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  • 2004 Honda Silverwing

    2004 Honda Silverwing

    Honda Silver Wing

    Not being very technical, I must admit I “borrowed” some of this info from Motorcycle Dailey’s review; but added my own experience and comments, too. The Silver Wing is a big scooter. It has a dry weight of 476 pounds (over 500 with fluids), a 14” front tire and a 13” rear tire, and a huge, very comfortable dual seat. The 582 cc parallel twin-powered Silver Wing can do many things as well as a motorcycle, and some things better (such as carry your ...
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  • 2002 Kawasaki Ninja 500

    2002 Kawasaki Ninja 500

    In August 2004, my husband announced he was ready to get a bike. The next day, I signed us up for the MSF class. Yes, us. I have always wanted to ride, but never quite seemed the right time, but we were ready. We had to wait two months for the class, so I had plenty of time to do the research. I knew I wanted a sport bike or something similar. No cruisers for me. I browsed around the former beginner biker site and poured over the bike reviews. I had it narrowed down to the three popular choices:...
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  • 2004 Suzuki DL 650 V-Strom

    2004 Suzuki DL 650 V-Strom

    I've had the V-Strom for a year now. Although I had previous dirt biking experience, and had practiced riding on the street on an older 175 Yamaha, this was my first street bike when we bought it new a year ago last June. Beginner bike? Hard to say. I did have some trouble handling it on the ground. It is a tall bike, seat height is at 32.3". Not that heavy, dry weight at 418 lbs, (but for a shorter person, I'm 5'4") a bit top-heavy. The V-Strom is a standard type bike also considered a dual-s...
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  • 1998 Suzuki GS500E Rider Review

    1998 Suzuki GS500E Rider Review

    My first and only bike thus far is a 1998 Suzuki GS500E. The "E" stands for naked At the time of writing the review, I have owned it for just under 3 months and put 3,000 miles on it, in heavy traffic for my daily commute though town and on the freeway, and on moderate twisties in the foothills and mountains along the coast of California. It has replaced my car for almost everything; it's been used for camping, grocery shopping, you name it. The short of it, I LOVE this bike, hope to be...
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  • Honda ST1100 Review ... NOT a BB Bike !!

    Honda ST1100 Review ... NOT a BB Bike !!

    Hello all. Time for a bike review. As some of you know I've ridden my Kawasaki VN750 for the last 2+ years and loved it. GREAT bike, comfy to ride, goes fast, looks great, extremely dependable, has just about everything you need on a bike. Awsome bike. Love it. However, under pressure from Todd and Mike here in Utah ... they held me down and made me do it ... I have added to my bike collection and added a 2001 Honda ST1100 Sport Tourer. The following is my review of the bike. The ST1100...
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  • 1982 Yamaha Seca XJ750

    1982 Yamaha Seca XJ750

    Well, let me first say that is a fantastic bike. There are several feature that this bike has stock, that you wont find on other bikes. These remarks are my initial impression after riding about 50-60 miles today. Other remarks will come once I get a few hundred miles on it. Look: This is a pretty decent looking bike. The one gripe that I have is that the engine, like many yamahas, is not painted, or polished. It makes it difficult to keep clean and looking good over the years. In addition, t...
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  • Kawasaki KLR650 dual-sport

    Kawasaki KLR650 dual-sport

    My full review can be seen here. The nutshell summary is that this is a great bike for re-entry or new riders if you can fit on it. It is very difficult for big riders (I'm 6'5" with a 37" inseam) to find a bike with appropriate power to learn to ride. The KLR is a great choice with adequate, controllable power and very simple mechanics and maintenance. The ergos are about the biggest you can find and are very comfortable over long distances. Of course, being a dual-sport the KLR open...
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  • Honda CB250 Nighthawk

    Honda CB250 Nighthawk

    What's not to love about this little jewel? The CB250 Nighthawk is THE motorcycle - it's lightweight, agile in town yet still highway-stable, super-reliable, cheap to run and insure, easy to ride, easy to park, easy to work on, low-maintenance, very well-made, durable (one guy I know of has over 91,000 miles on his original engine and is still going strong), versatile, well supported on the Web (see the link below), good-looking and FUN!!! And last but not least, at the end of a long riding day...
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  • 1986 Honda Interceptor 500 (VF500F)

    1986 Honda Interceptor 500 (VF500F)

    I've had my Miniceptor for almost a year now. Technically, it's my second bike, though I spent only a few hundred miles on my first, a '92 Suzuki GS500E (which I still own). Though not normally drawn to red, white and blue coloration, for some reason I always like the look of the little Interceptor I used to see people riding around on when I was in high school. I tried to convince a friend to buy one I saw for sale locally, but when I tired of his hemming & hawing on the decision, I realized...
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  • Honda Goldwing GL1800 ABS

    Honda Goldwing GL1800 ABS

    2005 Honda Goldwing GL1800 ABS So, the first thing most people say when they walk up to one of these is, “This bike is ginormous!” That’s entirely true. It is 9 feet long, five and a half feet tall, three feet wide, and weighs a little more than 800 pounds. When you first sit on it, those 800 pounds feel more like a ton. And if you let that get away from you, chances are that it will take you right down to the ground. The seat is wide, and with a 32 inch seat-to-ground measurement, not everyo...
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