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  • in reply to: What is your plan for 2011…New bike, or same old same old? #8564
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      thanks,
      but like you said the comparisons were a little biased, especially since they were using an older model triumph versus the newer model st1300.

      i would love to get an st1300 but they are a little bit too expensive for me, but the triumph i found is fully loaded with the 3 hard luggage kits, heated grips, heated vest plug ins (doubt i’d use ’em) and blah blah blah.

      I know last year when i was looking i found a site that did an independent study of sport tours and they had the ST as the #1 for like 3 years in a row, that was in the ’90s though.

      too me they seem to be very similar, with the triumph being lighter and a bit lower and the ST being more of a reliable bike. But i like the looks of the triumph better than the ST. hmmm…when will it warm up sufficiently for some test riding?

      in reply to: What is your plan for 2011…New bike, or same old same old? #8562
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        I was just looking on kijiji and i found a fully dressed 2002 triumph trophy, which is in the same class as the honda ST1100 that i’ve been looking at.
        Does anyone know how these two bikes compare to each other, besides the weight difference, fuel capacity, and # of gears.

        thanks,

        in reply to: charity bike ride 2011 season #8561
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          The problem with doing it in July is that it would be getting too close to the possible ride date for the EHS, it also depends on when SCARS can do/participate in it.

          plus, July seems to be a month where more people go on vacation

          in reply to: charity bike ride 2011 season #8558
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            thinking of either june 18th or june 25th.
            I will be talking to the Vp of SCARS this sunday, and we should come up with a finalized date.
            There’s a small problem with both of them, on the 19th there is usually a military bike fundraiser thing so that could affect the turnout on the 18th. On the 26th EHS has their walk in the park fundraiser, which could also affect the 25th.

            We’ll see, i’ll let everyone know on sunday what we have come up with.

            in reply to: nice weather #8552
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              i want to start riding here in edmonton, but i’m weary about how much sand and salt is on the roads, and the 4 ft of melting snow on the sides of the road

              in reply to: What is your plan for 2011…New bike, or same old same old? #8551
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                i dont know what you should look for from a used bike, since i’ve had an ‘old school’ rider inspect my first two purchases. as for my third, it might be through a dealer.

                personally, if it was just me, i would ask for it to be inspected before i bought it, if i wasn’t sure

                in reply to: What is your plan for 2011…New bike, or same old same old? #8545
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                  I’m going to make this decision even harder for you, the one problem of shopping before you can ride is that you may think you’re going to like the bike but once you start riding it, it may not fit your ‘style’ of riding.

                  Like me, once i started riding and even before that, i always liked boulevards. Then last year i got one, i loved it for city riding and 3-4 hour stints on the highway but as soon as i took it on a long ride i found out what kind of features i want on a bike.
                  Now i figure, i either spend $1000 on making it into the bike i want or sell it and buy a bike with all the features at a lower price.

                  anyways good luck in finding a bike for yourself and once you do, i hope to see you out at the charity ride for SCARS in June

                  in reply to: What is your plan for 2011…New bike, or same old same old? #8540
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                    prices may go up, but there will be more choices out there, so you could have more leverage for bargaining.
                    or do what i did and go through a dealer and put down a reserve payment, so that they can’t increase their price on you or sell it, and if i decide not to buy i get my money back

                    in reply to: What is your plan for 2011…New bike, or same old same old? #8538
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                      from my limited experience, if you want to do long distance trips, i.e. 2-4 days, then that extra power is really helpful, especially if you want to go through the mountains.

                      just some little comparison for you, i started out with a 550 maxim, which was perfect for the city, as soon as it got up to highway speeds it was uncomfortable, stuttered when trying to accelerate pass some one, and was affected highly by passing vehicles.
                      I got a c50 boulevard as my second bike, with the whole touring package. This bike is perfect for going out on the highway through the flat lands, performs great when accelerating pass someone but as soon as it got into the mountains it started to stutter on the passing, still got moved around from the wind, plus not much room for luggage. I went for two weeks from edmonton to qualicum beach on it last year. Plus it also ate through fuel in the mountains, but i expected that.
                      Now i am looking at an st100, which i’ve never ridden, but its similar in most attributes to a basic model gl1000 goldwing, which i have ridden. Once that hits the highway, there is no struggling to do anything, cruises at highway speeds with ease and is pretty good in minimizing wind buffeting.

                      The whole point is, is that, atleast in my opinion, the bigger and heavier bikes are way better if you plan to do like 80%+ of your riding on the highway, and you won’t regret it once you go on a multi-day trip. what i call the medium bikes, 700-1000ccs, i feel are for half and half. then the smaller ones are for maybe 25% highway.
                      But thats just me and i like a bike that still has another gear or more performance after you hit highway speeds, with minimal vibrations and decent storage.

                      but as said before, go with the bike that you want now and if you don’t like it, there will be other bikes being sold all summer long.

                      in reply to: GPS – Yes, another thread #8515
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                        good choice on the scala rider g4, thats an awesome unit.
                        I lucked out and got a great deal on two pairs of them for like 800 bucks, at the time most other places had the same thing for like 1100

                        in reply to: GPS – Yes, another thread #8509
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                          i dont know anything about those two units, but i am glad that you are not considering a tom tom.
                          to update maps for them you have to pay almost as much as a brand new one costs.

                          If you have a smart phone, the gps choices you can get for those are better, especially since most of them have free map updates

                          in reply to: Greetings from Edmonton #8498
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                            welcome to the forum. nice to here that you’re enjoying riding so much.
                            i’m going on my third year of riding but i started riding at a younger age then the rest of my family.

                            hope you enjoy the riding of the next season.

                            in reply to: What is your plan for 2011…New bike, or same old same old? #8487
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                              cool, thanks.
                              I kind of want to stay away from the “crotch rocket” category. i didn’t know that kawasaki and yamaha have a sport tourer.

                              My first bike was a yamaha 550xj maxim, which had all of its like 200lbs up higher on it.

                              i’ll keep an eye out for a kawasaki concours, not too fussy with what i read about the fjr1300.

                              in reply to: What is your plan for 2011…New bike, or same old same old? #8483
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                                I have been looking into selling my C50 boully and purchasing a sport touring bike and the more i look the more i like hondas ST series.

                                As i’ve mentioned before my price range leads me to a fully equipped 90’s ST1100 or a naked 2005-ish 1300, which completely defeats the purpose of having a sport touring bike.
                                I’ve looked at BMW’s series, whatever it is, and they are way too pricy for me. I’ve looked at suzuki’s Vstrom, which i am not too fond of the looks, but the only ones i saw were cheap naked models or expensive fully equipped models, both of which were only 3-4 yrs old.

                                Those are the main types i’ve looked at. I currently have a 95 st1100 on hold for me until i get a chance to take it on a test ride.

                                if anyone has any suggestions that may help in my decision, i welcome it.
                                i am looking for a bike with great fuel range (300+ km/tank), comfortable riding for 6-8 hours in a day(kind of hard to tell until its tested), easy to handle on city roads, decent storage for camping trips, good wind protection and most of all fun to ride.

                                To my knowledge the st1100 covers all of these, except its handling at slow speeds.

                                in reply to: Gerry’s Run #8472
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                                  The ride sounds/looks fun, i would love to join in on it but since it is a multi-day trip i may not be able to make the whole thing. thanks to a furry friend of mine.

                                  As for the whole fuel thing, i have a C50 boulevard and i could get 200kms before the reserve if i was lucky (usually 180km = 10-11 litres). That is one of the many reasons for why i have been looking into honda’s ST series, unfortunately for my price range i can only get the 90’s version and i dont really like the looks of those ones, but everything else about them i love.

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