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post #46 of 161 (permalink) Old 11-25-2012, 08:40 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks guys for the info.

The main reason I haven't sold the truck or traded it is because it has a sentimental value to me. And I really don't wanna part with it.

So I may just be getting another bike and driving the truck through the holidays.

Hopefully the insurance company will fix my 250, I'm still trying to get all that taken care of. We'll see what happens.

Hopefully I can get some riding pants and boots over the holidays or after. I would guess the motorcycle gear will be on sale after the holidays so ill keep an eye out for stuff. I just need pants and boots and ill be fully geared. Buttttt, my helmet probably won't match my next bike haha. So I'll probably have a green helmet with a blue or orange bike haha.

I need to get another helmet though. In my accident, my helmet hit the ground and is now scraped. And I read on here once your helmet takes an impact it gets weakened and you should replace it. Is that right? I wanna make sure I understood correctly.
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As infrequent as the cold is, leathers, thermals and a rain suit should be plenty. On my trip through the Alps a few years ago it rained for 10-12 hours and temps hovered around 37 degrees. I wore regular gloves with heated grips or when a bit colder I threw on the A-Star Drystar's and my hands stayed plenty warm. This was riding 8-12 hours a day.

Baklava is a godsend to keep from wind chilling your neck. I always have a thin one so my coconut fits in my helmet and I use a thicker neck gator.

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I just picked up a pair of Alpinestars Apex Drystar gloves. Holy moly what a warm glove.

And yes if the helmet hit the ground replace it. I'd rather see you riding with a $70 brand new Bilt helmet then a damaged one or none at all if money is tight. Seven Zero Seven makes a nice under $200 helmet.


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Thanks man! I'll check them out!
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Scorpion and bell star make great helmets. I picked.up my scorpion for 75$ on.close out. Win.
And yeah picking up the right gear for the.right job makes ALL the difference in the world!

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Thanks!

I just checked cyclegear.com and they have some really nice helmets !
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I just picked up a pair of Alpinestars Apex Drystar gloves. Holy moly what a warm glove.

And yes if the helmet hit the ground replace it. I'd rather see you riding with a $70 brand new Bilt helmet then a damaged one or none at all if money is tight. Seven Zero Seven makes a nice under $200 helmet.


There is no way that no helmet at all is safer then one that has been compromised in a wreck.

Edit: Nevermind, upon reading it again I realize you mean that a $70 is better than none at all.
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So you didnt even manage to get a season out of the 250, wrecked in a most stupid newbie way, and now you're jumping on a super sport?

Way to go!






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If I did get a car, when the weather warms up I could just sell it or try to trade for a bike.

Plus the holiday shopping season is here and traffic is really bad. It might be safer in a car with the extra congestion.

Is anyone parking their bike for the holidays?
My opinion would be that two vehicles are a necessary item these days.

A) bikes are a poor 12-month vehicle due to weather (cold, rain, ice)
B) you can have any vehicle down for a couple of weeks due to maintenance, waiting on time, money, parts to complete the job.
C) cars, trucks and bikes are each good at a particular task and using one for the other's specialty turns out poorly.

That said if I were in your situation and choosing only two vehicles, from scratch, I believe I would choose a mid-size truck and a motorcycle.

Ride the motorcycle when you choose, and take the truck when weather, tasks-at-hand or personal preference dictates.

(ever ridden to a doctor's office with the flu? There are simply times riding just doesn't cut it.)

My $.02. Feel free to discount it to any price you choose.
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So you didnt even manage to get a season out of the 250, wrecked in a most stupid newbie way, and now you're jumping on a super sport?

Way to go!






To the hurt zone!
If you read my original post about the accident you will see that the accident wasn't my fault. It was either hit the truck or break and dip and not hit the truck.
Hit the truck and get hurt
Or
Don't hit the truck and walk away
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Thanks rgbeard for the info.

I think you have an awesome point.

After thinking about it I think that's the route I'm gonna go down. Just get another bike and drive the truck on certain days.

For sure there are certain times when riding is not the most feasable choice.
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Alright I've narrowed it down to two! Here are the final two contestants!

What I like about this one is that it's a 600, so probably 100-105hp, only 12,000 miles. Bone stock
2003 Suzuki GSXR 4500 OBO

I love this paint scheme, it's my favorite. But I don't like that it has 30,000 miles on it. And since its a 750 it has about 115-125 hp. A pretty big jump from 105.
2002 Suzuki GSXR 750 Blue/White

I'm not sure which to choose. I'd feel more comfortable going with the 600 because of the miles and a little less hp. But the blue paint scheme is awesome!

Ahhhh!!!! Can't decide!!!!
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Oo yeah 30000 .. thats massive . It sure to suffer a catastrophic engine failure at any moment . Best not buy that one . Never heard of a bike getting past 100000 without exploding .
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Haha point taken.
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I'd go with the 600. Looks quite clean. You'll be fine on it, though I would suggest a non-supersport might be better for a bike to commute on.

Look at the nakeds/semi-nakeds.


Course, I say this as I'm about to switch to commuting on my Daytona 675 and going down to 1 car and 1 bike for 2 people.
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