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Old 10-05-2008, 09:29 PM
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Who rides motorcycles around here?

I grew up racing motocross....i've done a little street riding. I'm not a big fan of being on the freeway.

I test drove a Can-Am Spyder today...



.....INteresting and fun...but not like riding a motorcyle at all.

A local dealer offered test rides. No motorcycle license needed in California.

It was a real kick to drive in a straight line and it hauled ass...but in the turns (especially the freeway connector) it felt as if it was trying to straighten out on you...even when you lean your body way over. Perhaps it would just take time to learn the riding style.

ON the freeway...it felt very stable and more "safe" than a two-wheeled bike. I hit about 80 on the freeway for a moment. Felt very strong.

http://spyder.brp.com/


Mostly, I've been tossing around the idea of getting a "cruiser" bike lately. Ever since I saw the Dark Custom series "Cross Bones" at a local Harley dealer, I just can't get it off my mind..

40's retro bobber style with a "springer" front end...

This is it...

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Old 10-05-2008, 11:02 PM
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Nice bobber, not my style but I like that one. I saw that can-am spider at the fair last week, it looks cool, but I doubt I'd want it. (even though I signed up to win one, lol)

I want a KTM 690 smc



that'll come in a few years once I have my degree, but after I get all my schoolin out of the way I want something like this.



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Old 10-05-2008, 11:44 PM
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I grew up racing motocross....i've done a little street riding. I'm not a big fan of being on the freeway.

I test drove a Can-Am Spyder today...



.....INteresting and fun...but not like riding a motorcyle at all.

A local dealer offered test rides. No motorcycle license needed in California.

It was a real kick to drive in a straight line and it hauled ass...but in the turns (especially the freeway connector) it felt as if it was trying to straighten out on you...even when you lean your body way over. Perhaps it would just take time to learn the riding style.

ON the freeway...it felt very stable and more "safe" than a two-wheeled bike. I hit about 80 on the freeway for a moment. Felt very strong.

http://spyder.brp.com/


Mostly, I've been tossing around the idea of getting a "cruiser" bike lately. Ever since I saw the Dark Custom series "Cross Bones" at a local Harley dealer, I just can't get it off my mind..

40's retro bobber style with a "springer" front end...

This is it...


Did you test it at fun bike center??? Cause I am interested in making that my commuter vehicle...Carmel Valley to Point Loma is about 36 miles one way...

Does anyone know the MPG of that thing??
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Old 10-06-2008, 12:58 AM
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Nice looking bike, ERT. I like a lot of HD's models in that custom series they have going on.

I ride an 82 Kawasaki Spectre 750 (shaft drive model of the KZ750). Nothing special by today's standards, but I think it has nice, classic styling, a pretty decent 4 cyl 750cc engine, and I like the dual discs front and rear disc. Beats most of the bikes from that vintage in those terms. Lol.

Parking at UCSD is a bitch, so I love that I never have to look for spots with this.
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I've ridden for 32 years (Ducati, BMW, HD, Honda, Vespa), in fact I rode to work today (55 deg F this morning).

I was really hoping VW would follow through and produce their GX3 concept.
At $17K it really looked like a fun deal - I would buy that in a heartbeat.





Funny you mentioned the HD Cross Bones, I checked one out Friday at the local dealer on the way home.
I love the vintage look and what they've done with it.
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Old 10-06-2008, 06:05 AM
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I've ridden for 32 years (Ducati, BMW, HD, Honda, Vespa), in fact I rode to work today (55 deg F this morning).

I was really hoping VW would follow through and produce their GX3 concept.
At $17K it really looked like a fun deal - I would buy that in a heartbeat.





Funny you mentioned the HD Cross Bones, I checked one out Friday at the local dealer on the way home.
I love the vintage look and what they've done with it.
That looks like a Lotus 7 without one rear wheel.
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Old 10-06-2008, 07:56 AM
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Does anyone know the MPG of that thing??
Ya know...I have no idea what the dealer name was...it was slightly East of the 15 on El Cajon Blvd. They sell all brands of bikes except Harley.

I was told it gets 34 MPG on the highway... can't confirm it without seeing specs.
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Old 10-06-2008, 09:04 AM
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I kid, That HD is actually pretty cool looking.


Me not riding...
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Old 10-06-2008, 09:13 AM
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I used to ride all types of Motorcycles, but now i only will ride one.
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I don't need to go fast on a bike anymore. I'll just take the torque , power and looks now. Thank you.
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Been riding for 25 years, currently have a sport bike and HD cruiser. When I first looked at the picture, I thought it was a jet ski backed onto a trailer. It looks like there may be a little learning curve on how to ride it, personally I would just get a bike. Leave the tricycles alone. Having a MC license or MSF course completion should be a must on those as well as scooters. The Cross Bones looks ok to me, but I don't get the sprung seat on a softail frame. Drop the seat and it will be a cool looking bike IMHO.
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Old 10-06-2008, 09:26 AM
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Nice pics guys....especially those classic Bimmers.

As for the sprung seat on the CB model...I'm sure it's more of a comfort thing.
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There's a guy around here that has one of the Spyders - it's odd looking to my eye. I learned how to ride dirt bikes when I was 12 and got my license at 18. 34 years later I still ride a street bike, though not as much as I'd like. My current bike is in my sig - '02 BMW K1200RS.
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I was really hoping VW would follow through and produce their GX3 concept.
At $17K it really looked like a fun deal - I would buy that in a heartbeat.


Looks like a 3 wheel ripoff/copy of the Ariel Atom.
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Old 10-07-2008, 08:31 AM
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Possible truth in your sarcasm!
YTD 2008 I have only logged about 4800 miles - shame.


Frankly, my parents (60's) ride more than I do.
They average about 12K/yr, and yes, my mother rides her own bike.
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I wouldnt recommend it unless you grew up on motor bikes. Especially since you have a young family.
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Get a cheap dirt bike or duel-sport and learn the basics. Also check the MSF Motorcycle Saftey Foundation and take their class.

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I wouldnt recommend it unless you grew up on motor bikes. Especially since you have a young family.

Not that it's any better, but I am not going to be using it on highways. Just for local commuting. We are going to be moving soon closer to our jobs, so I won't need it for long hauls like I do now.
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Get a cheap dirt bike or duel-sport and learn the basics. Also check the MSF Motorcycle Saftey Foundation and take their class.

Please don't go out and buy a CBGXRR1000R and ride around in a t-shirt.
No, nothing fast to start off. I would love a Ducati, but, uh, no.

Safety first. I would never ride without the proper equipment. I actually think I'm the only one in LA that wears a bike helmet when riding in the streets.

I always see others not wearing a helmet, and riding against traffic.
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