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Old 01-21-2015, 02:50 AM
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The duck has landed.





Absolute thrill to ride! Haven't really opened it up yet though. Still getting used to the chassis and engine dynamics. Very smooth compared to my old Honda RC51, but not quite as confidence inspiring. More time should help with that, but until then... Taking it easy.

edited: resized pic

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Old 01-21-2015, 03:24 AM
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Nice bike (I like your storage solution too)
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Old 01-21-2015, 07:11 AM
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Be careful out there. I used to hear that 90% of the deaths on a bike occur within the first week of ownership.

Familiarity with the operation of the bike spawns false confidence about the ability to ride it safely and a fatal error is made.

While cars have gotten air bags, anti lock brakes, stability control and collapsing steering columns, bikes still present the human body without any defenses except the helmet to what happens when you are in an accident. About the only improvement is in the brakes and tires, which is considerable but arguably might help you get going faster quicker and therefore be a mark on both sides of the ledger.

Be careful out there!

I only rode for a few years back when I was young. I crashed once on the interstate at fairly high speed and at least 3 times at low speed. I still bear the scars from it.
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Old 01-21-2015, 07:34 AM
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Nice looking bike, Justin, but be careful! Don't become a Ducati Cor(p)se!
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Old 01-21-2015, 10:07 AM
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Great looking bike!
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Old 01-21-2015, 11:32 AM
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You going to join the "Life begins at 150" club?
Be safe!
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Old 01-21-2015, 11:32 AM
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Be careful out there. I used to hear that 90% of the deaths on a bike occur within the first week of ownership.

Familiarity with the operation of the bike spawns false confidence about the ability to ride it safely and a fatal error is made.

While cars have gotten air bags, anti lock brakes, stability control and collapsing steering columns, bikes still present the human body without any defenses except the helmet to what happens when you are in an accident. About the only improvement is in the brakes and tires, which is considerable but arguably might help you get going faster quicker and therefore be a mark on both sides of the ledger.

Be careful out there!

I only rode for a few years back when I was young. I crashed once on the interstate at fairly high speed and at least 3 times at low speed. I still bear the scars from it.
Nearly crapped myself last night taking it out to get gas after it was delivered!

The PO of the bike had it detailed, and the detailer applied TONS of tire shine to the tires. Went into a corner I can usually take doing ~70 on my 250 doing just under the posted limit (was putting through at 30MPH). The rear started dancing as I leaned and the part of the tire with tire shine still on it came in contact with the ground...

Tried to clean is as best as I could at a friends place next to the gas station, but through that same curve, the rear was dancing. Thinking I may need to try sanding the edge to see if I can get all of the shine off, but until then, it's all just going to be straight line cruising.
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Old 01-21-2015, 11:35 AM
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You going to join the "Life begins at 150" club?
Be safe!
Nope. Heck no. HELL no. Hell f'n no!

Fastest I went last night was 80mph when I hopped onto the freeway for a short bit to make sure there were no weird wobbles.

Actually, I was thinking about tracking the bike this summer, just to try it. But on the street I'm pretty "normal". I value my license and after going through hell 3 years ago for speeding, I don't wish to do it again.
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Old 01-21-2015, 01:06 PM
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only idiots put tire shine on a bike. find the detailer and ***** slap him
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Old 01-21-2015, 08:24 PM
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AGATT

have fun with it. ride fast, take chances
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Old 01-22-2015, 01:19 PM
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have fun with it. ride fast, take chances
Well, after cleaning the tire goop off, I've been able to actually ride it (and discovered she likes fast)! I've discovered the chassis/engine doesn't like low speeds - she feels unbalanced, doesn't feel natural, and the engine lugs.

I raised my speed a bit, and WOW. Big difference. Engine is butter smooth, the chassis is happy, and feels almost natural. Still not 100% comfortable, but definitely feels better.
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Old 01-22-2015, 01:34 PM
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Well, after cleaning the tire goop off, I've been able to actually ride it (and discovered she likes fast)! I've discovered the chassis/engine doesn't like low speeds - she feels unbalanced, doesn't feel natural, and the engine lugs.

I raised my speed a bit, and WOW. Big difference. Engine is butter smooth, the chassis is happy, and feels almost natural. Still not 100% comfortable, but definitely feels better.
So should we plan a trip through our local hills for the late spring? You can come down the Little Dragon, maybe meet in Bass Lake? I can think of some other local(ish) roads you'd want to do. But you might need a riding buddy that can keep up, I can show you great roads, but I can't keep up, at least, not if we stick to pavement!

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Old 01-22-2015, 02:18 PM
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Congrats, she's a beaut! My duck is a bit tamer than that, but still an amazingly fun ride.

Just don't get on the brakes in a corner. Ducks like to stand up when you do that, and it rather messes with your turning geometry.

Have a blast!!

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