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  • in reply to: Hyosung Avitar 650 #13997
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    Probably a good indicator as to why you shouldn’t believe everything you read in magazines anyway.

    Has anyone ever really seen a bad review of any bike or gear? Seems like even when the reviewers don’t like something, they try and put a positive spin on it. Kind of like a politician when they are trying to sell something they know is going to screw the country over! LOL! :-D

    in reply to: Why you shouldNT be in Neutral at stoplights #13791
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    Agreed… I don’t think it would have made any difference in that case.

    in reply to: EN 500 “Vulcan 500” problems SOLVED!!! (hopefully) #13504
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    Sounds like a problem I was having with my Camaro earlier this summer. State has mandated use of 10% ethanol in the gas, and as everybody knows, alcohol absorbs moisture in the air. Make a long story short, my car started to run cranky and would like to occasionally stall out for no apparent reason. Turned out to be bad gas. Started running Iso-Heet in the fuel, and the problem went away.

    If it is the fuel vent that is the problem, one possible fix I’m thinking of might be to very slightly ream out the vent hole… slightly larger hole shouldn’t pull as much vacuum through the fuel system, and may solve the problem. Again, just my thought on the subject… obviously let your dealership check it out first and see what they come up with.

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    Been wondering the same!

    in reply to: Toy Count at Death #13212
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    I agree… it is in how the word is used.

    Elite = Very best at. There is ABSOLUTELY nothing wrong with trying to strive for excellence in anything and everything one does in life. Doesn’t matter if one is a Marine or motorcyclist… go out and be the best one can be. In fact I’ll even go as far as to say that I think this is one area where the United States has really lost it’s perspective, and one of the big reasons I am so opposed to socialism in general in that both seem to promote mediocrity as the standard.

    Elite = Better than. I think this is where many people run into problems with the concept as it implies that one person is somehow better than someone else. Hence, elitism. Just because a person is the best at what they do, or are more fortunate in life doesn’t mean that they are somehow better than anyone else.

    in reply to: Ready to be flamed… #13085
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    Really glad to hear everything is going so well for you. I know you’ve taken a bit of flak for your choice in bikes, but I think you really should take pride and credit for getting this far for taking the time and restraint in getting to know your motorcycle. I would only hope and wish the rest of us would do as well!

    in reply to: I’m so angry that #12987
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    Don’t waste your time arguing with people… it’s a pointless pursuit that will only take your energy, discourage you, and create ill feelings with others. Get the bike that YOU feel comfortable with. If you want a Ninja 250r, then get a Ninja 250r… simple as that. If in 6 months or a year you get bored with it, sell it and get another. If on the other hand a 500 is more to your liking, get that instead. The point is to get a motorcycle that fits YOUR needs, wants, and abilities.

    I agree with the others… if your friends or S.O. can’t handle it, time to get a new set of friends and new S.O. You don’t need that kind of bullshit in your life.

    in reply to: What this site did for me. #12854
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    Agree with Jim… great group of people, and I feel very welcome here.

    Basically came to this site to learn, and see what has worked for people who are just starting off. I’ll be honest and say that I truly feel that for anyone who is just getting started in motorcycling, ESPECIALLY if they haven’t bought their first bike yet, that this site is really one of the first places they should stop. I’ve found the wealth of knowledge and wisdom here to be beyond value… and the one thing that impresses me is that the people here are not afraid to call it as it is. I would say that if i really gained one valuable bit of information, and that is the need to reign in my expectations as a newbie.

    Also gives me something to do until my MSF class in November! :-D

    in reply to: Ready to be flamed… #12820
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    I guess the lesson for the day is “one size does not fit all”! :-D

    in reply to: Should u learn to drive in a car and then get a motorcycle? #12695
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    Personally I would vote for a Fox body Mustang w/ a T-5. LOL! Performance is similar to a cruiser (on paper anyway) so a good way to get used to the power (and peer pressure), good way to get used to driving a manual, easy to work on and tons of mods available, and still is a respected ride. Insurance is going to be a little hard at 16 for a 302, but at that age, pretty much anything is.

    Then again, I am a little biased! :-P

    in reply to: 2009 Kawasaki 650R and Versys #12529
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    Specs look the same on the 2009 Versys…

    BUT the MSRP is up $200, and they dropped the red paint job from the lineup :-( :-( :-(

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    Well, look at the bright side… you’ll get your money back in the form of lower insurance premiums from the discount they offer for taking the MSF course! :-D

    Also don’t know what your state is like, but here in Oregon, passing the MSF course means automatic endorsement for your driver’s license. Otherwise it means taking the DMV riding test, and from what I have heard from a few experienced bikers, its pretty tough and most people fail.

    That to me would be incentive enough to tough it out. :-)

    in reply to: Should u learn to drive in a car and then get a motorcycle? #12362
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    Vote for a car as well. I think the others make pretty good arguments about getting used to driving in traffic, manual tranny, morons, etc., so no real point in repeating them here.

    There is good practical value in starting with a car as well… I presume your going to have girlfriends? Might be a little easier for the most part to convince them to go w/ you in a car than a bike, not to mention the… errr… intimacy prospects ;-). Then there is just the ability to haul your stuff around too.

    What about a scooter? Some places (like here) don’t even require driver’s licenses depending on the model and size. It would seem to me that many of the skills and lessons would be just as applicable to riding a scooter as it would a motorcycle. Eh, just a thought. :-)

    in reply to: Hyosung #12346
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    FWIW, I have been doing more research, and even though I haven’t had a chance to sit on one yet, I’ve decided to move the GV650 to the short list of possibilities.

    Reasons why:

    – Engine is the same as out of the GT650 line, only retuned for a broader powerband. Since the GT650 was compared directly to the Suzuki SV650, and since the SV650 is a recommended bike for beginners, especially us bigger riders, it would follow that the GV650 should be beginner friendly as well.

    – As I’ve said before, I don’t fit on sportbikes at all well. :-D Cruisers on the other hand I do fit on rather well. LOL! In this case, it almost seems like an ideal hybrid between a cruiser and a sportish type bike such as the SV650.

    – With the $300 incentive for new riders and possible room to dicker over the price, this would bring the cost down to the price of a gently used cruiser.

    – Still relatively light weight… claimed dry weight of 485 lbs which is only 13 lbs more than the Vulcan 500, and less than most mid size cruisers.

    – I personally love the V-Rod styling cues. Very sharp looking bike IMO.

    – Heard very good reports about the closest dealer.

    Did find this road test/review, and it did answer a lot of questions.

    http://www.motorcycle.com/manufacturer/a-new-way-to-cruise-2007-hyosung-avitar-road-test-29989.html

    I did take the time to look through Pride in What You Ride and Alternative Cruisers, and is seems that most of the problems with this bike seem to be related to getting parts and dealership issues. I’ve also heard of issues of fuel tank leaks/splitting and electrical issues as well, but reports also indicate that Hyosung has addressed these for the most part.

    At any rate, I figure it can’t hurt anything by at least taking a look at one the next time I’m in the area.

    in reply to: I vow now to never “squid” #11309
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    Was watching megaspaz’s video, and I ran across this… the very definition of squid!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ujnZgbQgrmI&feature=related

    Incidentally the guy starting to breakdance on the back of his bike near the end of the video is a nice touch! LOL!

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