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Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by dabigguns357, Sep 30, 2012.

  1. fnfalman

    fnfalman Chicks Dig It

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    I fully agree. My Aprilia Tuono is my sport touring bike. You can ride in relative comfort and when you get to where you're going, you can still cut the curve. Or disconnect the lights and hit the track. Then put everything together and pack up to ride back.

    When I was younger, I started out with the Kawasaki EX500 (aka Ninja 500). Didn't take any class so I crashed a lot, but I was too macho to admit that I couldn't ride. Nosiree.

    Then I went to a Dyna Glide because only real riders and real men ride Harleys. The fact that it was a slow, heavy, ungainly beast didn't deter me. Then at Daytona Beach, I saw my first Ducati in red. That stirred something in me so I traded the heavy beast in for an Italian stallion - a PASO 750.

    Sold them all when I got out of Uncle Sam's service and went to college. College was done, worked for a while, paid off the loans, bought me a convertible sports car but something is still missing. The call of the road beckoned, so I took the MSF (I don't wise up much, but I do a bit now and then) and it was a revelation. Told myself that I'm old enough to know better, so I'd best get me a geezer glide so that I'd appear responsible. Didn't want to wear vests and assless chaps so I went with a German geezer glide - a BMW Rockster (still have it). After a few months of "cruising", I still felt something was missing. I'm not getting my rocks off. Riding in a straight line is just simply boring.

    Some of the dudes told me to go canyon carving. Wow, what a revelation!!! So, now I gotta have a new bike. But what? Ducati? Nah, too common. Aprilia...hmm...Italian, red, V-twin, reliable - a bright red Tuono found her home with me.

    Next thing I know, I was canyon carving, commuting and touring on my Aprilia with the BMW being well neglected.

    Then some dude took me to the track. Wow, what a revelation!!! Next thing I know, there's an Aprilia Mille in the garage.

    Then some dude took me offroading a bit. Wow, what a revelation!!! But I don't want to buy a true blued offroad machine that has to be carted in the back of a pickup truck or towed on a trailer. Next thing I know, there's a KTM Adventure in my garage.

    Then I saw a bunch of cute chicks riding around on scooters. Hmm...lightweight, small, easy on the gas and maintenance. Next thing I know there's an Aprilia buzzbomb in my garage.

    One day I went to a 2-smokes gathering, checking out the Aprilia RS250, the Suzuki RG500, ad infinitum. Took a ride on an Aprilia RS250 and...WOow, what a revelation!!! Next thing I know there's an Aprilia RS125 (1 out of 150 ever imported) in my garage; slightly massged, of course.

    I'm getting older and my homeys are getting older but we can't seem to get off the fast bikes mentality. Oh well, one of these years we'll grow up and get us some geezer glides.
     
  2. Mayhem like Me

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    LMAO... yup,, I have been on a self imposed Haitus from fast bike owning for 8 or so years... I am wanting to do it again, but the last bike I had to lay down was my ninja 900 , and I was much younger then 1984... I have been lucky and vigilant enough not to be wrecked over the years even racing motocross...
    I really like the Ducs and Aprillas I have seen and am lusting after a sporty weekend rider...The TUONO is calling my name so is the Panigale..
     

  3. fnfalman

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    I am ambivalent about the Tuono V4 because I don't like the fact that Aprilia had adopted the Japanese mentality to water down the naked bike's engine output from the sport bike's engine output. The Tuonos have been nothing but a Mille with a handlebar and no fairing. Detune the engine by 10-HP is a transgression against God and Man. Granted, it's still a 140-HP + to the rear wheel but the thought of a detuned Tuono just galls me so and that's why I haven't bought one yet. Not to mention that the current two colors are matte black and yellow. No red, WTF, over?

    I'll give Aprilia another year to see if they're going to do something different for the V4 Tuono. If not then I'll buy something else, like maybe a KTM 990 Supermoto. Talk about a machine that's the equivalence of viagra that you can kill yourself on.
     
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    Funny.

    This is the bike I gave to the DAV to make room in my garage for my Dyna Super Glide. I rode it all over Europe, but riding tucked in was going to get me killed in the U.S..

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    I briefly considered, alright - almost bought, this Ducati, but see above, I figured that with a 462 lb bike with 162 hp, it would only be a matter of time before I became a grease spot on the highway.

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    So, I bought my Harley and have come to love it. I'll be out riding it in a few minutes.

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    Funny. I see lots of speed and not so much kill. On public roads none the less.


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  6. Mayhem like Me

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    it's not the speed, it's the sudden unintended stopping that kills.
     
  7. GVFlyer

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    You're cheating Dana, you live in Germany.

    When I lived there I could safely and easily average 100 mph (or better) on a trip from, say, Heidelberg to Wien, Österreich including the Zoll and Esso stops.
     
  8. fnfalman

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    Okay, I'll buy that. Most Americans can't drive to save their lives. But then that doesn't explain your choice of a motorcycle with mediocre brakes and handling. If safety is so paramount then why don't you get a motorcycle that is more agile, more maneuverable and better braking & handling skills?

    No, I'm not talking about crotch rockets either. Just a plain old standard motorcycle with decent power, decent chassis and decent brakes.
     
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    1900 V-Twin pushing out 125ft/lbs. What does your little toy put out again?
     
  10. fnfalman

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    6-HP out of a 50-cc displacement. All muscles and no fat like yours.

    A 1900-cc engine that barely puts out 125-lbft of torque. :rofl: I noticed that you didn't even bother to post the horsepower.
     
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    I hear the same line of crap from every little 17 year old ricer driving a Honda on the road. Wanna know what they and you have in common? You're in my rearview mirrors.
     
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    Who do you race with your geezer glide? Bicylists?
     
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    Considering it runs high 11s...a whole damn lot of things. What do you race with your scooter? The fat chicks who should be on it?
     
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    By the time you unload it from the trailer or the back of the pickup, I'd be well gone across the finish line.

    BTW, fat chicks ride on the back of Harleys, not Italian stallions.

    High 11s? That's all you can do from a 1900-cc displacement engine? My 1000-cc displacement bike can do high 11s in its sleep.
     
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    Have you never heard of scooter racing? HH
     
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    Trailer or pickup? Sonny, I gear up, roll it outta the garage, press the starter, and away I go. Its a regular ol' bike.

    And fat chicks ride on the front of scooters. Way to go.

    So you've got a halfway decent crotch rocket and you're on here banging your chest about a little 50cc scooter? Open the garage door the next time you turn on your bike, dude. :dunno:
     
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    No, I haven't. It sounds :rofl:
     
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    Of course you haven't heard of scooter racing. I don't expect geezer gliders to know much about motorsports at all, especially the types that involves taking corners at extremely high speed and lean angles.
     
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    I've had them. See my post 124 in this thread and this one:

    http://www.glocktalk.com/forums/showpost.php?p=19451187&postcount=27

    For me, safety is about dialing me back. If I can't get the front wheel off the pavement for three gears or get serious road rash on my boots with the bike I'm riding, it goes a long way towards encouraging me to act my age.
     
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    Sure it is.

    And fat dudes ride on the front of geezer glides too. What a sight!

    A halfway decent crotch rocket? I ain't riding a rice burner, gramps.

    My 50-cc scooter is all I need to outrun geezer glides. My crotch rocket is for racing against real motorcycles.