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Time for a new bike...

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...and time to let the Connie go. Since we don't have much Connie traffic on this forum, I'll just make this my classified in case someone sees and wants this bike. I'll also post over at COG and zggtr, but I really don't expect to get a buyer; probably have to trade.

This is a 2011 holdover bike I bought NEW in October 2105, so it still has just over 2 years of factory warranty remaining. It has 5301 miles on the clock and comes with the following stuff that I can't/won't take off the bike:

  • ECU flash by Steve Sefsick (Steve in Sunny Florida)
  • Tech Spec full 14-pc snakeskin set
  • Fenda Extenda
  • Grab-On grip covers

I also have the following accessories that could be made available as part of a deal for the bike; if not, then they will be sold separately:

  • Area P carbon fiber slip on with 263 miles on it
  • Cee Bailey Ultra Tour Dome clear
  • Puig light smoke touring screen
  • Full compliment of LED blinker and city light lamps with spares and two flasher relays
  • Evitek LED headlamps
  • Philips X-tremeVision headlight bulbs
  • Heli-Bars Pilot risers (RAM ball and Powerlet socket)
  • PIAA dual horn kit with mounting bracket and wiring harness
  • AST helmet locks
  • Factory service manual

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Uh-oh! Here's the front runner for new bike. Rode it today. Zero miles. You want to talk about a fun and PURE motorcycling EXPERIENCE. I'm a relative novice, but hopping on this thing for the first time and riding was as natural as anything. Holy smokes! The power and the sound. Unbelievable. I'm not on the fence... Maybe one or two other bikes I want to try out. I want exotic, exciting, and lightweight.

BTW... I was pleasantly surprised at the comfort on this bike. Yes, Super Duke has more room and is more upright, but the styling turns me off. I got to sit on but not ride a Duke GT. Still leaves me cold. We'll see.

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Holy crap! Way to go man! Are you done with touring? Or going back to the 7 for tour duty?

Today I sat on the BMW adventure bikes, looked at the Africa twin and sat on the super tenere again.

I love the Trophy for touring, but the great weather protection also makes it a very hot ride 6 months out of the year.
On paper, the R1200R would be a great versatile bike. From 500lb roadster ready to tear up the curves, to fully kitted out tourer ready for cross country touring. Driveshaft, cruise, decent suspension, electronics, ride modes, accessories, etc.

Once you load one up with all the options, the R1200GS is probably the better choice unless is too tall for you.

Love the white one with red frame.
I really think I want an Indian Springfield or Road King. Pull the shield and enjoy the wind. Ride within 5 over the speed limit and enjoy the ride.

What I really should get is a super tenere es. Keep going rain or shine. Cruise, shaft, electronic suspension, Yamaha reliability, economical.

I rode two up on the trophy today around Center Hill Lake. Set the suspension for two up, sport mode, and enjoy the curves. We did have to shed our jackets after lunch though.
My wife likes the sound of the road glide better.
Are you factoring in cost to own? Depreciation? How many miles you can ride before taking out of service for maintenance and tires?

One of my peeves is changing tires because I don't know if the current tires will get me there and back. I have a stack of tires that may go 2000 miles, or may be gone after one ride.

I knew I was taking the FZ07 to the PNW, so I never rode it to the Gulf Coast this summer because I wanted to make sure I had ample rubber for the rides out there.

The Super Tenere might get 8000 miles out of tires.

The Springfield or Road King can get 20,000 out of Michelin Commander II tires. Hydraulic lash adjuster's on the cruisers means no $900 valve adjustments, or weekend spent doing it yourself.

For those that only ride 2000 miles a year, none of this matters.

You mentioned people looking at you as you ride by. I don't think there is any bike that does that to the general public more than Harley just because it is the most recognized brand.
Second would be the modern classics. Scramblers, cafés, etc.
Among sport bike guys it is going to be a pangale.
Adventure fans GS.
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With my hi-viz helmet and jacket, I get noticed a lot. ;)

There are a large number of people of means that trade off bikes every season. If the timing had been right, I would own a white R1200R right now. I joined the forum to gain knowledge and there was a guy who finished modifying one to the hilt and was ready for another project. He was selling for base model price. It was a long fly and buy and timing was not right due to my work schedule.

Unlike you, I am not an inline 4 guy. I like character in my rides 270 degree crank in twins, triple howl, thumpers.
My eyes glaze over every time I see/hear "Harleys" go by nowadays. They've all started to look and sound the same to me now because the world's saturated with them. 90% of "customized H.D." just means expensive "bolt-on parts" from the dealer, and maybe a different color than it was stock. Most install modified exhausts just to be loud, AND attract attention, otherwise most people wouldn't even notice them riding by, they're are so common.
Most non-cruiser riders, and the public in general think that all cruisers are Harleys. I chose the Road Glide Ultra because it is the best heavy tourer for me and doesn't look like what most people think a Harley looks like. Most people don'the understand the benefits of a frame mounted fairing. I always get "how does that work when you turn?"

If Harley riders only put loud exhaust to be noticed, why do all the other bike owners put loud exhaust on their bikes?
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BTW... The RGU reminds me of the starship Enterprise.
Well, I do boldly go where I have never been before.
Still trying to follow this thread. Even with all the meandering. Glad you are out there actively looking and trying when able.

I'm always looking from an economic / value / is it worth it to me when looking at bikes. Like the Ducati Scramblers, but not the associated dealer fees. May get one when used ones start hitting the market. Love the Victory Magnums, but they depreciate too much to pay retail.

How long will we have to wait for the reveal?
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It is a used bike. Definitely cruiser style. I can't zoom in enough on the controls to see if it is Harley turn signals.
Skinny front tire. Wide glide or softail custom.

Don't pay RC much attention. He is stuck on four cylinders. I chose the '85 Shadow 700 over the magna back in the spring of 86.
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My BIL only buys '90s or earlier Harleys because he knows them well and likes the styling better.
I like things with dual front disc brakes, decent , full sized tires and such. Not so much sport oriented machines, but machines built more for performance, and safety as opposed to a look.

When I see narrow front tire, single disc, and a skinny tire, that screams look. And it does look nice.

What bikes did you have before we knew you , here? You've had a diverse bunch.

I loved the 85 magna. Its engine was amazing, and it even handled pretty well.
Just like anything else, if you ride within the limits of the bike you can have a thrill at much lower and safer speeds. My Moto Guzzi Cafe is a blast to ride at 45 mph. The concours and especially the Triumph Trophy were boring at 45 mph.

Yes, I have experienced all genres of bikes. Have not personally owned a full MX or Race Replica, but have ridden a few.
I have owned thumpers, P-twins, V-twins, Triples, and I-4 bikes. 200 lb to over 900 lb bikes. 20 HP to 160 HP.

I've kept some less than 4 months, and the longest was 6 years.
You make sense, and I get it. For me, it's a serious step backwards, in safety. I'm not our pushing things to the limit on a normal basis. I like those high limits when something unexpected happens.

I feel like most fatal crashes I see will be on a bike like this. A modern machine built with the best technology 1970 had to offer. Who's to say. He may have avoided the car has he been riding something that would handle. Maybe better brakes would have allowed him to slow. Of course, no need for a helmet as its not against the law.

I think if the American public took a huge interest in restoring 1972 ford pints, and driving them, we would see someone step in and stop the nonsense. However, in motorcycling, it's encouraged, and it's cool.

This guy never really needed a good handling machine, or a helmet, until he hit the fender. Then it made sense.

Motorcyclist killed in crash on I-15 identified - Story | Utah
Rider skill, not bike choice. It is called following too closely. A dual sport set up for dual sporting would have had the same issue. A Concours would have had the same issue. I whipped my Concours to the right in an evasive maneuver at 70mph and the suspension complained greatly.

Troopers could write thousands of tickets a day for following too close.
The bottom line is that if you rear end someone, you were following too closely. If you are in a hi performance sports car you can follow a little closer than if you are in a loaded semi-truck.

If you are on SS bike you might get away with following closer than on a cruiser.

How did any of us survive on 60s to 80s technology motorcycles?
Thats funny, and so true.

We survived the 80's as we knew no better, and had no better. I dont know if Evil, himself, would have considered something this crazy.

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But, technology advanced. Now, I would no more trust an 80's era bike to stop, brake or handle any more so than I would trust a 80's helmet to protect my head.

It would not bother me , at all, to have a low performance machine if I could schedule when and where the close calls would be.
You must live where all the roads are congested. I can ride roads where seeing someone else is a rarity. That is where I ride my low performance machines.
I haven't had "high rise/apes" on a bike in years. How do you like them on your bike D.F.? You find them comfortable enough, or have you considered different bars?
Need a picture with him on the bike. Daddyflip is a tall guy. Might be perfect for him.

Since I am still healing I decided might as well install my heated grips and Zumo GPS wiring harness on the Road King. I'll get to give it a deep cleaning / polishing while putting it back together.

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Doesn't look comfortable to me, but if you like it and like the way it rides and handles, that is all that is important.

I test rode a Road King Special with Harley apes on it and I did not like it at all. Now you need to find a jacket with underarm vents so you can get some air flow when it is hot.
I haven't decided if I could do a 500 mile BBQ run on it yet, but I will try eventually. Rides and handles great. I can carve a corner surprisingly well with it. I could ride around town and joy ride on it all day long. It's droning down the highway that tests your stamina. I find stretching out on the forward control pegs, leaning back, and stretching out on the bars I can go a long while. Anyway, I like it and it's running good now. I added some mid pegs to give me alternate foot positions. I can stand up on them too. It's a cool ride to have in the stable.

I always goof on hand position during pictures because I'm reaching over the grip and holding the front brake.

I drained out the old fork oil, which appeared to be transmission fluid (at the correct level) and replaced it with my Torco 10w. I can tell a difference in less clunking.
I would have given you a like, but it looks like the like feature isn't working for me. I can't even see likes others have given me.
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