Street bike question - Help me out here.
Posted April 09, 2001 - 07:47 PM
Posted April 10, 2001 - 04:11 AM
Posted April 10, 2001 - 09:17 PM
Lee set me straight and showed me that Corbin makes a replacement seat to make it slightly more passenger friendly. So I get my dream bike AND can take a passenger (although not great distances).
Here is a picture of the seat from Corbin:
Posted April 10, 2001 - 09:49 PM
Originally posted by Bryan:
Thanks everybody. Great suggestions. But the 900 Monster is my dream bike.
Better than the Buel IMHO.
Just make sure you put cardboard under it in your garage to catch the dripping oil. Hey, I'm not kidding... I've seen several of these with leaks. Cool looking bike and it should fit you better than an SV.
One final warning... the parts come via slow boat from Italy... if you need to get it fixed it's gonna sit!
BTW, if you need to find some people to ride with (including some other Duc riders) check here: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/co-hsta
Posted April 10, 2001 - 07:09 PM
I second the above notion-Buell means Harley. Unreliable.
The SV looks great! Probably the best bang for the buck, but you're right the Duck is nice.
I just bought a '01 Yamaha YZF600R (not the R6) in Feb. With bar risers, higher windshield and soft bags (ok the jet kit, Yosh pipe hehe), this makes for an excellent COMFORTABLE sport bike, a medium duty touring bike, and enough power to get into trouble
No wheelies without abusing this bike, but it's worthy of at least a look.
I actually had a deposit down in Sept for the FZ1, but withdrew because I thought it would be too unmanageable (143 hp). If you're worried about chick appeal, believe me all the local cuties are ALWAYS waving at me on it.
V-Twins ducs are pretty cool, but the excess wind blast from the fully upright, naked position along with the buzz that nawls at you after a trip away from town. The same friend with the 750 monster just bought a Katana 600 for that reason. Smooth, and comfy for the long haul.
If you do decide on the duc, drop me a line I know a guy you should talk to for tips!!
Posted April 10, 2001 - 09:51 PM
Once again, the SV is a great bike if you fit on it.
I do know several people that tour on R6's and F4's. More flickable than the Monster and several thousand cheaper.
The only things going for a Duc are:
Italian cool factor
What's not cool:
Italian reliability (or lack of) factor
Doesn't sound so neat after 100 miles and your ears hurt
Posted April 11, 2001 - 01:41 AM
But, I agree with you, the Monster is a cooler bike... but not better.
Yamaha WR400F '99
Honda CBR600F '98
Aprilia RS250 '99
Posted April 11, 2001 - 05:20 AM
'95 DR350, '95 YZ80 (wifes) 2000 DRZ E
IMS 4.2gal tank, DSP frame protectors, DSP fork guards, Acerbis DHH Light, Renthal Bars, Yosh slip-on, Topeak computer setup, 13 front sprocket, WER Skidplate, Thumper Racing Radiator braces/guards, Moose Handguards with Deflectors, and many more to come.... Where is the kickstart on this thing....
Posted April 11, 2001 - 03:01 PM
I've read nothing but good things in the mags about it. And it is just what I have been looking for. A good looking sporty bike that I won't kill myself on.
The one thing that has been keeping it out of my garage has been getting the final OK from my wife. But I am close. A new XR250 for her is going to do the trick I think.
Posted April 12, 2001 - 06:38 AM
Dougie, yes the Suzuki is an AWESOME bike and AWESOME deal and is probably faster than the Duc. It also fits me better and has a great seat and needs NO mods! But it is a SUZUKI! It's like comparing a Ferrari to a Mustang. Sure the Mustang is awesome and fast and fun and cheap. But it's not the sexy, sleek Ferrari.
I'm in this for all looks and sound and handling baby! It's kind of like a Euro Harley thing. Cruising with occasional bursts of fun, twisties and wheelies.
Besides, I have two friends that race street bikes (up near the Berthod track) and if wanted to go crazy-ass fast, I'd buy a Honda CBR 600 and have Brandon go to town on it and let them take me racing.
Now that I've found the seat from Corbin for the Monster, it's just a matter of:
New or Used?
Chromo or Monster Dark?
Monster 900 or Monster S4?
Decisions decisions decisions!
Thanks everyone! This has been WAY fun!
Posted April 12, 2001 - 07:48 AM
I'm such a wuss. :-)
Posted April 12, 2001 - 09:05 PM
When I asked both of my friends why they road raced in the 600 class, that's exactly what they said. One of them races at a pretty high level and does well and he said he can barely tap the potential of a 600 cc engine much less a 900 cc. In fact, he doesn't even ride a street legal bike on the road. He says it is absolutely NO fun for him to have a race bike with a race engine and drive around anywhere near the speed limit so he doesn't even bother. Plus, he insists driving 60 mph on 6th avenue on a motorcycle is MUCH more dangerous than going 130+ at the track. When you crash at the speedway, you usually skid for a while and hit the hay bails and get back up. It's not the end result at rush hour.
Posted April 12, 2001 - 10:50 AM
Save yourself the headache and dont go to Fay Meyers, I know 5 people who have gone there and everytime something was screwed up, the biggest was when my friend Jake went to buy is Ducati 900ss and they just sort of forgot to charge him taxes on the bike. Then when my roommate was first looking for an ST2 they tried screwing him over on financing, take the trip up to Ft. Collins and go to the Ducati and BMW dealership up there, Ill drive you up there or give you gas money if I have to, anything to keep you away from a crappy dealership im my opinion. Just my .02 and my experiences.
Posted April 12, 2001 - 09:47 PM
Also, I'd never get it serviced there. I've heard major horror stories.
Don't know if I'd buy a Duc there or not. A Japanese bike I can get service anywhere. A Duc I think I'd want to support the dealer that will service the thing so they would like me better.
[This message has been edited by Bill (edited 04-13-2001).]