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Krusty

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I had lunch with my family today and handed out WCI leaflets. 3 out of 4 were very interested and my sister stated she had never heard of us and asked how much is it to join? She also liked my XDm 45.
 

oak1971

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The 919 is a great bike. Very versatile and has a few horsepower as I understand it. The ZRX is a torque monster. I like the bags too. mine are soft. with a soft trunk and the stock fairing.
I had some soft bags from Technic for my ZRX. I miss the power wheelies. My 919 has the same HP of my ZRX1100, but down on torque from the lower displacement. I do enjoy the fuel injection I have now. My Kawis were always a bit cold blooded. Styling wise, hands down for the ZRX. Here is a pic of my old ZRX with me on hwy 129 (the Dragon).

 

Have Gun - Will Carry

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Kenosha County, Wisconsin
I haven't been into sporty bikes for several years, but believe it or not my RG will do wheelies with my wife on board - if I grab a handful of throttle without her, the back tire usually breaks loose & I just get sideways! :shocker:

Must have something to do with the bored & stroked & cammed & ported 104 cu. inches... (for those not familiar with inch-metric conversion, that's 1700cc's of torque monster!) :D

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That much power puts a huge smile on my face every time I ride it, so the windshield is necessary to keep bugs out of my teeth. ;)

Although I will admit, I still have a soft spot for the old Honda Nighthawk S - I might have to pick up one of those some day. The way I see it, all bikes are cool!
 

oak1971

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I haven't been into sporty bikes for several years, but believe it or not my RG will do wheelies with my wife on board - if I grab a handful of throttle without her, the back tire usually breaks loose & I just get sideways! :shocker:

Must have something to do with the bored & stroked & cammed & ported 104 cu. inches... (for those not familiar with inch-metric conversion, that's 1700cc's of torque monster!) :D

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That much power puts a huge smile on my face every time I ride it, so the windshield is necessary to keep bugs out of my teeth. ;)

Although I will admit, I still have a soft spot for the old Honda Nighthawk S - I might have to pick up one of those some day. The way I see it, all bikes are cool!
Sounds like a lot of power, and cash. :cool: I like the new Triumph Thunderbird 1700 parallel twin. It trips my trigger for a crusier'ish type of bike. Plus it's got that Brit thing going on.:cool:
 

Have Gun - Will Carry

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Sounds like a lot of power, and cash. :cool: I like the new Triumph Thunderbird 1700 parallel twin. It trips my trigger for a crusier'ish type of bike. Plus it's got that Brit thing going on.:cool:
Luckily the first owner dropped most of the cash into the engine, then I got a good deal on the used bike for the price of a stocker. Six months later, when the crappy factory rear cam bearing disintegrated on I-94 after 6 hours at 85 mph, I put in S&S gear drive cams. Then when the factory crankpin bearings wore out last year and I was told the stock crank wasn't rebuildable (who ever heard of that?), I had the engine rebuilt and dropped in a stroker crank.

Major boost in power and torque, leading to the permanent smile plastered on my face all summer - and the wheelies! Debbie loves it too, 'specially when I carry the front wheel all the way across an intersection and then some!

I haven't seen the 1700 T-bird, but those 2200cc Rocket III's they made were pretty awesome.
 

oak1971

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Luckily the first owner dropped most of the cash into the engine, then I got a good deal on the used bike for the price of a stocker. Six months later, when the crappy factory rear cam bearing disintegrated on I-94 after 6 hours at 85 mph, I put in S&S gear drive cams. Then when the factory crankpin bearings wore out last year and I was told the stock crank wasn't rebuildable (who ever heard of that?), I had the engine rebuilt and dropped in a stroker crank.

Major boost in power and torque, leading to the permanent smile plastered on my face all summer - and the wheelies! Debbie loves it too, 'specially when I carry the front wheel all the way across an intersection and then some!

I haven't seen the 1700 T-bird, but those 2200cc Rocket III's they made were pretty awesome.
My buddy has a Rocket 3 with the full touring fairing and bags. It's a monster.

Here's a Thunderbird.

 

Spartacus

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Dec 13, 2009
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La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA
I see the reserve tank behind the seat. Whats on the front fender? Another reserve?

Its an FXR like HGWT identified correctly, but only the frame is original. The engine is a hot 113 CU Ultima El Bruto with 3 inch straight pipes so I had to configure a different oil tank with coolers to extend engine life. The original FXRs had itty bitty oil tanks with a tiny battery under the seat. With a high compression engine like the El Bruto I got about 3 tries to start the engine before the battery crapped out. lol So I redid everything and now there is a monster gell cell under the seat with about 600 CCA's.

But I like little plastic rice burners too... :D
 
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McX

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Its an FXR like HGWT identified correctly, but only the frame is original. The engine is a hot 113 CU Ultima El Bruto with 3 inch straight pipes so I had to configure a different oil tank with coolers to extend engine life. The original FXRs had itty bitty oil tanks with a tiny battery under the seat. With a high compression engine like the El Bruto I got about 3 tries to start the engine before the battery crapped out. lol So I redid everything and now there is a monster gell cell under the seat with about 600 CCA's.

But I like little plastic rice burners too... :D
my rice burner will trans-warp past virtually any harley.
 

MKEgal

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in front of my computer, WI
...no bugs in the face is a wonderful thing!
A full-face helmet will take care of that problem. :) Heck, even an open-face helmet w/ a shield would work.

Welcome to the group, and yes, I ride. :banana: Recently broke up with he who owned the bikes I've ridden for 5 years, so have had to step down a bit in prestige & reliability... went from liter+ BMWs to a 400cc Yamaha.
Eventually I'll get a decent bike of my own again. Meanwhile I'm learning all the "fun" little maintenance things. Oil I understand, spark plugs I understand, but tearing into the engine & clutch? Eek.
 

Have Gun - Will Carry

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Kenosha County, Wisconsin
A full-face helmet will take care of that problem. :) Heck, even an open-face helmet w/ a shield would work.

Welcome to the group, and yes, I ride. :banana: Recently broke up with he who owned the bikes I've ridden for 5 years, so have had to step down a bit in prestige & reliability... went from liter+ BMWs to a 400cc Yamaha.
Eventually I'll get a decent bike of my own again. Meanwhile I'm learning all the "fun" little maintenance things. Oil I understand, spark plugs I understand, but tearing into the engine & clutch? Eek.
Hi there! Nothing wrong with small bikes, they're fun too - especially if that's all you can afford. My wife's got a GS450 that I ride once in a while, but at 6'2" I just look downright funny on it! Beemers are cool, gotta buy one some day. Basically I like most anything with 2 wheels. (well, OK, not a 125 two-stroke - just not enough power to haul my fat ass around!)

Actually I kinda met you yesterday at Starbucks, but I didn't know it until after you left. Deb & I walked over by you and Paul as you were getting on your bike - nice horn! BTW, what kind did you say that was?
 
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