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post #1 of 13 Old 03-22-2008, 07:49 PM Thread Starter
 
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Spring Time Thoughts

It stayed in the 40s today and the wind was rather brisk. But I had an excuse and took the Vee out for a 135 mile spin. This was the first real ride of the year. As the miles slipped by I began to appreciate the bike once again. New motorcycles are amazing compared to the bikes of the 60s I used to ride. I happened to look down at the tach and realized - again - that this V-twin 4-stroke motor redlines at 9600 rpm! Powerful. Strong. Lots of torque. And plenty smooth. Grab a handful of throttle and fly down the road without any downshifting. And it even handles. Sometimes even on a cold day things feel good. Know what I mean?

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uhm... My DL650A redlines at 10,500 rpm... so the 1000 redlines 1000 rpm lower ?

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Sometimes even on a cold day things feel good. Know what I mean?
Amen to that broham. I think I know exactly what you're talkin' about.

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uhm... My DL650A redlines at 10,500 rpm... so the 1000 redlines 1000 rpm lower ?
Yeah, but we don't miss those extra RPMs.
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It stayed in the 40s today and the wind was rather brisk. But I had an excuse and took the Vee out for a 135 mile spin. This was the first real ride of the year. As the miles slipped by I began to appreciate the bike once again. New motorcycles are amazing compared to the bikes of the 60s I used to ride. I happened to look down at the tach and realized - again - that this V-twin 4-stroke motor redlines at 9600 rpm! Powerful. Strong. Lots of torque. And plenty smooth. Grab a handful of throttle and fly down the road without any downshifting. And it even handles. Sometimes even on a cold day things feel good. Know what I mean?
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sometimes ... okay LOTS of times ... i catch myself fantasizing about trading in the vee on something like the ZX14 or busa.

then i go for a ride ...

and i'm reminded what a pleaure it is to ride a bike that is plenty fast, handles great, comfortable (leg room ..... ahhhhhh), practical, torquey, and stone reliable. i'd be a fool to give up the strom.
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sometimes ... okay LOTS of times ... i catch myself fantasizing about trading in the vee on something like the ZX14 or busa.

then i go for a ride ...

and i'm reminded what a pleaure it is to ride a bike that is plenty fast, handles great, comfortable (leg room ..... ahhhhhh), practical, torquey, and stone reliable. i'd be a fool to give up the strom.
I don't have many miles on my Vee (that will come this summer), but the few that I put on last year (around 200), I was left with the same impression as you, plus I owned an FJR and still have an 06 GL1800. The one thing I won't miss is the heat from the FJR (otherwise great ride). The heat on the Wing is manageable with Baker Air Wings, but the Vee is a much more basic ride and is going to be a great deal of fun for sure.
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Yeah, I've got a spring time thought- it's March 23, WHERE IS IT?!!!

Out my second floor window about 2 minutes ago, thru the screen so it's a bit buggy looking...

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