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Old 06-26-2013, 07:17 PM   #16
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Almost 62 and my ktm990smt is just about perfect and hope it continues that way.
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Old 06-26-2013, 07:31 PM   #17
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Old 06-26-2013, 07:31 PM   #18
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Get the lightest bike you can find, with the best motor you can find. Something that can loft wheelies effortlessly, hustle a twisty road, and its sure to bring a smile every time you ride it.

You need a nicely worked RD400.




This one belongs to an aging hooligan friend of mine and he can't get enough of it.


If you really need a modern bike for some reason you can't do much better than a Monster 1100 or a Speed Triple R.

Edit: Just saw you wanted a shaft drive, hmmm. A shaft drive hooligan bike is a rare beast indeed... You will need to figure out whether youd rather care for a chain on a light and nimble bike or have a bigger and heavier heavier motorcycle.

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Old 06-26-2013, 08:50 PM   #19
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That RD looks like a great one. I've had both an RD 350 and RZ 350. Really fun, light simple bikes.
I'm 58, about 5'7", one knee replaced and the other waiting. the knees got me off my Monster and BMW R1100RSL. Couldn't make the bend to the pegs anymore. Tried a Sportster. Basic, the roadster. Improved the suspension on it. It already had stage 1 engine mods, just the basics to make it run right. I've always been an HD naysayer. Ya know, I'm really liking it. Feels a lot like my Guzzi SP 1000. Comfortable, basic. No it's not fast. But, it's fast enough for a ton of fun on a back road.It could be lighter. So could I! But, actually it's easier to work on then the Guzzi or the BMW, and with a ton of parts support. The rubber mounts make it incredibly smooth. Minimal maintence with hydraulic valves, belt drive, single carb. And it's a 2005, rather then an old bike with all the problems that brings.It's just a good, fun, standard motorcyle. It's going to the USGP @ Laguna Seca in 3 weeks..

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Old 06-26-2013, 10:06 PM   #20
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Second on the Street Triple. Just spent a 300 mi day ripping around the mountains of Northern Colorado on a friend's bike. Hands down, the most fun bike I've ever ridden. I can't really explain why.

My daily ride is a Tiger 800 so I've got an affinity. But that Street Triple is about perfect. Certainly will be my next, second bike (keeping a Tiger of course).

Do yourself a giant favor and get on one for, say, twenty minutes. I'm sure that's all it'll take...
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Old 06-26-2013, 11:57 PM   #21
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Get the lightest bike you can find, with the best motor you can find. Something that can loft wheelies effortlessly, hustle a twisty road, and its sure to bring a smile every time you ride it.

You need a nicely worked RD400.




This one belongs to an aging hooligan friend of mine and he can't get enough of it.


If you really need a modern bike for some reason you can't do much better than a Monster 1100 or a Speed Triple R.

Edit: Just saw you wanted a shaft drive, hmmm. A shaft drive hooligan bike is a rare beast indeed... You will need to figure out whether youd rather care for a chain on a light and nimble bike or have a bigger and heavier heavier motorcycle.

That bike is cool. I want one of those. I had the little Kawasaki Triples when I was young, S2, S3.
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Old 06-27-2013, 03:15 AM   #22
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I sat on a 650 Ninja last weekend and am surprised these aren't more popular with us aging hooligans. The seating is pretty low, and the bars felt nice to me, sorta neutral. The engine is becoming legendary and they look pretty cool.

It's still obviously stuck in my head......
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Old 06-27-2013, 03:42 AM   #23
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Any nice street fighter conversion (R1, GSXR, ZX)

Grip it and rip it.
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Old 06-27-2013, 04:21 AM   #24
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Old 06-27-2013, 01:31 PM   #25
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For shear fun behind the bars, on a bike that's easy to ride
You can't beat supermoto or the Hypermoto class of bikes.

I like the DRZ400SM, or my converted XR650L with SM wheels. But the wife's HMS1100S is a hoot

These bikes are great fun in the twisty bits, work really well on bad aging roads
And at least here in the states are stupid cheap to insure.
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Old 06-27-2013, 01:56 PM   #26
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Loads of good options if you want a recent issue bike:

Triumph Bonny or Thruxton
BMW R1200R

I'm sure there are loads of Japanese bikes which fit the 'standard' or conservative riding position and are still fun.

Maybe also a little vintage bike, dripping with panache (and previously installed farkles) without getting into the cafe crowd.
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Old 06-27-2013, 02:36 PM   #27
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And I'm not rich! Got about 5000 max to spend on something to satisfy the inner hooligan. Preferably less. XR1200? Any particular Buell with a lower seat than the Ulysses I tried a while ago? Loved the bike but the styling is def not hooligan enough and I needed a step ladder to climb aboard!
XR, really?? Hooligan??

AND you're in the UK! You have a clear choice.....

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Old 06-27-2013, 02:50 PM   #28
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Hm. Maybe got to rethink my chain phobia?

Best two cheap bikes I've thrown a leg over recently have to be a 1050 Speed Triple and a Cagiva Raptor, the latter a really characterful ride and quite unexpected, light, slim and the most glorious racket. I rode it back to back with the Scrambler, demonstrating what an absolute dog the latter was.

V-twins rock.

Take an earlier Speed Triple and I could buy both for 5k.....and have change.

Brutale's are getting cheaper, and those big Morinis. And there are cheap Buells about.

So many bikes, and so little time left......
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Old 06-27-2013, 03:45 PM   #29
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Old 06-27-2013, 03:50 PM   #30
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Take an earlier Speed Triple and I could buy both for 5k.....and have change.
I bought a Speed 3 last year somewhat on a whim (I was looking for a Bonneville.... which I still want) and it's an incredible bike. A true hooligan for sure but pretty comfortable, tons of power, great brakes, incredible sound.....and people always look at it weird. I'm very entertained by the quizzical expressions.
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