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-ct-
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Icon 11 posted June 24, 2006 23:30      Profile for -ct-   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
well, not deliberatly anyway

i just bought this earlier today:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&rd=1,1&item=4653810993

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[Cool]

been looking for a bike for the last 5-6 weeks now, and everything on ebay just keeps going for 7-800 more than KBB values - i blame stupid ebayers, and there's almost literally nothing under 2k at any dealer around here unless it's a 800 completely dead bike
apparently it's the wrong time to be buying?
talked to him the day before yesterday and went n had a look at it yesterday and offered 1100 if he'd end the auction, paid this morning and he signed over the title.
now i just need to find someone who has a truck to help me get it home - since there's no plate and it's not reg'ed or insured yet
and, i have no idea how to ride the damn thing [Embarrassed] yes, i signed for a class - next sat/sun
gets me certified and lower ins. rates
carbs need to be cleaned out, shouldn't be too difficult, and the tach is busted (big deal)
other than that, it's in pretty good shape

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Wow. Have fun with that, ct! You do realize, though, that if you thought you were vulnerable in your automobiles, you're DEFINITELY vulnerable on that machine? Just make sure you're wearing a decent helmet, please!!

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<Han-Solo>I've got a bad feeling about this....</Han-Solo>

quote:
Originally posted by -ct-:
been looking for a bike for the last 5-6 weeks now, and everything on ebay just keeps going for 7-800 more than KBB values

A motorcycling friend of mine tells me the best way to get a cheap bike is to monitor the obituaries for people killed in motorcycling accidents, and approach their families 2-3 weeks later. The bikes are often in quite good condition, and the families will usually accept just about any offer to be rid of the fscking thing.

btw - I second Rhonnies advice about a good helmet - did you catch the article in the news last week about the huge increase in motorcyclist deaths in Florida since they repealed the compulsory helmet law?

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Icon 1 posted June 25, 2006 08:27      Profile for -ct-   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
yep - got a helmet

bought it in 1991 an never used it, lol
it's taken me that long to actually get a bike

with the problems cars have given me, maybe i'm using too many wheels?

anyway, my car has 15,000 miles on it and i've only had it since december - time to park it for a while

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Not to be morbid and greedy, but would you mind signing a few forms that make me the beneficiary of a rather large life insurance policy? [Big Grin]

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-ct-__________________________As a long time road warrior, I advise you to get a dirt bike and do a lot of dirt riding, it will improve your road skills and if things go to hell you will not be afraid to go off the road, and it is usually safer in the dirt. I usually advise against those Jap bikes as the handling is not up Europian and or American standards. In Japan it is against the law to fit a nonstandard tire on a motorcycle as it will change the handling and braking of said bike.

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Icon 1 posted June 25, 2006 15:46      Profile for -ct-   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by TheMoMan:
-ct-__________________________As a long time road warrior, I advise you to get a dirt bike and do a lot of dirt riding, it will improve your road skills and if things go to hell you will not be afraid to go off the road, and it is usually safer in the dirt. I usually advise against those Jap bikes as the handling is not up Europian and or American standards. In Japan it is against the law to fit a nonstandard tire on a motorcycle as it will change the handling and braking of said bike.

if i had the extra $ to do that, i might - and if there were anywhere in SFL to do that

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For your own sake get some good leathers...

Sooner or later you will meet the road... and only good leathers will save you from seriously bad messing up!

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quote:
Originally posted by -ct-:
quote:
Originally posted by TheMoMan:
-ct-__________________________As a long time road warrior, I advise you to get a dirt bike and do a lot of dirt riding, it will improve your road skills and if things go to hell you will not be afraid to go off the road, and it is usually safer in the dirt. I usually advise against those Jap bikes as the handling is not up Europian and or American standards. In Japan it is against the law to fit a nonstandard tire on a motorcycle as it will change the handling and braking of said bike.

if i had the extra $ to do that, i might - and if there were anywhere in SFL to do that
If you're complaining about money again, how the fsck did you buy a motorcycle, hmm? Stick with your car...you're better protected against instant death.

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Icon 1 posted June 25, 2006 19:38      Profile for -ct-   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by dragonman97:
If you're complaining about money again, how the fsck did you buy a motorcycle, hmm? Stick with your car...you're better protected against instant death.

who says i'm complaining about it right now?
i just don't see me spending the $ for it, when there's virtually nowhere in SFL to ride offroad except in a swamp

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quote:
A motorcycling friend of mine tells me the best way to get a cheap bike is to monitor the obituaries for people killed in motorcycling accidents, and approach their families 2-3 weeks later. The bikes are often in quite good condition, and the families will usually accept just about any offer to be rid of the fscking thing.
I almost died laughing. XD

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Awesome!

That should be a fun bike to learn on! I've taken the MSF safety course twice (Once for real, once for moral support/refresher with the Mrs.) and applaud your choice to do that. Once you get through the first course, many cities offer a second course for after you've ridden your bike for 6 months or so. It includes more drills on obstacle avoidance (even jumping small log-size things), etc.

Another option aside from leathers would be a synthetic jacket with some armoring. Corazzo makes some nice urban styles if you're not into the whole black on black on black look. I've wanted one of their jackets for a while.

My only advice after riding for 6 years with no accidents is to ride defensively. If you expect the others on the road to not see you and do stupid crap, then you can position yourself accordingly. You certainly can't daydream while riding, but a day on two wheels is almost always better than a day on four.

Enjoy!

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Heh,

I remember a time when sex was safe and motorcycling was dangerous.

-ct-, within your first six months of riding, it is not a question of "if" but "when" you and that bike will hit the road. So be prepared for it.

I took a chip out of the ball of my foot; fortunately I had a good pair of bike boots on when it happened. Took a chunk out of my jacket, too. Glad it was the jacket and not my arm. Up one moment, down the next.

I've put on a million miles on this iron butt since. Had a few scrapes. Mo-Man is right about the dirt bike thing. It saved me bicycle racing and on the iron horse. On the horse, I was going about 70 on westbound 80 in Illinois. It was March, cold, raining and one devil of a crosswind was going on. I was fully packed, and when the wash of the truck and the crosswind got ahold of me, it sent me sideways. If dirt-bike riding hadn't taught me about overcompensating, I'd be a spot on that trucker's tires.

Your wits are what save you on a bike. That class is what helps you get a set of them. Once you get the class taken care of, get yourself the best protective gear, find a lonely road and practice emergency stops 'til you puke. I do this every spring, and will as long as I ride.

Good luck.

Too bad about having to burn all that rice, though. [Wink]

CP

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But a bike does save money. Have you seen gas prices as of late? Bikes get awsome milage.

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*takes out insurance policy on -ct-*
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Icon 1 posted July 02, 2006 17:05      Profile for -ct-   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
so yeah, took the MSF course this weekend and passed [Smile]

so far as the state of FL says, i'm pretty good in a parking lot [Wink]

now, off to go create mayhem on teh streetz!lolz

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*increases coverage*
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[Mad] [Mad]


got it insured yesterday ($261), spend lot of time getting it registered and a plate today ($91), get it fired up, get my gear on, get ONE MILE down the road, and the fucker dies on me

try to start it up and i can hear the starter motor slowly grinding

battery died. [Mad]

had to push it - 600 lbs - just over a mile, uphill, to park it
of course, i'm sweating hard as if i'm under a shower head
and of course, it makes me 45 min late for work [Mad]

gonna cost me at least $40 for a battery now, and i can't ride it until then [Frown]

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DNM: when you get rich, can I borrow a couple of hundred dollars till pay day?

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Why the fsck are you complaining about it here, hmm? Surely you must recognize that we don't give a damn about your vehicular troubles, and think you should stay far away from anything with an internal combustion engine in it. Scratch that, I wouldn't trust you with an electric car, nor a Segway...nor a skateboard for that matter!

Walk to work...it'll help burn up some of your aggression, and keep you and the rest of your general area a lot safer.

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I wouldn't worry about the leathers too much, but definitely wear a helmet. Tossing body parts into a bucket isn't too hard, but scraping brains off asphalt would be a royal pain in der arsch. Just think of the poor fellow who'll have to clean up the whole mess [evil]
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Have fun -ct-,

The joys of buying a used bike. [evil]

Common stuff actually. And it seems like it only happens about 3 weeks after you pick it up from someone else.

As far as safety gear goes. I wish I lived in an opt-out state. So IMNSHO go with what feels comfortable. If you ride san-skullbucket, be mindful. And keep one thought in your head. "They are all my enemies, and wish for my death" paranoid perhaps. But it has saved my ass many times.

And above all else, enjoy it.

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quote:
Originally posted by -ct-:
[Mad] [Mad]


got it insured yesterday ($261), spend lot of time getting it registered and a plate today ($91), get it fired up, get my gear on, get ONE MILE down the road, and the fucker dies on me

try to start it up and i can hear the starter motor slowly grinding

battery died. [Mad]

had to push it - 600 lbs - just over a mile, uphill, to park it
of course, i'm sweating hard as if i'm under a shower head
and of course, it makes me 45 min late for work [Mad]

gonna cost me at least $40 for a battery now, and i can't ride it until then [Frown]

/me sextuples coverage

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quote:
Originally posted by zesovietrussian:
I wouldn't worry about the leathers too much, but definitely wear a helmet.

Z,

The thought of surviving an unprotected slide down the tarmac is why a lot of bikers don't wear helmets -- they'd rather die.

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Well, if it makes you feel better, the clutch in my car went out days after I bought, insured, and registered it. Fixing the clutch cost about as much as the car, and I had to pay for a tow. But I haven't had a break-down since (which is probably a miracle).

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