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tom84std
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Location: Arlington, Texas
Motorcycle: '84 STD 1200
2002 VTX1800
2007 Shadow 750
69 BSA Bitsa
2004 Virago
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Update

Postby tom84std » Sat Sep 01, 2012 2:50 pm



I previously had pictured a favorite and much beloved bike from my past. My present bike was heavily loaded in preparation for my upcoming trip this Tuesday and parked under the carport, and it was hot as hell outside. I unloaded it and rode it for a dozen miles around the neighborhood and posed it in the driveway and snapped what I feel will be an accurate representation of where I'm coming from whenever I post my meanderings from now on. 1984 fairly stripped-down standard Honda Goldwing in an all too rare sportbike configuration these days. My new posting avatar.



gwbldad
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Re: Update

Postby gwbldad » Sun Sep 02, 2012 7:17 am

Nice looking ride. The picture makes me wonder how my 1983 Interstate would look stripped-down...

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tom84std
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Location: Arlington, Texas
Motorcycle: '84 STD 1200
2002 VTX1800
2007 Shadow 750
69 BSA Bitsa
2004 Virago
VW Trike

Re: Update

Postby tom84std » Sun Sep 02, 2012 8:36 am

My first wing was a '79. When I first bought it, it was heavily outfitted with Windjammer, large bags and wrap-around bumper with lots of lights. I removed the bags and chrome and installed smaller ones which were removable. Replaced the alternator and lost all the lights, corrected all the electrical problems. We used the bike in that configuration for several years and about 25000 miles. Then I stripped it down and gave it a kind of cafe look. No fairing, Gunfighter seat, bobbed fender. Lots of weight and wind resistance removed. Wow! It was as if I had replaced the engine with a larger quicker one. Much quicker and more nimble. Stripped down, you're loosing creature comfort, but you gain a bunch of performance.


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