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I will do that. I just hope that a used exhaust for a 10 year old bike isn't going to demand premium prices.
 

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VFR! Do it!
 

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VFR! Do it!


Yeah, but then he'd be the slowest VFR pilot ever, if his past video post is any example. :D He'd embarrass himself (and same-model owners) less on the ST. :D


Edit: Found the specific post.

Well, after 2 years, and 12,000 miles of riding my Honda cruiser, I got to try something different.....


:mrgreen:
 
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Rossco, if you don't mind the ride all the way out to Lenox (exit 2 on the Mass Pike, out west), you could pick up this old liter bike for a similar price...

http://worcester.craigslist.org/mcy/2370364193.html

Or a VFR in eastern CT:

http://newlondon.craigslist.org/mcy/2346245938.html

The CBR is nice, but it 's gonna be a bitch to insure with the squid tax. Spectre's right about the insurance rates for naked bikes/sport tourers. That viff is nice, but it's probably sold by now...

VFR! Do it!

Yeah, but then he'd be the slowest VFR pilot ever, if his past video post is any example. :D He'd embarrass himself (and same-model owners) less on the ST. :D


Edit: Found the specific post.



:mrgreen:

Welll.... That was my first time on a sportbike so I was having trouble finding the controls, it was a very expensive bike so I was careful, and it was 35 degrees out so the tires were cold. (Checks to see if he's left out any of his prepared excuses, nope) :mrgreen:

I have taken that bike out several times since that video was taken last November. I like to think I take off (and corner) much quicker now. That being said, I still would like a bike where I'm not so hunched over. GSXR's, while they are excellent at acceleration, braking and cornering, are probably some of the most uncomfortable bikes out there.

I like the VFR's but a quick check on cycle-ergo show's that I won't really be all that comfortable unless I can find one with risers, or shell out $300 myself for a set.
 

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So...Keanu Reeves rides a Norton Commando. A lot. And sometimes falls off them, but he still rides them a lot.


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So races at the track yesterday was pretty interesting. 70mph winds = 4 red flags. Two during practice, two for back to back races. Ouch. Granted, race ops tends to red flag moto races quite strictly, but I was amazed at how some of the racers kept their bikes up.
 

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Holy shit that scared the piss out of me. That kid looks remarkably like a friend of mine.
 

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Annnnnd I've joined the Dark/Fast Side :mrgreen:
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-Frank Thomas Leather Jacket
-BILT mesh pants
-VMG gloves
-Yes, I need a helmet. I'm looking at an HJC that I'll pick up once I get back from Germany.

Thanks to Spectre and Crazy Jeeper, I now have a new problem addiction hobby.

Here's my project bike, a titleless (funny story there) '94 Kawasaki Ninja 500. Got it cheap as chips, just the way I like 'em.
Mirrors and windshield are included, they'll get picked up later. Gas tank and side trim are also there, just not attached.
http://pic.armedcats.net/d/de/derstig/2011/05/17/TEMP-Image_2_12.jpg

http://pic.armedcats.net/d/de/derstig/2011/05/17/TEMP-Image_2_8.jpg

Hope the Jag doesn't get too hungry...
http://pic.armedcats.net/d/de/derstig/2011/05/17/TEMP-Image_2_7.jpg

http://pic.armedcats.net/d/de/derstig/2011/05/17/TEMP-Image_2_4.jpg
 

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Welcome to the dark side Der Stig!

EX500's are great starter bikes. While yours may not currently be in the best shape, plastics should be easy to get for that.

This is true because EX500s are often converted to track bikes. Which involves getting rid of stock plastics for track plastics.

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So if you can find someone who just converted their 500 into a track bike, you should be able to get some plastics for cheap.

Not to mention Kawasaki made this bike the same way for like 20 years, so there are a ton of parts for them.

can't wait to see how this progresses. Best of luck to ya! :D
 

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Awesome - congrats! Let us know how you like the BILT mesh pants, will ya? I've been meaning to find reviews on BILT and Sedici. :D
 

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From what I understand, this isn't going to progress much at all until he gets back from You-rope this fall, since he won't have much time to work on it.

CJ and I encouraged him to buy it now rather than wait until his return because he'd just missed the 'newbie bike' buying season in Texas. Now that prime riding weather is upon us, one is hard-pressed to find a suitable modern (as in, having CDI and not points, tubeless tires and preferably alloy wheels) small displacement starter bike for less than $1500; if he waited until he came back, what with the projected continued rise in fuel prices they'd be even more expensive due to their high fuel economy. We managed to score this one for $275, down from the seller's $350 asking price.

I'll let him tell the story of the expedition to examine and retrieve it, though. :D

Edit: It should be mentioned that the normal local price for a facelift EX500 (like this one) in running condition is about $1500-2500 and increasing at the current time.
 
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