otherwise. All the other bikes of this period has ubergay splashes and **** on them. This one is subtle and classy, but I still refuse to have a purple stripe on it, just like I'll never have purple boxers.

I wish I had read about the tires yesterday, when I ordered a new Pirelli Angel for the rear.
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