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Old 06-28-2013, 02:45 PM   #46
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With your no chain restriction, a BMW r1200r.

Ignoring your restriction a Ducati Hypermotard S.

Can loft the front on either. A little harder on the r, but truth be told, it's probably faster on the street.
You know what though? My next 150 mile ripping around street bike is gonna be a mid control, stripped down Dyna or Sportster. Feels fast. In fact, is faster than most riders are. Without crazy street speeds.
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Old 06-28-2013, 06:36 PM   #47
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Thanks. Knee's are great. and one's a replacement, the other needs it. ...
I tested a Yamaha FZ8 and a Bolt last weekend...the FZ8 is a great bike, however due to a prior leg injury the FZ8 wasn't comfortable for me to ride. I then remembered why I sold my modded Speed 4...& it even had the Buell XB peg mod that increased seat to peg length.

My evaluation of the Bolt is in the Bolt thread. I don't want one.

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Old 06-28-2013, 08:23 PM   #48
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You know what though? My next 150 mile ripping around street bike is gonna be a mid control, stripped down Dyna or Sportster. Feels fast. In fact, is faster than most riders are. Without crazy street speeds.
Just where I'm at. Bike's an '05 Sporty. Shocks, forks and stage 1
Pipes and intake. Mids and Mustang seat. Went squirreling around for a couple hrs after work. Canyon roads, to cruising the beach for a burrito. Perfect. Suits me well, comfortable, but not a road couch. Maybe at 58, my definition of hooligan ride's changed. I need to get up the next day, but not ready for a Gold Wing and "Touring Elks" windbreaker. There's a Robert Earl Keen song that goes "like an old desperado, I'm gonna paint the town beige". Pretty well it.....

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Old 06-28-2013, 09:26 PM   #49
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Ok, I'm almost 60, bit of arthritis in the wrists, short at 5'8", and 11 stone soaking wet. Still ride like I took my brain out before leaving home.

Can't help it. I've ridden like this for 45 years and probably 50+ bikes.

Last few bikes? Guzzi 1200 Sport (couldn't cope with the clip ons), Bmw 1150GSA (fabulous road bike but high and heavy), Triumph Scrambler (million dollar looks, bland, slow). And I still have an XT600 for the dirt roads round my house.

The dirt roads shred chains and I'd like belt or a shaft.

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!

I just wrote a long reply about your fun problem but my hotel Internet crapped out just as I hit send so its all gone
Below is the answer to your dreams, except its out of budget. I rode this around Portugal for 18 months. It's an absolute riot and I should have kept it. After this I got a 1200RT, SHMBO and I decide to do some touring again and to be honest the RT was a lot of fun too. The bike in between is the R1200R which if I had the same criteria for a bike as yourself would be my choice, Although I like he looks of he Griso better and it's a cooler bike. Otherwise if you decide you can live with having a chain, get a street triple, without a doubt the most fun bike I have ever ridden and I still want one 2 years after my test ride. Next year I might be able to have 2 bikes, a streety will be the one without a doubt.
Where in Portugal do you get to ride? I'm heading off to the Serra Da Estrella region soon for a couple of days but would welcome a recommendation,
Good luck with your decision
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Old 06-28-2013, 09:45 PM   #50
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I turn 65 this fall, officially old. My current motorcycle is a 06 FZ1. An FZ1 on the gas is something to enjoy. My experience with modern chains is very minimal service, dirt is no big thing. How old is too old, going to find out. Many years ago a 84 year old BMW rider friend sold his long owned R69s. I saw tears come to the old motorcyclist as the bike was loaded up. I plan to be him.
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Old 06-28-2013, 11:20 PM   #51
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[QUOTE=bingbong;21751501]I just wrote a long reply about your fun problem but my hotel Internet crapped out just as I hit send so its all gone
Below is the answer to your dreams, except its out of budget. I rode this around Portugal for 18 months. It's an absolute riot and I should have kept it. After this I got a 1200RT, SHMBO and I decide to do some touring again and to be honest the RT was a lot of fun too. The bike in between is the R1200R which if I had the same criteria for a bike as yourself would be my choice,

Really cool. Maybe the ultimate Beemer. I loved my RS. Just got to the point where my wretched knees wouldn't let me ride it anymore...
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Old 06-29-2013, 03:18 AM   #52
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I just wrote a long reply about your fun problem but my hotel Internet crapped out just as I hit send so its all gone
Below is the answer to your dreams, except its out of budget. I rode this around Portugal for 18 months. It's an absolute riot and I should have kept it. After this I got a 1200RT, SHMBO and I decide to do some touring again and to be honest the RT was a lot of fun too. The bike in between is the R1200R which if I had the same criteria for a bike as yourself would be my choice, Although I like he looks of he Griso better and it's a cooler bike. Otherwise if you decide you can live with having a chain, get a street triple, without a doubt the most fun bike I have ever ridden and I still want one 2 years after my test ride. Next year I might be able to have 2 bikes, a streety will be the one without a doubt.
Where in Portugal do you get to ride? I'm heading off to the Serra Da Estrella region soon for a couple of days but would welcome a recommendation,
Good luck with your decision
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Hi! The HP2? I've only ever seen one but the seat height looks like I'd need some serious platform boots.

I'm in the Alentejo near Mertola at the South end of this lovely country. Officially apparently the most thinly populated area of Europe before the enlargement of the EU.

Fantastic biking country- bend after well surfaced bend and very little traffic. Never far from excellent coffee and a friendly Portuguese welcome.

Curiously I used to ride my 1150 Gsa like, as they say, I stole it. Maybe the amazingly neutral handling, great brakes etc. compensated for its considerable weight and comparative lack of power. And, unlike some people, I loved the slightly remote but very planted feel of the front end.
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Old 06-29-2013, 04:27 AM   #53
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Ducati was just spotted testing is new 1198 Monster... Would be perfect.


http://www.motorcyclenews.com/MCN/Ne...monster-spied/
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Old 06-29-2013, 07:55 PM   #54
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Ducati was just spotted testing is new 1198 Monster... Would be perfect.


http://www.motorcyclenews.com/MCN/Ne...monster-spied/

You Sir, have just made my day! I will be saving my pennies for this!

( I'm afraid that it's going to be a hell of a lot of pennies)
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Old 06-29-2013, 08:21 PM   #55
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You Sir, have just made my day! I will be saving my pennies for this!

( I'm afraid that it's going to be a hell of a lot of pennies)
Glad to be of service! It should be a true monster make no mistake. Ought to end all complaints of low power from the current air cooled line.
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Old 06-29-2013, 09:59 PM   #56
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Nothing is perfect...I'm 63, been riding 50 years and live in twisty heaven. 5'9" with 30" inseam and let's just say I have several more rocks in my pockets than most of you...I ride a KTM Super Duke R.
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Old 06-30-2013, 12:16 AM   #57
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Ducati was just spotted testing is new 1198 Monster... Would be perfect.


http://www.motorcyclenews.com/MCN/Ne...monster-spied/
Hard to argue with a Monster of any model. They've all been great bikes that helped define hooligan.......
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Old 06-30-2013, 05:51 AM   #58
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Nothing is perfect...I'm 63, been riding 50 years and live in twisty heaven. 5'9" with 30" inseam and let's just say I have several more rocks in my pockets than most of you...I ride a KTM Super Duke R.
The sound when riding that bike with that exhaust is intoxicating!!!
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Old 06-30-2013, 07:40 AM   #59
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The sound when riding that bike with that exhaust is intoxicating!!!
Oh- my list gets longer again, that is surely the poster boy for hooliganism.......

Ps: any takers for a K1200R? Big hp, shaft drive, naked, what's, as they say, not to like? Anyone got/ridden one?
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Old 06-30-2013, 10:35 AM   #60
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How about you take your money and buy two 1200 bandits. I'm 61 and just bought a 2002 for $2000 a month ago and every time I get on it and let it rip I feel like a hooligan. I'm going to add some luggage racks, highway pegs, windshield, and some touring bars from holeshot performance and make a stone cold reliable sport tourer out of it on a broke ass budget.
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