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  • in reply to: My ‘new’ 2006 Yamaha Virago 250 #17768
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    Eddiepowerfm
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    I noticed you put a windshield on it. Have you been surprised by the force of the wind in your month of riding? I was very surprised and even wondered if I made a mistake. But I put on a little windshield like yours and with time have gotten use to the feeling of the wind. We have even had some 35mph winds here in Texas recently.

    in reply to: My first real close call, word to beginners. #17761
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    well, it was not really a swerve. It was a quick lean to the right to avoid being hit. That is why I had to put my right leg down or fall over. Again, I was in the alley not going fast at all, she was coming around the corner pretty fast though.

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    I will start looking on-line and at some of the area shops for something to wear with my mesh jacket.

    in reply to: mother of aspiring rider #17619
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    Rock on Elwood. I love the way you represent guys in our 40’s.

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    Eddiepowerfm
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    So are blue jeans something that would not protect the skin on the legs (or the butt) very well?

    in reply to: Helmet law confusions…. #17533
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    Eddiepowerfm
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    You are right that there is a line that is too far. I don’t think that having to wear a helmet or seatbelt (and I don’t like wearing a seat belt) is over that line, that’s just my opinion. And the thing about “what’s too far” is that we have millions of opinions on that. So I guess one good thing you or I can do is let our representatives know what we believe about having to wear a helmet. We are lucky to live in a country where we do have a voice.

    Hmm, I wonder how many people in office ride motorcycles?

    in reply to: What was your Experience…From day 1. #17527
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    Eddiepowerfm
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    My wife and I are cyclist too. We just rode our Trek 7.2 FX’s 30 miles in Tour Dallas today.

    in reply to: What was your Experience…From day 1. #17526
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    As a kid I thought motorcycles were cool but as an adult thought they were not worth the risk. Well when gas hit close to $4 last year I started to think about getting a scooter and taking it on back roads to work but that is a one way 23 mile commute. I then learned about the big super scooters but I saw how expensive they were compared to bikes like the Honda Rebel. A guy who listens to the radio station I work for told me about the MSF course and said “man on a freeway here in Dallas you need at least 500 CC’s”.

    So on my birthday (July 5th) I took the course on the 5th and 6th. My wife and I agreed that I could se how I picked up the shifting and if I did not like it we would consider spending more money on a scooter like the Yamaha Majesty. Well after the class I decided that this is something that I can do. I am a very good and safe driver, and that’s what my wife tells everyone who ask why she let me get a bike.

    So I passed the written test and got my class M license. The shopping was on. A few of my wife’s relatives and the people at the MSF course agreed that I should not get a 250 to commute on Dallas highways. I narrowed my search down to a Suzuki Boulevard S50 and a Kawasaki Vulcan 500. Now that I’ve found this site, I kinda wished I would have considered used. But my wife’s cousin convinced me that I should buy a new bike, especially since I do not know much about bikes and what someone may have done to a used one.

    With all the fees the S50 would have cost me over two thousand more than the Vulcan. So on July 10, 2009 at 42 years of age Eddie Alcaraz picked up his first ever motorcycle, a brand new 2007 Vulcan 500. I only had 2 days of riding a Honda Rebel on a parking lot at the calss under my belt, so riding on Cooper Street in Arlington Texas was a little nerve racking. I drove up and down a little street the dealer was on to get ready, then on to Cooper and home to Grand Prairie. First I just rode in the neighborhood, then from one exit to the next, and pretty soon I was commuting 23 miles to work. I have been riding almost 9 months and have put 6,000 miles on the bike. I am loving it and wished I would have done this much earlier.

    God bless you guys and keep rockin!

    in reply to: Helmet law confusions…. #17512
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    Eddiepowerfm
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    WeaponZero and Clay make great points. Choices that an individual makes impacts their families, possibly innocent bystanders, and other taxpayers and citizens.

    We say that we live in a free country but it’s illegal to yell fire in a public facility when there is no fire. We cannot do whatever we want. I say we have privileges more than freedom. Our representatives try to decide what privileges are most appropriate for our society.

    God bless the USA

    in reply to: one cylinders? #17438
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    Eddiepowerfm
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    The only place Tuvoc (my Vulcan 500) is going is under my butt. Not that I know a lot, but it seems like the perfect bike. It is for me anyway. I was just wondering why the guys from the MSF course I went to were so negative about the S40. Someone did tell me that the Blast had a sensitive throttle and the bike could take off on you if you’re not careful. I could have saved money with the S40 but I believe I bought the right bike. Especially after reading the review comparing the S40 to the S50.

    Thanks guys and more power to the Vulcan.

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