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Old 10-28-2012, 04:51 AM   #3466
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I believe Honda considers this model so important to their future (and bottom line I guess) they actually build it in Japan!
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Japan,
that is a big plus for me. Still trying to figure out a way to pay for one ....
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Old 10-28-2012, 01:58 PM   #3467
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I did 150 miles with the wife the other day. Sorry to say she didn't like it. With that said she has over a 100k miles behind me on my BMW's and HD's. The main problem was she had nothing behind her for security. I'm still waiting on my Givi luggage. I also did some washboard dirt and gravel. The suspension sucked on that. I'm sure I'll get it sorted out for her because I love the bike.
Let us hope so. It would be a shame to have to replace her with somebody more compatible to the bike.
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Old 10-28-2012, 02:50 PM   #3468
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Let us hope so. It would be a shame to have to replace her with somebody more compatible to the bike.
LOL, you wouldn't say that if knew my story. She's a keeper.
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Old 10-29-2012, 08:37 AM   #3469
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HAHA! You guys are ridiculous.

You can definitely feel the power strokes of each cylinder when the bike is idling. The engine doesn't have a huge couple like a Harley and it doesn't bob around inside the frame, it's just the 90 degree firing interval. I can feel vibes when I'm at 5000 RPM but I rarely shift over 3,000 and I cruise at about 55 mph at 3000 RPM in 6th.

This is my first twin. My previous bike was a BMW supermoto with a 650 single. For anyone that thinks this thing vibes, you're out of your ******* mind!

I love this bike!!

I have an XR650L for my other bike and this is soooo smooth. I did 80 miles yesterday and filled up my first full tank of mixed riding, city, superslab, and backroads. 63 mpg with 186 miles on the tank, 2.95 gallons. My XR gets 50 and I was happy with that. Waiting on a high screen and center stand, looking at engine guards and luggage options. Good winter project.
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Old 10-30-2012, 04:36 AM   #3470
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I have an XR650L for my other bike and this is soooo smooth. I did 80 miles yesterday and filled up my first full tank of mixed riding, city, superslab, and backroads. 63 mpg with 186 miles on the tank, 2.95 gallons. My XR gets 50 and I was happy with that. Waiting on a high screen and center stand, looking at engine guards and luggage options. Good winter project.
Man, no wonder it won best standard of 2012. Did everyone pick up their copy of the magazine?
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Old 10-30-2012, 04:40 AM   #3471
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... and the wife on my back is not jane fonda :)
Well, you have that to be happy about.
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Old 10-30-2012, 02:28 PM   #3472
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Well, you have that to be happy about.
true that.
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Old 11-01-2012, 05:09 PM   #3473
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I've never used an automatic chain oiler, but am looking into one.

It's pretty difficult to shoot the chain with lube on this bike.

Any use/recommend an auto?
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Old 11-01-2012, 05:45 PM   #3474
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I used a CLS on the Strom for a while.

Bit more expensive than some where I live but they had huge reservoirs that would keep going for thousands of Kms without a refill, adjustable from the dash etc etc. Good thing. The chain (DID 525XVM?) needed no adjustment in the 15,000Km I used it apart from the initial bed in.

Before that I used a Scott oiler on the SV. Chain was finally replaced by the third owner at 75,000Km just because he thought he should, not because it was totally shagged. (it was about 3/4 shagged).

Down sides with the scott oiler was the low reservoir capacity, manual adjustment that meant removing the seat and futzing around, and no temp compensation so on hot days you tended to get way too much oil delivered. That was fine for the chain but made a silver wheel black pretty quickly.

While those that don't use them often like talking about oil on the tread, it's never an issue. The oil never gets to that part of the tire.

All of them turn off when parked and some residual oil may drip from the chain guard after a long ride, so for the garage proud there may be some little drops that may spoil the parquetry floor.

You will want to clean the back every now and then as well. Unlike the waxy sticky stuff this is just oil and is really easy to remove with a bit of Kerosene and a hose. For the show ponies out there, you wouldn't bother with an oiler. You may have a few specks on the back wheel when you arrive at the Coffee shop. You would use a Teflon based lube from a can.

For those that don't believe in cleaning bikes, get one with a black back wheel.

They are good things, Totally recommend installing one. CLS is the better option AFAIK. Only ever used CLS and Scott.
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Old 11-02-2012, 12:17 PM   #3475
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I've never used an automatic chain oiler, but am looking into one.

It's pretty difficult to shoot the chain with lube on this bike.

Any use/recommend an auto?
Scott. I used one and liked it. I have several long distance rider friends who use them, and friends who just don't like screwing with a chain who use them.
Everyone likes. No one has yet complained about anything but price.
But the money balances out quickly if you suck at remembering chain maintenance and don't keep your chain clean/lubed.
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Old 11-06-2012, 04:31 AM   #3476
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Seems like everyone is out riding

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Old 11-06-2012, 07:45 AM   #3477
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Got the Scottoiler on my VFR. Works like it should, easy to forget it's there but the installation was a major PIA. For the next motorcycle (such as this one) I may return to my Luddite roots and go Loobman.
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Old 11-06-2012, 08:17 AM   #3478
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Seems like everyone is out riding


Or Voting.
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Old 11-06-2012, 08:55 AM   #3479
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Or Voting.
Voted early, don't go there in this thread.

Now riding, you bet. Every chance I get. This machine is just great to rack up the miles on.

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Old 11-06-2012, 09:22 AM   #3480
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Seems like everyone is out riding



They CAN ride because they didn't buy one of those bikes with "character"....
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