New toy for next year…
September 24, 2010 at 5:05 am #4239
I have decided that taking baby steps and being cautious is out…I couldn’t decide if I wanted a sport tourer or a cruiser next…so, Yamaha MT-01…
No more wanting to upgrade…it is comfortable, has more power than I will need (but sure puts a huge grin on your face), and is still reasonable on fuel…being a cruiser motor, it is all torque not high revving HP…so a little self control and a lot of fun.
I have to go put a deposit down tomorrow…lol
Later.September 26, 2010 at 10:14 pm #28570
Get through Christmas and into the New Year before buying…it will drive me nuts to have a new toy in the garage and not be able to play with it…
Feb or March…I should still get a pretty decent deal at that time…
Later.September 28, 2010 at 11:42 am #28574
1670cc 48 degree V twin with 8 OHV, FI and air cooled hmmmm, that should have enough torque to satisfy the urge for a while I love the brakes, tons of pad an puck area should provide a nice light feel at the controls. R1 type rear suspension is an excellent design, even if it does make a center stand impractical. That long stroke and low compression should have no problem with low grade fuel and it looks like Yamaha spent some time to make the valve train ‘unique’. Will be interested to hear how much primary shake those 835cc ba-bangs give you. I totally understand you wanting one of these, it looks like a bike that you could enjoy for life. …and if your truck breaks you could even tow it home with this one
Very few things not to like about ‘brute force’ ;I think that’s what I would name her. I would loose the little red, rear side reflectors, the horn mounting looks like an afterthought and those rear passenger pegs are positioned as high as the helmet lock on my bike, why bother ??? I want to see a picture of this one with your wife sitting comfortably on the back Or maybe motorcycles should just loose the passenger pillion and pegs completely and lobby for reduced insurance rates.
Madjak, the MT-01 is a piece of machinery you could easy stare at instead of a TV, don’t you think the wife would be good with your bringing her home without fuel in the tank and parking her in the family room for the winter ?September 28, 2010 at 2:58 pm #28578
The wife has absolutely no interest in even sitting on the bike. I brought it home during the test ride to show her…I think she liked it, but wouldn’t even touch the bike (maybe eventually, but not now). My daughter, on the other hand, is dying to go for a ride on Dad’s bike…she hasn’t seen this one yet, but I’m sure she will be just as excited to go for a ride (and being 12, she will be flexible enough for the pegs). As for the “primary shake”, well yeah, it shakes like it has the DT’s at idle (part of what I like about the bike, it seems to be alive…unlike the sewing machine feel of the four cylinder bikes…not that that is bad, just different), but is surprisingly smooth on song. I wouldn’t say this is a high performance bike, but muscle bike is a definate fit. I don’t even know if it is that quick, but the torque hits at about 2000rpm and stays until you let off (I didn’t take it over 4500rpm on my test ride), inducing a “special Fred” type of grin (along with giggling like when you were a kid). It has very tall gears and there are only 5 of them. But the sound of the bike and the comfort of the seat make it the ideal bike for me, since I don’t speed (5-10kph over, so I don’t speed a lot?) but like to accellerate quickly.
Actually it is a bit of over kill, my biggest issue with my GS500 is it’s lack of torque. In a strong head wind, or a steep hill you have to gear down to maintain speed and if you want to pass, your down to fourth…nature of the bike I guess, but with this thing…you almost don’t need a shifter…you just twist and go…over 120kph the nakedness shows through and I don’t know if I would want to ride at high speed for a long period, but it would do what ever speed you want and hold it.
I do have a couple of concerns about the bike…15L tank (range anxiety), parts availability (discontinued bike) and no where to put luggage (this one is minor, since I will have the pillion space to tie down a bag when needed). I think most of the bike is parts bin from Warrior and R1…so I am hoping for parts availability that way…the 15L tank will get you over 200kms between fills, so a little more planning may be required…I just have to look into the heat shields on the mufflers to see if they are safe for some soft saddle bags??
I don’t know if any of it will matter…I am pretty sold on the bike, as I’m sure you can tell.
Sorry for the long response, but the excitement is killing me…
Later.December 2, 2010 at 2:14 am #28866gitchy42Participant
Nice Look, Great sound! Hope you enjoy that one
I remember something about your wife saying you might as well upgrade to a bike you will ride a while, this would definitely be in that vein!December 2, 2010 at 4:23 am #28868
Where have you been? You and Weapon dissapeared around the same time…still haven’t heard from Weapon in quite a while…
Yeah, the new wheels kinda depend on me getting a bonus…not to pay for the whole thing, but to make quite a dent in the payments…but if I don’t get the bonus I am thinking of an older Bandit…1996-1999…I found a great deal on one not too far from me…only a couple hundred over what I would expect to get for my GS500…
We’ll see…I have to wait until Feb before I know about the bonus…hopefully I can wait…but I’m not very good at that…
Later.December 2, 2010 at 12:26 pm #28874
If your helmet is white that bike is the perfect color ehDecember 3, 2010 at 2:54 am #28883
and if you haven’t tried the beer…you’re not allowed to comment…
and not this…
Later.December 3, 2010 at 3:21 am #28884
but actually I just really like red motorcyclesDecember 3, 2010 at 3:26 pm #28886
I have thought about painting my bike in a patriotic theme…red wheels & frame with white body work (I still might, if I don’t change bikes)…then I thought about the season, and wondered where your sense of humour was taking you…
Hope you guys like the videos…the “i am CANADIAN” rant was a beer commercial from a few years ago, and I just stumbled across the dancing Santa and thought it was pretty funny..
Later.December 3, 2010 at 7:24 pm #28888Jeff in KentuckyParticipant
Another Canadian video- you could paint your bike with the design at about 4:50 here:December 5, 2010 at 11:00 pm #28894
I was expecting worse than that…maybe body paint…yikes…
But in reality that’s Aussie imitating Canadian Ass…lol
Later.December 6, 2010 at 12:28 am #28895Jeff in KentuckyParticipant
My favorite Canadian singer:December 6, 2010 at 4:51 am #28899gitchy42Participant
I’m still here, just got too busy doing other stuff. A Bandit would be nice, a bit different than the other bike though…..
I helped my dad deliver his CB750 to a coworker today, he was showing a little bit of seller’s remorse on the way home.December 6, 2010 at 12:36 pm #28900
“you’re not getting another motorcycle until you sell one of the bikes you already have!”
It’s hard when you loose ownership of a bike they just don’t make any more, even harder when you see one decades later and it has become a prized classic, I’m afraid to even ask what model year it was and sure hope he replaces it with something equally great.
Maybe something in a nice metalflake red
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