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I'm Jones'n for another motorcycle.

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by John Backlund, Apr 13, 2021.

  1. archetype

    archetype Fiend of Leo's

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    Interesting. I figured there were inherent differences between the flat-twin and the V-twin, but balancing and related trick parts can deal with vibration no matter which design the engine is. Thanks.
     
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    When I get the urge to ride again I take a look at the traffic around me .
    That usually kills my enthusiasm. I don’t like people pulling in front of me or trying to change lanes over top of me.
     
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    What model was that ?
     
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    Unfortunately this was in 1974......and i dont remember....scrambler maybe?
     
  5. John Backlund

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    Yeah, I know that the 270 degree cranks on the newer liquid-cooled motors are supposedly quite 'superior' to the Hinckley air-cooled 360 degree bikes, but my T100 didn't vibrate enough to even be worth commenting on, and I truly miss that great, classic, Brit-twin sound, which was, and still is, distinctive and to wax poetic for a second, quite wonderful to the ear.

    I generally like a nice V-twin sound, but for me anyway, it's just out of place coming from a British vertical twin.

    My T100 only made about 61 hp, but it used it so well that I never wished for more from it, and it was an absolute pleasure to romp around our Black Hills two-lanes on, especially on cool summer weekday mornings when you have the place to yourself.
     
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    I'm also considering buying back my beloved '17 Moto-Guzzi V7 III Special from the dealership I traded it in at over a year and a half ago...it's still sitting there on their sales floor, a pathetic and abandoned orphan, and with a flat front tire for at least the last six months.

    It has almost 12,000 miles on it, all by me, and it is an understatedly great little motorcycle with 'substance' beyond what it's conservative appearance would indicate. It's the kind of bike that, although not 'flashy', nor endowed with asphalt-searing, rocket-like performance, endears itself to you with time and miles, and you find yourself zipping along thinking..."Damn, this thing is a really satisfying and fun little bugger".

    Here it is when I owned it...
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    And here it is now, at the Honda/Triumph dealership, where it's sat for almost two years...
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    They initially had it priced at a much-too-high $7200. Then, last year they were trying for $6700, then to $6300.

    I was at the dealership last week, and half-seriously offered them $5500 for it, and they, hummed around a bit, then said they would accept that amount, which is a pretty decent price for it, so getting that bike back is yet another option, and a quite attractive one at that.
     
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    Bonneville.
     
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    I visited the factory and museum . Lake Como is next door . Saw the V-8's etc.
     
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    That could be except that the Scrambler was a 450 . I asked because I know of no Ducati single larger than 549 cc and Ducati only made 50 of them . None of them is street legal and it is affectionately called the Supermono . A pure road racing motorcycle .
    Chalk it up to a good forgetter . After all , that's the only thing that gets better as we get older .
     
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    the Alfas of bikes. who cares if they're any good because they are cool as.
    i REALLY want a Griso 8v
     
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    Dang it folks. Now you've got me jones'n for a bike.

    My first bike was a '72 Bonneville in purple sparkle, Then Harleys after that. I sold my last bike about 6 years ago and thought I was done. But, lately I've been considering getting something smaller and a newer Bonny is on my list. I love to get a Bobber but I don't think the wife would go for that. Truth is, one reason I quit riding is because I was no longer comfortable with a passenger. We'll see.
     
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    Or I could go vintage custom. Just spotted this '66 TR6R bobber on the local CL. :cool:

    But, I don't think my old bod could take a hardtail any more.

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  13. John Backlund

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    Easy fix, you need a wife who rides her own stuff....gives you many new options for your own ride...
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    Some time ago I fixed up '51 HD 45 CI flathhead for her. Foot clutch, tank shift. That bike was a blast but it made me nervous when she rode it so I kind of stopped fixing it and she sold it.
     
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    I gave up street riding in the 70s because of idiot drivers. I've not been enticed to do it again.
     
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    My cousin's band is called 'Whumfff' as he owned a Triumph Bonneville in the late 1980's when the band was formed, the name was taken from the noise of the Bonneville being kick started.
     
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    From the pics, it looks like you're in the western part of the state. Beautiful riding in those hills. I went to high school on the other side in Mitchell. After I moved to Colorado I made it to Sturgis a number of times.
     
  18. John Backlund

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    I'm in the Black Hills of western South Dakota. Oh, sure, there's plenty of idiot drivers here, but it's manageable...and twenty years of riding and surviving, motorcycles in the Mpls/St. Paul metro area was pretty good training.
     
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    Here are a few that I owned. '58 Panhead, '27 Harley JD with a side-hack, and my wife's '51 45".

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    AND DEER!
     
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