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Ben Cantrick
  Date: 2007-06-25 16:05
  Subject:   Screw you guys - I'm going to Taos!
  Music:Timmy And The Lords Of The Underworld - Timmy

Gone all this week, the 26th through the 29th. Be back late Friday evening. Probably be checking email, but maybe not often.

First amusing anecdote story from the trip: As we motorcycled through Fairplay, the town that the TV show South Park is mostly based on, we decided to stop for lunch. As we putted through the streets, I saw a guy and his parents out walking. Blonde kid, skinny. Limping. Had a brace on one arm. Get closer... man this poor guy looks like he was born with Down Syndrome or something.

That was when it hit me. I'm in South Park. I've just seen a retarded blonde kid.

It was all I could do to prevent myself from leaning over and shouting "TIMMAH!!" at the top of my lungs.

Yes, I am going straight to hell...
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  User: mrothermel
  Date: 2007-06-25 23:56 (UTC)
  Subject:   what bike?
What bike are you riding this long trip on?

I am thinking about coming out to Colorado for
a few weeks and buying a bike while there.
Something... Mid-size, V-Twin (I want a narrow
body and low end acceleration), 600-ish CC,
light sport touring type.

Any reccomendations?

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Ben Cantrick
  User: mackys
  Date: 2007-06-26 02:36 (UTC)
  Subject:   Re: what bike?
My Gixxer is unsuitable for long trips like this, so we've only taken mom's Kwak Drifter 800 and my step-dad's Kwak Mean Streak 1500. We're doing a three way rotation so all of us get to drive at least one of the bikes before we have to take a shift in the Civic Hybrid. Also my step-dad has recently had back surgery so sometimes he wants to get off the bike.

Mid-size easy riding 600-ish V-twin... it's hard not to recommend my mom's Drifter. It's extremely comfortable and easy going. Not too heavy. Pleasure to ride. It's an 800, but it's a real pussycat. My 250 Ninja was harder to ride. Kwak has stopped making these but some should be available used.

There are several v-twin Harleys. If that's your thing, have at it. Should be easy to find, too. Only downside is that hogs are expensive. Too expensive, IMO. People are buying a logo instead of functionality. Makes the engineer in me sneer.

Want something sportier? The Suzuki SV650S has a reputation for being tremendously fun to ride.

That's really all I can think of offhand. Have you taken a motorcycle riding course? I'd definitely recommend it. I think it's the reason I haven't injured myself beyond superficial scratches in ten years of riding.

If you HAVE taken a riding safety course, and aren't totally wedded to the idea of a V-twin, you should give the Honda Interceptor a serious look. It's what I'll be getting when I become too old and inflexible for a serious "kill you if you're not paying attention every single second" race-replica like my Gixxer.
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  User: nickhalfasleep
  Date: 2007-06-26 16:04 (UTC)
  Subject:   Re: what bike?
And if you haven't already, the MSF motorcycle safety classes for a weekend or two are a great way to get comfy with riding a motorcycle.
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  User: mckavian
  Date: 2007-06-26 01:55 (UTC)
  Subject:   (no subject)
You, sir, are a bad, bad man.

I'll save you a seat.
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  User: mrothermel
  Date: 2007-06-26 22:38 (UTC)
  Subject:   motorcycles, again
Very cool. thanks for the info.
Yes, I did the MSF class in California.
It was pretty good and I am likely alive
from a few close calls becuase of it.
Taxi's and buses out here are crazy.

I think I will buy a VFR off Craigs List
on Saturday. If you are in town again /
wanna help me make sure its a good bike,
let me know.

I'll be back in Colorado Thursday night.
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Ben Cantrick
  User: mackys
  Date: 2007-06-27 15:42 (UTC)
  Subject:   Re: motorcycles, again
I was wrong about when I get back. I may not get back until Saturday evening. This is likely to be too late to come check out the VFR. However, I do recommend reading:


There's probably too much here to do it all yourself. I'd just check the major things: Make sure there's no coolant in the oil, and none but a teeny bit of metal shavings. Make sure the tires aren't dry-rotted. Be sure the frame's not bent.

Personally, I'm too lazy to do the full checklist. If the bike looks good, I just pay a local mechanic to give it a much more thorough inspection. (I've usually used Mike's Motorcycle in Boulder, but take your pick.)
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