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    I have touched a whitetail's tail once while on a Ninja...

    I haven't ridden or even touched the new Africa Twin,it has much more power than the old one. Here you can get ten old ones for the price of one new, I"m on my second old one now. Enjoy it a lot.

    Back to Road King : it got Progressive Monotube front and Progressive 412 rear suspension last year. New Metzelers. I like my vehicles safe. At that point I didn't know about the Twin Cam tensioner problems... I might have passed the whole bike,had I known that there's nothing documented about those tensioners in otherwise good service history booklet.

    I'm learning to like the easy laziness,cruising around with no destination. The floorboards are still a bit scary, I do scratch the tarmac every now and then...

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    BMW K1600GTLE - Just got back from 4 days riding Deals Gap and surrounding area in TN. Empty roads, great weather, local shops open.... It was epic!

    Always stay at the Cherohala Mountain Trails Campground (https://cmtrails.com) in Tellico Plains......
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    Iíve had several bikes over the years. My last 2 were a Yamaha metric cruiser and a Kawi ZX-14R street bruiser. Thatís been my favorite bike. I can see me traveling on a nice HD street glide after the kids are out of the house and having a Kawi Concourse for longer travels.

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    Ok Ok, I confess, bought myself a 2013 cam-am spyder ltd edition.
    Cause it has foot-boards and does not hurt my arthritic feet.
    After owning bmw`s for years.

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    I plan on buying one of these when they hit the states:
    https://www.rideapart.com/articles/4...-cub-overview/

    Dual range transmission, should make a great bike to travel the woods after installing decent tires.
    East Tennessee

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    Quote Originally Posted by snowwolfe View Post
    I plan on buying one of these when they hit the states:
    https://www.rideapart.com/articles/4...-cub-overview/

    Dual range transmission, should make a great bike to travel the woods after installing decent tires.
    Doesn't look like it'll get the dual range, but with the bigger FI 125 and current low first gear it'll likely not need it. And there's a ton of hop up stuff out there for that Grom motor so you can make it rather interesting if you choose too. I also have my eye on one if we get them here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sav300 View Post
    Ok Ok, I confess, bought myself a 2013 cam-am spyder ltd edition.
    Cause it has foot-boards and does not hurt my arthritic feet.
    After owning bmw`s for years.
    I rode one of those and understand the allure. Still waiting to tryout the slingshot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by osteodoc08 View Post
    I’ve had several bikes over the years. My last 2 were a Yamaha metric cruiser and a Kawi ZX-14R street bruiser. That’s been my favorite bike. I can see me traveling on a nice HD street glide after the kids are out of the house and having a Kawi Concourse for longer travels.
    The ZX14 is soooooo tempting. Owned a 2012 Concours and it was pretty quick. I bet the 14 is on a whole other level. Been watching the used classifieds looking for a late model Concours, ZX14, or 2019 or newer Versys 1000.
    East Tennessee

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    I rode until oct.28th 2007,a 20 year old came in my lane and hit me head on,sending my 97 H-D wide glide to the scrap yard and putting me in a wheelchair.i miss it sometimes,i had just made Sturgis,myrtle beach and biketober fest in Daytona that year,i had the wide glide,a 77 H-D FLH I had built out of a box and a 1200 Suzuki bandit at the time of the wreck

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    Quote Originally Posted by osteodoc08 View Post
    I rode one of those and understand the allure. Still waiting to tryout the slingshot.
    I wouldn't buy anything made by or associated with Polaris. They are the Fiat-Chrysler of the motorsports world. Just garbage. I thought I got a great deal on a used Polaris Sportsman 500 ATV that a neighbor got from his elderly father. 1000 miles and still on original tires. I cleaned it up, had it serviced, and rode it a couple of times before I discovered that you couldn't cross creeks in it or go through mud holes because the belt would slip. Then was way out in the boonies one day going up a mountain and the belt started to go. Barely made it home.

    If you go on a forum for Polaris products, there are endless threads about problems and typical issues that owners have.

    I bought a Honda and have never had an issue.

    Just yesterday I added a half-windshield and took it for a spin around town and was amazed at how much more comfortable it is to ride.

    Honda owners spend their money on accessories while Polaris owners spend their money on repairs.

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    Count me in. I'm just as passionate about riding as I am about my shooting sports. My dad, uncles and cousins all ride. I cracked my first throttle over 50 years ago on my cousins Lil Indian mini bike, and I was hooked for life. I got my cycle license endorsement in 1973 and have owned motorcycles ever since.
    I read quite a few comments above about the burger munchin, cell phone yappers leading folks to make the decision to quit riding, and I agree, it's worse now than it ever was. I ride on and off road, and as the years go by, I find myself riding less and less pavement, to the point I am seriously considering selling my road bike. I will always have my trail bikes though, and the older I get, I'll just get lighter smaller ones.
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    Yep, started riding at 14 and still riding motorbikes when I'm on the high side of 70.

    Solo 6 week Alaska ride in 2016. Stopped a week on way up to visit grand kids in Canada.
    Stayed a month on my brother's couch in Homer AK to go deep sea fishing on his charter boat.

    My 2006 Suzuki DR650 made the trip just fine. Wore out the front tire and the drive chain. Replaced front tire in Homer, and the drive chain in Whitehorse, Yukon on the way home. 8500 mile trip. Bike is still going at 91000 miles.
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    Quote Originally Posted by smilin jack View Post
    Yep, started riding at 14 and still riding motorbikes when I'm on the high side of 70.

    Solo 6 week Alaska ride in 2016. Stopped a week on way up to visit grand kids in Canada.
    Stayed a month on my brother's couch in Homer AK to go deep sea fishing on his charter boat.

    My 2006 Suzuki DR650 made the trip just fine. Wore out the front tire and the drive chain. Replaced front tire in Homer, and the drive chain in Whitehorse, Yukon on the way home. 8500 mile trip. Bike is still going at 91000 miles.
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    That's awesome! I couldn't go more than 10 miles on my DR650 without my prostate going numb.
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    Picked this up yesterday. Kawasaki 2020 Z900. Tried real hard to like the Z400 I bought recently but it just didn't put much of a smile on my face after a few miles of riding. This should wake me up!
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    Had a 2017 Z900, first brand new thing I have ever bought. It is a fantastic machine. ECO mode allows 80mph cruising and almost 50mpg. Power wheelies on command and its designed to be Sat In, Not On. I never felt perched on the seat like I did on my CBR. Some drug dealer stole it after a year of ownership. He was caught and has been in jail since.

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    I had to absolutely make myself NOT buy a a Z900RS!

    Honda NC750X, I put in 300 miles yesterday visiting a son in one town, and grandchildren in another.

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    I took the windshield off my Road King,much better. I got fed up with buffeting.

    Wind buffeting can really get you, now it's all "naked&normal". The whole bike feels more relaxed now. I think this will be good for me in terms of speed... to find that relaxed cruising mindset I'm after. Kawi ZX is another world...

    A white helmet wouldn't be bad... heck there are crazy blind people out there driving cars.



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    I have a quick detach windshield for my Sportster. I get crazy buffeting when I wear my full face helmet, and almost none at all with my 3/4 helmet. So I just switch helmets. I only use my windshield for long/multi day trips, or if I expect bad weather and then wear the 3/4. Most day trips and commuting, I wear the full face. Works for me.
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