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Jul 28th 2017, 02:06 AM   #16
 craiger's Avatar
 
  Apr 2016
  Molalla

  2007 Aprilia Tuono Factory, 2010 Honda VFR 1200f DCT
Cuz it's goddamn awesome to be propelled thru space and time with such ease as on such an affordable piece of high performance machinery !! I am lucky enough to be able to afford a couple of machines that together cost about $15K used.. they both have tremendous power to weight ratio's, and the bang for the buck is undeniable. To get the performance in a 4 wheeled vehicle that is even remotely close to that of either of my rides would cost in the upper 5 digits, if not 6 digits. In the documentary "Faster", one of the riders says that "you get used to the power and speed"... therefore, a response to the question of "why more speed?", is an easy one..we are fortunate enough to be living in a time when motorcycle's are faster, safer and funner than ever before. Now, the old school guys notwithstanding, these machines are for the most part accessible and affordable. So why not take advantage of the awesome performance, reliability, technology, fuel efficiency, safety features and variety whilst we can?

A good friend of mine who only just a few years ago got into motorbikin just bought himself an 06 FJR..we recently rode to Silver Falls St park, and he rides that thing like old people fuck (slow and not very often), I ask him, "why you ride so slow, y you never pass, don't you know what that thing is capable of? Why'd you buy it if you're not ever gonna ride it for fun, for the adrenaline rush of riding? Says he, "I'm in no hurry, but it's nice to know it's there".. I says, "whatever, I wanna go, I wanna FEEL the power, the acceleration, the braking power, the sensation of leaning over at speed, to be in command of all that technology and the ability to challenge myself and my skillset, to continue to learn, to push the limits of the bike and my ability to master it". It's a no-brainer, man.. modern bikes are THE SHIT !!!
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Jul 28th 2017, 07:40 AM   #17
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  Jan 2016
  Bremerton

  BMW F800R, Honda CBR250R
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Originally Posted by 307T
There is speed and there is velocity. One is technical and the other is visceral. I had a British sports car in the 1960's that felt breathtakingly fast at 70 mph. I've been well into the triple digits in later years with both two wheels and four but the feeling from that little four banger felt much more dangerous...and probably was!
That's similar to how I feel on my 250! It feels like I'm going way faster than I am. I get the thrill of "speed" without going all that fast.
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Jul 28th 2017, 08:19 AM   #18
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  Jan 2016
  Seattle

  all of them
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That motorcycle is drop dead gorgeous!
Aww thanks. 1984 Kawasaki 750 Turbo. I bought it from the original owner a few years ago with 7k miles. It was close to 100% when I got it but I dinked around with it a bit. Not concours condition but very close. More importantly (at least to me) it runs/rides absolutely as it should. Stock cosmetically with a few subtle performance mods that make it operate better.

Of all the Japanese turbo bikes from this era, the kawi version is usually remembered as the only one that actually worked. Wicked fast back than, it's still quick today. Riding it is an absolute grin fest with all the wooshy / fluttery sounds. The digital fuel gauge / warning center / boost gauge is genuine 80's video arcade material.

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Jul 28th 2017, 08:57 AM   #19
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  Mar 2016
  SaLeM

  nothing! :(
^^^ love the guages on that bike!....^^^
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Jul 28th 2017, 09:26 AM   #20
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  Jan 2016
  Portland

  2006 FZ1, 1999 R1
Well, there still is no replacement for displacement.
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Jul 29th 2017, 11:33 PM   #21
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  Sep 2016
  Stanwood

  2013 Aprilia Tuono
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Originally Posted by Red Label Moto
Aww thanks. 1984 Kawasaki 750 Turbo. I bought it from the original owner a few years ago with 7k miles. It was close to 100% when I got it but I dinked around with it a bit. Not concours condition but very close. More importantly (at least to me) it runs/rides absolutely as it should. Stock cosmetically with a few subtle performance mods that make it operate better.
I had a chance to buy a 750 Turbo 14 years ago from a guy in Greenwood, but passed on it. I bought a FZ-1 instead. That 750 Turbo was perfect, and only 5,200 miles at that time.
I wonder if yours is that one?
Jul 30th 2017, 02:13 PM   #22
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  Jan 2016
  Seattle

  all of them
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Originally Posted by Thunder
I had a chance to buy a 750 Turbo 14 years ago from a guy in Greenwood, but passed on it. I bought a FZ-1 instead. That 750 Turbo was perfect, and only 5,200 miles at that time.
I wonder if yours is that one?
I'm going to guess it was/is the same bike.

Do you remember a "Go Marines" decal on the fairing ?
Jul 30th 2017, 04:19 PM   #23
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  Jan 2016
  Garden Home

  2012 Versys...'83 BMW R80 RT...Suzuki GS 450t
why is fast not fast enough..is something I've asked myself on several PNW Riders rides...lol
Jul 30th 2017, 08:07 PM   #24
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  Feb 2016
  Bellingham

  Suzuki
Had on old sticker on my snowboard back in the early 80's,
"Think fast go faster"
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Jul 31st 2017, 10:01 AM   #25
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  Jan 2016
  Bremerton

  07 XB12 Buell Lightning
I've had a bunch of huffer bikes.
Had a GS1150e that I turbo'd.
Put it together with a 1602 big block. I used to make 2v heads for Suzuki's. Big oilers..
Fuel injected. Made about 420hp before boost. It developed into a T/F motor. Well...the ideas did.
I used to use American Turbo Pac kits back then. Then got into supercharging with Autorotor blowers. I tried talking my uncle into making blowers for T/F bikes but he didn't want in.
There's fast and then there's Fast. It's all a question of cubic dollars
Aug 1st 2017, 12:07 PM   #26
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  Sep 2016
  Stanwood

  2013 Aprilia Tuono
Quote:
Originally Posted by Red Label Moto
I'm going to guess it was/is the same bike.

Do you remember a "Go Marines" decal on the fairing ?
I don't remember any decals. This motorcycle was fairly flawless. I am trying to contact him, and see if he still has it.
Sep 5th 2017, 04:56 PM   #27
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  Sep 2016
  Stanwood

  2013 Aprilia Tuono
750 Turbo...

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Originally Posted by Thunder
I had a chance to buy a 750 Turbo 14 years ago from a guy in Greenwood, but passed on it. I bought a FZ-1 instead. That 750 Turbo was perfect, and only 5,200 miles at that time.
I wonder if yours is that one?
Thank you Kie, for posting the story about your Kawasaki 750 turbo. It made me curious to see if the guy in Seattle still had his, and sure enough he did.
It is a 1985 (E2), and still in the condition as I remember, 14 years ago, so I bought it.
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