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Old 04-25-2006, 02:26 PM
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Hi, As a U.K. subscriber I am interested in seeing which type of bike is most popular in the states, I know that Harley have a big slice of the cake, probably because your roads are long and straight. Over here we favour the more sport orientated bike, more for road holding than anything else as our roads are mostly twists and turns. I have watched the prog on tv where this firm O.C. builds these weird looking chopper type bikes, are they really comfortable? I know we have a few over here but on runs they dont go far, they would never make it on the bendy roads in the Lake district. I ride a Honda VFR800 for the buzz and have just purchased the new Honda CBF1000 which is more of a tourer bike, (suits the better half) And in closing I wish all the best for your boys/girls (and ours) in the war zones abroad. My son is in the RAF and I*ll never rest till he is home alive. Ride safe all. John
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Old 04-26-2006, 08:54 AM
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Hi There I Ride A 2001 Harley Fat Boy , But I Am Going To Buy A New Bike . The Bike Is A Big Dog, K-9 Is The Model You Can See It On There Web Site.i Live In New Jersey Out Side Of New York City And Take Many Rides To Upstate New York And Down To The Jersey Shore.had A Great Freind Who Lived In England He Lived In Warrington In Chesure He Past On Two Years Ago , We Were Going To Ride To Daytona Bike Week But There Is Never Enough Time? Take Care And Safe Riding Rikers Ron P.s. I Work On Rikers Island Jail In New York :d
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Old 04-26-2006, 10:09 AM
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Hi Rikersron, I take it that the Big Dog K9 is a Harley. And isnt Rikers Island one tough jail to be in for one reason or the other. We could do with a few tough jails over here, this country is too soft on criminals, we have illegal immigrants swarming all over the place and our dozy government hasnt a clue as to what is going on, And as we are only a small island our culture is being swamped as they gradually take over.
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Old 05-02-2006, 06:31 AM
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2005 GSX1300R for me. Red/Black....
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Old 05-02-2006, 11:52 AM
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Originally Posted by twowheeler1300
2005 GSX1300R for me. Red/Black...
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A MEAN MACHINE the 1000 mod. is the one over here, goes great guns in the British Super BikeRaces
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Old 05-02-2006, 12:11 PM
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A MEAN MACHINE the 1000 mod. is the one over here, goes great guns in the British Super BikeRaces
Hey gempip,
By "1000 mod" do you mean a GSXR 1000? If so, that's an awesome ride.

Hey...I took mine to the track for the first time last Friday night. Here's the results:

They lost the ticket on my first run but my brother said it was a 10.4 and change. Not too shabby!

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60ft: 2.6344
333ft: 5.6118
1/8: 7.9057 @ 107.19
1/4: 11.5315 @ 135.46 Fish tailed like a champ off the line...oops!

Next run was a little better;;
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60ft: 1.7708
333ft: 4.6882
1/8: 7.0389 @ 106.94
1/4: 10.6990 @ 134.77 Wheelied like a champ off the line. Got schooled by a kid on a GSXR1000...

Oh yea...never raced before so I was pretty excited just to be doing it. Be careful though if you're thinking about going to the track. The track is like crack!
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I ride a 1954 Servicar, 45" flathead. I got it from the Long Beach Police Dept back in 1980, did nothing to it but put fresh paint. Poor thing cant keep up with itself, cant take her on the freeway, so I use it for local Toy Runs. My main bike is a 2006 Lowrider.
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Hey Two Wheeler those times dont sound too bad, you could give some of the tail enders in our series a run for their money. Yes the GSXR 1000 is some machine, Too fast for some of our roads, thats one thing I envy you guys, I*d like to come over there and cruise on some of those lovely wide long roads we see on the t.v. by the way what are you paying on average for the equivalent of 4 and a half litres of petrol, (I still think in gallons, shows my age) LR4ME what is a servicar, a Harley I reckon, sounds like it could be worth a bit to a collector!! Cheers.
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Originally Posted by gempip
Hey Two Wheeler those times dont sound too bad, you could give some of the tail enders in our series a run for their money. Yes the GSXR 1000 is some machine, Too fast for some of our roads, thats one thing I envy you guys, I*d like to come over there and cruise on some of those lovely wide long roads we see on the t.v. by the way what are you paying on average for the equivalent of 4 and a half litres of petrol, (I still think in gallons, shows my age) LR4ME what is a servicar, a Harley I reckon, sounds like it could be worth a bit to a collector!! Cheers.
Yea the road here are very nice (No including the PA Turnpike Ha!). Funny thing is I want to come over the big pond myself and take some run on the Autobahn there...

Gas here for regular (which I would never put in my Hayabusa ) is about $3.00 (US) per gallon or $0.80/ liter. I filled up a couple days back and it was over $15.00!!!

I've all but parked my truck these days. The only time I drive it is when I need to haul my kids around...
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...(No including the PA Turnpike Ha!)....
Every god damn day I get to experience that fun. It would be awesome if I didn't have to go through 4 construction zones and past one state police barrack!
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Originally Posted by gempip
Hey Two Wheeler those times dont sound too bad, you could give some of the tail enders in our series a run for their money. Yes the GSXR 1000 is some machine, Too fast for some of our roads, thats one thing I envy you guys, I*d like to come over there and cruise on some of those lovely wide long roads we see on the t.v. by the way what are you paying on average for the equivalent of 4 and a half litres of petrol, (I still think in gallons, shows my age) LR4ME what is a servicar, a Harley I reckon, sounds like it could be worth a bit to a collector!! Cheers.
A Servicar is the old meter maid 3 wheel motorcycle. Top speed on her is(pushing it this is)55 I will get a pic an post it soon. Yes its a collector.
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Old 05-03-2006, 08:22 AM
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Originally Posted by gempip
I know that Harley have a big slice of the cake, probably because your roads are long and straight. Over here we favour the more sport orientated bike, more for road holding than anything else as our roads are mostly twists and turns.
What ? Are you saying that a Harley can't handle tight turns ? You've got a thing or two to learn son

I ride a 99 FLHTPI, arguably one of the biggest bikes HD makes. It's a police cruiser. This thing hugs the road. I love taking corners way faster than I probably should. in the last 15000 miles, I've wore out my floorboards from scraping them when I turn.

But, I'm what I like to refer to as a lifestyle rider, not a weekend warrior.

Weekend warriors are different. Stereotypically they're interested in showboating. They're they guys that will go out and spend $20k on a bike and ride it when it's 50 degrees or warmer and a 50% or less chance of rain. And that's on the weekend only.

So, I guess what I'm saying is that in my circle of freinds, we ride big old touring models, cause we like to take trips.

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Old 05-03-2006, 11:15 AM
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Hey Dynamike, I like that bit about SON Its taken years of me, but its good to hear the Harley can cut it, But you dont see many around the Lake District in Northern England!!!, A few of my mates are big Harley fans and I must admit having ridden the Fat Boy I was impressed, but I love my sport/tourers. I agree with what you say about weekend warriors, like you I ride whatever the climate, although I give snow and the like a miss (bike cost too much) It was interesting to hear from TW1300 about your price of petrol, you lucky things if you are only paying 3$ a gall, that works out at 1.62p over here and we are paying 4.50 a gall and it said that it will go up more And if TW1300 comes over here at least he can go faster on the M roads 70/80mph is norm, and if the cops arnt around maybe 90/100mph. I believe 60 is your top limit? Ride safe all.
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Old 05-03-2006, 11:43 AM
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Most of the freeways where I live are 70 mph tops.

If you come over here, I'll take you to The Natchez Trace (http://www.americanmotorcycleclub.co...ee/index.shtml). Not only does it have some twisties of its own, but it is beautiful country.
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Old 05-03-2006, 12:28 PM
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I logged on to it Dynamike, It looks Ace, I wouldnt mind a trip over there.
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Hey there! I currently ride a '97 Yamaha Virago 750cc. Your basic cruiser of the 90's, focused on comfort and ride. I'm looking into a 2000+ VMax, the big power house of cruisers. In response to your question, no choppers aren't built for comfort. They're built to express the rider's style and personality. I've rarely seen choppers go on long runs simply because they're not built for comfort. They're loud and pretty, which isn't a bad thing with motorcycles anyway! To each his own I guess!

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I have a 93 FLHTC and it handles the corners just fine. On another note, a friend of mine said that riding his Fatboy on the dragons tail was a blast. I always seem to scare whoever is riding with me when I scrape my floorboards to.
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Welcome aboard Joker. Looks like the board changed since my last visit! I ride a 2000 DynaWideGlide and am satisfied with her handling and performance. If I was to go to a larger cruiser it would probably be that big *** Triumph but retirement forces me to stick with what I got.
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