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Re: Motorcycles.
« Reply #9180 on: June 14, 2021, 03:47:30 pm »
The Honda is off to its new home - my brother's.
I taught him how to ride it a month ago and he enjoyed it so much he immediately signed up for the MSF course and is getting his license this week. I sold it to him for the cost of parts I put into it, so good deal for him. Fun bike, but undersprung & underbraked for my riding style.



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« Reply #9181 on: June 28, 2021, 05:25:13 pm »
Does this prove that "adventure bikes" are a sham?

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« Reply #9182 on: June 29, 2021, 06:40:02 am »
I think any bike can jump around on the dirt...................once...........
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« Reply #9183 on: June 29, 2021, 06:48:05 am »
I think any bike can jump around on the dirt...................once...........

These guys were doing lap after lap.
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« Reply #9184 on: June 29, 2021, 09:04:54 am »
These guys were doing lap after lap.
It resembles a Clydesdale competing in a steeplechase.
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« Reply #9185 on: June 30, 2021, 08:59:12 am »
Haha looks brutal.
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« Reply #9186 on: July 03, 2021, 07:55:08 pm »
Haha looks brutal.
Jeep Wranglers are a sham because we have Nissan Versa rental cars.

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« Reply #9187 on: July 18, 2021, 11:58:59 am »
It has been a spendy month for the Tiger.

I smacked a rock while dirt-riding and had to have the front wheel straightened. I'll get both wheels powdercoated in the off-season, but still trying to decide what color. Maybe gold?

Then on my way out the door Friday to go motocamping, I went to start the bike and ... nothing. The battery failed a few months outside of its warranty. Oof. I'm trying to get reimbursed through my credit card benefits.


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« Reply #9188 on: August 05, 2021, 10:17:08 am »
I test rode a pair of Zero Motorcycles over the weekend, their SR/F naked sportbike and the FXE dual-sport/supermoto thingamajig. It was my first time riding an EV motorcycle, and it's a weird experience. Completely silent when stopped, no vibration, no clutch/shifter.

SR/F: It is seriously good-looking machine. Muscular angles, nice seating position, and I even liked the mint green color. Roll-on power is spooky fast and addicting. 30-60, 60-100, whatever you want it just goes right that instant. Handling was just OK, but not as snappy as my Striple. Brakes were just OK as well. However it is nice not having a hot engine between the legs at slow speeds. The quality of the switch gear and available features were lacking considering the price tag. No self-cancelling turn signals? Come on...

FXE: This has the potential to be a great urban assault moto. I wish it had longer suspension travel for curb hopping and shenanigans. Slap some knobbies and it'd be a cool trail bike, too. Power dipped above 70 mph, but it had lots of pep below that. Light and easy to ride. Regenerative braking on both was decent. Like the SR/F, some parts of the bike look and feel cheap.

The downside to both of these - the price to range value just isn't there. In ideal riding you could get 160 miles from the SR/F and 100 from the FXE, but once you start wringing them out or doing freeway speeds that drops fast. At $21-24k for the SR/F and $11k for the FXE, it's just too much for what becomes an around-town toy. I imagine in a few more model generations, motorcycle battery & charging tech will go up and pricing will go down similar to what we're seeing with auto EV tech.

If they were priced close to an equivalent gas motorcycle + 150 mile minimum range + 30 to 40 min quick charge to 80%, I'd be all over one of these.

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Re: Motorcycles.
« Reply #9189 on: August 05, 2021, 01:12:25 pm »
I really like the FXE but the price is too high and the range too low on the highway. Not a great option for Utah roads. But with my short commute, I'm tempted to get one.
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« Reply #9190 on: August 15, 2021, 11:28:18 am »
Track day yesterday including a mock race. I got some good passes in but didn't have enough time to really learn the track, plus had no chance against the 600-1000+ CC supersports that made up most of the session. Still it was lots of fun ringing out the Streety, including pinning it through all 6 gears on the long final straight.

My buddy ended up lowsiding his R6 (in the pics), so not the best day for him.






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