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« on: May 18, 2016, 02:56:53 pm »

I needed a pick me up after losing my dad last week. Someone responded to a Craigslist ad for my Vstrom that I forgot about and actually showed up with cash.......and while sitting in the house perusing Craigslist with a pile of dough in front of me, I found a bike in my favorite color that I've lusted over for years.....1 owner... 7600 miles...1 hour  from my house. How's that for luck?

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« Reply #1 on: May 18, 2016, 04:48:38 pm »

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« Reply #2 on: May 18, 2016, 05:09:12 pm »

Sorry to hear about your dad... Sad

Happy you found the bike.  I had one for 12 years (different color....black/silver) and it's one I still look back on with great memories.  Was really my first "sport-touring" bike and I put a lot of fun miles on it.  Hope you enjoy yours as much as I did mine.
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« Reply #3 on: May 18, 2016, 05:23:14 pm »

Looks to be in pristine condition.  Really dig the contrasting engine covers.
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« Reply #4 on: May 18, 2016, 10:45:50 pm »

Looks to be in pristine condition.  Really dig the contrasting engine covers.
7600 miles... 1 owner who treated it like it was his child. There isn't a mark or scratch on it. Absolutely showroom new!!
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« Reply #5 on: May 18, 2016, 10:55:18 pm »

Nice!    Bigok  
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« Reply #6 on: May 18, 2016, 11:47:50 pm »

Sorry to hear of your Dad's passing. Tough change of life... been there.

Cool bike.

Admiring the nice little trailer!!!
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« Reply #7 on: May 19, 2016, 07:53:24 am »

I've lost too many close to me in the last years. Sorry about your Dad.

Kawasaki hit it out of the park with the ZXR paint schemes. You got the most rare and best color.

On another note, I am going to help you out here with that old beater. It has carbs and it is getting old. So, I'll give you what you gave for it and another $100 for your trouble.

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« Reply #8 on: May 19, 2016, 10:25:17 am »

I'm sorry to hear you lost your Father. My Dad passed away 18 years ago and I lost my Mom 6 weeks ago. It's a tough adjustment. Please accept my sincere condolences.  

As for the new old bike. That looks like a great buy - it looks like it's never been ridden.  Inlove

I love finding gently used low mileage garage queens. Ther are so many bikes out there that rarely get ridden. I know you will have lots of fun with it. Enjoy!
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« Reply #9 on: May 19, 2016, 11:41:38 am »

I know "retro" these days seem to rally around '70's machines, but I find machines from the '80's much more to my liking.  There is something about that '80's superbike look that speaks to me.  I think it's because the Japanese UJM have evolved the naked all-purpose bike to its epidome, to where every part just "looks right".  From there on, and into the '90's, the only way to "improve" the species was to split the genes into specific genres: sportbike, cruiser, streetfighter, tourer, etc.

These Eddie Lawson stylized replicas harken back to those '80s glory days.

Might wanna check that bar end mirror, though.  Looks like it comes close to hitting the tank.
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« Reply #10 on: May 19, 2016, 06:18:52 pm »

I know "retro" these days seem to rally around '70's machines, but I find machines from the '80's much more to my liking.  There is something about that '80's superbike look that speaks to me.  I think it's because the Japanese UJM have evolved the naked all-purpose bike to its epidome, to where every part just "looks right".  From there on, and into the '90's, the only way to "improve" the species was to split the genes into specific genres: sportbike, cruiser, streetfighter, tourer, etc.

These Eddie Lawson stylized replicas harken back to those '80s glory days.

Might wanna check that bar end mirror, though.  Looks like it comes close to hitting the tank.
Bar end mirrors while good looking have to go. I like being able to see behind me. I should've kept the Aprilia mirrors from my Vstrom but it really reduced the buffeting on it and I wanted the new buyer to enjoy the ride!!
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« Reply #11 on: May 20, 2016, 09:29:52 am »

FWIW, these worked way better than the OEM mirror stalks that came with my S3R.  Freed up the threaded holes for RAM ball mounts too.
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« Reply #12 on: May 20, 2016, 10:01:02 am »

FWIW, these worked way better than the OEM mirror stalks that came with my S3R.  Freed up the threaded holes for RAM ball mounts too.
Where did you pick those up at?
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« Reply #13 on: May 20, 2016, 11:25:26 pm »

Ebay.  Prices vary a lot on one's that appear identical and dont seem to correlate to qualty.  I bought that pair for some $38 IIRC.. They are knockoffs of Triumph's barend mirrors.  CNC'ed as anodized aluminum with slightly convex mirror.  Can be flipped to inside for lane splitting and such.

I later bought another pair for $45 and the anodizing were not as good.
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« Reply #14 on: May 24, 2016, 04:19:46 pm »

Sorry about your dad.

Good Luck with the new ride.  That was a great blue.
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« Reply #15 on: May 28, 2016, 12:33:09 pm »


FWIW, these worked way better than the OEM mirror stalks that came with my S3R.  Freed up the threaded holes for RAM ball mounts too.



Those looked so nice that I just ordered them in the blue anodized......can't wait to get them.
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« Reply #16 on: May 31, 2016, 08:38:06 am »

Great!  Post up a pic when you get them installed.  Judging by your bar bend, those mirrors should work well.  Might take a bit to get used to the slight convex mirrors, but you should have no problem.
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« Reply #17 on: June 01, 2016, 10:29:43 am »

Sorry to hear of your Father passing JNUNZMAN.

First thing you need to do to the Kawi is rotate the chain adjuster so that the axle is on the bottom, not the top as it is in the picture. The entire personality of the bike's handling, steering is changed for the better. I mentioned this mod to a friend and he thanks me every time he sees me. Only reason to keep the axle on the top is decreased seat height.
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« Reply #18 on: June 04, 2016, 11:04:58 am »

Great idea.......never thought of that. Thanks!! I'll post when it's done.
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« Reply #19 on: June 26, 2016, 06:42:51 pm »

Great!  Post up a pic when you get them installed.  Judging by your bar bend, those mirrors should work well.  Might take a bit to get used to the slight convex mirrors, but you should have no problem.

Nice to actually be able to see behind me again. Required a little modding as I didn't realize that the bars weren't stock so I had to drill out the new bar end aluminum pieces to accommodate the old screws. But I think they look terrific in blue if I do say so myself!!


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