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  • Checking in after a little ten-year break

    Hope everyone is safe and well! Starting to get the itch again, so I figured I’d come back and check in to see what’s up at good old BBO. Sorry I dropped out. Life gets busy...

    Hi again!
    Regards,
    Collin

    2005 Kawasaki EN500C (SOLD)
    1986 Yamaha YX600 Radian (SOLD)

    M.I.T.G.C. #30
    (late bloomer)

  • #2
    Hey Collin
    Place is pretty quiet, I don't think anybody else is riding much any more, they all got old or somethin

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    • #3
      Hi Collin!
      Glad to see you back. It is definitely quieter here than it was 10 years ago!

      Any particular bike giving you the itch again?
      CURRENT BIKES: 2014 Suzuki Wee Strom, 2016 Honda CBR500R
      PREVIOUS BIKES: 2002 Ninja 500, 2002 Kawi ZR-7S, 2002 Kawi Concours, 2003 Yamaha XT225, 2006 Yamaha FZ6, 2005 Suzuki Wee Strom, 2004 Honda CRF250R, Yamaha TTR250
      Test riding bikes since 2004.
      If loud pipes save lives, imagine what learning to RIDE that thing will do!
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      • #4
        Hi Trials! Hi Missy! Nice to see you again! I am looking at the Yamaha Bolt, Honda Rebel 500, and Kawasaki Vulcan S 650. I haven’t done any seat testing, yet, but I really like the peg placement on the Rebel and the Bolt. One thing I didn’t love about my Kawasaki was that the pegs were a little too far forward for my liking. Looks like some of the technology has come a long way. I remember they were just talking about ABS on some of the big bikes back in the day. Now, it doesn’t look like it’s that hard to come by. How big a difference does it make?
        Regards,
        Collin

        2005 Kawasaki EN500C (SOLD)
        1986 Yamaha YX600 Radian (SOLD)

        M.I.T.G.C. #30
        (late bloomer)

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        • #5
          ABS has practically become mandatory on new model bikes. If you operate the brakes properly, chances are you will never even know it is on there :/ until it comes time to service the brake hydraulics or stuff starts to rust & break down, then you will know it.

          Lots of bike choices out there now highly recommend you go for the ones that have fuel injection.

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          • #6
            Caddie~
            The recent trends in North America have been to "re-introduce" the smaller/medium engine sizes. It's nice to see 300cc-500cc engine sizes available, again.
            What kind of riding do you do the most?

            Would you be considered a "re-entry" rider? If so, then brushing up on a class might not be a bad idea.
            Knowledge speaks, wisdom listens.

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            • #7
              Definitely hoping for FI over carbs. I am probably considered re-entry. I haven’t ridden since about ‘08 or ‘09. I was just thinking to hit some country roads or go get some coffee on a Sat morning, and take the long way home. Nothing big — not planning to commute or travel around the world. I did do MSF 15 years ago, and would love to take it again if I can find a course around here...especially now.

              PS. Thanks for the responses!
              Regards,
              Collin

              2005 Kawasaki EN500C (SOLD)
              1986 Yamaha YX600 Radian (SOLD)

              M.I.T.G.C. #30
              (late bloomer)

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              • #8
                Hey Caddie, welcome back!
                Peace ~ Love Ride ~ Then Ride Some More
                '16 Kawasaki Vulcan S 650 with ABS - "ED-2ND" - Special in a new way.
                '05 Yamaha 1100 V* Silverado "Beast, Big Ass Bike" - The name said it all.
                '02 Suzuki 650 Savage - "Special Ed' - A wonderful memory.
                - Gerry -

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                • #9
                  Thank you!!
                  Regards,
                  Collin

                  2005 Kawasaki EN500C (SOLD)
                  1986 Yamaha YX600 Radian (SOLD)

                  M.I.T.G.C. #30
                  (late bloomer)

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                  • #10
                    Welcome back!
                    Suzie
                    '13 KLX 110L - "Kermit"
                    '04 NSR 50
                    GWA Member

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                    • #11
                      I caught your post in the facebook group so I figured I'd eventually have to wander back into the old site. It took a while...I had to find my password LOL
                      Sent from your mom's phone
                      "If I wanted a windshield and tunes, I'd drive my car."
                      Ride Safe, Chop Safer
                      "Unofficial Beginner Bike Chop Shop"
                      "Motorcycles are not unsafe. However, they are extremely unforgiving of inattention, incompetence, ignorance, and stupidity."
                      Support your FLIBS (Friendly Local Independent Bike Shop)
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                      3500cc worth of Honda: http://shadow-shack.20m.com

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                      • #12
                        That's ok shadow, I knew this nurse that not only had her password written on an 8 by 10 sheet of paper over her desk, it also had her login name that apparently she had to write down to remember, it was a complicated formula of her first name and then a dot and then her surname

                        How's it going are you riding lots? Black flies are almost done here, mosquitoes are just starting, seen a red headed woodpecker yesterday, that was pretty neat, fishing hasn't been all that great, mostly Bass biting because they know they are out of season, sneaky fish those Bass.

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                        • #13
                          I had to do that when I had my corporate job, they mandated we change out password every 4-6 weeks or we got locked out. Ad it wasn't just for the desktop, mind you...but for other bits of software as well. I had a post-it taped under my keyboard and every time a username/password needed changing I made a new post-it.

                          I'm down to the Rebel for the moment, I ended up waiting two years for my salvage title from the state of Nevada after numerous attempts (re: my VLX fuel pump fire)...more than long enough to warrant yet another carb cleaning. In the meantime I was able to take that title, get a safety inspection, convert the title to a rebuilt title, and register it again. Now I need the time to tear it down (again).
                          Sent from your mom's phone
                          "If I wanted a windshield and tunes, I'd drive my car."
                          Ride Safe, Chop Safer
                          "Unofficial Beginner Bike Chop Shop"
                          "Motorcycles are not unsafe. However, they are extremely unforgiving of inattention, incompetence, ignorance, and stupidity."
                          Support your FLIBS (Friendly Local Independent Bike Shop)
                          sigpic
                          3500cc worth of Honda: http://shadow-shack.20m.com

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                          • #14
                            You are going to love retirement
                            you guys do have retirement down there don't you?

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Trials View Post
                              You are going to love retirement
                              you guys do have retirement down there don't you?
                              Yes we do. I'm just not old enough for it yet.

                              On the other hand, I paid my house off several years ago so working full time isn't the big deal it used to be. I've been looking for part time jobs but everything out here is either temp/seasonal or on call...nothing guaranteed. So until something falls into my lap I'm doing the 40hr/week grind.
                              Sent from your mom's phone
                              "If I wanted a windshield and tunes, I'd drive my car."
                              Ride Safe, Chop Safer
                              "Unofficial Beginner Bike Chop Shop"
                              "Motorcycles are not unsafe. However, they are extremely unforgiving of inattention, incompetence, ignorance, and stupidity."
                              Support your FLIBS (Friendly Local Independent Bike Shop)
                              sigpic
                              3500cc worth of Honda: http://shadow-shack.20m.com

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