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 Post subject: Ignorance is bliss...
PostPosted: Mon Jun 13, 2011 8:58 pm 
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Well, some times ignorance really is bliss...

I went to Atlanta at the end of last month to visit with my mother and my brother who both live there. My brother and I made our 4th trip to the Indy 500. I fly to Atlanta and then we drive his car to Indy for the race. My mother's birthday is at the end of May so it's usually also a birthday visit. It's a nice tradition we've recently started. It's so much fun to go to the race with my big brother. :)



This trip had the added incentive of a motorcycle ride around the Atlanta area. We didn't ride the motos to Indy. My brother has been riding his CBR 900R for a few years now. It's not exactly a touring bike. But, he recently added a second moto to his fleet. And it's a machine that I'd be interested in riding, unlike his CBR. Here are his two bikes as we are prepping to ride...



And I even like the color! Look at how great I look on it!



And it's oh so comfy! :D



Honda Magna...Oh my. I should never have ridden this machine. Yes, ignorance is bliss.

I got to ride it twice. Once before we left for Indy and again after we got back. I actually shipped some gear to him to keep at his house so that I can ride it whenever I am there. LOL! I left the helmet behind too. I knew investing in all that gear was a good idea.

It brought back memories of the Rebel, even if it was just about ergonomics. It's heavier, for sure, than my 650GS. But, once it gets going, it's smooth like butter! My GS now feels underpowered and slow. :teehee1: My hubby might be a little worried. :lol:

My brother took me on some of the roads around his house (around Woodstock, GA) that he likes to ride or commute on. There are some nice hilly places to put a moto through it's paces. We went on one road (sorry I have no idea which) that when we got to the end I told him I wanted to go on it again. So, we turned around and road it a couple more times. When we got back to his house and pulled into the garage, I told him I was sorry for scraping his pegs. He laughed and said, he hadn't even done that yet! Haha! I wasn't really sorry, just rubbing it in. :cycle: He asked if I did that on purpose. I didn't the first time but the second time I did. :bounce1:

The second ride we took was to 1st Thursday bike night at the Varsity in downtown Atlanta. That was fun to see where he hangs out. It's mostly sport bikes there which was cool. And I got to meet one of his riding buddies. I saw a bike there that a guy had added a small propane tank (like a camp stove sized one) too so he could shoot flames out of the back of the bike. Haha! I need one of those for my commute! He was still working on it. It wasn't shooting out far enough and large enough for his liking.

Sooooo..... it was a very memorable ride. And now I need to find me a Magna. I thought I wanted one before. But, now that I've ridden one... I absolutely must have one!! :fit1 I need one for when he comes to visit me in Colorado, right?

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 Post subject: Re: Ignorance is bliss...
PostPosted: Mon Jun 13, 2011 9:06 pm 
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Yep. :)

Seems to me there's a big ol' ugly critter running around here for years now touting that the Magna was probably the best bike Honda ever made....

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(Sweet, ain't it? :D )

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 Post subject: Re: Ignorance is bliss...
PostPosted: Mon Jun 13, 2011 9:11 pm 
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Duke wrote:
Yep. :)

Seems to me there's a big ol' ugly critter running around here for years now touting that the Magna was probably the best bike Honda ever made....

:)



(Sweet, ain't it? :D )


Holy smokes! Sweet doesn't do it justice. I totally thought of you while I was riding it. :D

I've already accessorized mine in my mind...

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 13, 2011 9:27 pm 
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Does that mean that the 650 and your blog go away?

http://g650gs.blogspot.com/

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 Post subject: Re: Ignorance is bliss...
PostPosted: Mon Jun 13, 2011 9:31 pm 
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jsonder wrote:
Does that mean that the 650 and your blog go away?

http://g650gs.blogspot.com/


Oh no, definitely not! Multiple bike syndrome... my husband and I both have it... The GS can do things the Magna cannot. And, I am still in love with the GS. (Haha, I actually typed Magna there and had to backspace over it!)

Thanks for the plug for my blog! :clap1:

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 Post subject: Re: Ignorance is bliss...
PostPosted: Tue Jun 14, 2011 3:52 pm 
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What is it with you and yellow bikes? Just tell your brother he needs to store it at your place for when he visits. :lol:

I enjoyed your story and look forward to riding with my sons and brother one day.

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 Post subject: Re: Ignorance is bliss...
PostPosted: Tue Jun 14, 2011 9:09 pm 
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ddouble wrote:
Just tell your brother he needs to store it at your place for when he visits. :lol:
Dan


Maybe when he comes out next he can buy one and leave it here for me. rofl

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 Post subject: Re: Ignorance is bliss...
PostPosted: Tue Jun 14, 2011 10:48 pm 
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There is always this:

http://tucson.craigslist.org/mcy/2437858112.html

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 Post subject: Re: Ignorance is bliss...
PostPosted: Wed Jun 15, 2011 8:22 am 
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Quote:
Geared for a little speed, but have the original gear for cruising.


I wonder what that means....

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 Post subject: Re: Ignorance is bliss...
PostPosted: Wed Jun 15, 2011 4:02 pm 
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AwaDiouf wrote:
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Geared for a little speed, but have the original gear for cruising.


I wonder what that means....

Allaina



Call and ask. What could it hurt? rofl

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 Post subject: Re: Ignorance is bliss...
PostPosted: Wed Jun 15, 2011 5:07 pm 
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Probably changed out the rear sprocket; possibly both sprockets. It _is_ a chain drive, after all. ;)

Shorter gearing on a high-revving bike makes for snappier acceleration.

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 Post subject: Re: Ignorance is bliss...
PostPosted: Fri Jun 17, 2011 1:19 pm 
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I'm laughing as I read your first post, Allaina! It's ALWAYS a bad idea to even sit on another bike unless you are prepared to buy it! :D

I sat on a Harley (I know...now I'm a traitor lol) at a Bike Night event this week. It was lowered for a woman who is even shorter than I am (she is 4'11" and I'm 5'2") so I could actually reach the ground! They put a seat on it that moves you closer to the tank so you can more easily reach the controls and the gear shifter was even shortened to make it a bit closer to her foot. It was my husbands idea for me to sit on it but the first thing he says as I throw my leg over the seat is "NO you can't have one!" So I'm thinking, then what's the point of sitting on it??? :roll:

I'm not going to buy one (I don't even remember what model it was). At least not until I take it for a ride! :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: Ignorance is bliss...
PostPosted: Fri Jun 17, 2011 3:28 pm 
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I recently rode a 1200 Sportster and was sorely disappointed.

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 Post subject: Re: Ignorance is bliss...
PostPosted: Fri Jun 17, 2011 8:44 pm 
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LaFazinator wrote:
I recently rode a 1200 Sportster and was sorely disappointed.


You weren't the first... :D but I digress...

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 Post subject: Re: Ignorance is bliss...
PostPosted: Sat Jun 18, 2011 3:43 pm 
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Well I was thinking to myself, "If I had traded my Honda for this Harley and couldn't go back...I'd cry."

750 Shadow >> 1200 Sportster in 90% of ways from what I could tell from an hour and a half riding.

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 Post subject: Re: Ignorance is bliss...
PostPosted: Sat Jun 18, 2011 4:13 pm 
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883 Sporster Highboy:

The only thing HD ever built worth considering as a replacement for a Honda.

Now that's from a performance / price aspect. If you just _like_ HD, then you won't be happy until you have one, of course.

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 18, 2011 4:22 pm 
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Funny thing is, Google "883 sportster highboy" and these forums take up 2 of the only 3 "results" shown.

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 Post subject: Re: Ignorance is bliss...
PostPosted: Sat Jun 18, 2011 8:34 pm 
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"highboy" wasn't the official name. The official name was just "Sportster." "Highboy" simply differentiates it from the lowered version that was also offered.

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 Post subject: Re: Ignorance is bliss...
PostPosted: Sun Jun 19, 2011 7:29 pm 
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I don't like the Sportsters. My hubby had 2 of them at one time (both 883's but one was bored out to an 1100, I think) and he was going to lower one for me to learn to ride on, but I just wasn't into it - they seemed too top heavy to me. :whoop1:

So we sold them both and bought my first bike, a Honda Rebel 250, and then later the 450 (which I still have).

I think the HD I was checking out was a Soft tail of some sort. I wasn't particularly enthusiastic about this model (it had the large flared fenders and I like the bobtail or "duck butt" style more). Maybe someday I'll get one, but I'm not one of those people who's thinking "I must have a Harley"! I actually really love the V Star 650 Custom I bought last year and have no real intention of "moving up" so to speak.


I gotta say, I love those Honda Magnas though and IMHO a girl can never have too many bikes! :cool: So did you buy one yet, Allaina?

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 19, 2011 9:45 pm 
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tigerlily wrote:
I gotta say, I love those Honda Magnas though and IMHO a girl can never have too many bikes! :cool: So did you buy one yet, Allaina?


Not yet! There are a few other expenses I need to tend to first. (Aren't there always?) But some times, you never know until the right bike comes along, what expenses are really the priority.

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