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Re: What kind of motorcycle should I get?
« Reply #165 on: September 13, 2011, 04:20:20 PM »

All good info.

Mainly, I see myself doing the majority of my riding on trips of over 3 hours, so thats kinda why I was looking at that 1200 Harley. Might be right though about getting a bit of a smaller bike, since I haven't had one in a long time. I'm definitely liking the KTM's alot.

I'll keep you guys updated if I get something soon, or have any other questions. I need to look at some bike forums when I get a chance.
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Re: What kind of motorcycle should I get?
« Reply #166 on: September 13, 2011, 04:44:00 PM »

I say, for 300 mile trips - don't go lower than a 750, and really a 1000 or bigger would make you happier.  Doesn't matter how heavy it is - you learn to ride the bike and you're good!
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Re: What kind of motorcycle should I get?
« Reply #167 on: February 04, 2012, 01:10:31 AM »

Been on a V-star 1100 for a few months. Too wide for splitting lanes. A bitch to work on. Small gas tank. Awkward foot controls for big feet.  The power is adequate but the clutch slips if I get on the throttle. I've read it needs stiffer clutch springs.
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Re: What kind of motorcycle should I get?
« Reply #168 on: February 04, 2012, 06:23:54 PM »

All good info.

Mainly, I see myself doing the majority of my riding on trips of over 3 hours, so thats kinda why I was looking at that 1200 Harley. Might be right though about getting a bit of a smaller bike, since I haven't had one in a long time. I'm definitely liking the KTM's alot.

I'll keep you guys updated if I get something soon, or have any other questions. I need to look at some bike forums when I get a chance.
I'd do bad things for a ktm 990 sm-t....
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Re: What kind of motorcycle should I get?
« Reply #169 on: February 19, 2012, 12:21:13 AM »

Been on a V-star 1100 for a few months. Too wide for splitting lanes. A bitch to work on. Small gas tank. Awkward foot controls for big feet.  The power is adequate but the clutch slips if I get on the throttle. I've read it needs stiffer clutch springs.
(I'm experienced and I have the right tools.)
Changed the rear tire today.
Took 3 hours for me to get the wheel off. 30 mins for the shop to mount+balance. About 2 hours to put it all back together. By comparison, my old Suzuki GS took about an hour for the same work.
Yamaha V-star 1100. Not user friendly.
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Re: What kind of motorcycle should I get?
« Reply #170 on: February 19, 2012, 11:10:58 AM »

Been on a V-star 1100 for a few months. Too wide for splitting lanes. A bitch to work on. Small gas tank. Awkward foot controls for big feet.  The power is adequate but the clutch slips if I get on the throttle. I've read it needs stiffer clutch springs.
(I'm experienced and I have the right tools.)
Changed the rear tire today.
Took 3 hours for me to get the wheel off. 30 mins for the shop to mount+balance. About 2 hours to put it all back together. By comparison, my old Suzuki GS took about an hour for the same work.
Yamaha V-star 1100. Not user friendly.
My Kawasaki rear tire change:

Heft bike up on center stand (sometimes a lot harder than it looks, ouch my back).
Remove right side muffler (2 bolts, a couple minutes max)
Remove rear axle bolt (about a minute)
Pop rear wheel from rear drive shaft
Pay 10 bucks for the shop to change the tire (I'm not changing tubeless street tires myself thanks very much!)
Reverse.  Easy peasy.
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Re: What kind of motorcycle should I get?
« Reply #171 on: February 20, 2012, 05:18:25 PM »

Been on a V-star 1100 for a few months. Too wide for splitting lanes. A bitch to work on. Small gas tank. Awkward foot controls for big feet.  The power is adequate but the clutch slips if I get on the throttle. I've read it needs stiffer clutch springs.
(I'm experienced and I have the right tools.)
Changed the rear tire today.
Took 3 hours for me to get the wheel off. 30 mins for the shop to mount+balance. About 2 hours to put it all back together. By comparison, my old Suzuki GS took about an hour for the same work.
Yamaha V-star 1100. Not user friendly.
My Kawasaki rear tire change:

Heft bike up on center stand (sometimes a lot harder than it looks, ouch my back).
Remove right side muffler (2 bolts, a couple minutes max)
Remove rear axle bolt (about a minute)
Pop rear wheel from rear drive shaft
Pay 10 bucks for the shop to change the tire (I'm not changing tubeless street tires myself thanks very much!)
Reverse.  Easy peasy.
Yup I feel pretty burned by Yamaha. (V-star)
Lift bike really high so you can clear the fender, remove covers, bags, left bag frame, mufflers, remove bolts from half the luggage rack, rear brake caliper, caliper bracket, brake hose mount, drain rear gear oil, remove axle clamp, axle nut, pull wheel and rear drive with shaft, remove axle, remove rear drive from wheel. Get tire swapped, $35 (CA).  Reverse, adding grease to drive parts and then refill gear oil before putting the rest back together.
I hear the FJR is better
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Re: What kind of motorcycle should I get?
« Reply #172 on: February 29, 2012, 11:00:12 PM »

Sold my bike... needed money...   :(
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Re: What kind of motorcycle should I get?
« Reply #173 on: April 25, 2012, 05:18:00 AM »

Sold my bike... needed money...   :(

A very sad day indeed. Do you still have your gear?
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Re: What kind of motorcycle should I get?
« Reply #174 on: April 26, 2012, 05:11:56 PM »

I've already given my answer to this one, but this is a cool vid imho.

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