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My commuter for 5 years. Now just for fun. Tweaked with bigger carb, 180 alloy cylinder kit and exhaust.


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She need to ditch the cheap plastic Chinese crap an wrap her legs around some fine Italian steel.


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How have I not seen this thread before.

I own a 2016 Ninja 1000 (not to be confused with a ZX10) and a 2015 CRF250L

They both have pretty substantial mods, but probably not what you're thinking.

I'll explain the mods when I post pics later today or tomorrow.

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Quick question:  would a couple of these Kawasaki KLX140G (length = 78.9")

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fit in the bed of one of these (Toyota Tacoma Access Cab bed = 73.7")?  Would the tailgate have to be down or is it close enough that the front wheels could be canted and both bikes fit?

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I have a boner for MotoGP, Moto2 and Moto3 but I've never gone and pulled the trigger on a bike because I'm familiar with my driving tendencies.  

That said, if I was going to go buy one, I wouldn't mind a KTM or a Suzuki.  Ducati would not be wise even though I've visited the factory in Borgo Panigale.

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On 4/16/2019 at 7:52 AM, jimmyjazz said:

Quick question:  would a couple of these Kawasaki KLX140G (length = 78.9")

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fit in the bed of one of these (Toyota Tacoma Access Cab bed = 73.7")?  Would the tailgate have to be down or is it close enough that the front wheels could be canted and both bikes fit?

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Tailgate would def. have to be down. You could probably fit one of these behind your bikes (you may be able to cant one bike at an angle and close the tailgate but I sort of doubt that):

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16 hours ago, texasdago said:

I have a boner for MotoGP, Moto2 and Moto3 but I've never gone and pulled the trigger on a bike because I'm familiar with my driving tendencies.  

That said, if I was going to go buy one, I wouldn't mind a KTM or a Suzuki.  Ducati would not be wise even though I've visited the factory in Borgo Panigale.

If you're concerned about a heavy wrist on a bike, do NOT by a KTM Super Duke.

We ran a 1290 Super Duke R on our rear-wheel dyno in fourth gear to determine peak output from the big twin. We documented 154.66 hp at 9,960 rpm—up 2 hp at 60 fewer rpm than our 2017 model—and 92.55 pound-feet of torque at 7,390 rpm.

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30 minutes ago, BurntEyes said:

If you're concerned about a heavy wrist on a bike, do NOT by a KTM Super Duke.

We ran a 1290 Super Duke R on our rear-wheel dyno in fourth gear to determine peak output from the big twin. We documented 154.66 hp at 9,960 rpm—up 2 hp at 60 fewer rpm than our 2017 model—and 92.55 pound-feet of torque at 7,390 rpm.

Honestly, I would probably get some fart around 125 cc or so bike to scratch the itch but, yeah, its just not going to happen.  

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20 minutes ago, texasdago said:

Honestly, I would probably get some fart around 125 cc or so bike to scratch the itch but, yeah, its just not going to happen.  

When people who have never ridden ask me about getting a motorcycle I summit the following to them:

"Is there something deep in your soul, spirit or heart that absolutely commands you to get on a motorcycle? Is it compelling like a message from God or the universe?"

"No?"

"Then don't get one." 

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I rode competitive motocross in a pretty non-competitive manner as a teenager.  My will to live was too strong.  I want to get a couple of bikes (see the Kawasaki 140 models upthread) that my 15 YO son and I can go haul around the hill country.  Those should be plenty fun.

As much as I'd love a road bike, I'm just not gonna do it, at least until my kids are out of college and on their own.  Probably not even then.

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Thought I'd join in.  I have a few bikes.  The one I ride consistently is a VStar 1300.  No more sport bikes for me - too hard on the knees.  I'm finding I'm enjoying going low and slow.  I'm restoring my father-in-law's 1970 Honda CB350 for my wife to ride.  It's currently in a gazillion pieces, but I start paint and reassembly next week.

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Check out the Yamaha Niken.

I said before that the major reason why I quit riding is because of all the rails in the San Francisco streets. You never really notice how much moisture is on the ground until you're on two wheels and you constantly ride over metal rails at an angle. This thing would eat up the San Francisco rails.

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I've got a 1983 Honda XL600R, a 2000 BMW R1150GS, and a 2018 BMW R1200GS.  All original owner.  I mostly go out and ride 100-300 miles in the country and forests north of The Woodlands, usually with a small-town cafe or BBQ joint as a destination.

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I mostly go out and ride 100-300 miles in the country and forests north of The Woodlands, usually with a small-town cafe or BBQ joint as a destination.


This is my favorite weekend activity. Wake up early and go chase historical markers and find some small city to grab a bite to eat. The Calimoto app is awesome, you can set destinations and round trips based on mileage and it'll set a route that focuses on backroads and avoids highways

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I certainly miss doing that, sold my ‘07 Ninja 650R two years ago once my second was born...after two straight years of only riding it to ROT and associated dead batteries, it was time to do what I always told my friends I’d do...get rid of it when I had young kids.

 

After watching all the weekend warriors play badass out at ROT, with their blinker on, both feet down past 10mph, abusing clutches, etc...it’s something you have to do regularly or not at all, at least if you want to stay sharp.

 

Of course they could be the same guys I always see riding down the very center of the lane, rear tires sliding all over on the oil/water slicks when they come to a stop at the light...simply don’t really pay attention.

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I rode to work yesterday. Ride there was nice, pleasant temps and little traffic. Ride home not so much. Weather app said high would be 89 but was 97 when I left. Think I hit every red light. I'll give it another week or two, should get better soon

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On 10/1/2019 at 8:58 PM, NateHitch said:

I rode to work yesterday. Ride there was nice, pleasant temps and little traffic. Ride home not so much. Weather app said high would be 89 but was 97 when I left. Think I hit every red light. I'll give it another week or two, should get better soon

I’m still rehydrating from the DGR. Soooooooooo hot

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Went from being too fucking hot to ride to work to too fucking cold to ride to work with very little middle ground. In the very early planning stages of a trip to big bend and up through New Mexico and Colorado and back to Dallas. Current bike is fun but not suitable for that type of trip, have an eye on the BMW R nineT, that's a sexy bike!

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2 hours ago, NateHitch said:

Went from being too fucking hot to ride to work to too fucking cold to ride to work with very little middle ground. In the very early planning stages of a trip to big bend and up through New Mexico and Colorado and back to Dallas. Current bike is fun but not suitable for that type of trip, have an eye on the BMW R nineT, that's a sexy bike!

Yeah I was really pissed off this week. Why did we skip Fall this year?

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On 11/1/2019 at 9:36 PM, NateHitch said:

Went from being too fucking hot to ride to work to too fucking cold to ride to work with very little middle ground. In the very early planning stages of a trip to big bend and up through New Mexico and Colorado and back to Dallas. Current bike is fun but not suitable for that type of trip, have an eye on the BMW R nineT, that's a sexy bike!

That bike looks nice.

Not sure how much you've ridden long distance but I'll provide a hint.

It has no fairing or wind shield of any sort. Also the bars look pretty low. 

The wind buffeting for a ride as long as your talking about is going to end up being an absolute beating. Depending on time of year, bug splatters could be annoying too. Finally, any arch of your back and weight on your wrists is going to truly pile up on a bike with lower handle bars/grips. 

Protip, find or modify a bike to a point where you have almost zero lean and are sitting nearly upright if you plan on 1000 mile plus rides. Additionally, get one with at least a moderate wind screen of some sort. Finally, make sure you have top and side hard case bags like Givi. 

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In other news, I was at a buddies motorcycle shop in Austin (Cycle Refinery) after the Tech game on Black Friday.

I was trying to help a different friend find an off road bike and the owner of the shop informed me he was selling his older but we'll maintained YZ250, and mad me an offer I couldn't refuse.

Heading back to pick it up sometime next month.

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Traded in the K1600GT for a lighter sport tourer - BMW R1200RS.

Really liking it so far, been modding it a bit.

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I love my R1200RS. 

If you bought that at RideNow in Austin and it's a 16 model, I knew the previous owner. He took immaculate care of his bikes. Sadly, he passed away last month from cancer.

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I love my R1200RS. 
If you bought that at RideNow in Austin and it's a 16 model, I knew the previous owner. He took immaculate care of his bikes. Sadly, he passed away last month from cancer.


It was a never registered ‘16 that the owner of RideNow used as his personal bike. I registered as new w 1800 miles.

Was that the previous owner you knew? Regardless, sorry to hear that news. F cancer.

I bought it back in May and didn’t ride much during the summer, was too damn hot. Have modded a bit and been riding this fall/winter and really like the bike.

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2 hours ago, stupolvo said:

 


It was a never registered ‘16 that the owner of RideNow used as his personal bike. I registered as new w 1800 miles.

Was that the previous owner you knew? Regardless, sorry to hear that news. F cancer.

I bought it back in May and didn’t ride much during the summer, was too damn hot. Have modded a bit and been riding this fall/winter and really like the bike.

 

Different bike. His had 25k on it when he traded it for a R1250RS last year. It was there when I bought mine in October. And thanks.

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26 minutes ago, Reynolds Woodcock said:

Apologies for intruding on the thread, and this might be a dumb question, but is the best way to learn to ride to take a class? 

If you have never ridden before, the class is a great idea. 

Back in my college days I had a pal with an unassuming little Suzuki 250 that we would take to a big parking lots and I took my time and learned to ride that way.

A few months later a bought a Kawasaki 600 and rode it for a year and about 10,000 miles and really got my education out in the hill country.

Riding through rain, slippery water crossings and tight corners all had to be done, so you KNOW what it feels like and gain confidence in all situations.

I sold the 600 to a friend and moved up to a Honda '96 VFR 750 because I wanted to start sport touring and taking trips out of the state.

Before doing so, I finally took the MSF class to stop being an outlaw and get my license. I remember how much fun it was because they have you on small, un-intimidating bikes and made you lock up the brakes and do some fun drills, etc.

 

Can't go wrong taking the class and good luck, be careful out there.

And you might just have a lifelong new hobby!

 

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That reminds me, I need to get my motorcycle license. Been putting it off for the last 20 years. Do they offer a more advanced certification class for people that know how to ride?

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46 minutes ago, NateHitch said:

That reminds me, I need to get my motorcycle license. Been putting it off for the last 20 years. Do they offer a more advanced certification class for people that know how to ride?

Depending on where you are they have advanced classes but most schools don't want you in L2 unless you've take the L1 class because one builds on the other.

I've riden for over 30 years and have taken the on and off road MSF (motorcycle safety foundation) rider safety courses. For refresher and insurance.

You will learn something and if you haven't ridden in a while it will refresh your skills 

Plus, insurance and in many states it automatically grants you an M license. Not tests no nothing at the state DMV.

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On 2/4/2020 at 10:14 AM, Reynolds Woodcock said:

Apologies for intruding on the thread, and this might be a dumb question, but is the best way to learn to ride to take a class? 

I took the class, believe it was 1-2 nights classroom and 2 days on actual 250s.  After that I rode a Rebel 250 which was WAY too small for me, but it helped me really get comfortable and when the battery died I could push start it on level ground lol.  
 

If you do take the course, pro tip for the dreaded figure-8 test...ride that rear brake like it owes you money, really stabilizes the machine and dampens out inadvertent throttle movements.  Combined with fully committing to looking where you want to go and really throwing your head over your shoulder, I had no problems with it.  I went first, in front of everyone and nailed it.  
 

Something no one else mentioned that I thought was important about the class...it really let’s you see if you’re cut out to ride without making a serious commitment.  Don’t buy a liter bike, a thousand bucks in gear and ‘ride to live, live to ride’ tat before the class.  
 

There were two people in my class who had no business on two wheels...great people, just couldn’t get the coordination of both hands/feet it takes...one girl barely ever took her feet off the pegs and that’s a great way to break an ankle.  That rear wheel is a gyroscope, the bikes not going to fall over once it’s rolling and at some point you got to trust it.  I see people still getting up to 15mph with their feet hovering over the ground and I don’t get it.  
 

I can’t remember the guys name but my instructor was awesome.  I fell once when my boot laces caught in the shifter peg when I came to a stop.  He calmly walked over, asked what happened and said ‘what did you just learn’.  Forever after that my laces were tucked into my boots.  
 

I miss it sometimes, but I always told people I’d always get out when I had young kids.  Maybe someday. Still go to ROT though 

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Too late to edit but meant that lady rarely put her feet ON the pegs.  Didn’t trust the bike to not fall over.  

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1 hour ago, Homercles said:

I took the class, believe it was 1-2 nights classroom and 2 days on actual 250s.  After that I rode a Rebel 250 which was WAY too small for me, but it helped me really get comfortable and when the battery died I could push start it on level ground lol.  
 

If you do take the course, pro tip for the dreaded figure-8 test...ride that rear brake like it owes you money, really stabilizes the machine and dampens out inadvertent throttle movements.  Combined with fully committing to looking where you want to go and really throwing your head over your shoulder, I had no problems with it.  I went first, in front of everyone and nailed it.  
 

Something no one else mentioned that I thought was important about the class...it really let’s you see if you’re cut out to ride without making a serious commitment.  Don’t buy a liter bike, a thousand bucks in gear and ‘ride to live, live to ride’ tat before the class.  
 

There were two people in my class who had no business on two wheels...great people, just couldn’t get the coordination of both hands/feet it takes...one girl barely ever took her feet off the pegs and that’s a great way to break an ankle.  That rear wheel is a gyroscope, the bikes not going to fall over once it’s rolling and at some point you got to trust it.  I see people still getting up to 15mph with their feet hovering over the ground and I don’t get it.  
 

I can’t remember the guys name but my instructor was awesome.  I fell once when my boot laces caught in the shifter peg when I came to a stop.  He calmly walked over, asked what happened and said ‘what did you just learn’.  Forever after that my laces were tucked into my boots.  
 

I miss it sometimes, but I always told people I’d always get out when I had young kids.  Maybe someday. Still go to ROT though 

Thanks man, appreciate the feedback. I’ve wanted to ride (and specifically for some reason have lusted after a Triumph Bonneville), for several years. But I will definitely take the class first.

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