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    Next weekend, I will be in FL. I have been invited to ride a Kawasaki Ninja ZX10 (below) from Jupiter to Seabring (100mi.). Usually, I am no fan of rice burners, but I have been assured that this is a ride that I should not miss. Anyone have any experience on this bike? Thoughts? Comments?
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    Well, the trip shouldn't take you too long.

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    Def. write up a TR, since that's the bike I'm lusting after in an unhealthy and slightly worrisome way!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tippster
    Def. write up a TR, since that's the bike I'm lusting after in an unhealthy and slightly worrisome way!
    you mean like DisArrays avatar?
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    Game On

    and so the summer officially begins................
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    I was able to ride this bike 3X over the Memorial weekend. I put about 75 miles on it, and rode on suburban streets and on the highway. Here are some of my impressions:
    This super-bike is EXTREMELY powerful. I was able to go from 0-100mph in 2nd gear. My brother, the owner of the bike, told me that he can reach that speed in 1st gear. The bike red-lines at 13,000rpm.
    The ZX10R is unbelieveably light and the handling is STIFF . I have ridden much smaller rice burning crotch rockets, including 650s, that seem heavier than this bike. Over the weekend, I also rode my brother's Ducati ST4 which is a sled when compared to the ZX10R.
    The braking is impeccable. This bike is able to stop on a dime, and the brakes react with smooth precision.
    Although fast, light and nimble, this bike is not forgiving. It hates being ridden at under 4500rpm, and does not really wake up until 5500-6000rpm. It gets jittery and coughs when ridden at 3000-3500rpm.
    The ZX10R is not a bike to be taken on long highway trips, or ridden to the suburban shopping mall. Frankly, it is not that comfortable. The very short windscreen makes driving on the highway a chore. I also had a slight problem with the gearbox, and I missed fourth gear a couple of times.

    Overall, I loved the bike, but would not want to own it. It is a great bike that is meant for the track, but is a blast to ride for a night of clubbing, or to a restaurant. I would still prefer a nice BMW touring bike, anyday.
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    I'm poor and looking for something to commute 40 miles on a windy road with. In a little bit I'm checking out a 600 katana with 6000 mi. asking $2K.

    any suggestions on what to look for? ( I'm a little new to the whole sport bike thing)

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    http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/BMW-R...ayphotohosting

    Very easy to work on. Handles crisp. Really nice bike.
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    Quote Originally Posted by good4nothing
    and so the summer officially begins................
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    Such a sick looking bike. Look into the d&d pipe for that bad boy. Custom pipes rule. I love mine.


    Can't wait to take em to Vegas.....I've been learning that my bike handles better in the triple digis. My license is going to take a beating this Summer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BlurredElevens
    My license is going to take a beating this Summer.
    http://www.motorcycleradar.com/products.htm

    so...........

    yea, 400$+ may sting a bit, but i'm thinking that in the overall cost analysis, this may be a solid investment. throw in the whole 'cops get really pissed over 100 mph' factor with 15+ hours driving accross the desert, and i'm suddenly thinking that i would rather throw down a couple of bills now than post bail and find a lawyer in arizona.

    i wonder if you can still hear the 'screamer' above 120?
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    Quote Originally Posted by good4nothing
    and so the summer officially begins................
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    Get high pipes for sure. You get low enough in a corner and that pipe will lift the back tire off the ground.

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    Quote Originally Posted by good4nothing
    http://www.motorcycleradar.com/products.htm

    so...........

    yea, 400$+ may sting a bit, but i'm thinking that in the overall cost analysis, this may be a solid investment. throw in the whole 'cops get really pissed over 100 mph' factor with 15+ hours driving accross the desert, and i'm suddenly thinking that i would rather throw down a couple of bills now than post bail and find a lawyer in arizona.

    i wonder if you can still hear the 'screamer' above 120?
    Interesting. I have put my Solo on the bike with zip ties. The vibrations of the 1100 motor don't move it at all. Better than the $60 they want for a mount and mine is not right out in the open. I can take it off with a snip of the tie and have extras on board in the bags when I stop at stores or something like that.

    BUT, I can't always hear it, well, can't really hear it at all. I see the red lights and that is about it. The Screamer for $100 may not be a bad Bday present in July. Think I'll ask dad and not mom though. He got me the Solo for Xmas one year, thanks pops!

    And yes, custom pipes rock.

    And I rode this to work today once again and it was a lovely morning ride!

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    Quote Originally Posted by good4nothing
    http://www.motorcycleradar.com/products.htm

    so...........

    yea, 400$+ may sting a bit, but i'm thinking that in the overall cost analysis, this may be a solid investment. throw in the whole 'cops get really pissed over 100 mph' factor with 15+ hours driving accross the desert, and i'm suddenly thinking that i would rather throw down a couple of bills now than post bail and find a lawyer in arizona.

    i wonder if you can still hear the 'screamer' above 120?
    I saw a post on a motorcycle forum somewhere, where a guy wired the screamer into his intercom system. That way, the whole group he was riding with could hear the radar/lasar alarm.

    btw-BZ and Evil have that radar detector, and I can tell you firsthand that that thing pwnerizes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BlurredElevens
    btw-BZ and Evil have that radar detector, and I can tell you firsthand that that thing pwnerizes.
    Which one are you refering too? I have the SOLO and I have loved it. I KNOW it has saved me more than once. It picks up signal more than a mile down the road.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Buzzworthy
    Which one are you refering too? I have the SOLO and I have loved it. I KNOW it has saved me more than once. It picks up signal more than a mile down the road.
    I was referring to the 8500, but it looks like the Solo is pretty much the same detector, except it's cordless. Would that be a fair distinction? Also, do you have quite a bit of faith in the Solo after using it for a while?
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    Quote Originally Posted by BlurredElevens
    I saw a post on a motorcycle forum somewhere, where a guy wired the screamer into his intercom system. That way, the whole group he was riding with could hear the radar/lasar alarm.

    btw-BZ and Evil have that radar detector, and I can tell you firsthand that that thing pwnerizes.
    between the fact that i'm already hemorrhaging money and have a deep seeded fear of the law, i'm pretty sure i'll throw down for at least the 8500 before vegas.
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    Who's gonna sack up and buy one of these?


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    Or one of these.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BlurredElevens
    I was referring to the 8500, but it looks like the Solo is pretty much the same detector, except it's cordless. Would that be a fair distinction? Also, do you have quite a bit of faith in the Solo after using it for a while?
    Safe assumption. The new one is better than mine, being about 5 years old.

    But yes, Escort Detectors is the best IMO. Had one in one form or another since I started driving at 16. Dad had em in all cars and got me one for Xmas, then he upgraded, got his old one, rinse and repeat a few times and then he got be a new Solo 5 years ago. Looking at upgrading again to the newest Solo.
    I have loved it and better yet, using Passport detectors, I have NEVER gotton a ticket, ever. That is 15 years of use and yes, I tend to drive a bit faster than I should.

    I would not buy another brand and I love how sleek the SOLO is. Total faith.


    He currently has the newest SOLO and mom has the 8500. He did get a ticket this summer, but he was doing 118 in his 99 Z28 in Arizona and got lasered. Laser signal goes off and that simply means "you just got caught, pull over". Mom was pissed and he called me to boast about the open roads and he should have gone faster. Like father like son, or vice versa.

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    The one I want now:
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    Very cool! Thanks for the info.

    I do want to know what they do to an older guy that gets caught driving that fast. Just a big ticket? Reckless? Your dad seems hella cool.
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    Post For you racing types when practicing

    This is pretty interesting. You can get all sorts of good performance info with this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlurredElevens
    Very cool! Thanks for the info.

    I do want to know what they do to an older guy that gets caught driving that fast. Just a big ticket? Reckless? Your dad seems hella cool.

    He had to go to court. Think he ended up with a few points and a few hundred dollar ticket to pay. They did charge him with reckless driving and he got that thrown out. Mom was a paralegal in her day and they fought some stuff. He got lucky IMO.


    Dad is cool, he came to Vegas when I had a tradeshow as my company paid for the hotel and he came to party and paid for ALL my drinks and a little bit of gambling money too. We get along very well now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Buzzworthy
    He had to go to court. Think he ended up with a few points and a few hundred dollar ticket to pay. They did charge him with reckless driving and he got that thrown out. Mom was a paralegal in her day and they fought some stuff. He got lucky IMO.


    Dad is cool, he came to Vegas when I had a tradeshow as my company paid for the hotel and he came to party and paid for ALL my drinks and a little bit of gambling money too. We get along very well now.

    Yall should meet us down there at the end of this month.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BlurredElevens
    Yall should meet us down there at the end of this month.
    Working on a trip up north actually later in the summer. Tour up to Jackson, up to Montana, camping out style. Possibly just by myself when the wife goes home to see family in WV.


    Got too many things going on this month to be able to make it to Vegas.


    Plus you guys are TROUBLE.
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    i like v twins



    Ducati Unveils Desmosedici RR
    By Dirck J. Edge

    Ducati introduced details of its Desmosedici RR production machine -- a machine based closely on the MotoGP weapon campaigned by Ducati. Simply put, Ducati claims this will be the highest performance production motorcycle available. Expect it to go on sale in July, 2007. You can reserve your Desmosedici RR at your Ducati dealer now (if you have plenty of disposable income).

    Ducati chose the occasion of this weekend's Mugello GP for the introduction of the Desmosedici RR. Production will be limited to approximately 400 bikes per year. Here is some of what Ducati had to say about the new bike, including the spec sheet (at the bottom):

    Engine

    The Ducati Desmosedici RR features advanced technology and aerodynamics that are derived from the GP6 currently being raced in the 2006 MotoGP World Championship.

    The engine of the Desmosedici RR accurately reflects that of the MotoGP bike: Ducati's traditional desmodromic distribution, guaranteeing precise valve control up to the highest revs, is perfectly matched to the 989 cc four-cylinder 'L' layout, with four titanium valves per cylinder, in asymmetrical Twin Pulse configuration, producing a masterwork of precision engineering.

    The double overhead cams are gear driven, a sophisticated and reliable solution that enables precise valve timing in all conditions. This authentic copy of the Grand Prix engine is completed by a six-speed transmission, which retains its 'racing' characteristic by being cassette type, and a hydraulically actuated dry multi-plate slipper clutch.

    The aim of producing a light but robust engine has led not only to an unrivalled quality component design but also the use of exclusive racing-derived materials: sand-cast, aluminium crankcase and cylinder heads, titanium connecting rods and valves, sand-cast magnesium engine covers.

    Four 50 mm Magneti Marelli throttle bodies are present, with 12-hole 'microjet' injectors. For sophisticated management of the powerful four-cylinder engine a Magneti Marelli 5SM ECU and high-speed CAN line electronics have been used.

    An all-time 'first' comes with the use of a '4 into 2 into 1' exhaust, with "vertical exit" silencer, hidden in the tail cover.

    These are all benchmark performance features for a MotoGP replica bike, which is capable of delivering more than 200 hp of power with the 102 dB racing silencer and dedicated CPU race kit.

    Amazingly the Desmosedici RR with its catalytic oxygen sensor exhaust, homologated for road use, fully complies with Euro3 emissions regulations.
    Chassis

    The engine clearly represents the beating heart of this fantastic motorcycle, but the technological advancements also extend to the chassis: a signature tubular trellis hybrid frame, refined components, and a superb carbon fibre body. This is a motorcycle that is destined for an expert rider, someone who is always looking for extreme sporting performance, as well as being an exclusive, esoteric, reliable product that is more than capable of track racing.

    The colour scheme of the Desmosedici RR was the work of Alan Jenkins, the designer and one of the men behind the Desmosedici MotoGP, who was also responsible for the aerodynamics package which is aimed at achieving maximum speed and excellent handling. The bike is totally inspired by the racing machine, the Ducati Desmosedici GP6, from which it inherits all the aggressiveness of its lines. It is fitted with a new lightweight multifunction dashboard, developed in collaboration with Ducati Corse, the same one that will be fitted to next year's racing machine, the Desmosedici GP7.

    The bike's development could not have been made possible without the significant collaboration of Vittoriano Guareschi, the official Ducati Corse tester, whose riding abilities and hundreds of hours of track time have made a fundamental contribution to the evolution of the project.

    For the first time the Ducati Desmosedici RR uses a new welded tubular steel trellis hybrid frame (ALS 450) with the frame geometry that is the same as that of the Desmosedici GP6.

    This construction guarantees an excellent stiffness to weight ratio, allowing superior manoevrability and riding precision. Attached to the red frame is the rear seat support in high temperature resin type carbon fibre. This material, normally used only on racing bikes, has the characteristic of being extremely lightweight but exceptionally rigid.

    The Desmosedici RR sports a new extra-long, cast, forged and pressed aluminium alloy swingarm. The geometry and the technology of this component derive directly from the MotoGP bike, and give the RR a high level of traction control, and excellent weight distribution as well as a superb stiffness to weight ratio.

    In the suspension department the Ducati Desmosedici RR features the most advanced technical components.

    The rear suspension geometry and layout is the same as that of the GP6, with the rear shock attached above the swingarm and to a rocker, which is hinged to the crankcase.

    The front suspension features 43 mm upside-down Öhlins FG353 pressurized forks (PFF), with TiN coated sliders. The forks, which come directly from competition use, as well as being pressurized thus ensuring excellent track performance, are fully adjustable in preload, rebound and compression.

    The rear shock is also Öhlins and has rebound, low/high speed compression adjustment and hydraulic preload adjustment.

    For the first time ever, this Ducati production motorcycle features Marchesini forged and machined magnesium alloy wheels, with 7 spoke design as on the GP6. This helps to reduce unsprung weight and inertia, all the while improving handling and suspension response.

    With the aim of producing the ultimate track performance, Ducati in collaboration with Bridgestone is developing special tyres for the Desmosedici RR. The tread pattern, construction and profile are being specially developed and produced by the Japanese tyre manufacturer.

    The numerous racing components of this high-performance machine also include its Brembo brakes. Up front the Desmosedici RR features a new pair of radial 'monoblock' callipers with four 34 mm pistons: monoblock technology, until now only used for racing callipers, allows calliper stiffness to be increased, thus improving braking response; the front brake system is completed by a radial master cylinder, with hinged lever and remote 'quick' adjuster. The pair of front brake discs are the same as those used on the GP6 in its wet weather race set-up: two semi-floating 320 mm x 6 mm discs, with machined flange. The Brembo rear brakes are made up of a 240 mm fixed disc and a floating calliper with two 34 mm pistons.

    The Desmosedici RR will be available with a special race kit that includes a 102 dB racing exhaust, a dedicated CPU, bike cover, paddock stand.

    For this exclusive Ducati, a new dedicated service plan is included.

    Each Ducati Desmosedici RR owner can benefit with a three-year warranty and three years of scheduled maintenance, free of charge.

    Two versions of the RR will be available: 1) the Desmosedici RR - painted in 'Rosso GP', with a white number plate on the tail section; 2) the Desmosedici RR 'Team Version' - painted in 'Rosso GP', and as with the factory Corse bikes, has a broad white stripe on the fairing.

    A team sponsor decal kit will be provided with each bike.

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