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post #1 of 17 Old Apr 24th, 2007, 9:28 pm Thread Starter
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Greetings all,

I probably just need to go for a real ride QUICK! I love my LT, especially since I am not sharing it with my bank. My bride loves our LT, a huge plus. Trouble is, (zipping up flameproof suit) I have dreams of the following motorcycles:

HD Electra Glide Standard (Love the look and the brute force)
Ducati S2R 1000 (Expresso, opera, biscotti.., what's not to like here)
Triumph Speed Triple (VERY FAST brute force)
Moto Guzzi California (Kind of an Italian Harley)
Kawasaki KLR-650 (Might need to ride to Prudoe Bay)
BMW R1200RT (I love boxers)

This list doesn't even include ANY classics... (too long to even start typing) I know I need to grow up, or win the lottery or something!

Whew! Thanks for listening, had to get that off my chest... time to go out and shine up my LT for tomorrows commute...

Bruce


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post #2 of 17 Old Apr 24th, 2007, 9:49 pm
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HD Electra Glide Standard (Love the look and the brute force)


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Save your money.....believe me, having owned one, there is no "brute force" involved, unless of course youre talking about what type of force is required to stop that barge....

carry on.


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Nothin' not to like about your list, and dreams are free. It's when you start haunting dealerships and pulling out your wallet that you know it's time for help. There are 12-step organizations - just practice saying, Hi, my name is Bruce and I'm a bikeaholic.

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I sort of have the same problem. Everytime I see, and especially every time I ride a new bike, I want it. The bank keeps me in check. For now I will just ride my LT. Who knows about next year. jrlakin
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Something about grass and fences comes to mind.

May be time to 'borrow' a few scoots here and there and break the illusion, eh?

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Hey All;

I have a solution. Lets get together have a group buy on all the bikes each of us has owned. So, I'm in. I have 14 to buy.

Have a nice day with all your memories that are going in your head right now.!!

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Where did I put that lotto ticket?

Loaners/rentals are possible on some listed bikes. Thanks for putting up with my Bike-o-holism. They say that the admission of the problem is the first step in recovery...

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What about the R1200GS?

... that or the R1200R is the only boxer that makes sense - assuming it's a dream, not a nightmare
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Greetings all,

I probably just need to go for a real ride QUICK! I love my LT, especially since I am not sharing it with my bank. My bride loves our LT, a huge plus. Trouble is, (zipping up flameproof suit) I have dreams of the following motorcycles:

HD Electra Glide Standard (Love the look and the brute force)
Ducati S2R 1000 (Expresso, opera, biscotti.., what's not to like here)
Triumph Speed Triple (VERY FAST brute force)
Moto Guzzi California (Kind of an Italian Harley)
Kawasaki KLR-650 (Might need to ride to Prudoe Bay)
BMW R1200RT (I love boxers)

This list doesn't even include ANY classics... (too long to even start typing) I know I need to grow up, or win the lottery or something!

Whew! Thanks for listening, had to get that off my chest... time to go out and shine up my LT for tomorrows commute...

Bruce

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Greetings all,

I probably just need to go for a real ride QUICK! I love my LT, especially since I am not sharing it with my bank. My bride loves our LT, a huge plus. Trouble is, (zipping up flameproof suit) I have dreams of the following motorcycles:

HD Electra Glide Standard (Love the look and the brute force)
Ducati S2R 1000 (Expresso, opera, biscotti.., what's not to like here)
Triumph Speed Triple (VERY FAST brute force)
Moto Guzzi California (Kind of an Italian Harley)
Kawasaki KLR-650 (Might need to ride to Prudoe Bay)
BMW R1200RT (I love boxers)

This list doesn't even include ANY classics... (too long to even start typing) I know I need to grow up, or win the lottery or something!

Whew! Thanks for listening, had to get that off my chest... time to go out and shine up my LT for tomorrows commute...
I think it's a very healthy habit to aspire to and I don't see any trouble with it at all, Bruce. I could think of many more foolish ways to spend money than on a M/C collection. Collect on!

"Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety." (Some really OLD friggin' White dude who couldn't have possibly known what he was talking about!) WARNING: Official HATE speech!
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FWIW...

Went out Friday evening and checked out the following motorcycles:

Ducati Monster SR2 1000: Black s/white racing stripe. Nice fit (I'm 5' 11", 31" inseam, 195lbs). Lit off, sounded sweet. No money, no test ride. A contender.

Also 'looked' at an '05 Trimuph Speed Triple. Can't even imagine what kind of ride it would be.

Next, I drove over to our local BMW shop and tried-on:

R1200R: Felt good, probably do everything a second should do. Reasonable, sensible, low-risk fun I suppose.
R1200S: Hmmmm... very interesting. Less sensible, but w/122HP @ 413 lbs. Lots of potential. Felt like an "E" ticket ride parked in the show room.
K1200R: Completely insane. A dormant beast. Probably not enough "E" tickets on the planet. (No shortage of speeding tickets would be my guess). To make matters worse the salesman says, "This is my last '06, if you want it, I can save you stupid money." I had to walk away... very carefully, very slowly...

All I know is, when the time comes, test ride day is going to be a day to remember!

Bruce


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HD Electra Glide Standard (Love the look and the brute force)
Absolutely zero power! All that bike is good for is waving at everyone else who paid WAY too much for overpriced iron.
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Save your money.....believe me, having owned one, there is no "brute force" involved, unless of course youre talking about what type of force is required to stop that barge....

carry on.

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Hmmm... From the MCN Performance Index:

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FLTR Road Glide (E-G Standard Similar)... 120.3
K1200LT... 121.6


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HD Electra Glide Standard (Love the look and the brute force)
Ducati S2R 1000 (Expresso, opera, biscotti.., what's not to like here)
Triumph Speed Triple (VERY FAST brute force)
Moto Guzzi California (Kind of an Italian Harley)
Kawasaki KLR-650 (Might need to ride to Prudoe Bay)
BMW R1200RT (I love boxers)
BCVBeck... These are all outstanding motorcycles. Give good consideration to what your heart is saying, and the kinds of roads and ridings you have before you.


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FWIW...

Went out Friday evening and checked out the following motorcycles:

Ducati Monster SR2 1000: Black s/white racing stripe. Nice fit (I'm 5' 11", 31" inseam, 195lbs). Lit off, sounded sweet. No money, no test ride. A contender.

Also 'looked' at an '05 Trimuph Speed Triple. Can't even imagine what kind of ride it would be.

Next, I drove over to our local BMW shop and tried-on:

R1200R: Felt good, probably do everything a second should do. Reasonable, sensible, low-risk fun I suppose.
R1200S: Hmmmm... very interesting. Less sensible, but w/122HP @ 413 lbs. Lots of potential. Felt like an "E" ticket ride parked in the show room.
K1200R: Completely insane. A dormant beast. Probably not enough "E" tickets on the planet. (No shortage of speeding tickets would be my guess). To make matters worse the salesman says, "This is my last '06, if you want it, I can save you stupid money." I had to walk away... very carefully, very slowly...

All I know is, when the time comes, test ride day is going to be a day to remember!
Bruce, because of you, my worthless, miserable existence has been transformed. All is right again! I look forward to doing the same in not so long.

"Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety." (Some really OLD friggin' White dude who couldn't have possibly known what he was talking about!) WARNING: Official HATE speech!
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FWIW... (Please, I'm not trying to dis any Harley riders. Your bikes are some of the most awesome pieces of rolling art on the highway.)

Rode a 2005 HD Springer "Classic" (looks like a Heritage but with a springer front end) for about 30 miles the day before yesterday. Used to ride an 883 Custom, but this was my first ever Big Twin ride.

*Loved the low CG.
*Loved the handle bars. (My LT bars cramp up my right wrist. Might have something to do with a dirt bike spill last year. Another story, another time.)
*Loved the heel toe shifter.
*Brakes weren't as bad as I thought they might be, not LT class, but not bad.
*Might have been lugging the motor in 5th @ 70-75 mph -or- my helment/sunglasses choice left something to be desired... All I know for sure is that my eyeballs were vibrating at that speed! I googled this model and Powersports Net said that this model has a rigid mounted motor. True? False? Do the newer, rubber mounted big twins suffer less from vibes?

Part of me REALLY wants to find a Harley that'd I'd be happy with. Not sure that's even possible after nearly a year on my LT. Sure was a pleasant ride home!

Secondly, for anyone actually following this post, I called Progressive Direct and got insurance quotes for all of the bikes listed in an earlier post. Interesting.... For me, everything cost the SAME except for the R1200S! In my mind, as far as insurance goes, the K1200R has got to be the deal of the decade!

Have a great weekend!
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*Might have been lugging the motor in 5th @ 70-75 mph -or- my helment/sunglasses choice left something to be desired... All I know for sure is that my eyeballs were vibrating at that speed! I googled this model and Powersports Net said that this model has a rigid mounted motor. True? False? Do the newer, rubber mounted big twins suffer less from vibes?
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This was indeed a Softail rigidly mounted motor, but coming with a counter balancer. Not many vibes at lower RPMs but a few more evident at higher RPMs as you noticed. The rubber mounted touring and dyna bikes shake a little more at idle but smoothen out at higher speeds/RPMs.

The Softails, Dynas, and touring bikes all received a nice displacement bump up to 96" for the '07 model year. Additionally, a six speed tanny was placed in the bit twins. It would have been nice, with the '05 you rode, being able to shift into a 6th gear at 70-75mph.


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Thanks all for your posts. Lots to think about.

No problem, got no money to buy anything anyway!

Keep the rubber-side down this weekend.

Bruce


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