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post #1 of 9 Old 06-26-2007, 05:14 PM Thread Starter
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So it's finally all together (05 converted to red, triumph s3 bars, rashed/broken parts fixed). I've been riding it more lately and am beginning to appreciate it more for what it is.
Sure it's not brutally fast like like my other bike but at over a hundred lbs lighter, it feels weightless in comparison and can be thrown around much easier. Zips through traffic wonderfully and feels great over bumps too (nj roads suck).
The mirrors took some tinkering but I can see great out of them now. My bro-in-law called them Mickey Mouse ears but I'm getting used it. The biggest issue is their location as my other bike has them up on the fairing where they're more at eye level. But the mirrors and gauges are both round so they're symetrical imo and will stay.
I like the quiet pipes. I feel stealthy compared to my turbo bike which is quiet around town but screams above 4k. On the 919, by the time you realize I'm there, I'm already gone! I've heard some folks call it twitchy down low but that was overcome with just a little concentration in throttle control. If you want twitchy, take a ride on a 748!
If I was going to change anything cosmetic, I'd probably powdercoat some of those dull grey parts - top triple clamp, airbox covers, grab rail. Other than that, I like the classic styling. Smaller turnsignals would be nice (or integrated), but around here you want those soccer moms to see as much flashing orange as you can. Call me old fashioned - I've been called worse!

One last thing: what the heck is up with the seat pushing you forward all the time?! What were they thinking? Have you guys with tons of miles on the stock seat gotten used to it, or do you just constantly adjust your shorts?

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Have you guys with tons of miles on the stock seat gotten used to it, or do you just constantly adjust your shorts?
No, they get a better seat. I gotta say, as much as I love my 9er, I hate the seat! Sometimes, I pull over during a ride and sit on the curb to give my cheeks a cushy rest.

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Nice review!

All bikes' stock seats are only for the ride home from the Dealer. For the adrenaline rush of owning a new bike overcomes the pain temporarily.

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The new Multistrada we looked at has the hardest seat I've ever sat on, and the KTM 950 Adventure isn't much better. Even the dealers are astounded by them. We are told optional factory "comfort" seats may become available. Why not make the "discomfort" seat an option, just to see how many people would order one?

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One hundred miles of backroads blasting today. Just after the halfway point, coming around the first part of a sweeping S at about 90, there he is parked in the trees - State Trooper! SHIIT!! Run Forest, Run!
Luckily, it must've been an unmanned vehicle, he was napping, whatever. He never even pulled out. Good thing too 'cause there was pretty much no where for me to go and even with his big heavy cruiser and a measley 235hp 4.6L, I probably couldn't have outrun him.
Anyway - so is this what it's like to whiz around the curves without all that wobble & chassis flex? Way groovy!

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One hundred miles of backroads blasting today. Just after the halfway point, coming around the first part of a sweeping S at about 90, there he is parked in the trees - State Trooper! SHIIT!! Run Forest, Run!
Luckily, it must've been an unmanned vehicle, he was napping, whatever. He never even pulled out. Good thing too 'cause there was pretty much no where for me to go and even with his big heavy cruiser and a measley 235hp 4.6L, I probably couldn't have outrun him.
Anyway - so is this what it's like to whiz around the curves without all that wobble & chassis flex? Way groovy!
Remember no bike is faster than a radio! Don't get yourself hurt to avoid a silly ticket.

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Or worse, risk hurting someone else. Even though I was way out in the sticks. Surprised to see any five-O at all out there.
Yeah, those were the old days. I'll take the ticket if it comes to that. "All growed up" I've been trouble-free for several years now.

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Or worse, risk hurting someone else. Even though I was way out in the sticks. Surprised to see any five-O at all out there.
Yeah, those were the old days. I'll take the ticket if it comes to that. "All growed up" I've been trouble-free for several years now.
Haha. You're having way too much fun, and that's the way it's supposed to be.

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