didn't ride her at all in 2012. shit.
Me at Le Mans with my Kawa ZX-6R '09.
didn't ride her at all in 2012. shit.
Picked up my Ruckus finally, gonna need a real helmet come spring time.
Any recommendations on lower end helmets, not crazy cheap, but not stupid expensive. So far I've been looking at Scorpion Exo-750's Dot/Snell rated, Kevlar/Fiberglass, I guess scorpion along with HJC is well regarded as a Tier 2 helmet maker.
Never rode a bike, but I've heard and want to know if it's just urban legend. If you drop your helmet and it hits a hard surface, like concrete, throw it away and buy a new one, even if you cannot see ANY damage, because your next wreck it could shatter like an egg shell.
Any truth to this?
The helmets are designed like cars in order to give the most protection when in an accident. Just like a car absorbs and deflects the impact, the helmet does this by delaminating or cracking. Its a one and done type of deal.
Also, I had a street bike now but want to get off-road for the first time. Some friends have been doing parts of the transamerican trail every summer so I'll end up joining them on that. Eventually I think I'd like to do a Central America/South America trip. What I'm looking at now is a used DRZ400 that's street legal because it's decently light, cheap, and there's a retarded amount of aftermarket stuff for them. I was also looking at KTMs, but the downsides are that dealers are scarce and they're more expensive up front. Are there any others I should consider or pros/cons to either of those options?
I am a bmw'r so I might not make the best case, but I would skip KTM all together when considering a long trip. They have many problems. Mainly the fuel pump.
EDIT I've never heard the sunlight thing. Gonna look into it tho.
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i was surprised to read that most helmet would not pass DOT test after 5-6 years (with little use) and companies like Shoei say to replace them every 3 years
I've been replacing mine every 2-4 years but mostly out of a fashion value not as a need. My current helmet is an Arai that fits me perfectly. I want to go to a Schuberth modular if it fits me properly this year.
I would say no selling shit on the site. Particularly from a pissed off Canadium.
Oh, I wasnt trying to sell it here, just wanted to mention that Im selling it.
Well, your memory fails you. Thats my bike. I believe Eomer had an R6 and maybe a Monster? Not a 999. Heres another pic of it in my old garage.
My bro had a black 999, and still has a red 998 (that he's driven about twice since he dropped it and put his right foot on sideways). But otherwise yeah, I've got a 2005 R6 and a 2011 Multistrada. 2-3 friends all want to buy my R6, which I don't particularly want to sell because it's not worth enough to bother, but it would also give me an excuse to go buy a Streetfighter (or something else similar for ripping around the city). I can't really make up my mind if I should or not.
Not a bad looking bike for a BMW, I like how they ride but never really cared for how they look. I have a 636 Ninja, 2005, I like it a lot but if I went a new bike it would be a Ducati Streetfighter probably.
I think a bike without fairings is the best type for a in town commuter bike... less chance of getting impounded for excessive speed lol its amazing how much wind fairings deflect at speed
This isn't my bike, but it's identical, except that my saddle bags are black, and I have a custom seat with a low back rest for the driver.
BMW 1100rt. Great bike. I ride it every day, even in the winter, so long as there isn't ice on the road. Cold doesn't bother me - the fairings keep the wind off me entirely, and it has heated grips. I've been on it in temperatures as low as 12 degrees for more than 30 minutes, and have been 100% fine.
I ride it around town, love it. It handles great. It's also great on the highway, and I get really good mileage. And the best part, I got it from a stupidly rich guy who doesn't really know the value of anything, and he just wanted to get rid of it. It's a 2000, it had 28,000 miles on it, and I paid only 5,000$. wOOt.
The styling of BMW bikes has always been a bit "off" for me, No denying that they make a fantastic bike but goddamn most of their bikes are just plain ugly looking.
Mind you my opinion may not be all that valid since i think Triumph makes some of the best looking bikes on the road today.
S1000 RR looks like it has the downs. I'd consider one, but not until the headlights are symmetrical.
Since watching Long Way Round I've wanted a dual sport BMW
20070314_cbr2.jpg20070314_cbr3.jpg What I had '04 to '07 (Shown at my parents house when selling in winter of '07). Bikeless for over 5 years and until I can afford to run only at a track, it'll stay that way; done riding on the street - but man do I miss it. Now, it's just sports cars. Living in California with this traffic, no effing way I would ride on the street.
Long way round was epic... Long way Down was good, it would have been much better if Ewan would have told his wife to stay at home and not shit up the series by coming along
Been riding since 1978. Not gonna name off the countless earlier bikes, but since 1999 there have been ...
1999 Ducati 996, 1998 916 SPS
2008 Kawi ZX-14, 2009 Kawa ZX-14, 636
2007 Monster S4RS
2002 GSX-R 600, 2006 GSX-R 1000
2009 Ninja 250 (Wife), 2003 GSX-R 600 Allstar
2009 CRF 450R (SuperMoto)
2009 KTM 990 SMR
I mostly do track since I can't afford anymore jailtime for freaking speeding.
Let's see if some pics will work ...
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What kind of jackets are guys rocking?
I am currently looking at this one: http://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/r...ition-2-jacket
It is for sale at EUR 310,00 at my local dealer, seems like a great deal!
So I know absolutely NOTHING about motorcycles, but I'm thinking about purchasing this bike here:
Some guy is selling it near me for $4k - which I think I can negotiate to a little bit lower. 2002 R1150r or something - again, I'm a total novice and just wanted to buy something cheap to tool around town with, maybe ride on the weekends etc. Tired of being so thrifty and want a decent hobby to get in to... plus the weather is getting great again haha. Any experience w/ a bike like this or know someone who does? Thanks.
It's a very nice bike. Comfortable, peppy enough for just about anyone, light enough to be an every day rider. Good mileage. If you're used to a more Harley style sitting position it will take you a while to get used to driving this, but in the end, you'll like it better.
Nice looking bike.
With mileage like that, it's a virtually new bike. Keep the oil clean, do the maintenance, and those things will go 300K miles.
Find a guy. A good guy. One who does BMW bikes for a living. He'll let you watch him do the maintenance. After one time, you'll do your own oil changes. After one time, you'll do your own brake changes. Batteries? No big deal. Change it yourself. Honestly, all you need to do is try. The worst thing that can happen is that you start the repair, can't finish it, and you pay someone to do the repair you were going to pay someone to do before you tried.
Get a windshield. It keeps the wind off your chest, makes riding a lot more fun in my opinion. Especially if you're ever going to get on the highway with this bike.
It's a good bike, and 4K isn't a terrible price. Show up with 3,200$ cash.
Below are a couple of bikes I owned in the 80's. The CBX was the first bike I ever bought brand new and I absolutely loved it. I was a die hard two stoke guy for a few years before switching to 4 stokes.
I have some more bike pics at work, I'll upload them tomorrow including my current ride.
That first bike looks really clean, like the styling of it.
Re: the 1150R - went and saw the guy after work... the fucker sold it this afternoon for 4k. Talked to him 2 hours before he apparently sold it - the least he could have done was call me! Still on the hunt for that bike.
Another one I was looking at was the Suzuki V-Strom 650 Adventure. Seems to be a decent entry level bike I could do some short range touring on, as well as tooling around town. Afraid the Bimmer has an engine too big for my needs (though I'm sure after a year w/ a 650cc I'll be thirsting for more!). Will update thread if/when I pull the trigger. I'm mapping out tours before purchasing the fucking bike, haha.
Never thought I would ever own a Harley but I fell in love with the XR1200X and this is my current ride with minimal customization. I have since swapped out the mirrors pictured here with the typical round bar end mirrors and that does clean up the front a lot better. She doesn't sound anything like a Harley with the FMF Apex Slip On's which is a good thing
Also glad to hear that it isn't loud like most Harleys. Forgive me, but loud pipes don't save lives. They're an option that you like. I don't like forcing my opinions down other people's throats. If your opinion is that you like loud pipes, thanks a bunch for forcing that opinion down my throat every time you accelerate.
That's a nice bike, though. I'd love to try it out. Looks like you sit up a lot more on it than most Harleys, too. Nice.
1989 GSXR 750
All mods and tuned by me.
Before I give it a rough as ruts paint job.
Yes get a windshield for distance driving. Inside the city or short trips it's not too bad without it and I think it looks better.
Just picked up a schuberth C3, fucking love it
Just went and looked at a bike. Picking it up tomorrow night! 1983 Honda Nighthawk 650 for $1200, with 24k on it. Looks amazing, brand new tires, new front brakes. Guy selling it has a garage full of bikes, including three Honda interceptor 500's, a Honda CX500 Turbo, and a modern BMW for his commuter. Made me pretty happy to see the guy is serious about bikes.
Two roommates already have bikes, other roommate has been shopping around like me, we're doing the bike course at the end of the month.
^ That's a nice looking bike.
Kind of been wondering when this thread was going to get a good bump seeing as summer is here. Going to look at bikes tomorrow for no real reason. Down to a Ninja 250 I bought for my girlfriend several years ago. My problem is I never can decide which style bike I want. On one hand the totally impractical is always a good option then I always back off and go practical then it's not near as much fun.
I am selling my poor Harley XR1200X!
I just can't seem to get enough time to ride it over here in stupid Germany.
oderint dum metuant
Suineg, buy a real bike, like Ducati Panigale, BMW S1000RR or something. And track it. Tons of tracks in Germany.
One of these tried to follow me home this morning. I barely escaped without taking it home.
I came really close to getting a Bonnie a couple months back but then I remembered how since I was last riding everyone is now texting and driving...
I had an original Bonneville and got rid of it when I started riding less and maintenance on it started getting out of hand. The biggest accident causer around here is mostly animals on the road instead of other drivers if you aren't commuting to the city on it everyday and instead just ride for fun.
If anyone likes vintage bikes, cafe racers, oddball racing bikes and other just "cool" bikes even from today this is a great thread with over 18,000 replies that is a great time waster.
So a friend is attempting to sell me his newer Royal Enfield C5 Military. Has about 1,200 miles on it (his wife is making him sell it) and he is asking $5,800. I haven't really ridden anything since college so I have no fucking clue, but I would like to have something to bum around with on the weekends. For the record I used to ride an old Yamaha 350 that I ghetto cafed out and I loved it. Not sure how this might match up.
Deal or No Deal?
Looks just like this one.
Last of the roommates just got his bike. Bought a Yamaha Bolt. Really good looking. Him and I just took the motorcycle course this past weekend. Gonna get my license and register my bike on Friday!
So our house now has
2012 Yamaha V-Star 950
2012 Victory Highball 1700
2014 Yamaha Bolt 950
1983 Honda Nighthawk 650 (Mine)
Who's the odd man out?
Yamaha Bolt below.
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Yay, got a S1000RR for next season!
In other news: my engine stopped last week at Le Mans during a free practice. Possibly the heat (37C) or some faulty wiring. We checked wiring/coolant/oil in between sessions, didn't find anything. She just started again next session, very strange. Sorry about the crappy angle, the heat fucked with the GoPro mount . Engine failure is at 11:00 onwards. Nothing spectacular, just me shitting myself.
This is on old tires without quickshifter, best lap around 2:02. My pace with the S1000RR is 1:56'ers.
Doing a skid and I got tired so had a little lie down
I just got my motorcycle in December. Pretty exciting.
Loud pipes save lives basic premise is that you expect other drivers to notice and make way for the bike if they can hear it.
Anyone who rode a bike in a high traffic area and who isn't brain damaged is aware the only person they can trust for their own survival is themselves. I can't count the number of times I locked eyes with another driver and he still drove as if I wasn't even there, so good luck if you think being heard will help you. Not to mention that loud pipes makes it harder for the rider to hear whats going on around his bike.
I don't ride, but you can't really hear that shit as a driver unless you're behind or right beside it. When coming up behind or head on from the side or front its not noisy until after the bike passes.
Nope. Since I made that post I have purchased two different old japanese bikes that I am currently ratting/cafeing like I did back in college. One is a GS1000 and the other is a 750 Virago that started out ugly as sin and I hope to make very pretty over the summer. One of my old riding buddies got me off the idea of a new enfield and I figured I might as well go stupid and crazy.
That said, I do have an after market exhaust on my R6, but that's primarily because the stock one was ugly as fuck, while the after market one looks cool.
I miss my bike. Hoping to go dual sport once I get done with chemo.
oderint dum metuant
I was really looking at getting a triumph this spring before I got put out of comission. Maybe next year.
I've seen two people killed on motorcycles in the past two months. The blood from one is finally starting to wash away due to the rain storms. Kind of a good reminder not to give in and buy a motorcycle when every day leaving the apartment I have to drive over a huge red patch of blood, gore and the cleanup shit they had to put down to pick it up.
Each one of us has to decide for ourselves which risks are acceptable and which are not.
This is true, but when I stop and think about it, I'm putting a lot of trust in other people and how they drive. I take the precautions I can, such as wearing the motorcycle suit and helmet and gloves, and I drive very defensively and am very careful, but at the end of the day, if a dumb ass is incautious and swipes me, I'm going down and I'm going to get damaged.
However, this is a risk I'm willing to take. Hot damn, I love driving a motorcycle.
As unsafe as they are I think at times I feel safer on a bike.
With a bike I have gotten out of a ton of scary things because of the size and agility of the bike compared to a car. I may or may not have been in that situation though if I wasn't on a bike but six of one and half dozen of the other.
ATGATT, is the way to be. All The Gear, All The Time. (except for pants, because chaps or leathers are annoying, and true riding jeans are expensive as fuck)
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