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Old 03-19-2013, 11:21 AM   #166
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TR6, MGB and Midget, Austin Healey, Alpha Romeo, Fiat Spyder, and several others. They were all here FIRST.
First? The Spitfire is a side-shoot of the Herald. They just dropped a swoopy body onto the frame.

The TR6 showed up in 1969, a late comer. It came from the TR250, which came from the TR4A, which came from the TR4, which came from the TR3, which came from the TR2.

The MG B traces its lineage through A and the T types before that.

The Porsche 911 traces back to the 356 bathtub of the late 40's.

None of the cars you mention came first. By no means were any of them the first convertible, the first sports car, etc. None of them are the first anything. And in their time, many were derided as being too refined, too slow, too ugly, too boring, lacking in character and worth. Only with the patina of time have they come to be regarded as something special and posessing of "soul".
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Old 03-19-2013, 02:38 PM   #167
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My dad drove me to school in his '52 MG TD in the early 60's...
The MGB and TR6 were cool cars, but not even close to being the first.
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Old 03-20-2013, 04:06 AM   #168
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Nice! Wedgewood blue?

One hardly ever sees the bumblebee hoses, or even the wires any longers.
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Old 03-21-2013, 06:13 PM   #169
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In August 2012, I got a hair up my butt to get in to adventure riding. I read a ton of ride reports about people riding bikes from tip to tip of this world and I needed to do it. I'd never ridden a motorcycle on a road in my life ( maybe once or twice on a dirt bike in the sand ) and had no idea what to get. I kicked around a bunch of ideas and ended up with a 2003 KLR.

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Well, as much fun as that sounded. I never cleared it with the wife about going on adventures without her, so I used the bike to commute back and forth to work and let me tell you. It was horrible commuting. At higher speeds, it seemed unstable. And it just wasn't geared for commuting on a So Cal freeway at 70mph so about a month ago I decided to sell it and I bought this.

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2004 Honda Shadow Spirit 750

And I love it so far. Have put about 3,000 miles on it and have had a blast. I like the forward foot position and the lower profile. I'm 6'1" 215 and I sometimes had issues touching the ground on the KLR. I can cruise along at 75mph and have no problems. The only dislikes I have is the tank being pretty small. I could use a bigger one. Also, the wind hits me pretty hard. A windshield would probably help but I like the look without one. Any thoughts on this?

I'm no expert in motorcycle riding but I like the cruiser a lot better then the KLR. Just a complete different type of ride. I'm sure the KLR is great for what I wanted to do but the Shadow will work out for what I am doing and that's commuting with a few long day trips in between.

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Old 03-21-2013, 06:31 PM   #170
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A windshield would probably help but I like the look without one. Any thoughts on this?

I'm no expert in motorcycle riding but I like the cruiser a lot better then the KLR. Just a complete different type of ride. I'm sure the KLR is great for what I wanted to do but the Shadow will work out for what I am doing and that's commuting with a few long day trips in between.

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Awesome. Congrats on the Shadow. That is about the same reason I sold my KLR last week and picking up my Vulcan 900 Saturday . I chose to get it with the windshield because I know the little woman will enjoy it (so will I), but if I get the itch to take it off I always have that option.
I want to post a pic of each like you did when I pick mine up. Can't wait...
Again, nice bike ahwarm! (both of them )
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Old 03-21-2013, 10:24 PM   #171
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I've really enjoyed this thread and believe the forum should have a cruiser section. I agree w Jerry that a cruiser is agreat adventure bike as it opens mc travel to those who prefer comfort. I have a passion for riding and ride just about everyday but don't see Harley as anything but a decent mc. They are nice bikes but prefer my Vulcans. It's all a matter of opinion cuz I don't own a goldwing but don't see how riding one w tremendous reliability anywhere you want to go can be boring. If Harley is character in a bike then I guess I want a bike w little of it. I don't mean that as a dig just illustrating how passionate riders can disagree. I haven't owned a Vulcan 750 but rode a friends and I was very impressed w it. It was nimble yet powerful and fun to ride. I hope cruisers get their own section here and hope to meet you guys on the road
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Old 03-21-2013, 10:52 PM   #172
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Also, the wind hits me pretty hard. A windshield would probably help but I like the look without one. Any thoughts on this?

Andy
What about one of these, they might have quick release brackets available so you can take it off easily.

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Old 03-22-2013, 04:14 AM   #173
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Windshield will make a big difference for you. Pick the style you like. Only caution I'd give is that those like the Spitfire, that mount on sticks, have a habit of vibrating themselves loose very frequently and regularly while riding.
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Old 03-22-2013, 05:35 AM   #174
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I don't like forward controls. I rode my brother in law's shadow a couple years ago. I didn't feel as in control as I do with my bikes. I also like to be able to stand up while riding, which isn't do-able with the forward controls.
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Old 03-22-2013, 07:30 AM   #175
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In August 2012, I got a hair up my butt to get in to adventure riding. I read a ton of ride reports about people riding bikes from tip to tip of this world and I needed to do it. I'd never ridden a motorcycle on a road in my life ( maybe once or twice on a dirt bike in the sand ) and had no idea what to get. I kicked around a bunch of ideas and ended up with a 2003 KLR.

 photo IMG_7754_zps104f05e4.jpg

Well, as much fun as that sounded. I never cleared it with the wife about going on adventures without her, so I used the bike to commute back and forth to work and let me tell you. It was horrible commuting. At higher speeds, it seemed unstable. And it just wasn't geared for commuting on a So Cal freeway at 70mph so about a month ago I decided to sell it and I bought this.

 photo IMG_0391_zps6368c242.jpg

2004 Honda Shadow Spirit 750

And I love it so far. Have put about 3,000 miles on it and have had a blast. I like the forward foot position and the lower profile. I'm 6'1" 215 and I sometimes had issues touching the ground on the KLR. I can cruise along at 75mph and have no problems. The only dislikes I have is the tank being pretty small. I could use a bigger one. Also, the wind hits me pretty hard. A windshield would probably help but I like the look without one. Any thoughts on this?

I'm no expert in motorcycle riding but I like the cruiser a lot better then the KLR. Just a complete different type of ride. I'm sure the KLR is great for what I wanted to do but the Shadow will work out for what I am doing and that's commuting with a few long day trips in between.

Andy
Nice bike. Much more comfortable and faster than the KLR isn't it. I also tried a KLR. To tall and to heavy to be any good off road, to uncomfortable and to slow for the highway. A cruiser will take you anywhere but off road in comfort.


I love the feet forward pegs/controls. I have issues with my legs that does not allow me to ride with my legs all scrunched up under me. I need at least a 90 degree bend in my knees, and less than that is even better, to a point. I can't use those highway pegs that are so far forward that your legs are straight. I do need some bend in my knees for support.

If you have back problems due to the "cruiser slouch" a riders backrest will take care of that. Makes it feel like a recliner on wheels, sort of the same principal as a recumbent bicycle.

I have a Memphis Shades "Shooter" windshield on my Vulcan 750, and it works fine. I had a Memphis Shades Slim, and it did not work at all. Helmet buffeting was awful, it actually blew the face shield off my full face helmet once. And it caused severe high speed instability. I believe the reason for this was it was at the wrong angle. A windshield should have about the same angle as the forks on most cruisers, and this one was nearly vertical, and had no adjustment. I sold it cheap to a Harley rider. It was a universal fit type with bike specific hardware.
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Old 03-22-2013, 08:10 AM   #176
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I love the feet forward pegs/controls. I have issues with my legs that does not allow me to ride with my legs all scrunched up under me. I need at least a 90 degree bend in my knees, and less than that is even better, to a point. I can't use those highway pegs that are so far forward that your legs are straight. I do need some bend in my knees for support.
Somethings not working out here. You need at LEAST a 90, but less is better to a point. 90 is a right angle, I'd say like a mid controlled bike, whereas a standard is a lesser angle(acute <90), and a forward controlled bike is more angled (obtuse >90).

According to what you're saying, it sounds like a standard would suit you better.
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Old 03-22-2013, 06:06 PM   #177
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Somethings not working out here. You need at LEAST a 90, but less is better to a point. 90 is a right angle, I'd say like a mid controlled bike, whereas a standard is a lesser angle(acute <90), and a forward controlled bike is more angled (obtuse >90).

According to what you're saying, it sounds like a standard would suit you better.
Actually I got it backwards, depending on how you look at it. I need at least 90 degrees, but MORE feet forward is better to a point, as long as I have some bend in my knees. Completely straight hurts too. I've seen bikes with highway pegs where your legs were completely straight. I've also seen a lot of bikes with ape hangers that came about to the riders ears. That's just as bad as low bars, and far more dangerous.

On the cycle ergo site, it shows a knee angle of 97 degrees for someone 6' with a 34" inseam on the Vulcan 750. But according to the picture, I would have less knee bend than that, because I sit farther back on the seat, right against the step. The Vulcan 750 has the best riding position of any bike I've ever had. That's probably why I've bought 2 brand new ones, and have a total of 160,000 miles on them.
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Old 03-22-2013, 07:30 PM   #178
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put a mustang seat on it. i had one and did that and could ride for days
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Old 03-23-2013, 07:10 PM   #179
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Finally got it

Well I got it. Vulcan 900 LT to replace the KLR and provide comfortable 2 up riding.










First off, my fiance doesn't like the studs so I will be replacing those parts soon.

I went for a short 20 minute (cold) ride when I got home and it was very nice to have the windshield. The V twin has much more power than the KLR did and was soooo smooth (engine, ride, transmission...).

I want to check the stator and the fuel guage (common problems) and change the oil, then ride ride ride...
I'm rambling, but still really excited....

I think we are really going to enjoy this bike and I will post some "Adventure Pics" when it warms up.
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Old 03-23-2013, 11:49 PM   #180
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Really cool bike. It will not be cheap to get rid of the studs, the parts they are on are really expensive. Have you gotten used to the heel and toe shifter yet? I bought a used Goldwing with floorboards and a heel and toe shifter, and didn't like it at all. I soon found and bought a set of stock pegs and a stock shifter from eBay. Made the whole bike feel about 300 pounds lighter, and handle much better. On the other hand, many like that setup.

Here's a picture of my '02 Vulcan 750. It is a 1985 design, and has not changed. It has 78,000 miles on it, and is definitely the most comfortable bike I've ever owned. I can ride all day with no pain. It has a centerstand, tubeless tires, shaft drive, and hydraulic lifters. It has never broken down. Kawasaki makes good bikes.

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