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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 04-24-2013, 06:39 PM Thread Starter
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The last Yamaha I owned was a 2 stroke 125 in 1963. I loved that bike and beat it for 3 years until I went to Viet Nam. I've been through motorcycles and scooters. I've finally figured out how I really ride as opposed to how I might wish to ride and have compiled a long list of "don't want" and "don't needs" such as:

Tupperware. What a pain.

Windscreens fixed or electric. I already wear glasses.

Bags and boxes on the bike. If I can't haul it in my messenger bag, I don't need it.

Liquid cooling. One more "system" to maintain. Did B-17's have liquid cooling?

Heavy. Especially high up heavy on "sport touring bikes".

Huge displacement. Lawrence of Arabia killed himself on a 998cc Brough Superior. That's enough.

Chains. A pain to lubricate and sprockets go too.

Shaft drive. Nice concept until you change tires.

Chrome, metal-flake, flames, airburshed deamons etc. I wear jeans and T-shirts. I'm plain, plain is fine for my next bike.

Long wheel base. I had one just over 71" that rode smooth but try a U-turn on a narrow street.

So my AMA mag arrives and there is an ad for the Star Bolt. Hmmm.
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post #2 of 16 (permalink) Old 04-24-2013, 07:36 PM
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howdy. you lost me at tupperware. so do you have a bike right now or just started looking at the market?

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My reading of the post is no bike since 1963 but he likes the features of the new Yamaha Bolt.

I hope you rush out and get one of the first, then tell us all about it!

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Welcome to the forum. Bet ya you get a Bolt and that your gonna post pics of it with you sitting on it right here.

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My reading of the post is no bike since 1963 but he likes the features of the new Yamaha Bolt.

I hope you rush out and get one of the first, then tell us all about it!

Welcome to the gang.


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My previous ride was a Honda Fury. Health issues put me off it and I went scooter with a Burgman 650. Prior to the Fury was an ST1300 which I almost never used for its intended purpose. Health issues resolved so I'm looking for another "real motorcycle" but I'm keeping my Honda SH150 scooter because it's just too useful.
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Sweet, but one word .....

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Like the logical and thorough thinking of Baysidebob and anybody that spent time in Viet Nam and returned with a sense of humour deserves any bike he may want.
Good luck my friend.
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post #8 of 16 (permalink) Old 05-06-2013, 09:40 PM Thread Starter
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I rode home a white Bolt this afternoon. So far, so good but certainly not enough to offer an opinion. Weather permitting, I'll take her out tomorrow for a shake-down.
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And no pics - blasphemy!


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And no pics - blasphemy!


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