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Not often you get to say "I'm TWICE the man you are!", well, in a sense, since you're "concolita" ...
Always got to be someone
I'm 240 lbs !!! My biggest complaint with the forks is the stiction in the first 1/4" of travel. And, the compression damping seems a little harsh.Shocks just feel all out of whack.
What I meant to infer is that at 240 lbs, I think the V7 rides like a log wagon. It must be real rough on someone half my weight !
I'm sure it's easily fixable for you with pieces which have adjustable rebound damping and lighter springs.
My biggest complaint with the forks is the stiction in the first 1/4" of travel. And, the compression damping seems a little harsh.Shocks just feel all out of whack.
sincolita is a Mrs., by the way...
.... "con-" is the opposite of "sin-"
Yep. If I had a more ample rump, the lousy suspension wouldn't be so hard on the rest of me.
That's really MORE data than I need ... There's a lot of advantages in this world to being a big guy, and a few disadvantages.One of the biggest areas of disadvantage is in the area of motorcycling. When you're 260 - 300 pounds or so fully geared up, you have to be more careful about your choice of bike, suspension, and tires than a smaller person. There's whole classes of motorcycles that are sub-optimum for me, that would be perfect for a person that grossed up in the flyweight class.If I were half the size I am, I would be on a 250 - 500cc bike in a second, getting fantastic gas mileage, great tire mileage, a lighter, cheaper motorcycle, and still be able to run with any reasonable partner on a road ride anywhere ... But alas, it is not to be. Not a big issue, but still there ....Lannis
Thanks. I never considered it from that perspective, but it's true. When fellow riders remarked on the 'miraculous' speed, endurance and fuel efficiency of my little Ninja and how it did so well on long rides in a pack of much bigger bikes, my response was usually along the lines of, "Really? Look at me. This bike doesn't have to work very hard to perform well with only me on it."I'll have to start comparing my fuel mileage on the V7 to the numbers I've seen here on WG. I'll never get a knee down in a corner or be an expert wrench, but I bet I can beat all you guys in spending the least money on gas and tires.
I just thought of it as uh, FIRM...
Just do it. Changing the shocks is easy and can be relatively cheap. Is there anyone here who's replaced them and not wished they did it earlier? I think it even makes the seat feel better!
I'll never get a knee down in a corner or be an expert wrench, but I bet I can beat all you guys in spending the least money on gas and tires.
Jenn and I went out for a ride on Monday... I was already at 220 miles on the V7, so I figured it would be smart to stop and gas up.I filled up, calculated and got 49 mpg... not bad.Jenn filled up, I calculated and got 58 mpg... bitch I told her, she just laughed.Now granted, she's also shall we say more uh conservative with the throttle and I suppose that helps too, but MOSTLY I think it's the 100# less weight the Duc has to carry with her and the smaller more aerodynamic profile she makes on it.
...... and the smaller more aerodynamic profile she makes on it.
Woo-hoo! Go Jenn! My hubby & I are looking forward to riding with you two.
Back at you two.Actually, we want to pick your brain about the Wharton forest. We've explored it a little in our Jeep GC, but I just ordered a Wrangler (JKU) so we're looking forward to seeing more of it.
...I filled up, calculated and got 49 mpg... not bad.Jenn filled up, I calculated and got 58 mpg... bitch I told her, she just laughed..
Congratulations! While two wheels on blacktop is my preference, getting 'lost' in the pines in a Wrangler is a very close second. The best advice I can give you is to bring a well-charged smart phone with Google Maps. As remote as it seems when you're out there seemingly in the middle of nowhere, Google Maps has about 70 percent of the trails mapped and the cell towers are close enough that you rarely lose service, so it's nearly impossible to actually get lost. Oh, and unless it's winter, bring bug repellent. And don't forget to visit Batsto Village: http://www.batstovillage.org/
Yep. No one believes the mileage a Ducati delivers. My 821 does 47 - 52 mpg on the road, and it is not being ridden gently.
This makes me want to scream. Seriously. No one, NO ONE, uses progressive springs. And as far as the shocks go, you must've come off a Bonneville. In fact, the whole statement screams of Bonnevillian influences. We should start another thread for this and let Mike talk about his bike.
I tried to save your thread Mike, but, well, it's lost now.
"Keep the moderator confused" is my mantra. I appear to have been successful.
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