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(03-31-2015 11:21 AM)heavy Wrote:  Curious...what are your thoughts on storing the bike outside?

I live in an apartment, no garage, and have a neighbor who stores the bike outside.

I live in the Midwest, so I would just let it sit out April - October.

My concern would be the leather baking in the summer sun, but I suppose I could just cover it.

Note: I'm simply thinking of buying a bike...I don't have one.

The bike will probably survive but make sure you winterize it. I'll be honest I'm lazy, cheap, forgetful and I've gone a few winters without winterizing my bike however I keep it in a garage which stays pretty warm and roll it around a bit so the tires don't get dry rot.

If you do leave it outside make sure you get a good cover and ideally put it up on blocks so the tires don't dry rot or get lopsided.

If your going to invest in a bike though I'd suggest not cheaping out on storing it and keeping it in good condition. So over the course of a few years you spend a few hundred bucks on winter storage, you'll get it back in not having to do repairs and or in resale value.

There are some pretty cheap indoor storage options for bikes. Getting your own storage unit will be pricey but you have access to your bike all the time. If you don't need to look at your bike in the winter thogh many bike shops and repair shops and dealers offer winter storage for anywhere from $35 to $150 for a year. I've actually put ads on cl in the past and charged people $50 a winter to store their bikes alongside mine in my garage as well.

Two winters ago I moved and had to ride my bike over to my parnets house which I was renting frome them for a few years while they are living down south. I rode my bike over in February in the cold and wans't thinking but couldn't get it into my garage as my sister had just recently crashed through our garage door into our living room...yes i know women drivers lol...and my garage was boarded up for a few weeks. my handle bars were also too wide to fit through the door on the side of my garage so left it outside and wrapped it in like furniture plastic and tape. It only sat out there for a few weeks but I had some rust on my springs and a some spot rust all over. Unless your just picking up some throwaway bike for $1500 or less I'd invest in storing it.
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Does anyone have a dual sport bike? What we used to call Enduro back in the day...

IKE's bike has that look and I'm sure it is a perfect size for Phils. I had dirt bikes for decades but never owned a street bike. I'm looking for something to do the Trans American Trail with. Suzuki DR650, Kawasaki KLR650, Honda CRF250L or similar. I've ridden my buddies Intruder a good bit but not enough to get comfortable. My goal is to get back in the saddle on the dirt and back roads while I get more comfortable so I can adventure ride some overseas.

I can get a decent bike in the 2.5-4k range except for the Honda since it hasn't been out very long. I'm leaning towards the Honda since it is the only one in that class with fuel injection and it gets 70+ mpg. From what I've read, FI is a major advantage with the elevation changes out west. I can stop to tweek the mixture if needed, it just seems like it would be a pain.
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(04-01-2015 11:07 PM)Buster Wrote:  Does anyone have a dual sport bike? What we used to call Enduro back in the day...

IKE's bike has that look and I'm sure it is a perfect size for Phils. I had dirt bikes for decades but never owned a street bike. I'm looking for something to do the Trans American Trail with. Suzuki DR650, Kawasaki KLR650, Honda CRF250L or similar. I've ridden my buddies Intruder a good bit but not enough to get comfortable. My goal is to get back in the saddle on the dirt and back roads while I get more comfortable so I can adventure ride some overseas.

I can get a decent bike in the 2.5-4k range except for the Honda since it hasn't been out very long. I'm leaning towards the Honda since it is the only one in that class with fuel injection and it gets 70+ mpg. From what I've read, FI is a major advantage with the elevation changes out west. I can stop to tweek the mixture if needed, it just seems like it would be a pain.

I've had a few Dual Sport bikes: XR440, XR600, DR350, DR650, KLR650, XT225, TTR250, and WR250R.

I honestly wouldn't pick the CRF250L. It may be FI but it doesn't have much more power than a DR200! Even an incorrectly jetted DR650 will make more hp at higher altitudes than the CRF250L.

For the TAT, for a lower displacement bike I'd pick the WR250R and for a larger displacement bike I'd pick the KTM 690E or if budget conscious then a DR650.
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Thanks Josie

That is the kind of perspective I was looking for. There is a well equipped (rack, bags, switch mods, tank, barks, etc) '97 DR650 for $2800 close to me with 12k that the guy uses to commute to work so it doesn't suffer from garage queen funk. I'd rather find one that is ridden on the regular and has been in production for a few years so parts are easy to find. For that price, I can ride it hard, find out if I like the travel, and easily sell it when I'm done. I had a Greenstreak in the early '70s, it is amazing I never broke any bones on that bike. How do you think the DR650 stacks up against the KLR650?

That KTM is the shit, but 10k for the base bike is more than I want to spend on a bike I plan on thrashing, but I'm sure it will hold its value well over time. Luckily, I'm in a hunting club and have 1000+ acres with miles of dirt road and trails so I have a good place to ride. I use a Honda four wheeler when I hunt but it's the best $500/yr spend in my budget.
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(04-02-2015 10:53 AM)Buster Wrote:  Thanks Josie

That is the kind of perspective I was looking for. There is a well equipped (rack, bags, switch mods, tank, barks, etc) '97 DR650 for $2800 close to me with 12k that the guy uses to commute to work so it doesn't suffer from garage queen funk. I'd rather find one that is ridden on the regular and has been in production for a few years so parts are easy to find. For that price, I can ride it hard, find out if I like the travel, and easily sell it when I'm done. I had a Greenstreak in the early '70s, it is amazing I never broke any bones on that bike. How do you think the DR650 stacks up against the KLR650?

That KTM is the shit, but 10k for the base bike is more than I want to spend on a bike I plan on thrashing, but I'm sure it will hold its value well over time. Luckily, I'm in a hunting club and have 1000+ acres with miles of dirt road and trails so I have a good place to ride. I use a Honda four wheeler when I hunt but it's the best $500/yr spend in my budget.


I ride a KLR and have ridden a DR. The DR is a little more worthy off-road than the KLR, its a little lighter and has better suspension, the power is about the same. Of course that also means that the KLR is a little more comfortable on the highway than the DR. don't be fooled though, the KLR isn't anything special on the highway, the stock windscreen is awful and will leave you with a sore neck from the wind buffeting throwing your head around.
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I just got my license/bought a bike (2011 Honda CBR250R), and while I'm having a blast riding, I have a problem that I'm hoping y'all can help me solve.

As a rookie, I've been sticking to the "all the gear, all the time" creed, meaning a full-face helmet, jacket, gloves, pants, and boots. I live in the deep South, and even though I purchased gear specifically for warm weather, I inevitably still sweat a lot.

Recently I noticed some small red bumps on my skin, mainly in areas where the gear or bike presses tighter against it, like my butt and inner thigh, or my forearms where my t-shirt ends and the skin rubs directly against the jacket. They're not large, pus-filled, or even always red (sometimes I can't even see them, but have to feel for them instead), but they do itch like crazy. This is what most of them look like:

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After doing some research, I've come to believe it's folliculitis-inflammation of the hair follicles due to either bacteria or blockage/irritation from sweat/oil/dirt.

I've switched out my cotton boxer briefs for under armour compression shorts, and I'm looking into a long-sleeve shirt of similar material that would allow sweat to evaporate more easily while also preventing the hair from rubbing up against the jacket.

I'm also considering throwing on some baby powder or cornstarch before I head out to help reduce the amount of sweat I soak in during the ride.

And of course, I immediately hop into the shower and scrub with a soaped-up loofah once I get back.

I don't want to take antibiotics, so I'm hoping these things will go away on their own, particularly after I make the above changes.

In the meantime, has anyone else experienced this? Any advice would be appreciated.
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(05-13-2015 01:19 PM)Isaac Jordan Wrote:  I just got my license/bought a bike (2011 Honda CBR250R), and while I'm having a blast riding, I have a problem that I'm hoping y'all can help me solve.

As a rookie, I've been sticking to the "all the gear, all the time" creed, meaning a full-face helmet, jacket, gloves, pants, and boots. I live in the deep South, and even though I purchased gear specifically for warm weather, I inevitably still sweat a lot.

Recently I noticed some small red bumps on my skin, mainly in areas where the gear or bike presses tighter against it, like my butt and inner thigh, or my forearms where my t-shirt ends and the skin rubs directly against the jacket. They're not large, pus-filled, or even always red (sometimes I can't even see them, but have to feel for them instead), but they do itch like crazy. This is what most of them look like:


After doing some research, I've come to believe it's folliculitis-inflammation of the hair follicles due to either bacteria or blockage/irritation from sweat/oil/dirt.

I've switched out my cotton boxer briefs for under armour compression shorts, and I'm looking into a long-sleeve shirt of similar material that would allow sweat to evaporate more easily while also preventing the hair from rubbing up against the jacket.

I'm also considering throwing on some baby powder or cornstarch before I head out to help reduce the amount of sweat I soak in during the ride.

And of course, I immediately hop into the shower and scrub with a soaped-up loofah once I get back.

I don't want to take antibiotics, so I'm hoping these things will go away on their own, particularly after I make the above changes.

In the meantime, has anyone else experienced this? Any advice would be appreciated.

Your sweating is causing this. You don't need antibiotics, it will go away, just:

- change materials
- baking soda
- open your jacket halfway when it gets really hot while riding

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Isaac: try an anti-acne cleanser, don't scrub as it increases irritation and can transfer the infection to other pores. And / or clean the areas with a cotton ball and hydrogen peroxide (let it dry before you put on clothing as it can bleach).

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I'm loving it DD. I've taken it on one longer ride with a buddy but for the most part have just been cruising it around town and commuting to work.

Added the BC shorty predator exhaust, fender eliminator and black chain guard. I'm going to get the rest of the exhaust ceramic coated next week and then I think I will be done messing with it for the summer.
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(04-01-2015 11:07 PM)Buster Wrote:  Does anyone have a dual sport bike? What we used to call Enduro back in the day...

I got a Honda 250FL road/trail and I love it!

I grew up on trail bikes and I love their agility and versatility.
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I've had 125's and 250's riding dirtbikes when I was younger.

I'm actually looking at 2 Harley's:

The Forty Eight

and

The Seventy Two

From what I've been reading the forty eight is a better ride overall.

These are both the styles I like over all.

What do you guys think ?

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If you have to ask..

Personally I recommend Victory. They handle better, ride better, and cost about the same
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(12-15-2015 09:49 PM)Easy_C Wrote:  If you have to ask..

Personally I recommend Victory. They handle better, ride better, and cost about the same

I find they look like they're about 20% too large. I'm personally biased to Jap sport cruisers myself, so there's that...
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From what I've seen with Victory I don't really like the style a bit more bulky and also does cost a few grand more.

The Victory High Ball is the only one I really liked.

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Hello Guys,

I'm a Supersport bike rider and I currently own two bikes(One Track/Race bike and One Street legal). I did have three bikes at the same time but I had to sell one. LOL
I'm also considering to sell my street bike since bike insurance in Toronto-ON has been ridiculously expensive...

My Passion (09 Kawasaki ZX6R Monster Edition - Race ready):
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It's very fun to go to the track and it helped me learn the limits of my motorcycle; my style of riding has developed to a new level. There are a lot of things to consider before jumping into this hobby. Proper Gear (Gloves, boots, one-piece leather suit, back protector, DOT/SNELL Helmet, etc...). Also, making sure your bike is mechanically well maintained prior to the track day, a checklist of things you want to bring with you (food, lots of water, fold-able chair, tent, gas gallon, tools, bike stand, visor cleaner, tire warmers, sunglass, etc) and of course, getting the bike into the trailer and well strapped up.

Once you are at the track it's important to make sure you follow the rules, be aware of any beginners that are hitting the track, make sure ambulance is on-site, unload bike, inspect the bike before and throughout the day, use earplugs and clean helmet visor...
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ONE A DAY where did you do your racing course? I am thinking about doing the 1- or 2-day course at FAST Shannonville; it would be ridiculous to take my bike on the track (ZX11D) but I would still like to hone my skills for the road.

Lots of peeps here in Quebec are skipping road bikes and doing track days only; it's not the insurance that's brutal for us, it's the registration: $1300/yr for a "high risk" (i.e. supersport) bike, so pretty much anything that's ZXR/CBR/GSXR/YZFR. For 'regular' bikes over 400cc's it's $500+ per year.

Great looking bike, btw.
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(12-16-2015 06:45 PM)ed pluribus unum Wrote:  ONE A DAY where did you do your racing course? I am thinking about doing the 1- or 2-day course at FAST Shannonville; it would be ridiculous to take my bike on the track (ZX11D) but I would still like to hone my skills for the road.

Lots of peeps here in Quebec are skipping road bikes and doing track days only; it's not the insurance that's brutal for us, it's the registration: $1300/yr for a "high risk" (i.e. supersport) bike, so pretty much anything that's ZXR/CBR/GSXR/YZFR. For 'regular' bikes over 400cc's it's $500+ per year.

Great looking bike, btw.

Thank you! She's a beast machine on the track!!

Self-taught by following forum and watching YouTube videos. Learned about race lines, body position and all that jazz. I started in September of 2013 and went twice to Cayuga with a track ready 2000 ZX6R ($1800 CAD). Really got hooked and sold the bike for $2200 and bought my current 09 ZX6R (Race ready).

Yes, I would not start with your ZX11D on the track. It's heavy and too big (1100cc) for Shannonville. I highly suggest you to get a smaller bike such as Ninja 300, Yamaha R3, or KTM 390 for like $4500 or even any older 600CC (track ready) for like $2000... Just so you can get the hang of it.

Another route is to do those classes and see if Bike+Gear are included. (*There might be a damage deposit involved in case you crash).


BRO, my street bike insurance is just ridiculous. There's no $1300 registration fee though. Only yearly license plate sticker fee which is below $50 per year.


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(12-16-2015 02:21 AM)kaotic Wrote:  From what I've seen with Victory I don't really like the style a bit more bulky and also does cost a few grand more.

The Victory High Ball is the only one I really liked.

Give em a trial ride, trust me. The handling is just so much better.
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I have not ridden the TAT but I have done some research on it. The choice of bikes is a compromise. A dual sport 250 would be great for the rocky and sandy difficult parts. A big adventure tourer would be great for the smoother roads and paved portions, and it would definitely be the best choice if you are riding to the beginning of the TAT or riding home from the end.

I own an adventurer tourer, a Cagiva Gran Canyon (which I consider really to be just a street bike), a KLR 650, and a Honda XR 250 (which is stored near Hanoi). If I had to choose one of those for the TAT I would choose the 250. I would sell it at the end of the ride and fly home to the East Coast. The KLR is heavy, and beyond that it is top heavy, especially when full of gas.

TLDR: I concur with your choice of the Honda 250.

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Nice bike 1818Steve

I learned how to ride a motorcycle when I was 13 years old on a Yamaha DT 200 (Very similar to XR250, except for the engine size...)
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I have been riding since I was a kid on offroaders/dirt bikes etc.

My first "Official" bike after I passed my test was a 1000cc Yamaha Fazer, go big or go home, that's what I say. You don't have to twist the throttle the whole way round!!!! (self control??) the heavier bike with a lower C of G really helped me when first riding. I am 6'2" and perching on one of those 250cc things made me look like a twat.

I still have that Yamaha over 15 years later and have had Harleys and others too, but my fav is my Victory Hammer, shame I am in the UK where it rains on average 380 days a year!

As for being eye-fucked by women? dunno about that, too busy enjoying my bike to care about that shit!
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Sweet XR250. I have Suzuki DR 250 which is similar, really useful for around town and hitting the trails.

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