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post #1 of 6 Old 05-10-2008, 11:13 AM Thread Starter
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Is there arybody left?

I have always been one of the guys who started to make modifications to my motorcycle as soon as I got it. In my case, they were primarily performance changes ro the intake, exhaust, cams, and heads. Sometimes I'd go to a big bore or stroker kit. In the end I always had a bike that wasn't as good for street riding (usually tempermental somewhere in the rev range) and when I went to sell, most people were suspicious of the mods and I ended up getting less for the bike than if I had left it stock. My last two bikes were kept stock except for some appearance changes, which were removed when I sold them, and I got quite a bit more for the bikes at sale. The best thing was they were as rideable as new. I can't stand a bike that has a great upper end but is terrible off the line or down low on throttle changes. One other thing that I discovered is if you want something different, leave it stock and you'll be the one who has a machine that stands out. Is there anyone else out there who has decided to go this route?
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post #2 of 6 Old 05-10-2008, 11:22 AM
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pretty much stock

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post #3 of 6 Old 05-10-2008, 11:23 AM
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Well, I guess I'm of the thought that I am satisfied with the performance of my engine. Sure, it, like any other power plant, can be improved upon, but to what end for my purposes? It does what I ask of it, and is able to offer more than I ever need, so I'm happy with it. I'm not racing it. I'm not overloading it. I'm not asking more than it is able to provide.

The changes I've made aren't cosmetic, though. They are functional. Comfort and utilitarian in nature, to get the bike to fit my body better and serve more purpose than the factory provided.

I think they've got these engines dialed in pretty well nowadays. No need for me to futz around with them. More than ample power for everyday, and not-so-everyday use, comfortable, and functional. A winner in my book.

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I don't buy vehicles with the thought of future sale in mind. I want a vehicle to meet my needs, and if upgrading it or adding to it help that along, I'm all for it. If that makes it "un-unique," I really don't care, as long as it's what I want and need.

I usually buy new vehicles, maintain them well, and keep them until they're at the end of their service life.

I really don't care about the eventual sale; by then, it'll probably be too worn out to be worth anything regardless.

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Only changes I made were to add a set of Givi crashbars, Givi hard bags, SuperBrace fork brace, and a center stand. I guess you can say the bike is still stock. No plans to change out either the seat or the exhaust as I like both just the way they are. Ride safe, ride often.

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I really tried to keep the strom stock. The seat broke me, and for the very first time, I replaced it with the best seat I could find. I ride some long days, and a bad seat just takes the fun out of it. Like Steve said, all functional changes only for me. I never hope to have to replace anything mechanical unless it wears out. Then it's going right back to stock. I've had bikes in the past where I always regretted trying to improve something that was already very good.
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