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Posted 14 July 2014 - 02:21 PM Edited by Daz, 14 July 2014 - 02:22 PM.

To be honest, it is either that style or nothing.

 

And no offense but I can't stand the vanvan, I would rather just walk than have to be on that thing.

 

Right now I go through a lot of physical and mental pain in a different way trying to get to work so I am happy to bear however hard the Rieju seat may be.

 

Looks and reliability are almost the only things I care about.

 

The Lexmoto ones sound like cheap chinese sh*t that isn't worth a gnat fart, and the Pulse sounds like a cheap kids bike that probably could be ok but will probably be a lot of hastle over time.

 

I am really not a hardcore enthusiast in any way. Offroad would be a different story but I would not be riding or driving anything on a road with other people if I had the choice, but sadly I don't.

 

It needs to be less hastle than a car. And quicker to get on the road. If it will not be, there is no point.


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Posted 21 July 2014 - 11:04 AM

Yeah 50cc is ok, but nowhere near as useful as 125. I am not an expert on supermoto, but I would say don't get anything chinese. Might throw out a suggestion and say consider a Honda Varadero 125? Its a dual-sport design. Great commuter. Honda reliability, decent looking full-sizeish design. 15hp (max for cbt) and will do 70mph+. Plenty around at under 2k and hold their value well.


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#843

Posted 25 July 2014 - 04:19 AM

I've looked at some Chinese bikes in the 125cc-250cc less than a year ago. I have not been able to find any that aren't sh*t. If they exist, they are hiding extremely well.

 

In the 3,000 pounds range, get a used 250cc standard bike from a decent company. You'll be happy you did. Alternatively, look at scooters. For commuting, they aren't bad, and you can get something reasonably priced in the 150cc-200cc range.


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Posted 01 August 2014 - 09:50 PM

I don't care what happens.  It would just be comforting to know that Daz was riding a bike.  Also, I don't know sh*t about the wacky little bikes and weird ass laws for bikes outside of the states.

 

As an adult male isn't 250cc pretty much the smallest size to comfortably carry you?  My buddy has 250 Yamaha enduro with performance work done and that moves and fits an adult body well.  My wife's old 250 Honda Rebel felt way too small for an adult male.

 

Anyway...get a bike, Daz.  Fun stuff.


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Posted 01 August 2014 - 11:49 PM

For chinese bikes I was looking at a Hyosung GT125 recently. They seem to be pretty decent and are a good sized frame. Not the quickest things out of the gates but still reasonable. You can pick them up dirt cheap too and Hyosung is reported to make parts for Suzuki (i think) so they are slightly better qualitywise than a lot of budget bikes.


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Posted 22 August 2014 - 01:50 PM

For chinese bikes I was looking at a Hyosung GT125 recently. They seem to be pretty decent and are a good sized frame. Not the quickest things out of the gates but still reasonable. You can pick them up dirt cheap too and Hyosung is reported to make parts for Suzuki (i think) so they are slightly better qualitywise than a lot of budget bikes.

 

Eh, I thought Hyosung was Korean. Anyhow, why would an new, inferior company make parts for a Japanese one with a long, reputable history in motorcycling? (all Japanese manufacturers have long history anyway)

 

I would understand if it was the other way round (Suzuki's old parts bin are being sold off to smaller manufacturers) making Hyosung an option.

I'm not familiar with bikes popular in UK/Europe but I once read about the 250 and 650 versions of that bike you said. Packing the good old Suzuki V-Twins from what I heard. You can't get more bang for the buck than that.


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Posted 22 August 2014 - 01:59 PM

I've looked at some Chinese bikes in the 125cc-250cc less than a year ago. I have not been able to find any that aren't sh*t. If they exist, they are hiding extremely well.

 

In the 3,000 pounds range, get a used 250cc standard bike from a decent company. You'll be happy you did. Alternatively, look at scooters. For commuting, they aren't bad, and you can get something reasonably priced in the 150cc-200cc range.

 

If you want speed on a budget, but want the usablity of a scoot, then look no further than the Gilera 180 FXR.. hopped on a friend's one in Europe some long time ago and in those narrow streets that thing was a blast. It dominated green lights too. Two stroke power!

 

Big gas tank, not surprising considering the high consumption. Needless to say, being Italian, meticulous care is needed.. when something needs replacing, they don't come cheap..

 

There was this Cagiva that looked like the Ducati 916, and it's predecessor looked like a Honda NSR.  These things have been around since the late 90s so if you want to have some fun maintaining / fixing it then I dare say it's worth it. If you've got more dough then there's also this Aprilia RS125, RS250.. 


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Posted 10 September 2014 - 03:53 PM Edited by Zyo, 10 September 2014 - 03:55 PM.

 

Eh, I thought Hyosung was Korean. Anyhow, why would an new, inferior company make parts for a Japanese one with a long, reputable history in motorcycling? (all Japanese manufacturers have long history anyway)

Yeah my bad, its Korean not Chinese. I was really thinking about generic non-japanese bikes in general. I made the silly mistake of writing chinese without thinking properly. My apologies.

 

 

I am not mistaken about the other part though, Hyosung and Suzuki do have a long relationship. Hyosung do make parts and engines for Suzuki, they infact have a history of making entire bikes for Suzuki in asian markets going back as far as the 70s. They have only been selling bikes in The USA under their own brand name in the US for a few years now though.

 

 

 

 

There was this Cagiva that looked like the Ducati 916, and it's predecessor looked like a Honda NSR.  These things have been around since the late 90s so if you want to have some fun maintaining / fixing it then I dare say it's worth it. If you've got more dough then there's also this Aprilia RS125, RS250..

These are good suggestions, I had an Aprilla RS125 around my house about 10 years ago (it was my brothers) and it was a fantastic 125cc bike, surprisingly quick, and it didn't break too often.


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Posted 13 September 2014 - 07:28 AM

I was going to say I rebuilt a hyosung scooter engine 3 years ago(f*cking amazing scooter at that) unforgunetpy it took me all damn day because I had to translate everything on a phone

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Posted 07 October 2014 - 09:06 PM

Well, finally got my old Heritage (my bike before I got the Road King) off the lift after working on it and it has to be my daily ride until I get the Road King fixed.

 

The flywheel spun inside the motor, so now I have to break down the entire f*cking motor and replace it, good thing a pal had one handy.. but it's a f*cking job breaking all the sh*t down. The tranny and all is staying in frame but still man.

 

Anyways, here's the Heritage, it's slightly customized. Made the rear fender awhile back, added the solid wheels and my brother in law that I sold it to once I got the RK put the drag bars on it, which I f*cking hate drag bars but I bought it back after his accident almost 2yrs ago.. so I'll probably convert back to the stock bars or maybe some mini-apes.. not sure yet. Also, I put the S&S motor in as well as the Baker 6-speed.. this mother f*cker goes insanely fast and I also made the custom pipes and it's insanely f*cking loud. I'm pretty sure I'll end up some with noise complaints/tickets soon enough. GO FAST OR GO HOME;

 

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Yeah, I know, it needs some polishing..

 

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and power porn shot

 

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I'm thinking about going back to gloss black with this bike. I think it would look much better with gloss rather than matte black. Decisions, decisions.

 

 

Here's the new flywheel assembly ready to be put into the RK.. got lucky on this, it's used but it's perfect condition and only cost $50 out of my pocket being it was a friend. Sorry for the blurriness..

 

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Posted 07 October 2014 - 09:35 PM

I always liked the 60's-70's era race bikes

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#852

Posted 08 October 2014 - 10:03 PM

I currently have a vintage Tomos motorcycle similar to this one http://starodobnik.n...97&d=1352570910

I´m thinking about getting a Harley Davidson Seventy Two one day(unfortunately not soon,but hopefully by the time I´m 30),so I´d like to know some info about it it.Is it comfortable to ride,is it good for riding mostly in the city,does it last long,is it cheap and easy to maintain,that kind of stuff?Does anyone here have some experience with that bike and can give me advice?


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Posted 08 October 2014 - 10:10 PM

The 72 will be perfect man. Sportsters are very good bikes and beginner bikes. They're cheap, reliable, powerful and comfortable. You should have no issues with it riding around the city or country or long rides.

 

I've owned acouple Sportsters throughout my life and other than a Street Glide, they're probably one of my favorite H-D's out there. But yes, if you're going H-D, I would definitely suggest a Sportster, Nightster, Seventy Two or Forty Eight. They're all sportster class man. Small, sleek and powerful.

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Posted 08 October 2014 - 10:58 PM

The 72 will be perfect man. Sportsters are very good bikes and beginner bikes. They're cheap, reliable, powerful and comfortable. You should have no issues with it riding around the city or country or long rides.

 

I've owned acouple Sportsters throughout my life and other than a Street Glide, they're probably one of my favorite H-D's out there. But yes, if you're going H-D, I would definitely suggest a Sportster, Nightster, Seventy Two or Forty Eight. They're all sportster class man. Small, sleek and powerful.

Thanks.I like the 72 the most,it looks awesome,similar to the classic 1970s choppers(and a bit like Western Daemon from GTA).As soon as I´ll be able to afford a Harley,I´m getting that one.


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#855

Posted 13 October 2014 - 11:16 PM

So what do you think would happen if a beginner cyclist tries out a Kawasaki ninja h2?

-can I skip 250cc and go straight to 500cc if I'm heavier a pretty big guy? ( as in muscular)

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Posted 14 October 2014 - 07:30 AM

You really shouldn't. It's not about your weight or strength. A 250cc will take a bit of rolling on before it does something crazy. A 500cc is more than capable of taking off without you if you aren't careful. It's also way easier to low-side in low gear by applying too much throttle. I've very nearly done that on Ninja 250 the very first day I got on it. Simply downshifted too much for the turn and rolled on the throttle. I've fish-tailed, but managed to stay on the bike. (Ninja's are impressively stable.) Had it been a 500cc, I'd be eating asphalt.

 

Finally, there's just no reason to start on a 500cc bike. From the stop,a 250cc can take off just as well as a 500cc or even 1000cc. You just have to roll on harder. At low speeds, acceleration is entirely traction-limited. So if you know how to use your gear box, you'll be able to do all the same things a more powerful bike can do up to about 50-60mph. That's where you start feeling these 250cc. But while you're learning, you really have no business trying to max out acceleration when already flying at freeway speeds. That's just a way to turn yourself into spare parts for someone else. Learn to ride first. 250cc is going to be just as good until you do learn, you will be less likely to crash on it, and if you do end up doing something stupid and trashing a bike, you'll be trashing a much cheaper bike.

 

If you are worried about outgrowing 250cc, don't be. They're easy to sell. Buy it. Ride it for a year, or however long it takes you to master it and start wanting a bigger bike, then sell it and buy a bike with larger engine. By then, you'll have better idea what you want as well.

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Posted 26 October 2014 - 03:06 AM

Welp, I got the parts in, got the flywheel and all back in, bolted up the case mounted in back on the bike, got the primary and all back on. One of the bearings were giving me a fit, finally my boy was home and I was able to ride over and use his press and got it squared away.

 

Now tomorrow I'll be putting the new pistons in, chunking on the heads, putting the tank back on and finish up some tiny things and holy that baby is ready to go. I miss my RK so f*cking bad. But I got all this put back together quicker than I thought it would take and luckily some club bros had most of the parts I needed such as gaskets, bearings and the flywheel itself.

 

So I'm a happy camper for now, I just hope tomorrow goes smooth and maybe by night time I can be ready to cruise again. We have a ride up to Macon on Wednesday, so I need this motherf*cker running smooth and no issues. If not, I'll have to take the truck and that'll double my gas spendage.


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Posted 28 October 2014 - 11:29 PM Edited by Torcidas, 28 October 2014 - 11:29 PM.

I'm still riding my 250 after 4 years and I don't see any reason to upgrade for just everyday street riding. I kind of like to smirk at people who think they can outgrow a 250 after a season or two of riding... Most people who claim this and upgrade to 600s and litre bikes can't corner worth a damn or keep up on a track. It's always a funny sight to see a 250 tearing supersports apart on the track with the right hands... http://www.youtube.c...h?v=Kz03sQeX02c Then again a bigger bike can help for bigger people, 2up, and of course touring. I probably will upgrade eventually just for the sake of trying out other bikes, but right now I'm happy. Can't beat getting 400kms out of a tank either.

 

K^2's post is pretty spot on. Though I've ridden both the EX250 and EX500... didn't find any major difference. The 500 was slightly slightly more pushy but nothing spectacular. Hell you could even start on a 650 (Ninja, SV etc) without trouble. Still not as twitchy of a throttle as a 600 supersport.


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Posted 29 October 2014 - 02:56 PM

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Had to borrow this for the trip. Still having issues with the RK and Heritage. This is a sharp bike.. S&S motor, springer front end. Only bad thing is that its a rigid. 200mi on this is gonna be brutal but all the beer once we arrive will be worth it.
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Posted 05 November 2014 - 12:39 PM Edited by ZeusMowat_278, 05 November 2014 - 12:42 PM.

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My interest in high powered motorcycles has grown further ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

Available for AUD $30,000 but since we (Victorians) have stupid road rules, I can see this getting banned in a heartbeat.

Top speed: limited to 299km/h but 340km/h for the H2R.

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In short: this motorcycle is for the speed freaks :p

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Posted 01 February 2015 - 04:06 AM

Put 1k miles on my Ninja (Woo!). Normally, I wouldn't be changing oil yet, but Ninjas have a habit of eating oil, and mine's now at the bottom mark. I can't top it off, because I have no idea what's in it right now, and mixing regular and synthetics is bad mojo. So oil change it is.

 

Trouble is, my apartments won't let me do oil changes on their territory. I live in a fairly populated area, so there aren't a lot of options for abandoned lots or something of that kind. There is a self-service garage within range, but they charge $30/h for bay rentals, which is a bit overkill for a bike oil change.

 

Any suggestions on where I could go to try and change the oil?


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Posted 01 February 2015 - 10:11 AM

I've been known to do oil changes and minor mechanical work in the car parks of supermarkets.

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Posted 02 February 2015 - 02:11 AM

Yeah, ended up using a parking lot behind SafeWay. Nobody bothered me. Thanks for the advice.

 

Changing oil filter on the bike is way more hassle than on a car. Also, I'm really glad I decided to invest in a torque wrench. I would have over-tightened the drain plug by lots.

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Posted 04 February 2015 - 02:22 PM Edited by EpicnessInABox, 04 February 2015 - 02:23 PM.

Getting me an 86' Honda Shadow VT500c today with about 20k miles on it. I love project bikes, even though it really doesn't need much work, and my dad is getting a 1996 Yamaha Virago XV 1100 today as well, with about 25k miles on it. Two bikes for $2500 thank you Craigslist and Taxes :D


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Posted 04 February 2015 - 08:08 PM

Honestly I'm kinda scared of bikes. I'm sure if I actually rode them more I'd get over it, the main reason(I think) for my fear is because of my first dirtbike when I was around 15. My grandpa gave me a 1970's 100cc Yamaha(I think he got it at a local auction) and I guess he didn't try it out or anything before buying it. Turns out the clutch was completely screwed to the point where there was, for all intents and purposes, no clutch anymore. Everytime I wanted to go from a stop I had to rev it and pop it into gear to prevent it from stalling on the spot. Every time I did it would pop a wheelie and, being a beginner, it scared the crap out of me every time. Shifting once moving without a clutch was easy enough for me since I had already practiced doing that a lot on my quad. I honestly don't know how I never actually wiped out with that bike though, I've also taken short rides on fully funtional dirtbikes since then and they weren't nearly as bad, but I still have trust issues with bikes because of that little Yamaha.


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Posted 05 March 2015 - 01:30 AM Edited by trip, 05 March 2015 - 01:32 AM.

@oil changes - I do mine in the breeze way of my house.  Sucks because that is really about the only maintenance I can do there.  

 

This winter is killing me.  The beginning of bike season should be upon us here but noooo...still snow, ice, and freezing temps.

 

@Epicness - I had the precursor to the Virago - '82 xv 920.  That bike was crazy fast.


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Posted 21 March 2015 - 09:28 PM

I saw a motorcycle about a week ago. It's rear wheel look extended out a bit And I don't think it had a rear fender . Does anyone what model this is?

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Posted 21 March 2015 - 10:09 PM

Dinka double T custom?

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Posted 21 March 2015 - 10:48 PM

Apparently people install swing arms on their bikes for drag racing, although I'm not sure if the bike I saw came like that stock.
Looks something like this

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Posted 22 March 2015 - 04:45 AM

That's excessive to the point of being counter-productive. For optimal acceleration, you want the angle made between vertical and line from rear wheel contact patch to center of mass to staisfy tan(angle) = friction coefficient. And even under the best conditions, friction coefficient isn't going to be much greater than 1.2 - 1.3, which translates to about 50°. Anything above that, and you are placing weight on the front fork, which takes away from traction available to the rear wheel. The one in the picture can't be less than 60° with the rider. That would require a friction coefficient of 1.7 to be effective, which is absurd.

 

In less mathematical terms, what you really want is to be able to pop a wheelie if you lean back a bit, but for it to be impossible when you lean all the way forward. That tells you that you are just perfectly balanced for maximum acceleration. Can you picture getting a wheelie on that bike under any conditions? That wheel is too far back.





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