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Old 07-23-2013, 12:56 PM   #61261
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Honda decided not to put a side stand safety switch on this bike. This should not have been a big deal. I have disabled this feature on my KLR and I have never left the stand down.
I've cursed this feature on every bike I've owned, but since having had a similar close call as a teenager on my RD200, I've never been able to bring myself to disable it. To this day I still occasionally drop my bike in gear and cuss myself when it dies because of this feature, but am glad it did.
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Old 07-23-2013, 02:06 PM   #61262
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Glad you are ok, Penner.

That's one ugly ass bike though (sorry). Every time I see a Goldwing I cringe, at that size / price / weight, I'd rather be pimping in a Miata or Mini convertible or something.
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Old 07-23-2013, 02:15 PM   #61263
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Glad you are ok, Penner.

That's one ugly ass bike though (sorry). Every time I see a Goldwing I cringe, at that size / price / weight, I'd rather be pimping in a Miata or Mini convertible or something.
I am working on the world's ugliest bike collection. So far, I have a KLR that looks like it was made with recycled green army men toys and a Wingebago that looks like it was made with recycled dirty diapers.

How are you liking the Shadow? That is a bullet proof bike. The only weak link is the charging system due to the connector from the stator to the RR, which is easily fixed with a little soldering
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Old 07-23-2013, 02:53 PM   #61264
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I'd totally ride an old goldwing. I'm kicking myself for not buying a GL1200 interstate a buddy of mine offered me for 800 dollars a few years ago. Perfect shape, ran when parked, carbs drained, fuel off. My reasoning was i could fit 3 bikes in the footprint that it would have taken in the garage.

I've ridden a 1500 and was surprised how nimble the thing was. I was doing floorboard scraping tight u-turns in the first 5 minutes of riding it. It handled like shit in corners at speed, but the low speed manuverablity of it was pretty great considering it weighs nearly thrice what my daily rider does. It reminded me a lot of my old chevy Caprice station wagon going down the road.

Riding the 1500 and my 625 SMC back to back was hilarious. They could not be farther from each other.
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Old 07-23-2013, 03:01 PM   #61265
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Riding the 1500 and my 625 SMC back to back was hilarious. They could not be farther from each other.
I'd say that is very accurate. I bought a new SMC 625 and only kept it about 6 months. It was awesome hard on the gas or hard on the brakes, but REALLY SUCKED, LIKE A CRAZY AMOUNT, at any steady speed. The Wings I have rode handled OK for their size, but they were best eating miles at a constant, steady, freeway speed.
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Old 07-23-2013, 03:19 PM   #61266
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I'd say that is very accurate. I bought a new SMC 625 and only kept it about 6 months. It was awesome hard on the gas or hard on the brakes, but REALLY SUCKED, LIKE A CRAZY AMOUNT, at any steady speed. The Wings I have rode handled OK for their size, but they were best eating miles at a constant, steady, freeway speed.

That is extremely accurate. The thing has Anti-cruise control. On the interstate i constantly have to vary it between 65 and 85 just to keep my eyes from falling out.

I got mine with 2800 on it, just rolled over 17K. It's smoothed out a ton since it was young. They say that's pretty common with them. It'll still rattle your teeth out at steady RPM's though. When i ride something else for a few days and get back on it, it takes a few minutes to adjust again. I do love the thing, despite how hard it is to live with. It's just wants to GOOOO. Or turn, or stop. It's like a hyperactive puppy.

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Old 07-23-2013, 04:15 PM   #61267
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How are you liking the Shadow?
If you are referring to the picture Meredith posted a few days back, that was a joke.

It's some fucking thing mynamewasmud dragged home and chopped. I rode it around the block as a goof. My summary of it from that 2 minute ride: awful brakes, too goddamn loud, uncomfortable, why are my feet essentially resting on the front axle, hard to turn, vibrates horribly, too goddamn loud, I want to punch every mook who rides a bike like this and thinks it's actually cool right in their dick.
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Old 07-23-2013, 04:58 PM   #61268
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Finally got myself a bike that is both comfortable enough for the road and manageable on the tight trails. KLX250S.

Hopefully now when I see the 'hey we're going riding' posts I can join. Didn't trust myself with the KLR on trails, and the XRR wasn't bad but kind of big for me. Turned into a fight all of the time. XR's going up for sale in the next day or so, I'll put the link in my sig.

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Old 07-23-2013, 06:38 PM   #61269
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Pretty saw I saw you riding in the swap meet. Did you have yellow dry bags strapped on the side of the dr?
Yeah that was me. I was probably in the middle of being a wuss through the mud. I need a new front tire.
My buddy was in one of the hare scrambles. He didn't even make it out of the MX track before his bike seized.
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Old 07-23-2013, 09:07 PM   #61270
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Old 07-24-2013, 05:17 AM   #61271
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Yeah that was me. I was probably in the middle of being a wuss through the mud. I need a new front tire.
My buddy was in one of the hare scrambles. He didn't even make it out of the MX track before his bike seized.
My girlfriend was getting so pissed at me for taking her through every single mudhole i could find. The XL hooks up great with a passenger on the back.
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Old 07-24-2013, 08:25 AM   #61272
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If you are referring to the picture Meredith posted a few days back, that was a joke.

It's some fucking thing mynamewasmud dragged home and chopped. I rode it around the block as a goof. My summary of it from that 2 minute ride: awful brakes, too goddamn loud, uncomfortable, why are my feet essentially resting on the front axle, hard to turn, vibrates horribly, too goddamn loud, I want to punch every mook who rides a bike like this and thinks it's actually cool right in their dick.
But it looked so "you"!
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Old 07-24-2013, 01:41 PM   #61273
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But it looked so "you"!
He was gone for a half an hour and came back grinning with bugs in his teeth.


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Old 07-24-2013, 01:53 PM   #61274
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I took a Gold Wing off road last night. It is a poor tool for the job; limited ground clearance, quite heavy, not very nimble, and in my particular case only steers to the right.

The story is that my wife has been asking me to find a bike that she would be comfortable on as a passenger since she has a hard time getting on and off the Strom. A friend of mine was selling an '84 GL1200 Aspencade really cheap since the charging system was not working (a big deal on these bikes since it requires engine removal to replace the stator). I fixed it up and my wife has really enjoyed riding around on the back. It is really nice great that she will ride with me now, but I really don't enjoy the bike.
Sorry to hear about your travails. I bought one of those things for the exact same reason (Mrs. Steingar was less than enthusiastic about riding pillion on the sport bike) and have crashed mine as well. Only bike I ever crashed, and I crashed it twice. Big piggy thing. Nice ride though, and I do like it when the mercury drops. And for a huge piggy bike it is very easily ridden. And made right here in Ohio. And still working just fine after 30 years.

Unfortunately one of my crashes was into the back of an SUV, so the mounts on the fairing are all busted. I guess I have to add noisy to the list. Still, I rear-ended the thing and the bike is still going. Tough thing.
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Old 07-24-2013, 03:02 PM   #61275
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