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    Talking I Got My Father's Day Present

    Picked it up yesterday afternoon, and drove it home.

    A 2002 Suzuki Intruder VS800. 805cc's of fun.

    The lovely wife suggested I get another motorcycle when the boy got his license, nearly two years ago. As you can tell, I haven't been in a hurry. Actually, I just hadn't found anything I liked, and I hadn't looked real hard either. When my buddy got a Harley V-Rod, I decided to start looking a little more seriously.

    With the boy working, and running the road with his friends, Dawn and I have been sharing one car. Been a pain for her to get up and take me to work on her days off. (She works Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and half a day on most Saturday's.) Now she can sleep in. Also, when she's working on Saturday mornings, I won't be stuck at home without wheels.

    The best part is, I knew the guy selling the bike, and he's the only owner. Check out the last photo and see if you're as stunned as we were.

    Please pardon the quality of the photo's. They are quick grab shots so I could share the news with my PR family.
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    Talking Yeah??

    I am not much of a motor kind of guy Robert, but it looks fun?
    Have Fun!
    Happy Early Father's Day to you!
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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbbrian
    I am not much of a motor kind of guy Robert, but it looks fun?
    Have Fun!
    Happy Early Father's Day to you!
    Brian

    Thanks Brian.

    This is my third bike. I bought a 1982 Yamaha Maxim 750 in 1986. Kept it until I had a couple of kids, then sold it about 1990. I just wasn't riding it that much.

    Got my second bike, a Honda V45 Magna (also a 1982 model and also a 750) in 1996. Kept that one a coule of years, then sold it to my brother. He needed wheels, and didn't have the bucks to buy a car (he had just moved back to the county) so I sold it to him and let him pay me $50 a week. I'm such a softy.

    Now I'll be riding the Intruder, and in the little I've ridden it so far, I really like it.

    Hope you have as happy a fathers day as I've had!
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    Re: I Got My Father's Day Present

    2100 miles in three years? Might as well sell it - he won't even know it's gone!

    Looks like fun - always wanted a bike but I don't have the slightest idea when I'd have time to ride it. Too many other hobbies. It's this "job" thing, it takes up way too much time.

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    Re: I Got My Father's Day Present

    You are so spoiled!

    Seriously, congratulations on the new ride! It looks awesome. Ride on, ride safe!
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    Talking It's this "job" thing

    Quote Originally Posted by another view
    2100 miles in three years? Might as well sell it - he won't even know it's gone!

    Looks like fun - always wanted a bike but I don't have the slightest idea when I'd have time to ride it. Too many other hobbies. It's this "job" thing, it takes up way too much time.

    It does indeed take up way too much time!

    I was stunned to see it only had 2117 miles on it. He didn't ride it much, that's for sure. I'm guessing that job thing got in his way as well. ;-)
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    Talking You are so spoiled! :D

    Quote Originally Posted by Lara
    You are so spoiled!

    Seriously, congratulations on the new ride! It looks awesome. Ride on, ride safe!

    Yes I am!!!!!

    No arguement there.


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    Re: Yeah??

    Quote Originally Posted by Speed
    Hope you have as happy a fathers day as I've had!
    I'll be out photographing the NORBA races on Sunday.
    So it should be a good day.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lara
    Ride on!
    Ride On!
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    Re: Yeah??

    Congratulations Speed!

    Nice looking bike. Have fun and Happy Father's Day.

    Liz

    Quote Originally Posted by mtbbrian
    I am not much of a motor kind of guy Robert, but it looks fun?
    Have Fun!
    Happy Early Father's Day to you!
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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbbrian
    Ride On!
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    WAAAAAAAAAAAY Slow day today..
    Never been a mountain biker Bri, but have owned and ridden cycles. Back when I was young, like Speed.heh I had to pick on him a little. I'm jealous!
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    Re: I Got My Father's Day Present

    Congrats Speed. Now ride it up to Stecoah and stay with my friends Fred and Mo at the Kickstand Lodge. Tell 'em Chunk sent ya. (www.kickstandlodge.com) Some of the greatest roads in the country up there.

    Have you taken the MSF course? If not, I highly recommend it, even for experienced riders.
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    Re: I Got My Father's Day Present

    Motorcycles are transportation, not hobbies, Steve.
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    Re: I Got My Father's Day Present

    Speed,

    Congrats on the gift and hopefully you stay safe and have fun with it!

    Looks like loads of fun!

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    Re: I Got My Father's Day Present

    Ahh, Speed!
    Nice bike.
    Is the stepped seat a prb for you or Dawn?
    Been shopping for 10 years. Cars almost paid off.
    Rode a magna v65 once, hit 55 mph and second gear at the same time, (2 blocks, small blocks at that) very gently rode it back to its owner and said no thank you!
    Happy Fathers day,
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    Re: I Got My Father's Day Present

    Quote Originally Posted by Chunk
    Motorcycles are transportation, not hobbies, Steve.
    So are kayaks! ;) Unfortunately it's spent too much time this year in the garage so far...

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    Re: I Got My Father's Day Present

    Nice, Speed, very nice. Now you just need a vanity plate that reads speed or something along those lines for the bike.
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    Talking Rode a magna v65 once

    Quote Originally Posted by mdmc
    Ahh, Speed!
    Nice bike.
    Is the stepped seat a prb for you or Dawn?
    Been shopping for 10 years. Cars almost paid off.
    Rode a magna v65 once, hit 55 mph and second gear at the same time, (2 blocks, small blocks at that) very gently rode it back to its owner and said no thank you!
    Happy Fathers day,
    Mark.
    That has always been my favorite bike! I loved my V45, and I always dreamed of having a V65. Incredible machine. And insanely overpowered too! I love the power and acceleration of a motorcycle, but I do NOT ride at high speeds. Whatever the speed limit is, I'm within 5 mph of it. I have no desire to ever see triple digits on the speedometer. Speed kills, especially on motorcycles.

    But the acceleration....I love leaving Mustang's and Camero's behind coming off the line. And that's without goosing the throttle! :-D And hills and curves are a blast on a motorcycle.

    Dawn rode it for the first time this morning. I drove her to work, dropped her off, then I went to work. She broke her thumb on Saturday, so I think it may have been sensitive to all the bumps along the way, but she didn't complain. We're looking forward to getting in some rides with some friends of ours in the coming weeks.

    Thanks for the comments buddy.
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    Wink I had to pick on him a little. I'm jealous! :D

    Quote Originally Posted by Lara
    Never been a mountain biker Bri, but have owned and ridden cycles. Back when I was young, like Speed.heh I had to pick on him a little. I'm jealous!

    I understand completely!

    If you're ever on the east coast of North Carolina, then stop by and I'll take you for a ride.
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    Motorcycles are transportation, not hobbies

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    Motorcycles are transportation, not hobbies, Steve.

    For the most part, I'll grant you that is a true statement.

    But there is a doctor here in our county, whose wife is also a doctor, and they have eleven, yes, eleven (11) motorcycles in their garage. You can't mess with people with money. ;-)

    Then again, with 11 bikes, they may be considered collectors. :-O
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    Talking Thank You Liz

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    Congratulations Speed!

    Nice looking bike. Have fun and Happy Father's Day.

    Liz
    I appreciate the comments!
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    Re: I Got My Father's Day Present

    Quote Originally Posted by Speed
    The lovely wife suggested I get another motorcycle when the boy got his license, nearly two years ago. .
    Shoulda went with a nice FATBOY or SOFTTAIL CUSTOM ;)

    My first street bike was a HURRICANE 1000 back in 91, then came the FJ1100, sportster, heritage softtail..... Riding in NJ is beyond scary to me though, so I went to 4 wheels completely ! Too many BMW drivers on cellphones doing make up or reading the paper here

    Nice bike none the less ;) GREAT F'in gift too , but you need a brain bucket now ;)
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    Wink but you need a brain bucket now ;)

    Quote Originally Posted by paulnj
    Shoulda went with a nice FATBOY or SOFTTAIL CUSTOM ;)

    My first street bike was a HURRICANE 1000 back in 91, then came the FJ1100, sportster, heritage softtail..... Riding in NJ is beyond scary to me though, so I went to 4 wheels completely ! Too many BMW drivers on cellphones doing make up or reading the paper here

    Nice bike none the less ;) GREAT F'in gift too , but you need a brain bucket now ;)
    I ride with a full facial helmet! I always like the analogy: "If you've got a $10 head, get a $10 helmet. If you've got a $100 head, get a $100 helmet."

    I expanded that one to: "If you have half a brain, get half a helmet. If you have three-quarters of a brain, get a three-quarter helmet. If you've got a brain, get a full facial." I may not be the best looking guy around, but I do like my looks, and I definitely don't want to mar them in any way!

    Harley's are real expensive toys. Too rich for my blood.

    I rode a Harley for the first time last night. I went to help my buddy do some repairs on his boat trailer, then we went for a ride. A few miles down the road he pulled over and we traded bikes. I rode his V-Rod for about 10 miles or so and he rode my Suzuki, then we pulled over and switched back. Interesting ride. It takes some getting used to, but it rides very nice. Didn't give me a hankering to get one though. ;-)
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    Re: but you need a brain bucket now ;)

    I was pulling your .... leg Rob .

    Yes a harley davidson is costly, but they are nice too.

    I don't want to ride anymore to be honest with you, but look out if I get on a rice rocket ;)

    QUITE THE NICE FRIEND YOU HAVE BTW!
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    Talking Now ride it up to Stecoah...

    Quote Originally Posted by Chunk
    Congrats Speed. Now ride it up to Stecoah and stay with my friends Fred and Mo at the Kickstand Lodge. Tell 'em Chunk sent ya. (www.kickstandlodge.com) Some of the greatest roads in the country up there.

    Have you taken the MSF course? If not, I highly recommend it, even for experienced riders.
    Hey Chunk, every time I go to the mountains, I think about how great it would be to ride a motorcycle up there. Unfortunately, it's about a 10 hour drive up there, which I am not up to...yet. I took a look at there site, and it defiinitely looks like a nice place to stay. If I ever get up there, I'll be sure to tell them you sent me!
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