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Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by Dog Bite, Nov 7, 2018.

  1. bottlenecker

    bottlenecker Friend of Leo's

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    I'm so bad at keeping 3 maintained I can't even fantasize about 100. I've decided I should never own more than 5 at a time, and rotate through different bikes.
    Right now my biggest desire is for a husqvarna 701 enduro, and then an 05 gsxr1000, and then an old moto guzzi t3... and there's always more.
     
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    My '07 RoadKing Classic.
     
  3. kelnet

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    I don't know if this has ever been suggested, but I think there needs to be a TDPRI Motorcycle Convention. I've never even owned a bike, but all these pictures makes me want to see all of them at one location over a long weekend.
    That would be awesome.
     
  4. Dennyf

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    Always happy to have a good excuse for a long ride to somewhere. Who's got a location suggestion?
     
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  5. John Backlund

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    Black Hills...mid May is about the best time to visit here, a few weeks short of the big tourist breakout, kids are still in school, and you, relatively, have the place to yourself.

    Dealership's abound, with every major brand represented, including Triumph, Moto-Guzzi, and even Royal Enfield. Sorry, no Ducati. Buttloads of hotels and camprounds, still at off-season rates at that time.. and of course, the Black Hills and surrounding area.

    It almost never sucks to be here on a motorcycle.
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  6. Mad Kiwi

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    Love the Triumph John!
     
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    I like the scout 60 (pics?) as a contender, but I am not a forward footed guy. Those pegs must be under my knees.
    I had a hawk gt but that motor just did not have enough heart . Honda overspent development on that one thou, the frame alone is artwork.
    The Scout is a real surprise, one would take one look and go 'cruzer' and as such I did not give it any real thought.
    Turns out, it is nimble and sporty, as per reviews.
     
  8. Dennyf

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    Random Black Hills destination: Google Maps says 31hrs to Silver City (avoiding highways . . . only way to go!). That's about three days for me. I'm down!
     
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    Also, consider that for emergencies, I have a nice, well-lit, roomy garage, a motorcycle table lift (Harbor Freight, but it works just fine), and a pickup truck...with a trailer hitch, if needed.

    I even have a Telecaster around here someplace.
     
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    Triumph's, Norton's and Beeser's won't do


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  11. rad1

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    Out of all the bikes I owned over 50 yrs my second VFR was one I loved and hated,

    Great power, great handling, a fun cross country mount

    Then there was the maintenance on the vetech motor

    Just to check the valves you had to pull both overhead cams two times. Yes, two times. Once to block out the vtec then reinstall everything, then check the clearances then pull them out again just to un block the vtec even if no adjustments were necessary.....no fun


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  12. kelnet

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    Because of the pictures you've posted, I was thinking that your part of the U.S. would be perfect.
     
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  13. bottlenecker

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    Yeah, I've heard about that. I love VFRs, but I wouldn't buy a vtech one. I think that ruined a great engine. And, one of the few sporting fours that didn't need a boost down low.

    It's a shame when marketing gets into your drivetrain.
     
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    Looks like a great ride!

    Surprised at the finicky maintenance from Honda. That sounds more like BMW shenanigans.

    My PC800 has hydraulic lifters, never have to adjust valve clearance. ;) (I know, not even in the same ballpark.)
     
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    At first I was thinking “that’s crazy” but...

    It’s only about 3 or 4 days from me. Due to the comfort factor of a sport bike and my 54 year old body factor, I can’t do really long days on my bike. I mean I can do 300 miles without a lot of trouble but when you start reaching 500 miles for a few days in a row, my legs get too cramped. I’ve done the long way to Paradise Montana on my GSXR and that was 3 days down and two days back. It was a long two days back.

    Anyway, I wonder if we could pull this together? That looks like pretty amazing country.
     
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    Some will be familiar with the area from the Sturgis rally in August, but in my opinion, it's not worth the chaos, crowds, price gouging, late summer heat, and of course, the hailstorms, but mid May is a very good time to be here. The leaves have sprouted, the grass is green, and the temperatures are moderate.

    Badlands National Park is sixty miles to the east of Rapid City, and Devil's Tower is seventy-five miles Northwest of Rapid City in Wyoming. Custer State Park is forty miles south of Rapid City, and then there's just riding the great two-lane backroads in the hills.
     
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    Actually, I owned a bunch of BMW twins and I have never owned a simpler engine to work on. Valve adjustments were nothing more than old school screw and lock nut adjustments with a feeler gauge with both heads sticking out for easy access.
     
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    I agree. Almost nothing compares to the sound of those gear driven cams as you head towards red line on my first 94’ VFR



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  19. Tony474

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    I liked my '98 VFR800, but I didn't love it. I'd always wanted a VFR since the 750 first came out, but I could never quite afford one. So instead in 1990 I bought a one-owner 1986 Kawasaki GPX750, which was fast, comfortable, handled well on the right tyres and was very light on fuel. It was also incredibly easy to put on its centre-stand. I kept it for five years until it was murdered by an uninsured driver doing a prohibited turn directly in my path.

    Fast forward a while to when the opportunity later arose to buy the VFR800, also one owner and low mileage, and I was in there like a rat up a drainpipe. It was certainly a good motor cycle, but to me never a great one. It was fairly thirsty too. Despite the Honda's glowing reputation and much praise from the press, I thought and still think the Kawasaki GPX750 was the better (and also slightly faster) machine.

    The GPX was incidentally the only bike I've ever owned of which another example once, just once, won a World Superbike race, back in 1987 – and in practically roadgoing trim too.
     
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    Eye on the R1 shock. Lots of work to sort this beast out, but she rocks now. Busa front end, and an 86 1100 motor.
     
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