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11 hours ago, Reynolds Woodcock said:

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.

By all accounts, the Bonnevilles are great bikes. I haven't ridden one, but I'm still stupid enough to want a fast bike. Class is a great introduction, but I'd encourage you to look at it as the first of many. Riding is a skill that requires constant development. The more you educate yourself, the less likely you are to get killed. 

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First bike ever, outside of the beater dirt bike I learned on, was a 79 Bonneville. Loved that bike! Bought it for $900 in pretty bad shape, rode it for 2 years and then stripped it down, powder coated the frame and brackets and did a top end engine rebuild, clutch, new carbs and a ton of other stuff and rode it for a few more years. Knocked up my girlfriend/future wife and sold it, partly for money but mostly because riding made a new mother nervous. Wish I'd kept that bike though, such a cool motorcycle.

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15 hours ago, Reynolds Woodcock said:

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.

Do yourself a favor and take it in nice spring or fall weather.  It’s easier to be comfortable when you’re not layered up or sweating bullets on the asphalt.  Bikes are in demand in the spring so it’s harder to negotiate but you’d have all summer to get comfortable with it. 
 

I think a Bonny would be a great first bike.  I’d suggest a used one, that’s fuel injected, and maybe already with a little wear on it.  You’ll probably drop it, you may not like riding a roadster style with no windscreen, you might want something with more power, etc.  Have your M endorsement and insurance ready, and consider bringing an experienced friend along to ride it home for you / test it out so you’re not learning a new bike fresh out of class on I35 or something.  When I bought my 06 Ninja 650 I had a friend drive behind me in a car to block traffic and make sure I got home safe so that’s an alternative.  

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Can’t remember if I put it here or TOS but I’ve pimped this page before as great reading: https://www.msgroup.org/articles.aspx

Little stuff you won’t learn in class like braking theory, why not to ride down the center of a lane on most roads, group riding safety, etc.  I always picked one side or the other of a lane to stay off the slick oil/water line, stay as far away as possible from oncoming traffic, have longer sight lines, etc.  Same thing as when I dove regularly, always asking myself what my plan would be for a quick exit if things went to shit...like using the ‘buddy system’ when entering an intersection, trying to have a car between me and someone potentially running the red light.  
 

If you can’t tell, I miss it.  The little things like riding over a creek and getting that wave of cool humid air, all the smells you never get in a car, carving a perfect line on a fast sweeper, kids waving at you, that direct connection to the machine humming away, group rides to marble falls.  But I did it long enough to have friends crash, on crutches, road rash, have the shit scared on me on a tall overpass when the dumbass in front of me slammed on the brakes for a bird or getting my rear tire bumped by an inattentive teen behind me while I was stopped.  My kids at 6 and 3 are dependent on me so had to hang it up.  

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Well given the last post for any perspective or returning riders I'll provide my list of safety equipment in order of priority below. I never ride without all of them and I have variations of each for different weather/environment/tasks. If you want help on what to buy, or where to source let me know. Note, I'm an Shoei helmet and Alpine Star fan boy, particularly boots.

1) Helmet - go to a shop with lots of various manufacturers. Find the right fit. Different manufacturers fit differently.

2) Pants. You no longer need to wear leather racing suits. There are kevlar lined jeans and a huge variety for different situations. This is #2, as when, yes when, you lay your bike down your gonna spend a lot of time on your ass and knees.

3) Gloves. See he note on 3 regarding laying the bike down. If you don't have gloves on you will jack your hands up badly. These are the least expensive part.

4) Jacket - Tons of options here that will not only keep your skin from requiring a scrub brush to clean road grit, but will also provide protection for your back, shoulders and elbows.

5) Riding boots. While a good pair of hiking boots will suffice, to get real protection you need dedicated riding boots. There are a HUGE variety and they achieve different level of protection and are developed for different riding situations. I have off road boots, hard weather long distance, sport riding and round town boots. I'm a shoe whore so.. 

Again, feel free to ask questions. While the list isn't subjective the specific equipment is very subjective and different people will have opinions. You'll have some hit and miss. Most dedicated online dealers allow feedback, which is way better and more specific than average online review shit, typically.

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Is anyone riidng?  I haven't since two Sundays ago, but sure have the itch to ride now that the weather is favorable.  I live a 10 minuta ride from being out in the country, and want to ride.  I noticed in my car Monday that the asewholeness of many drivers is way  enhanced, by the current situation.  Im thinking I'll ride next week.

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Back in my 20s I used to ride a Ninja. Now I'm starting to get the itch again, dammit. Maybe a Goldwing, seeing as I'm no longer young and dumb.

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Used to have 2 Honda Trail 90s we took with us camping in the Ouachitas. Absolute blast for tooling around the dirt forest service roads.

 

Not mopeds. Mopeds(motorized/pedal)have pedals and typically a 49cc motor so they don’t have the same license requirements in most state.

 

Want more power? you can always throw a kit on that bitch

 

 

 

 

 

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Can someone explain this race to me? How did the guy wearing the least aerodynamic suit riding a Frankenstein looking bike smoke all the other riders?

 

 

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On 3/29/2020 at 8:29 PM, ajax said:

Back in my 20s I used to ride a Ninja. Now I'm starting to get the itch again, dammit. Maybe a Goldwing, seeing as I'm no longer young and dumb.

There are far far better options than a Gold Wing if you desire anything other than extremely long distance touring. Tell me what you are interested in and I can point you in a few directions.

On the motorcycle race, that one bike has a very strange counter balancing steering setup allowing him to keep the bike far more upright. However, it is for Left turns only. The more upright the the more traction and the faster your corner. The guys on sports bikes are way way over in a alternative 'counter steer' dragging their knees. That track is basically a circle, or an oval with a SUPER short straight. Therefore, the sports bikes can't use their power advantage as they don't have enough time to really build up speed before they would need to slow down again for the turn. They are also running so slow that drag advantage doesn't come into play heavily. If you ran those same bikes at COA the superbikes would be so far ahead down the back straight that the weird bikes inability to make right turns wouldn't even matter.

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Posted (edited)
On 3/29/2020 at 8:29 PM, ajax said:

 

Weird double post.

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Oh Ajax, if you've got an open pocket book and want a bike that will convincingly beat the Tesla in a quarter mile... Go get the Kawasaki H2

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10.04 seconds at 144 mph.

The 2020 will be faster and there are some running low 9s. 

They also have a naked one coming out. Which is even more insane.

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15 hours ago, BurntEyes said:

Oh Ajax, if you've got an open pocket book and want a bike that will convincingly beat the Tesla in a quarter mile... Go get the Kawasaki H2

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10.04 seconds at 144 mph.

The 2020 will be faster and there are some running low 9s. 

They also have a naked one coming out. Which is even more insane.

Bro, that thing looks scary. Long cruises are what I'd be looking for, riding around the Sierras, up and down the California coast, going to Tahoe. I don't need insane speed. A big gas tank and maybe a DCT so I won't have to shift like a maniac in traffic.

Great explanation on the race btw. 

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16 hours ago, ajax said:

Bro, that thing looks scary. Long cruises are what I'd be looking for, riding around the Sierras, up and down the California coast, going to Tahoe. I don't need insane speed. A big gas tank and maybe a DCT so I won't have to shift like a maniac in traffic.

Great explanation on the race btw. 

The H2 is scary and that is what makes it glorious. However, it isn't for everyone, heck it isn't for most.

If you're looking new, given your desires above I would probably point you toward the Kawasaki Concours 14. It has the old ZX14 engine retuned for a broader powerband. It meets a nice balance between sport and tourer. With where you want to ride it would be pretty cherry.

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Kawasaki Concours 14 ABS | Touring Motorcycle | Supersport Touring
https://m.kawasaki.com/motorcycle/concours/supersport-touring/concours-14-abs?cm_re=GLOBALNAV-_-PRODUCTGROUPLIST-_-MPP

Note I'm a Kawasaki fan boi. But I also own a Honda and Yamaha.

I'm not personally a big fan but the BMW R 1250 GS might also be a good fit. It falls into the adventure bike world per it's name. Less sports more dual sport, which would allow, if desired some off pavement riding. I would note off pavement is an entirely different skill set so you might want to entertain the idea of a CA adventure riding class if you go that direction.

R 1250 GS Adventure | BMW Motorrad
https://www.bmwmotorcycles.com/en/models/adventure/r1250gsadventure.html

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Finally the Yamaha FJR1300 would also hit that sport tour niche for your riding area well. 

2020 Yamaha FJR1300ES Sport Touring Motorcycle - Model Home
https://www.yamahamotorsports.com/sport-touring/models/fjr1300es

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All of these options are about 1/2 to 1/3 the cost of the Gold Wing and will be comfortable in the miles your talking with FAR more sports appeal.

I've owned 3 Honda's so I'm not a hater. However, they really haven't engaged heavily in sport touring rather having the Gold Wing for long range touring, off road, which they are awesome at, dual sport (which I own one) and Sport. 

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On 3/29/2020 at 8:29 PM, ajax said:

Back in my 20s I used to ride a Ninja. Now I'm starting to get the itch again, dammit. Maybe a Goldwing, seeing as I'm no longer young and dumb.

Not sure how far away from your 20's you are, but I'd consider the adventure bikes, as well. Ducati Multistrada (high-end), or Yamaha Tracer (reasonable). There are guys that absolutely love Goldwings, but there's a ton of other cool bikes out there, now. If you want a fun rabbit hole to go down, check out: ADVRider

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Any of you guys have any experience with the Royal Enfield bikes?  They seem to have the britbike/poorman's Triumph down.

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New neighbor rides an '87 Kawasaki ZL600. Rough looking bike, seat cover is pretty much missing, some hose clamps here and there. Says he found it beside a shed somewhere and that it had been parked there since 1989. Thing runs like a champ though. It looks much older, I thought it was maybe a 70's model but internet tells me that most of the other 600's they were making then had more "flair", small plastic fairings etc..., this is more traditional looking. I imagine it will still scoot along pretty well. I'll get a picture and post.

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That bike is actually stupid clean for the story that goes with it. All the chrome is in good shape. More importantly crank case cover, carburetor, radiator, block and shocks look top notch. Manifolds and even disks and rims looks to be in good shape.

600 cc is a very nice size for a cruiser. Not to heavy but plenty of freeway trolling power.

Not sure where you are but I know places in Austin that can help with the seat. That's easy easy stuff.

I'd absolutely buy that bike if you're considering doing so.

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