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post #1 of 29 Old 01-17-2007, 09:10 AM Thread Starter
 
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hi everyone. figured id come in here and say hey...

my name is john, im 25 and live in sunny columbus ohio. im a senior at THE ohio state university. i currently own an 82 XJ650 and a 93 EX500.

looking into a 919 at the moment


thats about it... anyone else from columbus? we should meet up and ride once it warms up IMO.

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here are some pics for ya

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Welcome... One of my first bikes was a Yamaha XS650, the two cylinder version of that bike. Used to vibrate like a son of a gun. And I remember one of my side covers blowing off on a freeway ramp, never did find it again. So it ended up looking a lot like that.

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Welcome... One of my first bikes was a Yamaha XS650, the two cylinder version of that bike. Used to vibrate like a son of a gun. And I remember one of my side covers blowing off on a freeway ramp, never did find it again. So it ended up looking a lot like that.

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yeah this one gets a good vibe in it right around 65MPH... kind of good on the freeway lol, i dont have to even look at the speedo, i can just feel when its going 65.

i have the sidecovers, but they are just off in that pic for some reason, the right one is damn near impossible to find. there seems to be a surplus of left side covers though haha

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Bienvenidos....that's "welcome" in Chinese.......
Pretty sure that's not Chinese.

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Never said I didn't know how to use it."
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yeah this one gets a good vibe in it right around 65MPH... kind of good on the freeway lol, i dont have to even look at the speedo, i can just feel when its going 65.

i have the sidecovers, but they are just off in that pic for some reason, the right one is damn near impossible to find. there seems to be a surplus of left side covers though haha
I suggest replacing both of those bikes with 1 newer (doesn't have to be new) bike of the liter variety. The 919 is a great all-rounder and (based of when I've been told, since I don't ride one myself) very fun to ride.

Check the following site for some deals:

http://www.cycletrader.com

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Welcome..a little late. Been busy. The wife (she hangs out here also) is originally from Delaware, OH.

We head that way every now and then.
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Welcome! Those old Yammys are great bikes. I had two different XS850 Specials (1980 and 1981), which were DOHC three cylinders. Bulletproof too.
So, which is faster, the Yamahog or the Kaw?

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Lil' nin nin is named after a car.

的 said I never had much use for one.
Never said I didn't know how to use it."
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You just noticed that???? Actually i wasn't named after a car. I was named after a saint. La Virgen de las Mercedes.

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Welcome! Those old Yammys are great bikes. I had two different XS850 Specials (1980 and 1981), which were DOHC three cylinders. Bulletproof too.
So, which is faster, the Yamahog or the Kaw?
id say the yamaha is faster in a straight line. 650 vs 500 ccs, 40 more horses... and only about 50 pounds more than the ninja. (~430 for the yamaha, ~380 for the kaw). its got gobs of torque too. burnouts? no problem

in the twisties though, i think the ninja would be a tad faster. its so easy for me to just flick it in and out of turns... i dont really lean too hard on the yamaha...

but then again, if you gave the yamaha to valentino rossi or someone like that, im sure they would be able to go much faster on it than i ever would

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but then again, if you gave the yamaha to valentino rossi or someone like that, im sure they would be able to go much faster on it than i ever would

No, he'd put it out on the curb nite b4 trash pickup.

的 said I never had much use for one.
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id say the yamaha is faster in a straight line. 650 vs 500 ccs, 40 more horses... and only about 50 pounds more than the ninja. (~430 for the yamaha, ~380 for the kaw). its got gobs of torque too. burnouts? no problem

in the twisties though, i think the ninja would be a tad faster. its so easy for me to just flick it in and out of turns... i dont really lean too hard on the yamaha...

but then again, if you gave the yamaha to valentino rossi or someone like that, im sure they would be able to go much faster on it than i ever would
I'm sure the Ninja is quite a bit more flickable than the XJ. I have to tell you though, I think your figures are off a little. I'm not sure where you got the numbers, but I can tell you there is a lot of misinformation floating around on the web. I knew that Kaw claims 60hp on the 500, so I checked on the XJ here: http://www.totalmotorcycle.com/welcome.htm
Click on "motorcycle specs" in the left column. You may be suprised at how close they are in hp, and how different they are in wieght!
That site is a great thing to have handy, especially when checking out prospective purchases.

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DOH you're right.

i have been pwned

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