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post #1 of 44 Old 10-05-2006, 12:04 PM Thread Starter
 
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How about your street only bikes

Here's my rare & beautiful :roll: 1991 GSX1100G
Actually this one really is a bit rare and I do think its quite beautiful.

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and in its natural habitat


I love the looks of this engine.
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post #2 of 44 Old 10-05-2006, 12:53 PM
 
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Street only motorcycle! There is no such thing! :twisted:
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post #3 of 44 Old 10-05-2006, 01:08 PM Thread Starter
 
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Well, I guess your right. But I do think of it as more of a street bike

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post #4 of 44 Old 10-05-2006, 01:14 PM
 
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H'mmm, street only? Well I supposed I might have one of those.

My current street only motorcycle is a 1986 Kawasaki Concours. Still in pretty darn good shape.




One of my older bikes, actually it was strictly on road only, was a 2001 Vulcan Classic 1500 fi. I think a very pretty bike!




But I'm moving more towards the "multi-surface motorcycle" genre. I think the Concours might be up for sale here. I'll probably just stick with 3 of the ones in this photo, the Strom, KLR and KLX.

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Dang Marty, that is one of the better looking Strom's that I have seen. Love the paint.
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post #6 of 44 Old 10-05-2006, 02:59 PM
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OK I know a lot of you are totally anti-Harley-Davidson. I had an accident where I almost detached my left hand, so the wrist was so screwed up I couldn't put any compressive forces on it. My R1100R and K1200RS had to go, and I couldn't ride my Aprilia without eating painkillers like candy. I needed a bike with ergos set up for no wrist compression. Then add in my wife complaining about never having a comfortable ride, so now she has a La-Z-Boy on two wheels. So I bought a 2001 fuel injected Road King. Unlike most other HD owners, I added almost no chrome instead spending money to build the engine which now puts out 108 hp and 112 lb-ft of torque at the rear wheel according to the dyno.

I've grown tired of the Road King, and I've especially grown tired of having to worry about it considering I have obsessive-compulsive tendancies to keep it as perfect as possible. Now I view it as a stack of cash sitting in the garage instead of a toy to play with. A black '07 KLR will soon replace this. It's for sale if your interested!




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post #7 of 44 Old 10-05-2006, 03:36 PM Thread Starter
 
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That's quite pretty. What's up with the pipes though? Is that rust?

I don't understand the Harley bashing. Back in the AMF days I agree they were BAD bikes, but now they are a lot like Rolex's
A bit chunky and clunky, but built quite well actually. Most of all if they make you happy they are great bikes.

BTW I used to have a thing for purple bikes myself. :wink:
Ahhh... I can still remember the speeding tickets like it was yesterday.

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post #8 of 44 Old 10-05-2006, 03:51 PM
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That's quite pretty. What's up with the pipes though? Is that rust?

I don't understand the Harley bashing. Back in the AMF days I agree they were BAD bikes, but now they are a lot like Rolex's
A chunky and clunky, but built quite well actually. Most of all if they make you happy they are great bikes.
No, not rust, just heat discoloration. It's a 2-into-1 scavenging exhaust with adjustable louver plates and butterfly valve plate used to tune/control backpressure. This exhaust was used to help build power not noise. I haven't tried cleaning them up in a while. Any magical chemicals you know of to help out?

The odd thing to a lot of people is that in 18,000 miles this bike has never left me stranded (except for a flat rear tire), I've never had to make a single roadside repair, it doesn't leak oil, and the only single problem I've ever had was a warn out starter button (fixed for $40). I can't even remember how many times my BMW bikes were in the shop for electrical problems.


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post #9 of 44 Old 10-05-2006, 04:18 PM
 
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Excellent thread! Nice bikes, all!

I almost started a sportbike thread last night. I'll post up piccys of my lovelies later.

See ya, MH
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post #10 of 44 Old 10-05-2006, 04:25 PM Thread Starter
 
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Any magical chemicals you know of to help out?

The odd thing to a lot of people is that in 18,000 miles this bike has never left me stranded (except for a flat rear tire), I've never had to make a single roadside repair, it doesn't leak oil, and the only single problem I've ever had was a warn out starter button (fixed for $40). I can't even remember how many times my BMW bikes were in the shop for electrical problems.
Sorry, I am starting to fight this battle on my GSX as it's pipes are discoloring a bit where they come out of the engine. If you find a fix pass it on.

Yup, the Harley bashing thing is not justified as I see it. They are reliable, very much so. Performance is off Jap standards (but not really for similar V-twin cruisers), but reliability is not.
KLR folks busting Harley's for performance is way off. The KLR is a 4 valve, DOHC, liquid cooled engine.
2 KLR's roughly equal 1 Harley. 38hp x 2 = 76hp. Isn't the stock Harley, 2 valve, push-rod, air-cooled EVO about 65 hp.
Harley does have a DOHC, 4 valve, liquid cooled engine in the V-rod, its makes just under 100hp. That's not shabby for a twin, any twin.
I realize that my math is a bit whacked here, but just saying we KLR's don't have a lot of room to talk.
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