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None of the pricing websites are going to account accurately for aftermarket mods, and these can be highly subjective as for value.  Also agree KBB and the like tend to be high for estimates.  They give you an idea of pricing, but the individual market ultimately drives prices so try to find as many examples of local bikes for sale from private sales to really get an idea of what the market will bear.  eBay also allows you to research completed sales and may also be useful.       

EDIT: Your price for the wife's bike is high considering Del Amo is selling a 2015 in red with only 2,300 miles for the same price.  Likewise, your bike is also priced high especially given the miles.  Try lowering it $500, see if you at least get interest and if after a week you get nothing adjust accordingly.

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On a positive note: Can we give a wave, thumbs up, etc for the drivers that do move over when splitting?  I've been behind some riders that seem to have lost this gesture of "thanks".  I give a peace sign when safe as it's nice when someone both sees you and makes an effort to make splitting easier.

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Thanks pretender for the suggestion but I've ridden the tuono and didn't find it comfy at all. I prefer a sportbike position though. This is one time when being short is a positive ;)

Pretender isn't exactly NBA material...  :32:

If your budget is $20k+, I'd look at the new Panigale V4, it has all the power, and all the tech and then some!  Throttle-blipping on up and downshifts is my favortie feature.

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Off Topic / Re: Happy saint Patrick's day
« on: 03/18/18 06:59PM »
Corned beef, back in the day, was a product of Ireland, but many of the Irish farmers who produced it were too poor to afford it.  It ws actually more popular with British civilians, and British and American armies and navies due to its long shelf life: https://www.seriouseats.com/2011/03/how-to-make-corned-beef-st-patricks-day-simmering-brisket-meat-the-food-lab.html

I'm more of a beef brisket fan myself...  :26:

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I've spent time in Phuket, Thailand and it was a great experience.  Nice resort area, hotels/resorts are cheap, and the roads through the jungle were perfectly fine and even better than some LA roads!  I've also been to Singapore a couple of times.  It's a clean city, but I hear having a motorcycle there is expensive and it's very easy to get around that town using their rail system which reminded me of BART in the Bay Area.  My favorite city in SE Asia has to be Hong Kong, another city you can get around speaking English and it's both very modern and very scenic from the harbor or from Victoria Peak.

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Ducati Newport Beach was offering demo rides of this 214 hp Italian beauty.  My intial impression: the TFT is fantastic and there are more modes than one would ever need from adjusting wheelie intervention, cornering ABS intervention on top of traction/launch control modes and an electronically-adjustable suspension.  It's a little more agressive of a riding postion than I'd prefer, but the fueling was spot on and the ride was comfortable.  It did not vibrate at all even when effortly pushed to 75 for a brief stretch.  As stated elesewhere, it really does sound more like a V-twin.  My favorite feature was the auto-blip, clutchless up and downshifting.  This will be a game changer for Ducati for sure. 


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General Motorcycle Discussion / Re: One lucky dude!
« on: 02/28/18 09:28AM »
I saw this on another forum and the theory was the bike, a Z1000 which aren't known for tank slappers, and the "creative editing" leaves much to the imagination especially the wheelie assumption.  I bet the rider doesn't mention that he had video recording when he makes his insurance claim.  He's very lucky considering the truck has those wind skirts and he was able to slip under them going in and tumbling out.  The bad part about getting views with a public video, if an insurer really wants to investigate a claim, they can find this video and act accordingly by jacking up the rider's rates.

Post judiciously,

~L

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If you don't like the exceptions to the carpool laws then write your representative.  I appreciate the carpool access for my plug-in hybrid that gets 55 mpg without trying and emits no emissions for at least 38 miles/day, sure it might not save time every drive but it does generally move when the other lanes might not.  A better way to get all traffic flowing: The CHP should do more to enforce distracted driving laws, ticket left-lane campers, and cite carpool violators who probably cause more of a back-up and put motorcyclists at risk due to their poor planning and erratic driving.

Rogue, are you confusing the Polaris RZR with the Can-Am Spyder?  The Razor is a side-by-side, 4 wheel UTV.  The Spyder is the tandem seat, three-wheeled, reverse trike thing. :7:

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Helmets / Re: Affordable AND Great Dual Sport Helmet
« on: 02/20/18 02:02PM »
Great review.  I too was looking for a cheaper helmet when I picked up my Honda and settled on an AFX 39, which was essentially a Fly-branded Trekker helmet for ~$50 less.  DS helmets do a much better job of flowing air, and that visor may act like a sail in a headwind can protect your face when charging down the trails especially single track where small branches can intrude on your path (mine has saved me a couple of times).  Also the flexibility of being able to wear goggles underneath and flipping up that visor also makes these helmets a must off road.   

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Thanks for sharing this gem!  :29:  I don't have a KLR, but did find this gem that applies to cars and bikes alike: https://www.blipshift.com/products/this-is-bs-tee  Prices are reasonable too!

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The Harley rider is probably a sociopath and trying to reason with insanity/stupidity is a waste of time.  Let it go, let the idiot pass, and most of all, protect you.  There are no winners if you block the guy, anger him and then find yourself in a roadrage incident.  Let Darwin do it's thing...

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I apologize for backing out, at the time, there were two "maybes", I would have deleted this ride from the calendar if that was an option.  I also mentioned attending an alternate ride that probably wouldn't have happened if Doug and I didn't chime in.  Things happen with attendees and organizers of rides, but the least we can do is give plenty of advanced notice as a courtesy.   

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Still going can't keep me off the mountain.  :17: 

Same, I'll be there and will be able to make a couple of laps, but have to cut out by 10a due to some reserved seats for a movie about a panther of some sort...

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Sorry folks change of plans, I'm going to try and join Todd on Sunday: http://ocmoto.com/index.php/topic,71090.msg4804934/topicseen.html#new

Hope you can still make it!


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"UNOFFICIAL" Rides / Re: Intermediate ride, anyone?
« on: 02/16/18 04:08PM »
If you can roll out early, this may be the ride you're looking for: http://ocmoto.com/index.php/topic,71090.msg4804934/topicseen.html#new

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Depends on what exhaust.  Some of them are just crap looking and even worst sounding.  Some of them are gorgeous and sound awesome.  The most important part of putting on an aftermarket exhaust is CHOOSING the right one for your bike, which requires some research, listening to sound clips, and choosing to be conscious of others around you.  There are simply way too many people who put on loud, obnoxious exhaust on their bike because they think it's bad-ass and they don't care if they sound horrible and annoy everyone.

Yep, I try to listen to some sounds clips of my bike with a pipe, look at dyno charts from reliable, third-party sources, and also research weight savings.  The Arrow pipes I installed on my Triumph shed 6 lbs from the stock cans.  The downside, with the stock tune the Speed Triple lost some mid-range power, and the bike felt off.  As soon as I downloaded a new fuel map, the bike sounded and ran better.  As for sound, not much louder than stock.  As for loud pipes savings lives, it more-or-less just annoys neighbors and not much else...

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Sold!!

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I get the weight savings and many OEM's skimp on material quality to save money, but the trade-off, many aftermarket pipes can cause you to lose torque or power in lower rev ranges while gains are achieved in the upper revs.  Unless your bike sounds like a sewing machine stock (BMW R800GS) or the muffler interferes with foot-on-peg comfort (Kawasaki Z650), an afermarket pipe is purely an aesthetic choice and one might not gain any realized performance difference.  Of course, an aftermarket pipe can certainly make your bike sound better, you might get something that looks better, and could definitely gain some comfort especially for bikes with obnoxiously large OEM cans.

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Yes exactly...seems like there was intent to ticket prior to adding distance. Seems he didn't have enough reason at first because I pulled over to let him pass...but only after aggressive tailgating he got a moment at higher speed and used that to light it up.

And hard to say on the car even if I turned around...dark at night and the newer explorers just have 2 projector lights...hid...tint of blue

Seems like most of you would have done the same

To be honest I want to say it's okay because I'd rather a Tailgater be a cop with a ticket then an angry SUV looking to lay his Vengeance and rear end me

I wouldn't want anyone tailgating to be honest, say the cop was driving that way after a long, demanding day.  Nope, I'll pass even if it was Mario Andretti behind me. 

To be honest, it sounds like the cop was fishing, and that's just lazy police work.  He couldn't find anything to cite you on so he ramped up the intensity himself.  I had Irvine PD try to do the same thing with me driving on the 133, he was intentionally riding in my blind spot for a couple of miles, but I had my cruise control set to a little over 70.  He eventually got off at Irvine Blvd, and I then increased up my speed to the regular flow of traffic's 75-80 mph.   

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