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Old 08-18-2012, 01:46 PM   #801 (permalink)
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Too bad you're not closer- I have an 82 XJ550 project bike in my side yard that I don't have time/inclination to mess with after my other bike projects. Probably going to throw it on Craigslist for $350.
I might be interested in that ... I'm not too far from Sacramento.
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Old 08-18-2012, 06:03 PM   #802 (permalink)
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I might be interested in that ... I'm not too far from Sacramento.
PM me your contact info and we can discuss.
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Old 08-18-2012, 10:28 PM   #803 (permalink)
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That's exactly why I love it. Believe it or not, it's actually just an older Kawi Vulcan with a chopped fender, drag pipes, straight handlebars and some Rustoleum. A new 883 is about $12,000, after taxes and assembly and such, but any UJM cruiser from the last 15 years can be made to look like that for a few hundred dollars, and you can find a good 800 or 900 for $3000 or $4000 used.

There's a guy selling a older Honda Rebel 250 with a bad carb for $500. If it's still around next paycheque, I'll probably grab it and start trying to build it.
$12k??? Don't they MSRP at like $7k? I suppose that 12 prob includes duties for crossing that invisible line huh? Still seems like a high figure even assuming a high APR, though I didn't crunch numbers. Too tired for math right now.

I do like the Iron though, I don't care what the rubs say about sportsters. If not for the XL they wouldn't have their thirsty big twins.
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Old 08-18-2012, 10:38 PM   #804 (permalink)
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Pretty much decided on putting a single seat on the triumph. Ordering repro fenders to cut down and make it cafe racer style. Going for a old school look with more modern parts for ease of replacement and reliability. Halogen headlight conversion and led turn signals. up turned sport pipes as well.
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Old 08-19-2012, 12:35 AM   #805 (permalink)
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$12k??? Don't they MSRP at like $7k? I suppose that 12 prob includes duties for crossing that invisible line huh? Still seems like a high figure even assuming a high APR, though I didn't crunch numbers. Too tired for math right now.

I do like the Iron though, I don't care what the rubs say about sportsters. If not for the XL they wouldn't have their thirsty big twins.
The Canadian MSRP is a bit over $9000, then you get destination, assembly, tax, paintjob, dealer accessories and all the nickle-and-dime crap.

The Iron is about the only Harley I'd ride. I'm not a huge fan of the chrome cruiser style, and you pay thousands just for the name. If I had a compelling desire to join the Hell's Angels and had to stick with American bikes, I'd take a Victory over a Harley any day. Some are a big blingy for my tastes, but the basic shapes are fantastic.

Although next new bike I buy is probably going to be an Enfield Bullet C5 Military.



Aww yeah. The new Triumph Thruxton is pretty bad-*** too:

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That explains the price discrepancy, still seems harsh even considering the costs of export/duties etc.

Those Enfields really are rad. Last I checked they were priced about the same as the Iron down here. Around $7k.

I sent out a few more feeler emails today to dealers within a 2hr driving range on the bike I'm after. Hopefully someone bites and gives me a decent OTD quote. I really want to get some riding in beforfe the weather turns.

As bad as this drought has been I wouldn't wish a mild winter on anyone. Well, I suppose you can still have mild temps with precipitation eh?
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Iron883- 2" rear suspension travel... oww!

I dig the Enfield thing until I consider that my '81 KZ440 is worth 41hp and even as a relatively beginner rider, I'm seeing that it's somewhat underpowered for me, and the 500cc Enfield puts out 21hp.

Ordering parts to get my $400 67hp '82 XJ650 running again.
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Old 08-19-2012, 05:53 AM   #808 (permalink)
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At least your insurance isn't horrible I need to borrow (read:steal) my friends' supersports to have any fun at all since insurance will painfully rape me until I turn 26
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Old 08-19-2012, 11:39 AM   #809 (permalink)
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The 37 HP on a KLR650 is more than enough for me. Both will still go faster than the design should anyways on the highway, and have plenty enough power for around town.
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Iron883- 2" rear suspension travel... oww!

I dig the Enfield thing until I consider that my '81 KZ440 is worth 41hp and even as a relatively beginner rider, I'm seeing that it's somewhat underpowered for me, and the 500cc Enfield puts out 21hp.

Ordering parts to get my $400 67hp '82 XJ650 running again.
Yep, it might as well BE a hardtail. I've heard some say the stock bike is extra rough on big bumps and even road seams hurt. Some guys love the hardtails, some don't. I suspect some of the aftermarket suspension from Progressive or Burly tame it a bit.
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