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Old 11-20-2014, 11:22 PM
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First motorcycle....

I'm thinking this.

KAWASAKI H2R FIRST DYNO RUN/ 296 HP - YouTube

Seems reasonable.

Saleen S7 AWD Dyno Tune, 2200+AWHP 25PSI - YouTube
Justin's new turbo charged ride, secrete video. He is a wuss because he won't crank the boost to 30!

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Old 11-21-2014, 06:39 AM
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I'd recommend starting out with a less powerful bike. I used to hear that 90% of the motorcycle fatalities came in the first week of ownership.
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Old 11-21-2014, 07:59 AM
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He's kidding. Plus, we know he can't afford the Kawasaki!
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Old 11-21-2014, 08:45 AM
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You would be better off looking for an ORIGINAL H2..... the "Widowmaker" from the early 70's.
1972 Kawasaki H2 750

If you survived riding it, you would be able to sell it for more that it's worth, then get on that Saturn 296hp rocket.

The H2R looks like it will make a more than a few widows too.

Understand this: It's not a question of "If", just a question of "When"
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Old 11-21-2014, 09:33 AM
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Why don't we just ease into this motorcycle idea?

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Old 11-21-2014, 09:50 AM
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I started with a Ninja 250.
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Old 11-21-2014, 10:05 AM
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He's kidding. Plus, we know he can't afford the Kawasaki!
Not to mention, try to find insurance!
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Old 11-21-2014, 10:54 AM
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Question

Mine was a brand new Kawasaki KH400 triple 2-stroke--in 1977. A more civilized and better handling bike than the original widow maker.

It was a hoot to ride, I even took it on a road trip to New Mexico. Sold it to a neighbor who got 6 tickets in the next 6 months.

Now our LS430 has the almost the same 0-60 and 1/4 mile times--within .2 seconds.

Good times!
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Old 11-21-2014, 11:03 AM
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^^^
Mine was a '74 KZ400...first year of the 4 stroke twin. Moved quickly up to a new '76 KZ750 which replaced the aforementioned H2 Widowmaker. Sticker was around $1,750+/-. "Let the good times roll."
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Old 11-21-2014, 11:35 AM
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I'd recommend starting out with a less powerful bike. I used to hear that 90% of the motorcycle fatalities came in the first week of ownership.
I have a friend who is from India. Some years back i found a nice old 900cc honda super sport, maybe mid 80s, that someone had run off the road and messed up. I sourced all the parts and fixed it up over a couple weeks to a month.

My Indian friend who is highly experienced with tiny powerless motorcycles and mopeds wanted to take it for a spin, i said sure thing.

I think he managed to fall off that bike in maybe 200 yards. He cranked the throttle like it was a 2 stroke chain saw motor, not a full on 4cyl bike motor with tons of power.

Starting smaller and carefully is a good idea. He didnt get hurt, but he scared the hell out of himself and completely lost control of the motorcycle in a few seconds. I started out on a honda twinstar 125. Basically a big moped, but great for around town
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Old 11-21-2014, 01:22 PM
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My first bike was a 72 Harley 350 (benelli). It was not too fast and not very well made but it looked really good with bright yellow with orange flames or stripes....kindof like my FF.

I sold it and bought a BMW 600 R60/5. Nice bike. Took it on a long trip first summer we had it then rode it less and less and after I had about four kids I decided I didn't need to be riding anymore. In maybe a total of 5000 miles of bike riding I ended up on the ground twice....ouch! ...once at about 65 mph on the highway and once at about 30 mph around town. Neither was my fault but my body still bears the scars.
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Old 11-21-2014, 01:36 PM
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Mine was a '74 KZ400...first year of the 4 stroke twin. Moved quickly up to a new '76 KZ750 which replaced the aforementioned H2 Widowmaker. Sticker was around $1,750+/-. "Let the good times roll."
Oh yeah, '81 440 here! Gotta love the kwaka-kwaka noise they make

No problem getting a big bike, just loosen the throttle cables so that you can only hit 1/4" of the maximum power

I've outgrown my 600, but don't want to throw the money away on a liter bike. 25mpg hurt bad enough on the 600
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I was bummed I only got 45 mpg last tank out of my 650. Cold weather does that. 25 from a 600 sounds like jetting issues or something.

BTW, the new 600's are up to like 115 horsepower.
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Old 11-21-2014, 09:41 PM
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I have a friend who is from India. Some years back i found a nice old 900cc honda super sport, maybe mid 80s, that someone had run off the road and messed up. I sourced all the parts and fixed it up over a couple weeks to a month.

My Indian friend who is highly experienced with tiny powerless motorcycles and mopeds wanted to take it for a spin, i said sure thing.

I think he managed to fall off that bike in maybe 200 yards. He cranked the throttle like it was a 2 stroke chain saw motor, not a full on 4cyl bike motor with tons of power.

Starting smaller and carefully is a good idea. He didnt get hurt, but he scared the hell out of himself and completely lost control of the motorcycle in a few seconds. I started out on a honda twinstar 125. Basically a big moped, but great for around town
That works out to about $3,000 a second
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