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by NewGuy
Sat Nov 27, 2010 5:33 pm
Forum: Total Motorcycle Talk
Topic: Is the garage a good place to store gear?
Replies: 8
Views: 2765

Re: Is the garage a good place to store gear?

If you keep everything clean the only problem will be when it's cool in the garage. You glasses, helmet face shield, etc, will fog up quickly if they are cool/cold when you put them on. I've been keeping my gear in the garage for years with no problems.
by NewGuy
Mon Mar 29, 2010 11:48 pm
Forum: Total Motorcycle Talk
Topic: Looking at new Suzuki C50
Replies: 19
Views: 5546

Re: Looking at new Suzuki C50

It does have tubeless, cast rims--the touring model has spoked, tubed tires, but he opted for the basic model so that he could get the saddlebags, etc that he wanted. You might want to check the specs on the C50. The "basic" version and the Touring version both have spokes and tubes. Only the Speci...
by NewGuy
Mon Mar 29, 2010 4:30 am
Forum: Total Motorcycle Talk
Topic: In the market for a new bike, suggestions?
Replies: 7
Views: 1931

Re: In the market for a new bike, suggestions?

What im really looking for in my bike is that "wide tire" look . . . . . . but am willing to spend as much as it takes to get the look i want Well my suggestion is don't buy a bike based primarily on looks. Then again, I like to ride so for me a bike isn't just for getting 10 miles to Starbucks or ...
by NewGuy
Sun Mar 28, 2010 7:13 pm
Forum: Beginning Bikers
Topic: full face vs open face helmet
Replies: 59
Views: 31147

Re: full face vs open face helmet

Ok, so ive read all the pros for a full face helmet vs open and yet when i bought a helmet i decided to go open face instead. When i was testing the bike out, the guy i was buying it from had a full face he let me borrow. It wasnt comfortable at all. Not that it was tight or loose, i just didnt fee...
by NewGuy
Sun Mar 28, 2010 3:20 pm
Forum: Total Motorcycle Talk
Topic: Looking at new Suzuki C50
Replies: 19
Views: 5546

Re: Looking at new Suzuki C50

Nice bike, but if it was me I'd get the M50 instead. Same basic bike. but you get case wheels v. spokes, and it has pegs v. floorboards. After the frequent loose spokes on my last bike I prefer to have cast wheels. I also prefer cast wheels so I can use tubeless tires. Floorboards are nice, but not ...
by NewGuy
Sun Mar 28, 2010 3:02 pm
Forum: Total Motorcycle Talk
Topic: Looking at new S Star 650 as I've outgrown it
Replies: 1
Views: 723

Re: Looking at new S Star 650 as I've outgrown it

IMO, the V-star 650 is a very good bike - for a first bike to learn on. I got a used '01 V-star 650 Classic used as my first bike, and I recently got a H-D Super Glide. A good friend of mine got a new '06 V-star 650 Custom as his first bike, and he is now looking to get either a larger metric, H-D, ...
by NewGuy
Fri Mar 19, 2010 8:34 pm
Forum: Total Motorcycle Talk
Topic: 06 Suzuki M50 with 38k miles: good deal or terrible deal?
Replies: 7
Views: 1666

Re: 06 Suzuki M50 with 38k miles: good deal or terrible deal

$4325 is the KBB retail value, a private party sale should be about halfway between Retail and Trade-In, assuming good condition and normal mileage. Trade-In value on that bike should be $2970. So $3500 is a little below the half way point. Any chance you get the bike checked by a mechanic to make s...
by NewGuy
Fri Mar 19, 2010 8:16 pm
Forum: Total Motorcycle Talk
Topic: What did you pay for your used Sportster?
Replies: 14
Views: 2477

Re: What did you pay for your used Sportster?

We all know KBB and other sites are a rough guideline, but miles, accessories and market condition really set the tone, not KBB. Well KBB is a little better than a rough guideline, especially for a completely stock bike. The way I've negotiated used bikes for private sales is halfway between KBB Tr...
by NewGuy
Fri Feb 05, 2010 5:49 am
Forum: Total Motorcycle Talk
Topic: Treating Harley Associate Members
Replies: 17
Views: 6481

Most the people I've had contact with while out on the bike(s) have shown good interest in the V-Rod. Yeah if you hang out with a bunch of citizens. I have only ever seen one biker actually ride one of these. (If you want a bike that looks like a Yamaha GET a Yamaha, its a better bike) Most clubs a...
by NewGuy
Sat Jan 16, 2010 11:27 am
Forum: Total Motorcycle Talk
Topic: Buying my first bike...maybe a Harley?
Replies: 29
Views: 12971

Re: Buying my first bike...maybe a Harley?

Sorry, but the EVO engine is a product of "AMF era." If you had taken the time to read the entire thread and my post, you would realise that the subject was about the unreliability of Harleys that were manufactured and sold in the AMF era, not the ones that were still in the design stage. Read the ...
by NewGuy
Sat Jan 16, 2010 2:35 am
Forum: Total Motorcycle Talk
Topic: Buying my first bike...maybe a Harley?
Replies: 29
Views: 12971

Re: Buying my first bike...maybe a Harley?

And the AMF era was from '69 to '81; the timeframe where Harley earned its undeserved bad reutation for the Shovelhead big twins and Ironhead Sportsters. The Dyna series commenced production in '91, long after the company bought itself out from under the AMF banner and retooled for better quality a...
by NewGuy
Sat Jan 02, 2010 4:33 pm
Forum: Total Motorcycle Talk
Topic: Just noticed Honda finally caught up . . .
Replies: 16
Views: 3181

FI on the honda 750 has been around for a few years now also the 1800 was FI starting in 2002 The Shadow 750s have been their only cruiser 750cc offerings for several years and none have FI until this new Shadow Phantom for 2010. Yes, the 1800s had FI for years, but among the other cruisers, primar...
by NewGuy
Fri Jan 01, 2010 6:22 pm
Forum: Total Motorcycle Talk
Topic: Just noticed Honda finally caught up . . .
Replies: 16
Views: 3181

Just noticed Honda finally caught up . . .

So I was going through "Motorcycle Cruiser" 2010 Buyer's Guide and noticed Honda has caught up to H-D, Suzuki, Kawasaki, Yamaha, Triumph, etc, and is now offering more cruisers with fuel injection. The new 750cc Shadow Phantom, and the 1300cc Sabre, Stateline, and Interstate all offer fuel injection...
by NewGuy
Sun Oct 18, 2009 11:55 pm
Forum: Total Motorcycle Talk
Topic: Full-Face Helmet.
Replies: 23
Views: 3979

Re: Full-Face Helmet.

warrick wrote:I am concerned about the reduced awareweness of my surroundings wearing a bowl on my head . . .
Anyone who tells you that wearing a full face helmet reduces the ability to hear or see other traffic is simply FOS.

Here is the truth:
http://www.whohelmets.org/headlines/05- ... earing.htm
by NewGuy
Sun Oct 18, 2009 11:48 pm
Forum: Total Motorcycle Talk
Topic: Anyone have a brake light modulator?
Replies: 10
Views: 2179

I got the TailBlazer from Kisan Technologies. https://www.kisantech.com/index.php?cat_id=3 It's a little more expensive than other options, but it's totally "plug and play" with no rewiring required. If you can change the bulb in your taillight then you have the skills needed to use the TailBlazer. ...
by NewGuy
Fri Jul 03, 2009 10:38 pm
Forum: Beginning Bikers
Topic: How do you judge a Helmet?
Replies: 13
Views: 4274

Re: How do you judge a Helmet?

When I had my run-in with the guy who ran a stop sign, my head hit the pavement with a righteous smack. My helmet absorbed the hit and my head ( so far ) is fine. This means an automatic replacement of the helmet even though there is not a mark on it. It was a $100.00 VOX 3/4 helmet with the retrac...
by NewGuy
Wed Jun 24, 2009 11:24 pm
Forum: Total Motorcycle Talk
Topic: To Harley or not to Harley?
Replies: 68
Views: 13459

Re: To Harley or not to Harley?

Currently looking at the Yamaha V-Star 1100 Custom with the Midnight trim, the Honda VTX1300T . . . Rather than the V-star 1100 I'd suggest looking at the V-star 950 and V-star 1300. Both are belt drive, which means they are more efficient at transferring power to the rear wheel than the shaft driv...
by NewGuy
Sun Apr 26, 2009 11:32 pm
Forum: Total Motorcycle Talk
Topic: Just wondering, Why was the sportster roadster discontinued?
Replies: 6
Views: 4290

Re: Just wondering, Why was the sportster roadster discontin

Just like the subject line says "Why was the sportster roadster discontinued?" It seems to me that in the sportster line this bike had the most bang for the buck and had the biggest gas tank for longer times between fill ups, highest ground clearance for better handling in the curves and other fact...
by NewGuy
Sun Apr 26, 2009 7:29 pm
Forum: Total Motorcycle Talk
Topic: Sportster 1200C vs. Honda VTX 1300
Replies: 19
Views: 18025

For me the EFI, belt drive, and lighter weight of the Sportster would win me over. Also, you'll get better resale value out of the Sportster. As for reliability, I think it's a toss up. The stories of unreliable H-D motorcycles haven't been true for more than a decade. H-D made a serious effort to t...
by NewGuy
Fri Apr 24, 2009 2:05 am
Forum: Beginning Bikers
Topic: Inexpensive riding jacket that "breaths".
Replies: 6
Views: 2876

Get a Tourmaster Draft Air, and the waterproof liner in case it rains. They also make an insulated liner, but you can just wear a sweater or fleece under the jacket if you need some insulation. It's got CE armor and reflective piping. Or if you can do without the liner you can pick up a First Gear M...