#359 – 407
Dave Preston: Motorcycles Ridden Log
As of January 1st of 2009: 8 owned – 350 tested = 358 total
#359 Triumph Legend 900 (Josepha)
- Forgot to note the mileage
- Ergonomically designed for Josepha – Rich’s seat too far forward, windshield too low
- Right mirror vibrates (Bent Bike) left one does not (Triumph)
- Nice little analog clock on handlebars
- Only 5 speeds
- Fabulous sound from new Triumph accessory pipes
- Lustrous candy green paint
- A terrific bike that can do anything
#360 2009 Harley-Davidson Road King Rental #21 #642350
- Pewter Pearl paint is classy
- 3 miles!
- Seat seems wider and more padded- good for long comfort but not as easy to get feet down at stops, etc.
- White walls, driving lights, saddlebags, self-canceling signals, AND cruise control – take that, Japanese competition!
- Rode it again in July with 11,000 miles – shifting much improved
#361 2009 Kawasaki Versys (parking lot)
- Cool bike in a great color – loud green
- High seat height could be a problem
- The Swiss Army Knife of motorcycles – do it all for little
#362 2008 0r 2009 Kawasaki 500 Vulcan (parking lot)
- Candy maroon
- Issues with runability – choke on lots of revs, choke off nuthin
- Very old school ergos
- Really all anyone needs if looks and style are not an issue
#363 2008 Kawasaki Concours 14 (parking lot)
- Dark silver
- VERY nice seating position
- Huge saddlebags
- Good mirrors and a nice side stand tab – details that count
- Dumb key fob and do I need tire monitors, but…
- I want one!
#364, 365, 366 2009 Honda CRF 230L (three from lower to upper building)
- Street legal small and inoffensive dirt bike
- 230cc air cooled single
- Light and agile, choke and side stand
- Probably all I would need for quite some time
- Rear shock too soft for my bulk
- Not to be confused with CRF 250R – water cooled 250cc with twin exhausts (loud) and a lot of power, brakes, and suspension. Kick start
- CRF 250X is a trail bike with the big engine, spark arrestor, but no lights or starter.
- I think I will stay bland for now!
#367 2009 Honda CRF 450 R $7,895
- OMG! Absolute power, and no weight
- WAY too much for a beginner
- I would enjoy playing on perhaps a 250R, but this is just far too much for a beginner.
- No electric start, no side stand, no neutral light, no instruments – pure racing technology
- Shows just how far dirt technology has come in the past few decades. Awesome is the only word.
#368 2008 Honda 1800 VTX
- Handlebar does not seem as grossly wide as the one I rode a few years ago
- Much smoother than a comparable Harley – too smooth in fact
- Big and bold, but perhaps too big for functional use in most situations
- Exhaust note not the thrill it was a few years ago
- Does what it does perfectly – who wants a bike to do that?
- Various versions of fenders – but none exciting enough for me to keep straight
#369 2009 Harley-Davidson Softtail Deluxe Rental breakin
- Black and chrome with whitewalls and chrome spokes – lovely
- Driving lights, but no cruise control on this one
- Small chrome luggage rack is attractive and functional
- Backrest for the passenger
- Modest power, low and short seat
- Only one front disc, and you can tell
- Surprisingly comfy for a bike that is too small for me
#370 2008 Kawasaki KRF 750 SideX Side in Red
- Side by side 2X2 or 4WD with a full roll cage
- Easy to learn to operate
- Shakes and judders
- Needs about three times as much power to be fun
- Probably very practical if used as intended on a farm, etc.
- Has a trailer hitch
- Red color does not really work well for a utilitarian vehicle
# 371 2009 Harley-Davidson Street Glide Rental Break-In
- Dark metallic charcoal color is subdued and very nice
- Amazing instrument cluster – what are all these for? Air pressure in rear shocks, oil pressure, fuel level, electrics, etc.
- DUMB design – keyless fob but you need the key to put in fuel
- Handles better than last year? Can’t tell m’self
- Chopped and tinted windshield works very well!
- Hard saddlebags – but I think I am learning how they work!
- A radio has no place on a motorcycle – period.
- Miss the running lights of the Road King, but still
- VERY comfortable
#372 2009 Harley-Davidson FLSTC (Soft Tail Classic) rental break-in
- Pewter Pearl
- Saddlebags with fake conches and fringe do not inspire
- Windshield is a good idea
- Black and BROWN leather strap décor down tank is unfortunate
- BUT – raised rear seat makes a rider backrest – VERY comfy
- Large floorboards are not really forward controls.
- Fairly high handlebars with the seat combine for really the most comfy seating position I think I have experienced.
- Can ride in the rain or dark with visor up- windshield is perfect
#373 2009 Harley-Davidson Road King #63991 rental
- Candy apple red with pewter panels and gold accents – wow!
- What’s that noise? Brakes? Misaligned drive belt?
- Immediately better handling over Softail is noticed
- White walls work on this bike
- Favorite saddlebags are large and easy to use
- Backrest and crash bars as fitted to all rentals make for a nice package
- Love the driving lights
#374 2008 Harley-Davidson Ultra Classic
- 13,079 miles
- Incredible candy apple red paint
- All the mod cons you could want
- Why did it feel so comfortable and controllable?
- I have always hated these – did it change or have I?
#375 2009 Hyosung Comet 250ccf MSF training bike
- Four stroke V-twin engine
- Seat to pegs dimension a little short
- Brakes adequate
- Handling OK
- Power weak
- Excellent training bike, but too small too weak and perhaps too flimsy for long term ownership
#376 20098 Piaggio MP3 250
- Most unusual bike I will ride this year?
- Seat to pegs dimension a little short
- Emergency brake (!) handle comes out of “dash”
- Keyless entry to underseat storage – VAST storage
- Flashing yellow “brake NOT locked light is weird”
- Yellow light beams steady when locked – releases immediately
- Center stand but no sidestand.
- Handling is “different,” as you might expect. First owner never got used to it and traded it for a more standard scooter.
- Great brakes in the wet – twice the contact patch. Fun to play Noriuki Haga – last of the late brakers!
- Panic stop in the rain was a no-brainer with two front wheels
- The two front wheels jostle up an down as you ride, giving it an odd rocking sensation, which is why the owner traded it in
- 120 on the speedo – oh – it’s in KPH!
#377 Yamaha Road Star XV 19 CTW Stratoliner #001029 $12,999
- Low miles – under 1000 when I started
- Ultra posh cruiser – tall windshield, leatherette bags, chrome, chrome, and more chrome
- Long low and heavy
- Tricked out white tail lights
- Custom? Seat in two tone maroon and black
- Maroon, black, and chrome, chrome, chrome
- Really like the wheels – silver and nicely done
- Details abound and bespeak a lot of thought
- Teardrop folding floorboards – although they did not scrape
- Starter sounds like it is working a Boeing Stratoliner plane!
- Relaxing to ride
#388 2009 Harley-Davidson Road King (rental #22)
- Lovely turquoise and green
- Backrest, cruise control, bags, windshield, driving lights
- Very 50’s in look – horizontal color break on tank helps this
- Lovely motorcycle
#389 2007 Victory Vegas #000776 $11,999
- 1564 miles – how do people do that? Sell before the 1st oil change
- Lovely blue and white with silver pin stripes – somewhat of a Foose paint job
- 6 speeds, including overdrive – transmission
- Victory optional windshield with ghost etched flames
- Great sound accelerating – quiet at a steady speed.
- Front tire low – or chopperesque geometry?
- 100hp engine – good power once warmed up
- Carbs – who knew?
- No rear seat, no luggage – but could be added
- Harder clutch pull, but better brake feel than a Harley
- Foot pegs rubbers shot in 1500 miles?
- $11,999 is a lot, or not, for what this can do?
#390 2008 Yamaha FJR 1300 #005915 $11,599
- Gloss black and 500 miles!
- Incredible value
- Saturn booster engine – great brakes
- Electric windshield very effective
- Movable side panels for heat flow control
- Adjustable seat and suspension
- Bags OK to use
- Curiously uninvolving – much like a GSX-R 1000
- 6 speed trans would be expected, although the 5 it has are 3 more than it needs
- Immediate clutch caused me to stall once
- Comfy for the long haul
- Almost bought it!
#391 2007 Ducati GT 1000 #005975 $8,399
- First Ducati (ever) I would consider owning!
- Comfiest seat on any Ducati ever, and maybe on any bike
- Termignoni pipes – yes!
- Bar end mirrors and almost drag bar
- Red is the only color
- Bikini fairing 1/5 the size of a Speed Triple
- No ability to carry a tank bag (fiberglass) OR tail bag (no hooks, etc)?
- Great power – even great brakes
- A little cramped, actually – meant for short legs
- Every ride – short or long – would be an experience
- Contrast to the FJR
- Not as great a ride as my Speed Triple
#392 2009 Harley-Davidson Road King #655544 rental
- All black – with white walls – a tuxedo of a motorcycle
- Black paint seems to show wear too easily for 2010 miles
- Rode to Renton and back the first day of rain in 30 days – very relaxing and confidence inspiring.
#393 2009 Triumph Thunderbird demo
- Blue and white – awesome appearance
- Lots of torque – and the engine is very “friendly” in character
- Impressive roll-on power, and a terrific burble in the stock pipes on decel
- Belt drive good for 60,000 miles
- Comfortable seat and ergos
- Lots of available accessories
- Tasteful amount of chrome
- I REALLY want one! Pretty much the first cruiser I could see owning
#394 2009 Triumph Street Triple R demo
- Flat grey not my thing – nor the orange
- Arrow pipe sounds awesome
- Quick revving and lots of power – inadvertent wheelie
- Makes my Speed Triple feel like a bus!
- Seat peg to seat length a bit tight
- Accessory seat and adjustable suspension are probably worth the extra dosh
- Brilliant design
#395 2009 Black Bonneville demo
- Black with nice gold logos
- Seems a bit dull by comparison with the others
- Shifter does not work well with my boots
- Engine sounds choked by stock exhaust – probably is
- Excellent mirrors
- Actually very good choice for leading demo rides!
#396 2009 Tiger demo
- Wow – this is really orange!
- First one I have ridden with brake pedal I can use
- Infinitely comfy – wants to be ridden for days
- Magic engine – character, power, sound – it’s all good
#397 2009 Bonneville T100 demo
- Green with cream stripes
- Different handlebars and grips
- Desperately needs pipes
- Just a lovely all around motorcycle
#398 2009 Bonneville SE
- Almost painfully pretty
- Spoked mag wheels
- Also needs pipes
- Same handlebars as black bonne
- Actually a bit of a let down after lusting over it for months!
#399 2010 Triumph Thunderbird demo
- Shorty pipes – louder but not necessarily better
#400 2009 Triumph Bonneville Scrambler demo
- Matte dark green
- Arrow pipe makes all the difference
- Crossbar pad and headlight grill for style
- VERY nimble
- Such fun it was hard to bring it back!
#401 2009 Triumph Rocket III Tourer demo
- Blue, light blue, white, and chrome
- Narrower rear tire for better handling
- Saddlebags and backrest and windshield
- Love the backrest when I can remember to relax and use it.
- Just too much mass for my taste
- Highway pegs on crashbars will not stay folded up
#402 2009 Triumph Rocket III Demo
- Maroon, with Jardine pipes
- Really cool maroon flyscreen
- The sound – OMG the sound!
- All engine, all the time!
#403 2009 Triumph Bonneville America demo
- Blue, light blue, gold pinstripes
- TOA pipes? Think so?
- Beach bars
- Pleasant, but…
#404 2009 Triumph Speedmaster demo
- Accessory mirrors could not be adjusted to my liking
- Pipes, I think
- Once again, as in every Speedmaster I have ridden, way better than it has any right to be
#405 2008 Harley-Davidson FLSTC (Soft Tail Classic) #060562 $16, 495
- 7600 miles
- Maroon and red
- Windshield, whitewalls and driving lights and bags and a backrest
- No cruise control or crash bars other extras.
- Saddlebags with chrome studs on bags and seat
- Trans does not shift all that well – still stiff after 7500 miles?
- Really not my cup of tea – hurts my back as well
- Footboards do not fold up very well!
#406 2009 Kawasaki Versys #033080 $6,599
- 1087 miles – what is up with that?
- Favorite green color
- Accessory small tail trunk (Givi?) and Kawi seat – lower
- Accessory (Kawasaki?) adjustable wind flip on windshield
- Nice mechanical character – does not need a pipe
- Very friendly personality
- Too LOW geared? Never get down to 1st!
- Fuel gauge and light
- Relaxing and comfortable to ride
- Great brakes
- A fantastic design – passed the ten year test
#407 Harley-Davidson FLHRC (Road King) #654045 $13,799
- Nice shade of medium candy blue
- Windshield and bags as de riguer for Road Kings
- Highway pegs on the crash bars
- 15k miles
- Vance and Hines pipes are ALMOST too loud – but awesome!