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Beautiful motorcycles

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by ron bayless, Jul 8, 2017.

  1. xjwmx

    xjwmx XS650 Guru Top Contributor

    No helmets necessary; just wave a tricorder over yo crushed head.
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  2. Bob Kelly III

    Bob Kelly III Ranch Kid from way back,.... that got Old !

    hay guys....what is this weird fad of the seat 2 feet above the rear tire and that is supposed to be the rear fender too ????
    it makes absolutely no sense to me especially for a street bike .... people gravitated to that design for the Mono shock on dirt bikes .... did the designers think everyone Liked the LOOKS ???? UGH !!!! now all kinds of crotch rockets have that look.... I guess it's supposed to look KOOL but to me it's ugly and Ill conceived..... the mono shock is great but you don't have to have the seat 40" off the ground ! HAHAHAHHA!
    ...... I just thought of another law for california to pass...sense they seam to pass any law anyone can dream up... make a law that no motorcycle seat will be over 30" off the ground ! (due to safety reasons of course, everything is done for safety reasons!)lol.
    when I got my XRL650 home and sat on it I damn near fell over !!!!! it took months to lower that stupid design ....but I did !
    ..... I guess the Japs think all americans are 6'11" tall and 280lbs or something ! and ware size 13 shoes because even the controls were stretched out !.... the funny thing was when I got it running it reminded me of my old Honda 90 ! HAHAHAHA ! only deeper gutted all the way through but the throttle response was almost identical ! ..... though I will admit it was easier to get the front wheel off the ground with the XRL650 than it was the 90 HAHAHAH ! not easy and you had to hit it just right on the 650 for a throttle only wheely !
    one thing my 90 never did !

  3. Lovely shade of green there RG. Suits it!!

    Me, I thought these were quite attractive when new:


    Then Honda had to up the ante:


    Naturally, both bikes sold like a jar of warm pus, only to rocket in value and never be seen for sale anywhere ever again.

    And another we didn't get:


    And another nobody got:


    One last one. I always like the black/green together.


    I do believe I am "over" litre+ sports bikes. Hmmmmm...
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  4. MaxPete

    MaxPete Life with Lucille...I suggest, she decides. Top Contributor XS650.com Supporter

    Wow - those are all truly beautiful motorcycles. I've heard of the Honda GB500 - but never seen one in the flesh. I've never even seen the others.
  5. Yup. My st1300 is an 03 with 108,000kms and counting with nary a hiccup. Tires...oil, valve clerances lube the rear hub splines. Ride ride ride.

    Old brit iron is always the definition of gorgeous.

    Mid 90s ducati 900ss are just super looking too.

    My 2014 triumph scrambler is a bike i like to look at.
  6. xjwmx

    xjwmx XS650 Guru Top Contributor

    There's a Suzuki that looked a lot like that.
  7. gggGary

    gggGary Stop that! Top Contributor XS650.com Supporter

    Nah, you are never OVER liter plus sport bikes. As soon as the back pain memories fade you'll be looking again. I lust after an R1, And the FJR is a sweet machine.
    I'll define attractive; You ride a bike ALL day, get up in the morning and want to put in another full day. THAT'S an attractive bike!
  8. Dont forget luggage !
    Thats how i was trying to explain bikes like the ST, FJR, and C14. It may not be a beauty in the looks dept. But the beauty is in the engineering.
  9. gggGary

    gggGary Stop that! Top Contributor XS650.com Supporter

    Even this is beautiful!
    did 2500 miles in 6 days, tent camping, day 5 was 650 miles, until a flat tire slowed me a bit, I was considering going all the way home to complete the ton.
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  10. Where is that?

    And what bike?
  11. gggGary

    gggGary Stop that! Top Contributor XS650.com Supporter

    Craters of the Moon National Monument, central Idaho. 99 Royal star venture AKA the Barcalounger. One duffle on the passenger seat and it carries everything for extended camping trips. It's just SO darned heavy, about 900 lbs. With no reverse, I have to be really careful about parking it. Even a slight down hill on dirt or gravel and there's no getting it backed out. Would like to get down to a full featured bike about 600 pounds fully loaded for solo camping, prolly a pipe dream.
    Last edited: Jul 10, 2017
  12. gggGary

    gggGary Stop that! Top Contributor XS650.com Supporter

    My old bones and scrawny butt really like the forward floor boards I modded the shifter to create plenty of room to move my feet around added a great bak-up backrest and longer bar risers, it has cruise control. I use a sheepskin seat cover with a slightly inflated neck pillow inside it. The quiet ride helmet has bluetooth to the GPS and tunes. The windshield screens so well I can ride visor up with no glasses at 80MPH. Hardy can call it motorcycling. I ran 14 hours stopping only for gas, two meals and a DIY flat tire repair/plug.
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  13. Yeah even my st1300 is less than that...and i am super careful about where i park. I have a sena smh10 so i can talk with my wife and listen to tunes. She rides a bmw. Blue tooth is great.

    Yup. We dont take interstate too often....but 85mph is nothing for it or me. No ear plugs needed.

    Yeah i can ride pretty long without stopping. I give out before my fuel does. I use a bead buddy seat cover and i added 1.25 up and back bar riser. Bike fits me like a glove now.

    I have craters and the beartooth on my short list after this trip. Couldnt hit beartooth last year....it snowed the day i wanted to go.
  14. gggGary

    gggGary Stop that! Top Contributor XS650.com Supporter

    I look at this CTX700 and think good start.
    about 500 lbs. wet before...........
    Might as well start naked cause the factory bags etc are uselessly small.
    Then I think; better to gin up an XS650 custom cruiser and have something to talk about.
    Could I get it done before I'm dead or hopelessly enfeebled? The jaws are clamping down.
    That CTX gets 70MPG can' t get an XS to do that that short of fuel injection....
    Damned 900 lb K1200LT beemer gets 50 mpg, awesome rain protection can be found for $3G in ready to ride condition, has reverse but the footpegs have my knees too bent.
    Like my Feeger but too many mods needed for true road comfort.
    Last edited: Jul 10, 2017
  15. I always remember how feeble the xs feels much past 60mph and then throw that idea out.

    The efi air cooled new triumph bonneville may fit your needs better. I can say my scrambler hauls pretty good ass.
  16. Do you mean the other Suzuki Tempter?

    Tell me this wouldn't sell with the S40 motor in it? A factory Ryca, sort of.

  17. He may mean the bike that has the intruder 800 motor v twin in it. Kinda looks like that. Europe only got it i think though
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    You mean the VX800? We got them over here too. Not easy to find nowadays.

    Or was it the VX800 motored Sachs:

  19. Thats the guy. Must be super rare in these here parts.
  20. There's usually a couple on Kijiji, but too far away to be worth the trip.

    Actually, we got the Intruder motor in ours, Europe got one with a 75 degree crank to smooth out the vibes. Apparently we are masochists in North America.

    Well, we here ride XS's, so I guess we are in glass houses when it comes to complaining about vibes.
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