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Old June 12th, 2011, 09:24 AM   #461
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Scott, what bike are you riding at the class?
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Old June 12th, 2011, 01:20 PM   #462
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Scott, what bike are you riding at the class?
Suzuki 250 something or other. Cruiser style. They had two Enduro style bikes but the "more experienced' riders" got to ride those. I didn't mind. I can't wait to get goign on my Ex500 and get the feeling of that bike.

Oh, and I passed my test, barely. 14 points. I only had 3 points on the figure 8 in the box and 3 on the curves but screwed my self on the quick stop. 8 ft past the mark I was supposed to hit. But....I still passed.

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Old June 12th, 2011, 02:03 PM   #463
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Was it a cruiser (feet forward) GN250 or a standard TU250X (feet below you)? I really would like to ride one of the TU250's...
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Was it a cruiser (feet forward) GN250 or a standard TU250X (feet below you)? I really would like to ride one of the TU250's...

Feet forward. They had two Fuel injected ones with the feet below. The majority of them were the feet forward though. The TU250X (I'm assuming) are a bit higher riding then the GN250 (assuming again). It would have been interesting to see how it rode. Do you have some love affair with 250's? .
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I took the class this summer also.

I was lucky and I was able to ride a Yamaha TW200 dual sport. It was surprisingly fun for such a weird little bike. Super easy to ride slow in the box, and rode great everywhere else in the parking lot too. It was so fun to ride that I did not want to stop, and now I am actually looking for one of those to ride if I can afford it.

Oh, and 0 points on my test. I had never rode a motorcycle as of Saturday morning, and aced the test by Sunday afternoon. Now I really have to buy a bike to practice/get better and have some fun too.
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Old June 12th, 2011, 04:37 PM   #466
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Feet forward. They had two Fuel injected ones with the feet below. The majority of them were the feet forward though. The TU250X (I'm assuming) are a bit higher riding then the GN250 (assuming again). It would have been interesting to see how it rode. Do you have some love affair with 250's? .
They just have a good combination of being able to reach highway speed and netting good fuel mileage. I don't really care about going really fast, so I suppose the 250s do it for me. Although, I will probably end up going a little bigger and getting a BMW F650GS sometime down the road, when I can spend a little more money. It would be nice to have something that would be better for touring.
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I took the class this summer also.

I was lucky and I was able to ride a Yamaha TW200 dual sport. It was surprisingly fun for such a weird little bike. Super easy to ride slow in the box, and rode great everywhere else in the parking lot too. It was so fun to ride that I did not want to stop, and now I am actually looking for one of those to ride if I can afford it.

Oh, and 0 points on my test. I had never rode a motorcycle as of Saturday morning, and aced the test by Sunday afternoon. Now I really have to buy a bike to practice/get better and have some fun too.
At LCC? Those Yamaha's did look weird but I think they would have been fun to ride. I'm not the best when it comes to coordination so that's why I didn't do to well on the quick brake. It was fun though.

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They just have a good combination of being able to reach highway speed and netting good fuel mileage. I don't really care about going really fast, so I suppose the 250s do it for me. Although, I will probably end up going a little bigger and getting a BMW F650GS sometime down the road, when I can spend a little more money. It would be nice to have something that would be better for touring.
The 500 does pretty good on gas but (So I've heard), judging by this weekend, 250 isn't that bad. I really like the BMW, I want one. But.....We're having a baby in a month so I probably won't be able to get one for at least 18 years.
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At LCC? Those Yamaha's did look weird but I think they would have been fun to ride. I'm not the best when it comes to coordination so that's why I didn't do to well on the quick brake. It was fun though.
No, I took it in Ithaca just south of me here in central MI, but I am sure they MSF classes all spec the same bikes, there were a ton of Suzukis (8 of 12) at my class, 2 TW200, and some older Honda and another older dual sport.

The big knobby tires and higher seat height made my riding super fun and the bike was a blast. It was a great bike to learn the basics on, and now I want one. The instructors even mentioned to me that the Yamaha was the easiest bike to ride the slow stuff on, plus I have a ton of mountain bike experience so I didn't even have to lean to the the figure 8, and I had a couple feet to spare on each side, the box could have been smaller.
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Apparently there was a motorcycle museum grand opening in Oscoda, this past weekend, that would make for a good ride destination.

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Old June 13th, 2011, 07:40 AM   #473
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I took the class this summer also.

I was lucky and I was able to ride a Yamaha TW200 dual sport. It was surprisingly fun for such a weird little bike. Super easy to ride slow in the box, and rode great everywhere else in the parking lot too. It was so fun to ride that I did not want to stop, and now I am actually looking for one of those to ride if I can afford it.

Oh, and 0 points on my test. I had never rode a motorcycle as of Saturday morning, and aced the test by Sunday afternoon. Now I really have to buy a bike to practice/get better and have some fun too.
http://saginaw.craigslist.org/mcy/2385376400.html

1500$ The ad is a month old, but it's worth a shot.
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Old June 13th, 2011, 07:45 AM   #474
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The greatest tw200 ever:


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I like this guy's setup:



More info here: http://backroadsofnorthamerica.com/?tag=unitrak-trailer
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Wow, somebody that can actually cram more shit on to a little bike than you.
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The bike with the trailer looks to have mostly fuel on the bike itself. The tank on the TW is small, so it only has a 150 mile or so range. Looks like that big box behind the seat might be a fuel tank, and he has some small jerry cans too. Both bikes are very awesome.


Edit, scratch that, the big box on the bike is storage. I did find a different TW built for expedition use that has a custom fuel tank in the location though.
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So a long time ago, I mentioned I had an older Honda 600 in the barn that I wanted to do something with. Well I finally got the go ahead from my brother-in-law, since he realized he would never get it out and do anything with it.

So I went and got it out of the back of the barn, and my mistake, its a 1979 Honda CX500.

So it basicly looks like this, minus the gay windshield.



Not sure if anyone's else is familiar with what people have done to make these look less gay, but I'm gonna find a way to do it.

There are Cafe bikes, like this.




And then there are Bobbers, which I'm more of a fan of. But I'm not sure it will be easy to pull off a good looking bobber with this bike without putting a shit load of money into changing the tank, stance, frame, and all that.

Not so great looking -



Better, but a lot of work.



Same bike as above, but without the rake.





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No, I took it in Ithaca just south of me here in central MI, but I am sure they MSF classes all spec the same bikes, there were a ton of Suzukis (8 of 12) at my class, 2 TW200, and some older Honda and another older dual sport.

The big knobby tires and higher seat height made my riding super fun and the bike was a blast. It was a great bike to learn the basics on, and now I want one. The instructors even mentioned to me that the Yamaha was the easiest bike to ride the slow stuff on, plus I have a ton of mountain bike experience so I didn't even have to lean to the the figure 8, and I had a couple feet to spare on each side, the box could have been smaller.
Wow, I couldn't stay completely in the box. Even on the test. I thought it would be easier on those. The record for the longest time in the "Friction zones" for our range was set on one of those. 18 seconds. Friction zones being the white lines in the middle of the course they used multiple times.

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What do you guys think?
If it were me, I'd loose the windshield and that would be about it. Cafe's aren't my favorite but I'd go with that, if anything different.
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The record for the longest time in the "Friction zones" for our range was set on one of those. 18 seconds. Friction zones being the white lines in the middle of the course they used multiple times.
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I once counted to "10-one thousand" while I was in the zone, not bad for me considering I had only been riding a motorcycle for about 3 hours. Those TW bikes just loved to go slow, and I knew how to ride slow thanks to mountain bikes.

And those chopped Hondas are cool, I would go for the cafe, seems like the cheapest and easiest to do, if you can do the work yourself. Or you could just sell it to me and I will do that
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