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Old 02-23-2012, 06:10 AM   #1111
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You know I have really been wanting a sportster but my pirate friends tell me I will get less consternation on my British and Japanese machines. So I will stick with them.
Something about a sporty being a girls bike. Those guys stereotype everyone! Of course I call them pirates...
Fuck what those guys think. Do what you want and to hell with them all.
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Old 02-23-2012, 06:24 AM   #1112
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Add a set of H&B Journeys and I may have found my next commuter.
Get the Juniors -- they're a lot nicer. I have a full set of Juniors (30L side, and 40L top) for mine, and just purchased (off ebay for about 1/2 price) a 50L Journey top case to use on my Breva (I was just moving the Juniors back and forth, but the top cases fit a bit tight, and are a pain to get on and off -- side cases are a breeze). Anyway, the big problem with the Journey (at least the top case, I dunno if the side cases are the same) is you can't latch or unlatch it w/o the key. With the Junior, I only bother with the key if I am leaving the bike in public somewhere with something that is in the case that someone might steel. Otherwise, I don't mess with the key. The Journey can't be latched closed without being locked with the key.

Oh, and unless you really need the space of the 40's, get the 30L side cases. I got the 40's, and they looked WAY to big on the V7, so I sent them back for the 30L ones.

Harper's Moto Guzzi gave me a good price, and are really good to deal with.
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Old 02-23-2012, 06:30 AM   #1113
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The funny thing is the pirates cringe at a gravel road, possibly at the thought that dust may accumulate on their S&S air filter covers.
One guy yesterday was showing me pics of his dynasuperglide something or other. Had S&S everything, bored out of course, and was really beautiful. Then he told me that he rode it 300 miles last season. That kind of said it all. When I told him I rode 10000 miles in 2011 he was a little shocked.
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Old 02-23-2012, 06:47 AM   #1114
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The funny thing is the pirates cringe at a gravel road,.

Belts and gravel don't get along well.
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Old 02-23-2012, 06:50 AM   #1115
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You know I have really been wanting a sportster but my pirate friends tell me I will get less consternation on my British and Japanese machines. So I will stick with them.
Something about a sporty being a girls bike. Those guys stereotype everyone! Of course I call them pirates...

May I suggest a Yamaha Vino.
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Old 02-23-2012, 06:57 AM   #1116
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The funny thing is the pirates cringe at a gravel road, possibly at the thought that dust may accumulate on their S&S air filter covers.
One guy yesterday was showing me pics of his dynasuperglide something or other. Had S&S everything, bored out of course, and was really beautiful. Then he told me that he rode it 300 miles last season. That kind of said it all. When I told him I rode 10000 miles in 2011 he was a little shocked.
People get different things out of motorcycles.
Some people like to park somewhere and talk. Some people only like to ride in groups. Some people are like racoons and appreciate shiny things, pathologically.
I've met guys on big touring bikes that are petrified of riding on the slab or more than 6 miles from home.

Get what you want. Do what you like. Part of being an adventurer is having the guts to go your own way and do what's sensible to you.

Besides, all those show n shine riders have to have something to talk about while they're standing around not riding.
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Old 02-23-2012, 07:02 AM   #1117
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I wouldn't mind a shiny sportster cafe bike, on this warm shiny February day here in western NC.
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Old 02-23-2012, 07:49 AM   #1118
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Today, I want a 1200 roadster.


Mid controls. Good brakes. Torquey engine. Looks great. Gets decent mileage. Can be bought for a fair price and in unmolested condition still. I'd fit some leather city bags and a flyscreen and commute on it, grinning like a mule eating briars the whole time probably.
The Harley for me would be the XR1200X:


I'd love to have one in orange with the blacked out engine and pipes shown on the white one above, but all the pics of orange ones I see have a silver engine and pipes. The white is nice too, but I already have a white V7. The rear-set controls work much better for me, and I think the mild-cafe seat styling is awesome!

EDIT: Orange is not available for 2112 :-( The available colors for 2012 are Denim Black, and Hot Denim White.
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Old 02-23-2012, 01:33 PM   #1119
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I wouldn't mind a shiny sportster cafe bike, on this warm shiny February day here in western NC.
Geez,

I'd like to see more of that Sporty cafe build up if you have a link. So I was messaging with SwaggeringPagan on a build he was conjuring and I mentioned an idea I have been cooking for a HD Dyna cafe build... blacked out clip ons or clubmans, blacked out... Fat Boy height... flat black two pipe exhaust, aluminum solo seat comb with a brown leather back pad and seat surface, aluminum tank and side covers, flat black wire wheels, Fat Bob... twin rotor... flat blacked out fork lowers. Based on the "Mother Gun" Bentley racer. Love the name for a bike. I don't have the wrists for clip ons any more so I'd build it for the styling exercise. Photo attached for dreamie inspiration.



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Old 02-23-2012, 01:43 PM   #1120
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think I'm gonna pull the trigger on one tomorrow...



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Old 02-23-2012, 02:04 PM   #1121
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Old 02-23-2012, 02:13 PM   #1122
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Old 02-23-2012, 02:26 PM   #1123
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Oh , I do like dat.Of course with my back I would need the bars up and back about 4 inches
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Old 02-25-2012, 03:24 AM   #1124
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Bought it a few days ago...still want it today....

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Old 02-25-2012, 04:25 AM   #1125
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Bought it a few days ago...still want it today....
That is a great thing!
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