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Old 03-25-2013, 12:33 AM   #101
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OMGHi2U

Rossi went back to Yamaha at the end of last season after two miserable years on the Ducati. A great champion still capable of race wins riding his heart out for back of the top ten pack finishes. Not how anyone wanted to see him go out, even his enemies.

Today, he was fastest in the last of the pre season testing at the Jerez circuit in Spain.
The DOCTOR is back in the house!

Vindication is GOOD.
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Old 03-26-2013, 03:05 PM   #102
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How about the 919 Hornets Nomadgene? There's a couple on Craigslist right now. I've always liked the looks of those and the 599. Not sure how crazy they are on the performance spectrum, but they seem like they'd be pretty flickable and fun.
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Old 03-27-2013, 04:01 AM   #103
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How about the 919 Hornets Nomadgene?
Well, personally, I'm not a big fan of them, or Honda's in general. Too vanilla for me. They do everything pretty well but nothing fantastic. They are a decent all around bike and for some, that is what they are after. Cheap suspension, a flexing steel frame, no rear linkage, but a good reliable power plant with EFI. The Yamaha FZ1 beats it in nearly every category, including value retention. There is a good reason for that. Longer valve service intervals (26k vs 16k miles), In a straight line, the FZ1 will spank the 919, but the 919 does have a better midrange. You've got to understand that Honda took old sport bike motors (CBR900) it had left over and had moved away from, and stuffed them in the cheapest chassis it could build, for the masses.

The FZ1, uses much more updated tech (5 valve heads for many years), closer to current year models (Think R1 engines). The bikes are in the same class but quite far apart in finished product.

That being said, everyone who owned a 919, seems to have enjoyed them for what they were according to what I've read. I've never ridden one personally. I'm certain it is a fine standard motorcycle. Those two units are priced fairly well.
The 2004 has low miles. It really depends on the type of riding your are going to be doing.

For the money, the SV650's out there right now are the real bargains, in my opinion. A truly great bike.

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Old 03-28-2013, 12:44 PM   #104
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I'd ride an SV650. Light weight, good handling and a V twin. They sound very nice with a good aftermarket exhaust. I'd probably look silly on one but I bet I'd be smiling.
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Old 03-28-2013, 11:43 PM   #105
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Old 04-03-2013, 08:01 PM   #106
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If this weather keeps up I'm planning on taking the bike around the neighbourhood this weekend. To wet likely to go on any main roads. Interections are sandy and what not. Just wanna ride a round a little and take a bit out of this riding itch.

Seems we're off to a sad start though. already got some motorcycle accidents and deaths this spring. Everyone of them had one thing in common, no helmet.

and oh... if you know someone wanting to buy a bike.

http://anchorage.craigslist.org/mcy/3687514900.html
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Old 04-04-2013, 11:08 PM   #107
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The roads out in the valley are at least clear of ice & snow, but there's quite a bit of sand/gravel. I've been going out on short mellow rides which works out since I've got quite a bit of break-in left anyway. We're supposed to get crappy weather again this weekend.
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Old 04-07-2013, 12:47 PM   #108
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Moto Gp Live! Now.
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Old 04-07-2013, 04:32 PM   #109
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Wow, stunning race. Don't miss it.
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Old 04-07-2013, 04:38 PM   #110
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That was an awesome show indeed!
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Old 04-13-2013, 03:29 PM   #111
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anyone going to the annual cycle show this weekend?
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Old 04-15-2013, 08:00 PM   #112
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Picked up my first bike Friday night. 2009 Yamaha FZ6R with 2092 miles on the odo.



Just ordered the rest of my gear today, now it's just hurry up and wait for the weather to get warm and I can ride once the roads are clear. Looking forward to meeting up with the AKIC guys that ride as well.
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Old 04-15-2013, 08:43 PM   #113
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So much for that garage space. Need to go bigger this summer again? Lol
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Old 04-15-2013, 09:07 PM   #114
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So much for that garage space. Need to go bigger this summer again? Lol
Instead of house being 60% and garage being 40%, I'm thinking about building a new place: 75% garage and 25% house. The misses is the only one not on board with that plan
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Old 04-15-2013, 09:14 PM   #115
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Instead of house being 60% and garage being 40%, I'm thinking about building a new place: 75% garage and 25% house. The misses is the only one not on board with that plan
Don't need her permission. Just do it.
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Old 04-15-2013, 09:33 PM   #116
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Don't need her permission. Just do it.
Maybe not but, he'll need her forgiveness!
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Don't need her permission. Just do it.
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Man wins
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Old 04-15-2013, 09:45 PM   #118
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Don't need her permission. Just do it.
No offense but I think getting counsel from someone like Nomad (happily married+mucho motos) is better advised than counsel from someone of your vintage
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Old 04-15-2013, 10:09 PM   #119
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Man wins
If man likes living sans wife, then yes. O_o
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Old 04-16-2013, 12:11 AM   #120
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Don't need her permission. Just do it.
That's the makings for trouble for sure!
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Maybe not but, he'll need her forgiveness!
Indeed. It's the small things that you can do to make up for the big purchases... I'll rub her feet, make dinner, clean everything up for a few weeks. That and buy her a new pair of shoes...
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No offense but I think getting counsel from someone like Nomad (happily married+mucho motos) is better advised than counsel from someone of your vintage
Nomad aided me in the purchase of this bike quite a bit, luckily I didn't need his council on the relationship side of things (yet!).
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If man likes living sans wife, then yes. O_o
Yup!
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Old 04-16-2013, 03:18 AM   #121
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No offense but I think getting counsel from someone like Nomad (happily married+mucho motos) is better advised than counsel from someone of your vintage
Thanks Ralph!
Nancy is the greatest of all my many blessings. She likes bikes too.

Take your time and find the right one for you! Having to forego things in life that matter to you is no way to live at all.

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Nomad aided me in the purchase of this bike quite a bit, luckily I didn't need his council on the relationship side of things (yet!).
Congrats again on the purchase. Looking forward to riding with you soon. How is the gear search coming?
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Old 04-16-2013, 04:06 AM   #122
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Take your time and find the right one for you! Having to forego things in life that matter to you is no way to live at all.
Where's the like button?
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Old 04-16-2013, 04:27 AM   #123
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Congrats again on the purchase. Looking forward to riding with you soon. How is the gear search coming?
Gear search was full of tribulations up here no one stocks anything, simply because everyone has different tastes and the shops just can't move all the product by the end of the season. At that point, they typically have last years, or even the year befores gear. I finally found a couple of jackets to try on and found what fits. From there I read tons of reviews online, watched a ton of video reviews, and then double checked my budget and crossed a lot off my list.

For a jacket, I did quite a bit of research, and although I wanted to go leather, I found a textile that had a removable thermal vest, seemed to have decent reviews for 3 season use, and still looked kinda cool. Wound up going with the Icon Overlord textile. I also bought the upgraded back protector that fits in place of the impact foam on the back.


I did a lot of the same thing with helmets, and had a similar budget in the $200 range. I searched and searched for a good deal, on a helmet that had good features for an entry level unit, and all sources pointed me to the AGV K3. I really lucked out on this one, and found it in a silver color for $120 (graphic lid costs $220 for the same shell). With the extra savings, I ordered a tinted screen for it as well, as I'll be riding in Fairbanks mostly where it's pretty sunny in the summer. Luckily, I have plenty of paint and 3 airbrushes just waiting for the next project. Taking a chance on the fitment, but figured it was worth it. Worst case, I send it back for the cost of shipping.


Next on the list was gloves. I really didn't have ANY budget left at this point, so I was looking for something with bang for the buck. I looked through the clearance area's of multiple sites, and couldn't find anything I really liked, and just stumbled across the Speed and Strength, Tough As Nails gloves. They are a textile/leather combo, with minimal, yet some protection for $45.


Then I dipped into the money I made plowing last weekend... and bought the Icon Squad 3 back pack. I ride on base daily, and need a place to keep a laptop, and a change of clothes, and would like to have some hi-vis on me.


Thanks again Nomad, for all the help! Looking forward to riding this season!
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Old 04-16-2013, 04:28 AM   #124
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Where's the like button?
Wrong Social Network

You didn't bring one back from Cali?
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Old 04-16-2013, 04:55 AM   #125
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Bring what back, the right one? Hell no. What happens on Cali business trips, stays in Cali.

Nice gear. I want to see the bike now. I didn't know you got the sale finalized and picked it up. Right on!
Now you're really going to whiz past my house in the mornings. I mean even more so than normal.

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