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    I'm still bikeless, but during my job hunt I've...

    I'm still bikeless, but during my job hunt I've been tearing into a friend's Hayabusa to find the source of some nasty noises and oil in the cylinders. Replaced piston rings and valve oil seals and...
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    Sad Day. Sold my Bonneville today, delivering it...

    Sad Day. Sold my Bonneville today, delivering it to the buyer on tuesday.
    Now I'm going to dream all winter about what's next...
    Anyone know od a '50s Norton in need of restoration? I have more...
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    there is a video msg from Eric Buell on the...

    there is a video msg from Eric Buell on the website. very sad. HD also made a major investment in MV Augusta, and they are selling that out as well.

    I doubt Buell will find funding for his bike -...
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    fyi - Mrs. Tex could flat foot this bike with the...

    fyi - Mrs. Tex could flat foot this bike with the stock shocks on (she's 5'5" as well)
    if the other part of the equation works out I'll find you a pair of stock shocks and swap them back;)
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    in case anyone is in the market - my 2006...

    in case anyone is in the market - my 2006 Bonneville is up for sale -
    ~12000 miles
    New 140 rear tire at 10,000 miles
    British Customs Airbox Removal Kit, Triumph "Offroad" exhaust
    black ceramic...
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    I think they added oil leaks for authenticity

    I think they added oil leaks for authenticity
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    Stock bonneville is a little underpowered and...

    Stock bonneville is a little underpowered and heavy with mediocre brakes and a too soft suspension. I bought it for the looks more than anything - and quickly learned the airbox/exhaust/suspension...
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    In case anyone in the Northeast is looking, My 06...

    In case anyone in the Northeast is looking, My 06 Bonneville Cafe is for sale. I'll add some pics later but you can scroll back and see a few of my pics and modifications.

    2006 Triumph Bonneville...
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    What I wish I had the skill to build: ...

    What I wish I had the skill to build:

    http://www.mac-motorcycles.com/images/ruby_black.jpg

    -their prices are really high, and it's a Buell engine - but if I had the frame building skills I...
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    Yes The commando is (supposedly) coming out this...

    Yes The commando is (supposedly) coming out this fall as well. If I didn't already have the bonneville, that would be on my list as well.
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    My new object of lust: gotta start saving those...

    My new object of lust: gotta start saving those nickels
    http://nortonracing.com/i/NRV588RoadPlaque.jpg

    (I hear they will have a street version out late fall/early next year)
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    Not to stir up the hornets nest again...but the...

    Not to stir up the hornets nest again...but the street triple is not really an ideal beginner's bike. very light, very twitchy throttle. It is a stunt bike in mellower clothing. If this is going to...
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    that is a seriously cool bike.

    that is a seriously cool bike.
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    how many are riding a little more than usual to...

    how many are riding a little more than usual to save gas?

    I'd bet I'll do 2500+ miles just commuting this summer
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    Think about a Bonneville too - inexpensive with...

    Think about a Bonneville too - inexpensive with a ton of style. If you have a Triumph dealer near you (If not you'd better get good at working on the bike yourself...)

    edit: not saying triumphs...
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    SV650 is a solid bike. you can do anything on it...

    SV650 is a solid bike. you can do anything on it and parts are cheap.

    good job signing up for the rider course. I'm well aware there are a lot of people who will disagree, but I think it should be...
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    Just a little ribbing... and the V-rod is the...

    Just a little ribbing...
    and the V-rod is the only harley I'd consider other than a full dress Ultra Classic...
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    Thanks - yes they are LSL sliders

    Thanks - yes they are LSL sliders
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    Like why someone would buy a 650lb 62hp bike for...

    Like why someone would buy a 650lb 62hp bike for $16,000?

    :D
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    someone posted this on another forum - am now...

    someone posted this on another forum - am now quickly becoming obsessed because they are coming out with a street version...
    you know, electric motors give maximum torque all the time...cool....
    ...
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    What year? any chance you'd send me a pic and...

    What year?
    any chance you'd send me a pic and consider crating & shipping? I could cafe that :)
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    Nope...not a scram fan. Next project is either...

    Nope...not a scram fan.
    Next project is either gonna be a big cruiser (goldwing/Ultra Glide or the like)
    or a '70s honda cafe...
    Depends on $$$ this year.
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    I want a track day on the bonnie... nothing...

    I want a track day on the bonnie...
    nothing close to me though. Gotta ride to New Hampshire for the closest track I think...
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    Finally all the mods are done: (Yeah...I don't...

    Finally all the mods are done:
    (Yeah...I don't believe it either)
    http://i178.photobucket.com/albums/w245/tex1230/bike%20stuff/bonniewithacebars.jpg...
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    If you can finance at a lower rate than your...

    If you can finance at a lower rate than your average return on investment, it's ok to borrow the money.
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    Rode to work this morning for the first time...

    Rode to work this morning for the first time since November.
    Still thawing out...25 degrees but getting up to 50 this afternoon.
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    your dog looks pissed off

    your dog looks pissed off
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    The bars changed it from an all day rider to a...

    The bars changed it from an all day rider to a 2-3 hour rider. Handling improved quite a bit (cafe bars + longer rear shocks = money)... but if I'm going for a longer ride it only takes about 15...
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    2006 Bonneville Black - Engine mods - Air...

    2006 Bonneville Black -
    Engine mods - Air Injection Removed, Airbox removed, exhaust ceramic coated, rejet...

    Cosmetic Mods - Chopped front fender, powdercoated most of the shiny parts, low cafe...
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    think I'm done... the winter's mods have come to...

    think I'm done...
    the winter's mods have come to an end (I think)
    only things left on my list are a new seat and possibly fork gaiters...
    Here's the final pics:
    ...
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    some really crappy pics of my re-assembled bike:...

    some really crappy pics of my re-assembled bike:
    http://i178.photobucket.com/albums/w245/tex1230/bike%20stuff/IMG_1039.jpg
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    any harley guys want a set of REALLY LOUD pipes?...

    any harley guys want a set of REALLY LOUD pipes? One of my co-workers bought a softtail that had West Coast Choppers "Hellbent" pipes -
    http://media.westcoastchoppers.com/products/24116/31.jpg
    he...
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    That BSA is sweet. did you do the restoration?

    That BSA is sweet. did you do the restoration?
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    Your maintenance costs will be MUCH higher on the...

    Your maintenance costs will be MUCH higher on the BMW, but if you're going to do any kind of serious riding (cross country type stuff, not around town) BMW had a much better support network. I have...
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    That's a big "if" - my life insurance rates will...

    That's a big "if" - my life insurance rates will double if I start racing...even track days count...pretty interesting given that I think I'm in much more danger on my commute than I could ever get...
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    If I ever decide to get a track bike, that will...

    If I ever decide to get a track bike, that will be in close competition with a Daytona 675 for my affection...

    Edit: WooT!!! 1k
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    Actually, aside from the bars, this is the same...

    Actually, aside from the bars, this is the same bike I took 500 miles a day a few times this summer. The bars are new so I'll see what they feel like in the sprig
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    Ok so I dispensed with the header wrap and had...

    Ok so I dispensed with the header wrap and had the headers and exhaust ceramic coated. New low cafe bars and powder coated headlight and saddlebag racks...heading for an all black bike.
    ...
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    updated pic - haven't gotten the bars yet but...

    updated pic - haven't gotten the bars yet but header wrap and pipe painting done:
    http://i178.photobucket.com/albums/w245/tex1230/Branchville%20RAT/IMG_0645.jpg
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    thanks. Once I get around to installing those...

    thanks.

    Once I get around to installing those I'll post some pics again...the bike is transforming to a cafe rather quickly.
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    Any of you guys know where I can find a pair of...

    Any of you guys know where I can find a pair of Ace bars in a 1" diameter (for less than $150 preferably - that's all I can find from some custom shops)
    7/8" ones all over the place for $25-50 but...
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    My brother had one years ago - he never...

    My brother had one years ago - he never complained about power
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    I got the TORs - put on a K&N airfilter but...

    I got the TORs - put on a K&N airfilter but didn't pull the airbox. I was told that pulling it would increase midrange and top end power but decrease low end torque. Most of my driving is done on...
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    My bike got louder today - and it's going to get...

    My bike got louder today - and it's going to get a little blacker, too
    Slowly but steadily removing most of the chrome parts and replacing them with more black pieces...

    Murphy's law in effect -...
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    This morning, A friend and I met up in Norwalk...

    This morning, A friend and I met up in Norwalk CT and rode to Brit Jam 07in East Hampton, CT.
    I'll attach some highlights but for all of my pics go to...
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    Just got back from the BritIron Connecticut...

    Just got back from the BritIron Connecticut classic bike show.

    Drooling over the vincent black shadow....and a triton

    pics to come once I get them loaded.

    200 mile day today. The guy I rode...
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    wow...new suzuki B-King: ...

    wow...new suzuki B-King:

    http://www.psndealer.com/dealersite/images/NewVehicles/nv54957_1_400.jpg

    Hayabusa engine/not so squidly looks = NOICE!

    I think that just made the list of "bikes I...
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    I'm just on the bike a lot more now since I...

    I'm just on the bike a lot more now since I moved. used to be 5-10 minutes commute, now it's over 30...and i'm not happy being phoneless over an hour a day.

    and don't tell me to buy a car. that's...
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    Anyone using a bluetooth system in their helmet?...

    Anyone using a bluetooth system in their helmet?
    Since my commute got longer, I'm thinking about getting one for phone and music...
    any opinions on the various brands?
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    Go with the Vmax - you can get a used one way...

    Go with the Vmax - you can get a used one way cheaper, cheaper parts, and given that you seem to ride bikes till they die, you should look for cheap entry price. That and the fact the vmax has been...
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