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Thanks.. Well said.. You did a much better job of presenting the case than I could. I would have gone with the Burger Barn regurgitation of the criticisms of SportRider, CycleWorld, and Motorcyclist..print rags. Which would have been ineffective and subject to ridicule.. :)
 

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Re: Who says a small company can't compete with proper engines

Nice looks... The Blast is so small though. I am 6' 220 and I look like a circus clown on it (and when I am not on it)..
 

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That's the spirit.. :)
 

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If it's liquid-cooled, I'll pass.
 

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Looks like a LOT of fun. I could afford to shoot it for maybe 3 sec a month.

Cabela sells that cool little Gatling conversion for the Ruger .22. You have to buy 4 of them - I think - and you have to turn a crank. But still, at least I could shoot it on a regular basis without having to add an extra house payment every month!

Thanks for the entertainment! Most outstanding..
 

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Feel kinda like I'm jumpin on the bandwagon here but what is up with them?

I've heard rumors that "Corporate" comes off like "We are Way smarter than you and you will like what we say you will like", screw that. I'm not looking for someone to hire, I just want a cool bike.

If they're so smart how come they haven't figured out that what they seem to need most is passion. Does anyone around there LOVE Motorcycles/Riding? Are bean counters running the show?

I was a huge fan of Big Red but other than their race programs I've found little of interest for a good bit now.

Truimph is being run in large part by enthusiasts. Want proof? Take a ride on one. Congrats Truimph.
 

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Perhaps with all this newfound piety, Triumph USA can find a way to do the bike show this year. If not all, then maybe the ATL show. After all, it is only a few miles up the road from Newnan.



Gotta love that Scrambler, too. Especially the Silver/Green combo. There is a nice fellow who drops by for an occasional visit that has a sweet, newish Bonnie. I wonder if I could get some tubeless rims laced up for one? I'd dread going back to tubes on a street bike. While I've read repeated comments on thin-ish fit/finish, his Bonnie looks pretty darned good to me. I -again - wonder what a little fork work, a pair of premium shoxs & rubber would wrought??? Hmmmmm...



Is anyone else looking forwards to a real test of the new Gen Tiger? Ace, is the new El Tigre' at Dealership yet? If not, when? Is that pillion as kicked up in the arse as it seems in the photographs? SWMBO must be comfy - or else!



But the sweetest sound in my neighborhood is the other nice fellow who modestly revs his RC51 as he passes my casa 3 or 4 times a week. Looks like a nice 'tune onnit...
 

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"But some how the GPTB says Harley can't put a great engine in the Buell.. Imagine if the Buell Firebolt had a world class engine.. Heck I bet they would sell 10 times more Buells... "

Y'know KPaul - I used to believe that very thing. But I don't since I've ACTUALLY RIDDEN one of the XB Buells. So far as engine - for that bike, Buell has EXACTLY the right engine to go with it. It needs nothing (with the exception of maybe a few more horses - but that's not so hard to do)

Compared to the "standard" Evo - the Buell engine IS world-class.

Smoothness? It's a feckin' 45-degree single-crankpin engine with an odd firing-order! WTF do you expect? That engine's "worst" vibes are at idle and off-idle. 4-cylinder engines (even V-4!) have places they vibrate as well, they're often even MORE annoying if the engineer doesn't pay attention to where he tuned the powerband.

Buell has actually shown Harley what can be done with their engines, I believe.

Eric Buell has no interest in a "modern" engine - he just finished modernizing one, why would he need to do anything else?

I think you're mistaken that sales will pick up if Buell went with a different engine - those who own Buells seem to be rather passionate about them, and with good reason; due to the unique characteristics of this marriage of chassis and engine, Buells quite closely emulate Triumph - in that, nothing else is quite like them. And that is NOT a bad thing. People always ***** and moan about how Harley-riders are a "Legion of Identical Individuals". Well, this IS Individual. They're not for everybody. I certainly wouldn't want one for a Daily Commuter (well, mebbe an Uly......), but I've just about made up my mind to acquire one for my personal stable. Just for "long-term testing", of course! ;^D
 

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I'm not about to predict what Eric will do. Whatever it is it won't be based on the opinions of a bunch of people who all religiously agreed that he would fail with the Sporty engine. They were all entirely wrong. Now that he's had some success these parasites want to give him advice on what to do next. Only a fool would listen to these @ssholes.
 

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It's (Tiger) supposed to show Feb. just after the CW IMS. As far as the pillion- Hard to tell but I thought the same thing about the Sprint when that redesign happened and as it turns out it's not bad at all in person.
 

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My T 100 Bonnie with Hagon Nitro shocks and Hagon progressive wound springs is a pretty sweet handler. The only real limitation is the 19 inch front wheel. Most decent radials stop at 17 or 18 so if you want to match front and rears you're pretty well stuck with Metzler Lazertec's. Not bad tires, but there are better.

Going back to tubes was a concern of mine too but I just Slimed them both and quit worrying. A bro of mine in Tacoma bought a set of beautiful 17 in. black anodized 3 spoke mags for his and runs tubeless sportbike rubber but they ain't cheap.



So far the fit and finish on mine is good, the paints a little thin but it wax's up nice. The top motor mount bolt has a bit of rust on it but nothing a little Naval jelly and touch up paint didn't cure. Overall I've been real happy with the bike, it hauls my porky butt around with no trouble and is a genuine kick in the ass in the twisties. With a little intake and exhaust work it gets the Triumph snarl going at about 6 or 7k and just sounds sweet.
 

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Yes- not for 07-08



BTW- Does it strike anyone as odd that the Bonni is assembled in Taiwan? Not that it's hard to actually assemble a Bonneville but Taiwan- Just [email protected]!

Why can't Henkley just employ all those disenfranchised muslim brits or frech that keep wandering around causing trouble. Give them a bike and health care and they may shut the he!! up for a moment and learn about economics.
 
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