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« on: April 06, 2020, 11:50:05 pm »

Is it a good time to go out and get a new bike? On the one hand, dealers are struggling and may make one heck of a deal on a new bike. On the other hand, quite a few are closed. I guess they are just waiting to see what happens.            Shrug              I emailed a dealer several days ago and the manager emailed back that they are open only for a limited amount of business. I replied asking if he would open up for a new bike sale. No response back.  
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« Reply #1 on: April 07, 2020, 04:15:20 am »

Oh no

Not another Coronavirus thread

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« Reply #2 on: April 07, 2020, 09:51:46 am »


Oh no

Not another Coronavirus thread

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please Please PLEASE consider all this a hoax and go on about your day as you did before. Report back to us on how it works. You can be our coal mine canary.
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« Reply #3 on: April 07, 2020, 10:43:56 am »

It ain’t no hoax

But others will be hurt by this due to extreme actions that are unnecessary
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« Reply #4 on: April 07, 2020, 11:05:46 am »


It ain’t no hoax

But others will be hurt by this due to extreme actions that are unnecessary


Wait. What??

What extreme actions?
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« Reply #5 on: April 07, 2020, 12:53:58 pm »

I bought my once-in-a-blue moon new bike March of last year. So, no.
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« Reply #6 on: April 07, 2020, 01:06:27 pm »

I really hate to take advantage but now does seem to be a time of great deals. I'm looking around. Of course, it also means now there is no chance of selling a used bike.
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« Reply #7 on: April 07, 2020, 01:15:46 pm »


I really hate to take advantage but now does seem to be a time of great deals. I'm looking around. Of course, it also means now there is no chance of selling a used bike.


Yeah, Lisa's had her 650 Ninja on a local site for about a month with only two responses. Both wanted to trade despite the ad specifically stating "no trades."
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« Reply #8 on: April 07, 2020, 01:18:38 pm »




Yeah, Lisa's had her 650 Ninja on a local site for about a month with only two responses. Both wanted to trade despite the ad specifically stating "no trades."


Two responses? Not bad. Yeah, I don't get why people disregard what you put in the ad.
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« Reply #9 on: April 08, 2020, 07:22:54 am »

I promised myself in February that if I made it through dental surgery, and the problem with my neck/shoulder turned out to not need surgery, and my cancer biopsy came back negative, that I would celebrate by buying the new bike that I have wanted for some time......and then my wife got laid off as her company basically shut down her whole division.  I’ve gotten to the point where I believe that it might never open up again too. She had planned to retire next July, but we have lost so much money in our 401K accounts that I don’t think that she will be able to do that.  She will never find another job that pays her anywhere near what she was making...she was one of 3 regional managers for the whole country and had worked for the same company for 38 years.  Meanwhile, the medical bills are coming in for my problems over the last 3 months.  So barring a miracle that stops this pandemic in its tracks and results in the economy suddenly going back to what it was, I don’t think that I will be making any purchases that I don’t really need for awhile.  Not complaining mind you, there a lot of people that are much much worse off than we are.  We’ve got some savings, my limited income from SS and pension hasn’t been effected, and we don’t have huge bills other than the house payment.  But going from a six figure income to $550 a week from unemployment is a huge difference.  Adjustments have to be made.
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« Reply #10 on: April 08, 2020, 08:20:23 am »

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Hope you are doing well and stay Cancer free and healthy.   The job and economics will work themselves out but your health is most important  Thumbsup
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« Reply #11 on: April 08, 2020, 08:45:08 am »


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Hope you are doing well and stay Cancer free and healthy.   The job and economics will work themselves out but your health is most important  Thumbsup


Thank you....biopsy did come back negative, neck and shoulder are pain free, and I’m adjusting to missing my wisdom teeth, so all is good on that front.  Here in KY the virus is not spreading much outside of a few urban counties.  Most people staying home and not much traffic out and about. So I’m not to worried about it.  But it has totally disrupted most of the economy and we will all suffer the effects in one way or another.
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« Reply #12 on: April 08, 2020, 10:10:21 am »

I think FlyBoy is on the mark, K. Your health is the most important thing. If you have your bills covered, transportation and food in the refrigerator, then, you are doing better than a lot of people.

Now for some simple advice that I think may solve your new motorcycle problem. No charge for this advice, by the way. Sit your wife down and respectfully, lovingly and with the most caring attitude you can muster, tell her she must get TWO jobs to help with the new motorcycle payment.              Bigok                   Let us know how that works out.
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« Reply #13 on: April 08, 2020, 10:17:38 am »

Honda has 90 days deferred first payment. Time to get a 450L.  Wink
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« Reply #14 on: April 08, 2020, 05:26:39 pm »


I think FlyBoy is on the mark, K. Your health is the most important thing. If you have your bills covered, transportation and food in the refrigerator, then, you are doing better than a lot of people.

Now for some simple advice that I think may solve your new motorcycle problem. No charge for this advice, by the way. Sit your wife down and respectfully, lovingly and with the most caring attitude you can muster, tell her she must get TWO jobs to help with the new motorcycle payment.              Bigok                   Let us know how that works out.


That’s not healthy at all!   Bigsmile


Seriously though, I think that the economic uncertainty that many many people are now facing is going to be a really big impediment to the economy recovering quickly.  Not just motorcycles, but virtually any large purchase is going to be something that many people will think twice about making right now.
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« Reply #15 on: April 08, 2020, 06:40:37 pm »


I really hate to take advantage but now does seem to be a time of great deals. I'm looking around. Of course, it also means now there is no chance of selling a used bike.


It could be a great time and we all need to go on living our lives so as long as you practice social distancing during the sale all is well.  Wink
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« Reply #16 on: April 09, 2020, 10:44:55 am »


Seriously though, I think that the economic uncertainty that many many people are now facing is going to be a really big impediment to the economy recovering quickly.  Not just motorcycles, but virtually any large purchase is going to be something that many people will think twice about making right now.


Consider the huge demand for employees when this is over. With a little caution, someone could actually get a "raise" when they renegotiate.
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« Reply #17 on: April 10, 2020, 12:08:33 pm »

"In these uncertain and trying times, thoughts and prayers go out to all who exercise social distancing while bike shopping."

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To answer the question, no. I bought new 2 years ago and am extremely happy with my bike.
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« Reply #18 on: April 10, 2020, 02:01:39 pm »

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« Reply #19 on: April 10, 2020, 06:50:43 pm »


Is it a good time to go out and get a new bike? On the one hand, dealers are struggling and may make one heck of a deal on a new bike. On the other hand, quite a few are closed. I guess they are just waiting to see what happens.            Shrug              I emailed a dealer several days ago and the manager emailed back that they are open only for a limited amount of business. I replied asking if he would open up for a new bike sale. No response back.  


The dealership that I work at ( part time ) is open for parts and service. Sale is by appt.
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« Reply #20 on: April 10, 2020, 11:02:33 pm »

I've had several call backs on my emails. One large dealership network of fourteen stores has told me the advertising is wrong and they don't have the bikes advertised or don't have the right years advertised.    One fellow that called me back told me a price two thousand dollars over his competition. I politely reminded him of that and he said he couldn't even think why his competition would sell that low.      

So, I am not getting people that are serious about moving product in this incredibly bad economic situation. Since these few guys aren't really too serious I didn't even try to get to the negotiation price part.
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« Reply #21 on: April 11, 2020, 08:40:47 am »


Since these few guys aren't really too serious I didn't even try to get to the negotiation price part.


I ran into that in 2016 when I was looking. I had decided to get a new Versys. I went in person to both local Kawasaki dealers and asked for a quote. One quoted me retail (of course, I already knew the retail price). The other said he would work up some numbers and let me know. He never called back. I ended up buying the FJ-09 used.
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I ran into that in 2016 when I was looking. I had decided to get a new Versys. I went in person to both local Kawasaki dealers and asked for a quote. One quoted me retail (of course, I already knew the retail price). The other said he would work up some numbers and let me know. He never called back. I ended up buying the FJ-09 used.


Most "sales people" don't understand that salesmanship starts when the customer says no. Most want to be order takers.

Right now with a terrible economic situation(experts say months more to come) and bills to pay that business owners would want to get all product out of the shop.
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« Reply #23 on: April 11, 2020, 10:06:14 am »

One thing to understand and remember....

Those dealers don’t really own those bikes.....the banks do.  The banks lent them the money and the only thing the dealer is on hook for is the payments on those loans.  They have to decide if they are willing to sell now in order to get away from making payments on that loan OR hang onto it, make the minimum payments the loans require, and try to sell it later for enough money to make a good profit.  

With the new bill that allows these small businesses to borrow money basically for free...and in some cases even receive free money from the government.....they really aren’t in a cash crunch where they have to sell the bikes just to raise cash.  In fact, many banks are allowing small businesses to either skip loan payments entirely, or are willing to refinance their notes with deferred payments of up to 3-6 months.  Basically giving the dealers an extended grace period where there is no real pressure to sell bikes.
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One thing to understand and remember....

Those dealers don’t really own those bikes.....the banks do.  The banks lent them the money and the only thing the dealer is on hook for is the payments on those loans.  They have to decide if they are willing to sell now in order to get away from making payments on that loan OR hang onto it, make the minimum payments the loans require, and try to sell it later for enough money to make a good profit.  

With the new bill that allows these small businesses to borrow money basically for free...and in some cases even receive free money from the government.....they really aren’t in a cash crunch where they have to sell the bikes just to raise cash.  In fact, many banks are allowing small businesses to either skip loan payments entirely, or are willing to refinance their notes with deferred payments of up to 3-6 months.  Basically giving the dealers an extended grace period where there is no real pressure to sell bikes.



This is what I’m seeing in Charlotte
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« Reply #25 on: April 11, 2020, 05:12:40 pm »

My son in law is a bank manager for Wesbanco.  He says that he has never been so busy as he is now.  They are literally getting more small business loan applications than they can handle, because of this new bill.  They were already doing a lot of loan modifications and equity lines of credit before that system added to their burden, too.  Commercial banking is a real different animal than regular retail banking, and banks that deal in it have a lot of leeway when it comes to working with small businesses, more so than they do for a lot of consumer loans.
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Those dealers don’t really own those bikes.....the banks do.

This may be true for used bikes, but in the case of new bikes dealer inventory is usually still property of the manufacturer/importer. Dealers normally pay a floor fee for their inventory. I'm guessing the importers are giving dealers breaks on these fees right now, because there isn't anywhere else to put them.

The manufacturers (motorcycles and auto) are really going to be in trouble if they're still sitting on mountains of unsold inventory next Fall. I wouldn't be surprised if we see another "Cash for Klunkers" type of stimulus in the next 6-12 months.
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« Reply #27 on: April 13, 2020, 10:25:19 am »

When is the Tenere 700 due to be available here in the US?

Only issues are A) I need to sell a couple of the herd and B) when, or if, the Wife's business can get back operational.

I so do want to be able to support our economy!   Bigsmile
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When is the Tenere 700 due to be available here in the US?

Only issues are A) I need to sell a couple of the herd and B) when, or if, the Wife's business can get back operational.

I so do want to be able to support our economy!   Bigsmile

The Yamaha website still says "Early summer 2020." Hopefully that's still true, but with the current situation it seems like there's a high risk of delay.
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This may be true for used bikes, but in the case of new bikes dealer inventory is usually still property of the manufacturer/importer. Dealers normally pay a floor fee for their inventory. I'm guessing the importers are giving dealers breaks on these fees right now, because there isn't anywhere else to put them.

The manufacturers (motorcycles and auto) are really going to be in trouble if they're still sitting on mountains of unsold inventory next Fall. I wouldn't be surprised if we see another "Cash for Klunkers" type of stimulus in the next 6-12 months.


I know that selling motorcycles and cars are not as simple as the public believes. I've purchased new and the dealer had the title on the premises and purchased new when the dealer said they would mail me the title.
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« Reply #30 on: April 13, 2020, 05:39:12 pm »




I know that selling motorcycles and cars are not as simple as the public believes. I've purchased new and the dealer had the title on the premises and purchased new when the dealer said they would mail me the title.
If the dealer has the title then I assume they own the motorcycle. Usually though - as I understand it - once they sell a vehicle they send the money to the importer/manufacturer and request a COI (Certificate or Origin) which is provided to the state government to issue a title.

Buying a vehicle can be a surprisingly risky transaction, especially right now where dealerships are certainly struggling to make sales. Even if you plan to pay cash, I recommend you arrange for a loan through your bank or credit union and use that for the purchase. You can then immediately pay off the loan with the bank if you like. That way if something happens to the dealer and your money doesn't get forwarded on to the DMV and/or manufacturer, then the bank is the creditor and not you. This may seem paranoid but I've seen it happen multiple times in *good* economies.

Also, if you can get a loan that is at or below the rate of inflation (under 2-3%) it actually makes more sense to finance the vehicle rather than pay cash. That way the lender pays the cost of inflation, not you. And you can use your cash for some other investment that might actually beat inflation.
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« Reply #31 on: April 13, 2020, 05:53:00 pm »

I have bought new with cash(actually a Cashier's check) when the dealer had the title on hand. My preference, as you pointed out, is to take out a loan. I'd rather have the cash in the bank and pay the least amount of interest. Financial planers all say pay cash to save interest but I say making payments is my forced way to pay monthly rather having to build back up the cash I spent.

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« Reply #32 on: April 17, 2020, 04:31:49 pm »

My hours have been cut at my job so I've been going into the local BMW dealer to help out.  I'm buddies with the GM there.  He went from 10 employees to 3, him and 2 techs.  He is so busy being; sales, service, parts, finance, office person, delivery, pick up.......  He is still selling bikes and doing service.  We are in Minnesota, last week he had a guy come in from California and he has other from other states coming in this week.  On top of all of this people are calling to get their bikes out of storage.  Last week I "worked" aka volunteered for two days.  I took 50 calls a day.  This week I was there on Thursday and took 30 calls.  They finally got someone to answer the phone calls that we couldn't get to.  He is trying to get the authorization to have someone work like 10 hours a week to do pick up and delivery of bikes for him.  He gets in at 9-6 then after work he fires up the truck and trailer to get bikes.

It kinda sounds great but the work load is so much and the customers sometimes not very understanding.  I believe this will be the end of week 2 doing this for him.
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« Reply #33 on: April 19, 2020, 09:55:09 am »

It kinda sounds great but the work load is so much and the customers sometimes not very understanding.  I believe this will be the end of week 2 doing this for him.


BMW owners are often douches.
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« Reply #34 on: April 25, 2020, 09:05:59 am »

I'm waiting for the new 2020 N1Ks to drop below $10k, then I'm going go pull the trigger.  There's a dealership in AR that has one for 10,400 so it's getting close!
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« Reply #35 on: April 25, 2020, 10:44:09 am »


I'm waiting for the new 2020 N1Ks to drop below $10k, then I'm going go pull the trigger.  There's a dealership in AR that has one for 10,400 so it's getting close!



There are a couple of brand new 2019s in Texas for UNDER $9,000! That is their advertised price so you may be able to knock some off that.
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There are a couple of brand new 2019s in Texas for UNDER $9,000! That is their advertised price so you may be able to knock some off that.


Yeah, I've been seeing those but I really want the 2020 model.  The factory cruise control is a big draw for me.
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Yeah, I've been seeing those but I really want the 2020 model.  The factory cruise control is a big draw for me.


Good point.

I have a $20 "go cruise" on my Bandit.
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Yeah, I've been seeing those but I really want the 2020 model.  The factory cruise control is a big draw for me.


Three years ago when I was looking for a day bike, I checked with my insurance agent on the three bikes on my radar screen. The Yamaha FZ1(new leftover), Ninja 1000 and Bandit 1250(new left over). He told me I didn't want the Ninja or FZ1. When he told me the insurance rates I agreed with him.
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« Reply #39 on: May 06, 2020, 10:09:11 am »

Finally managed to pick up my new ride!



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« Reply #40 on: May 06, 2020, 02:02:02 pm »

Very nice  Thumbsup
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« Reply #41 on: May 06, 2020, 06:02:10 pm »

I can't see the picture?
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« Reply #42 on: October 12, 2020, 08:48:06 am »

I've been looking around for months now. Still new left over bikes out there from 2016! The leftovers are going away. I have made offers on three different brands of motorcycle but the dealers seem to be real proud of their bikes. Some have even RAISED the prices on these "old" bikes.      A week ago a dealer was stuck near list price and I told the sales guy to ask his boss if he ever bought a stock and couldn't sell it later for what he bought it for. Same difference here. There is a reason you have a new leftover that is four years old now. Take my offer and generate some cash flow!! No luck so far.

It's near Winter so my looking is almost over.               Sad
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« Reply #43 on: October 12, 2020, 11:18:35 am »

I feel your pain Blue.   That’s what I see out here as well.  
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I need a bigger garage  Embarassment
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I need a bigger garage  Embarassment


Yep.   You gotta fit those meals on wheels cases in there  Lol Lol Lol

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« Reply #46 on: October 12, 2020, 04:11:28 pm »

I keep hearing about how the economy is having problems, but sure seems like people around here are out spending money like normal, maybe even more. It might be a good thing the Tenere 700 is selling so fast and in short supply, or I might have even less garage space.
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« Reply #47 on: October 12, 2020, 04:25:19 pm »


I keep hearing about how the economy is having problems, but sure seems like people around here are out spending money like normal, maybe even more. It might be a good thing the Tenere 700 is selling so fast and in short supply, or I might have even less garage space.


That Fracking business is very damn good.   Bigsmile
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« Reply #48 on: October 12, 2020, 09:09:29 pm »

My company never even slowed down.

No new bikes but I did order a new tire for the FJ-09. I was going to ride it to work tomorrow so I was checking the tires. Oops, cords showing. It's a PR5 with 13,528 miles.
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My company never even slowed down.

No new bikes but I did order a new tire for the FJ-09. I was going to ride it to work tomorrow so I was checking the tires. Oops, cords showing. It's a PR5 with 13,528 miles.


13,000 miles? What do you do haul it around in the back of your truck?
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« Reply #50 on: October 12, 2020, 09:45:47 pm »

13,000 on the tire. Bike has 48,000.
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« Reply #51 on: October 12, 2020, 10:50:12 pm »


13,000 on the tire. Bike has 48,000.


That's what I meant!! I wish I could get 13,000 out of a tire.      
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« Reply #52 on: October 13, 2020, 06:11:53 am »


13,000 on the tire. Bike has 48,000.


You ride just a bit  Bigsmile
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My company never even slowed down.

No new bikes but I did order a new tire for the FJ-09. I was going to ride it to work tomorrow so I was checking the tires. Oops, cords showing. It's a PR5 with 13,528 miles.


No new bikes here either. But since this started, I have gotten a new rifle, a new pistol, gifted another pistol to my brother which I replaced just before COVID, several sets of iron sights, a .22 suppressor (still in jail), ammo (gack! that's an ordeal), 2 advanced training classes, a dress carry belt/holster/and mag pouch, a western holster, and at least 1 scope. I think that's it.
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No new bikes here either. But since this started, I have gotten a new rifle, a new pistol, gifted another pistol to my brother which I replaced just before COVID, several sets of iron sights, a .22 suppressor (still in jail), ammo (gack! that's an ordeal), 2 advanced training classes, a dress carry belt/holster/and mag pouch, a western holster, and at least 1 scope. I think that's it.



What good is that stuff gonna do you after you vote for Biden next month and he gets elected?   You gonna have to give all that stuff to the Gobernment  Lol
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What good is that stuff gonna do you after you vote for Biden next month and he gets elected?   You gonna have to give all that stuff to the Gobernment  Lol



Every U.S. election I buy firearm stocks and warn of the impending seizure of firearms by those evil Demi rats. It works well! Lol
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Every U.S. election I buy firearm stocks and warn of the impending seizure of firearms by those evil Demi rats. It works well! Lol


Obama was the best gun marketing guy in history

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« Reply #57 on: October 13, 2020, 03:16:25 pm »

No politics above ground  
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No politics above ground  


Yes dear

We can get our shovels back out  Lol Bigsmile
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« Reply #59 on: October 16, 2020, 05:36:49 pm »

   
Anyone going to buy new during this Coronavirus time?

I did. Not a two wheeler, but I did sell the Harley and purchase this 2020 Can Am Ryker Rally back in mid July. Very different from my usual two wheel bikes. This has been a lot of fun with no regrets, something I was concerned about since I've never had any experience with anything like this before. I've been setting it up for long distance trips by adding luggage, Zumo GPS, drink holder, cruise control, windscreen, upgraded the sway bar and end links to eliminate the twitchyness at high speeds, and a few other accessories. I've really come to like the adjustability of the handlebars, footpegs and brake pedal that allows me to stretch out on long rides. I've since also sold the Moto Guzzi Griso, thinning it down to just two machines, the Ryker and the Kawasaki.

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« Reply #60 on: October 16, 2020, 05:45:17 pm »


   
Anyone going to buy new during this Coronavirus time?

I did. Not a two wheeler, but I did sell the Harley and purchase this 2020 Can Am Ryker Rally back in mid July. Very different from my usual two wheel bikes. This has been a lot of fun with no regrets, something I was concerned about since I've never had any experience with anything like this before. I've been setting it up for long distance trips by adding luggage, Zumo GPS, drink holder, cruise control, windscreen, upgraded the sway bar and end links to eliminate the twitchyness at high speeds, and a few other accessories. I've really come to like the adjustability of the handlebars, footpegs and brake pedal that allows me to stretch out on long rides. I've since also sold the Moto Guzzi Griso, thinning it down to just two machines, the Ryker and the Kawasaki.






Cool. Wife wants one now that she has difficultly holding up a bike. She's been casually looking for an RT or F3 because she has to have the goodies and won't consider adding to a Ryker.
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« Reply #61 on: October 16, 2020, 05:55:46 pm »

In this area the used motorcycle market is booming as it is a sellers market.
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« Reply #62 on: October 16, 2020, 10:48:22 pm »

My riding buddy got a new Africa Twin this week. I got to see it tonite but he didn't offer to let me ride it.  Sad

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« Reply #63 on: October 17, 2020, 10:58:47 am »

On one trip to Fla, a fellow rider let me try out his original African Twin. Fun for short shots.
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« Reply #64 on: October 17, 2020, 01:34:07 pm »

3 wheels ..  2 in front.. one in back

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Is this considered a motorbike?
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« Reply #65 on: October 17, 2020, 06:52:52 pm »

No, it's a disabled car.
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« Reply #66 on: October 17, 2020, 11:07:14 pm »


No, it's a disabled car.


Exactly what I think
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Is this considered a motorbike?


Nah, its not a motorcycle. I believe the question was, Anyone going to buy new during this Coronavirus time? Not anyone going to buy a new motorcycle during this Coronavirus time? I thought this would help break the monotony here. After all, this place could use a little more activity to make it a little more interesting.
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Nah, its not a motorcycle. I believe the question was, Anyone going to buy new during this Coronavirus time? Not anyone going to buy a new motorcycle during this Coronavirus time? I thought this would help break the monotony here. After all, this place could use a little more activity to make it a little more interesting.


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Yes, and thank you for posting.  Bigok

There are some people  Rolleyes who like to stir the pot because that's what's they consider "activity".
The three wheeled contraptions (motorcycle? car? Reliant Robin?) don't do much for me, but I can fully understand why someone would choose one. And hey, if it gets you out and enjoying life, then even better!


Yeah, what she said.                                    Mostly!  Sad
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« Reply #70 on: October 18, 2020, 09:20:35 am »

Well

Enjoy it and remember (do not put meals on wheels boxes on it)

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« Reply #71 on: October 18, 2020, 11:28:20 am »


Nah, its not a motorcycle. I believe the question was, Anyone going to buy new during this Coronavirus time? Not anyone going to buy a new motorcycle during this Coronavirus time?


Exactly the reason I gave the answer I gave.
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After all, this place could use a little more activity to make it a little more interesting.


Agreed. I hope my wife gets one so we can ride together again.

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« Reply #73 on: October 18, 2020, 12:24:13 pm »




Agreed. I hope my wife gets one so we can ride together again.

After I will the lottery, I'll get a Slingshot to go with it.


Have you driven one yet?   Or any of the 3 wheelers?
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« Reply #74 on: October 18, 2020, 01:38:59 pm »

Nope.
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« Reply #75 on: October 18, 2020, 01:44:47 pm »

I’d love to ride one just to see what it’s like.  
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« Reply #76 on: October 18, 2020, 04:47:30 pm »

I'll always own at least one two wheeler, because as you all already know, nothing stir's the soul better. Its just that after riding for 40 years, and owning just about as many bikes, I was in search of a different riding experience. The Ryker turned out to be it. I was intrigued with them when they first came out last year, (I think it was the low sportier compact look & being shaft drive, compared to the bigger, slower, belt drive Spyders), But I had four bikes in the garage and no room for another machine. So that thought sit on the back burner. It took me a year to pull the trigger on this but once I decided to sell two of the bikes, (the Harley & the Griso) I went for it. Since I like to trail ride, I decided to kept the Kawasaki.



I’d love to ride one just to see what it’s like.  


If you live anywhere near me (Tampa Bay area), you're alway welcome to take a spin on mine.
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« Reply #77 on: October 18, 2020, 08:15:32 pm »

Thanks Zebra 👍

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« Reply #78 on: October 19, 2020, 06:26:58 pm »



If you live anywhere near me (Tampa Bay area), you're alway welcome to take a spin on mine.


My sister lives in Lake Suzy - although we're not getting along right now (estate/inheritance thing). If things smooth out and I come for a visit, I would like to try it too.
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« Reply #79 on: October 19, 2020, 08:01:21 pm »

Sorry to hear that Jay.  Hope you work things out soon 👍
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« Reply #80 on: October 19, 2020, 08:29:26 pm »


Sorry to hear that Jay.  Hope you work things out soon 👍


It's been over three years... Thumbsdown
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« Reply #81 on: October 19, 2020, 08:56:52 pm »




It's been over three years... Thumbsdown


Family issues always suck.  Good news though..   maybe sis will get you that three wheeler real soon. She can spread the wealth a little.
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« Reply #82 on: October 19, 2020, 09:36:49 pm »




My sister lives in Lake Suzy - although we're not getting along right now (estate/inheritance thing). If things smooth out and I come for a visit, I would like to try it too.


Not a problem at all.
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« Reply #83 on: October 20, 2020, 11:32:19 am »

Family issues always suck.


That's why it's important to eat healthy and get plenty of rest and exercise; setting attainable, reasonable goals that are about joy more than possessions.

That way you can outlive them all and piss on their graves.
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That's why it's important to eat healthy and get plenty of rest and exercise; setting attainable, reasonable goals that are about joy more than possessions.

That way you can outlive them all and piss on their graves.


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That’s one way to put it.  
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« Reply #85 on: October 20, 2020, 07:15:55 pm »




Not a problem at all.


I'm just wondering why you got rid of the Griso?
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« Reply #86 on: October 21, 2020, 12:03:21 am »




I'm just wondering why you got rid of the Griso?


There's actually a few reasons. The Griso was basically my ride like a hooligan bike. I bought it new in 2016 and after riding it for almost 4 years, I consider myself fortunate to still be alive. That bike was powerful & fast. It always encouraged me to ride it to my limits, which isn't a good thing. I called it the Demon because it would kind of possess you. It was just one of those bikes that was hard to go slow on. Because of the tight ergonomics, my bad knees and lower back, I was riding it less & less. The main reason though is that I didnt have room in the garage for 4 bikes and the Ryker, I just didnt ride them enough anymore to keep 4 bikes. I held off on purchasing the Ryker for a year, until I could come up with a storage solution. The only answer was to get rid of two so that there was room for it in the garage (its 5' wide in the front x 8' long).

The money from the sale of the two bikes paid for the Ryker. Actually, it went back into replenishing my savings which is where the money originally came from to buy the Ryker. I decided to keep the Kawasaki VX-300 even though it was the most under powered of the group, it was still the most versatile of the four and I ride it a lot. I purchased it new in 2017 and set it up as my fishing trip bike with hard side quick release Shad side cases, crash bars, center stand auxiliary lights and a few other accessories. Its a full size bike but very light & flickable, which makes it fun to ride the woods & trails on around here. I do have to admit though, I had a hard time seeing the Griso going down the road on someones elses trailer.
One last look at the Griso 1200 & the Super Glide Custom since I wont be posting any photo's of them anymore.

My trip to the Smoky Mountains last November.

One of the trails that I ride locally.

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The Griso was basically my ride like a hooligan bike. I bought it new in 2016 and after riding it for almost 4 years, I consider myself fortunate to still be alive. That bike was powerful & fast. It always encouraged me to ride it to my limits, which isn't a good thing. I called it the Demon because it would kind of possess you. It was just one of those bikes that was hard to go slow on. Because of the tight ergonomics, my bad knees and lower back, I was riding it less & less.

One last look at the Griso 1200



I understand fully what you are saying about the Griso. I fortunately don't have any knee issues and my back in opposite of many, as I can ride with rear sets and forward lean all day but can't do the leaned back, forward foot position or my back is killing me within an hour.

I can't see letting the Griso go until the "making mechanics out of motorcyclist since 1921" theme of Guzzi gets too aggravating (I'm on my 4th Guzzi so I went in eyes wide open) or I just get too old and decrepit to ride it.

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« Reply #88 on: October 21, 2020, 08:20:15 am »

I see lots of us have motorbike addictions  Lol
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« Reply #89 on: October 21, 2020, 09:37:40 am »

That MG is just such a beautiful motorcycle. I'd have kept it just to look at it!

Now, as for buying a "three wheeler"??? There is counseling available.
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That MG is just such a beautiful motorcycle. I'd have kept it just to look at it!

Now, as for buying a "three wheeler"??? There is counseling available.


If you ever make it over to central Oklahoma, I'll let you ride mine. You'll either love it or hate it, or both. Just like a crazy hot Italian mistress.   Inlove
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If you ever make it over to central Oklahoma, I'll let you ride mine. You'll either love it or hate it, or both. Just like a crazy hot Italian mistress.   Inlove


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« Reply #92 on: October 21, 2020, 05:45:43 pm »


That MG is just such a beautiful motorcycle. I'd have kept it just to look at it!

Now, as for buying a "three wheeler"??? There is counseling available.


Too me the Griso 1200 was mechanical art. I think that the most beautiful Griso that they ever made was the 2011 Tenni Green with the brown leather saddle (pic below). I saw one in 2012 and thats what put me on to the Griso. I called the few dealers in the SE at the time and no one had one. In 2016 I was reading an article and saw that it was the last year for the Griso, it was being discontinued, so I went on the hunt. Again I called the dealers and there were only two new ones in the state of Florida, three if you count a beat up demo that one dealer was trying to pass off as new. It was in Tampa and I went to look at it.

Out of the two new ones, one was in Miami, and the other was in Orlando. The dealer in Orlando said theirs was spotless, with no miles on the OD, and never been off the showroom floor, It was the end of the year and they said that they would mark it down $1500 off. We agreed to a price over the phone, I loaded up the trailer and made the trip. They let me test ride it, they just asked me to not put more than 5 miles on it. During the entire ride, I had this big ol shit eatin grin on my face and I knew the bike was mine. During a Hurricane the following year, I convinced my wife that the Griso wasnt safe in the garage, to let me move it out of the garage and into the house. It looked great as part of our living room decor, but she said no way in hell is it staying. We had 6' double steel front doors, so it was easy to bring inside.
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« Reply #93 on: October 21, 2020, 07:31:11 pm »

Now that is a keeper wife to let you store it inside!!
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