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Old 05-29-20, 05:21 PM
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Originally Posted by Shimagnolo View Post
An 07 Versys???
How did you manage that?
I thought only Europe and Canada got the 2007, and the US didn't get them until 2008 model year.

I had a 2008 Versys until a fool in a truck decided to run a stop sign at side street, and knocked the bike out from under me. (I bounced off the side of the truck.) I was only doing 23mph in a 25mph zone. I found a 2009 Versys to replace it. It was 8 years old and had just 750 miles on it.
Ok, no, that's just me being a dummy and not keeping things straight. My ttr125 is a 2007. My versys is a 2009 (blue). I got the versys in 2013 with about 7k miles. Nearly 10x the miles of yours but it was like new. The ktm replaced my 08 cbr1krr that was totalled when I was rear ended when I stopped for someone in a crosswalk 2 years ago and the car behind me did not. I destroyed his windshield and hood of his prius with my body and was then thrown over my bike onto the road. Thank God for good gear. I guess, on the plus side, the guy in the crosswalk didn't get run over.

I don't think I even have 30k miles on the versys yet as I was riding the cbr1krr to work instead. I loved the cbr (nice torquey motor, 430 lbs, was like a tame *****cat at low rpm, etc) and put tubular bars on it so I could sit more upright when I hit 50k miles. Then I was determined to finally put 100k miles on a single bike, something I'd never managed before. I'd been replacing them after 60-65k miles up until then. I was pretty disappointed when the cbr was totaled. My cbr would have been essentially worthless to sell with the 70k+ miles I had on it when I was rear ended. Insurance, however, could only compare to the low miles cbrs that the adjuster could find. I ended up getting 5-6x the market value of my high mileage cbr.
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Old 05-29-20, 05:24 PM
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Harley owned by a friend garage tear down & ride times are 1:1
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Old 05-29-20, 05:36 PM
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Harley owned by a friend garage tear down & ride times are 1:1
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Old 06-04-20, 12:38 PM
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First time on the track in about 5 years.

I was on my street bike, so I was taking it pretty easy (at least compared to the guys on their dedicated track bikes).

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Old 06-04-20, 02:45 PM
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This thread is giving me motorcycle fever. Arrrgh.
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They spend as much time riding as they do working on it.
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Old 06-04-20, 04:47 PM
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They spend as much time riding as they do working on it.
Yeah, I understood the 1:1, I was hoping for more info on what year of H-D and what decade this took place. Plus, was it due to reliability issues or constant upgrades?

I guess I should have typed that out, but I was trying to match the sentence for vagueness.
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This is what I want next, Royal Enfield Continental Gt 650. It costs only 6K and Ohlins makes a suspension kit for it. It would be a fun track bike.


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Old 06-05-20, 06:17 AM
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Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
Harley owned by a friend garage tear down & ride times are 1:1
My Harleys are don't require any more garage time than any other brand I've ridden. Your friend is hard on equipment or he considers polishing to be "garage time". It's a tool, not a trophy.

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Old 06-05-20, 07:11 AM
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This is what I want next, Royal Enfield Continental Gt 650. It costs only 6K and Ohlins makes a suspension kit for it. It would be a fun track bike.

I've read that Royal Enfield is producing and selling very high volumes of motorcycles now. Reportedly, they are taking chunks of market share from several makers selling in North America.

Personally, I've got Moto Guzzi V7 models on the brain. Hard to shake it, but I will.


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My Harleys are don't require any more garage time than any other brand I've ridden. Your friend is hard on equipment or he considers polishing to be "garage time". It's a tool, not a trophy.


That's just the bike. I wonder how much mud was on the rider?
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That's just the bike. I wonder how much mud was on the rider?
A lot


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Old 06-05-20, 09:04 AM
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Originally Posted by nomadmax View Post
My Harleys are don't require any more garage time than any other brand I've ridden. Your friend is hard on equipment or he considers polishing to be "garage time". It's a tool, not a trophy.

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That's really unusual for a Harley.
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That's really unusual for a Harley.
What's unusual?
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Old 06-05-20, 10:22 AM
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Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
Harley owned by a friend garage tear down & ride times are 1:1
Sounds like he should have brought it to someone who knew how to fix it right the first time?
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I've read that Royal Enfield is producing and selling very high volumes of motorcycles now. Reportedly, they are taking chunks of market share from several makers selling in North America.

Personally, I've got Moto Guzzi V7 models on the brain. Hard to shake it, but I will.


........ moto guzzi makes harleys seem like hondas but if all you want is style ... .... the Enfields are indian made get around town bikes > all 4 jap companies make a 1 or 2 cylinder bikes that will take you around town AND around the world for the same price
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........ moto guzzi makes harleys seem like hondas but if all you want is style ...
Yeah, sad but apparently true. Plus they only make like 7000 bikes per year, which doesn't bode well for local support and parts availability. Only three dealers statewide in Texas that I know of.

The photo I posted above is a Guzzi V7 II. I like more the Guzzi V7 III, at least on paper. Not too heavy, large fuel capacity, torquey laid back engine, easy valve adjust procedure, and I do like the standard motorcycle style over cruisers and sport bikes these days. My brain ought to say get a retro Honda CB1100 https://houston.craigslist.org/mcd/d...130587707.html , but I really don't want an inline-4 liter bike. I've had three inline 4s which were great engines, but time for something different.

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.... the Enfields are indian made get around town bikes > all 4 jap companies make a 1 or 2 cylinder bikes that will take you around town AND around the world for the same price
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Yep, I've read up on the Royal Enfields. They definitely have the retro motorcycle thing going on and they have more dealers here than the Moto Guzzis.

And the Japanese machines . . . well, that's all I've owned. Like mentioned above, time for something different. Still no cruisers, no sport bikes, no dual purpose bikes, and no 21st century styled liquid cooled naked bikes for me. Clearly, I'm in my own time warp niche of sorts. Being 55 years old might have something to do with that.

Probably ought to just get a Triumph. I've heard they make certain models of Triumphs in Thailand now?

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well if you want to totally O D on insanity go find yourself a BKing ... it's a naked HAYABUSA ... from 70 to 150mph in a twist ... i did a 3000 ml trip w only a leathers & a backpack & learned that style is for the stupids ... i would have been better off on a KLR650
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By the way, I came across another old pic. Me and my youngest kid. She is now 21 years old.


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.... the Enfields are indian made get around town bikes > all 4 jap companies make a 1 or 2 cylinder bikes that will take you around town AND around the world for the same price
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What do Kawasaki, Honda, Suzuki, Yamaha, and Ducati have in common?


They all build bikes in India. As do KTM and others.

Get over it.
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so if we moto trekked from alaska to tierra del fuego you would choose an enfield over a KLR650 et al >>> the original Enfields were junk i assume the knock offs are junk too
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What's unusual?
Harleys usually spend a lot of time on traliers because they need more maintenance and are owned by people who don't ride them far when the are running.
Buy a BMW if you want to ride from state to state, but a Harley if you want to ride from bar to bar, but a Goldwing if you want to ride from buffet to buffet may be an old joke, but there's a lot of truth to it too.
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so if we moto trekked from alaska to tierra del fuego you would choose an enfield over a KLR650 et al >>> the original Enfields were junk i assume the knock offs are junk too
One of my friends was telling me there was a guy in Wisconsin that basically rebuilt the new Enfields before delivery to the dealers when they started selling them again, much like the old days of the Brit bikes when they came back for warranty work.
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Buy a BMW if you want to ride from state to state,

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but a Harley if you want to ride from bar to bar, but a Goldwing if you want to ride from buffet to buffet may be an old joke, but there's a lot of truth to it too.
>>> a crotch rocket for the elderly
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Harleys usually spend a lot of time on traliers because they need more maintenance and are owned by people who don't ride them far when the are running.
Buy a BMW if you want to ride from state to state, but a Harley if you want to ride from bar to bar, but a Goldwing if you want to ride from buffet to buffet may be an old joke, but there's a lot of truth to it too.


All you have to do to remain credible is post pictures of the Harley Davidson motorcycles you've owned and the places you've ridden them to. No Harley of mine has ever been on a trailer.





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