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barenekd

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IMS Show
« on: November 16, 2014, 02:38:37 AM »
Went to the IMS Show today. Saw some kinda interesting stuff, Yamahas new R3, a little sport bike with a 320cc engine. Nice looking! I think it was a single. but couldn't really get a look at it. All the plastic and stuff, ya know! About 375 wet, $4595.
Saw the new Indian Scout.  A hell of a lot bigger than the originals, but a lot smaller than the big ones. 1100 ccs and about 600 pounds. Not my cuppa tea, but not bad looking.
Ran into Kevin and Rod Copes, the new guy from RE who is here to check out the marketability of Enfields and try to get the name better known. There is an interview with him above in the Royal Enfield News section. He spent 20 years in India with Harley. He told be that the record setting Bonneville, which was there, has gotten up to 118 since getting back from Bonneville. Very nice guy.
Kevin and I chatted awhile about a lot of stuff. He said the RE imports have about doubled this year, mostly driven by the Continental, but that's a pretty good business increase by any standard.
They had a band start up in the back of the hall so their 220 decibels made listening to anyone difficult impossible. I can't understand what the point of making a ridiculous amount of noise in a place where conversation is mandatory to peddle your wares. The whole idea of a band in a place like that is totally ludicrous. If I wanted to hear that racket, I'd go to a concert.
Anyway, I had a grand day there and the ride to and from was great, too.
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Re: IMS Show
« Reply #1 on: November 16, 2014, 01:52:37 PM »
I want that new R3 something fierce!  My friend Paul and I already decided that when Vickery Motorsports gets them in the showroom in the spring, we are going down there to test ride it.  It is a very, very appealing bike, and if I was in the market to buy a new bike, I think this would be the one.  Tho, it was originally rumored to be a 2 stroke motor, so I was a little saddened to see that it is a 4 stroke, but at least it is a twin.    :D

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Re: IMS Show
« Reply #2 on: November 16, 2014, 09:20:52 PM »
Two strokes will probably never be street legal or even dirt legal in this country again. The only two strokes allowed now are for race tracks only. Can't even get a green card for them in CA anymore. That's an off road only sticker here.
As for the R3, it would probably be my choice for a 300 as I'm pretty much a Yamaha man anyway. Most of my Japanese bikes have been Yamahas. And they are rated number 1 by Consumer Reports for reliability.
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Re: IMS Show
« Reply #3 on: November 16, 2014, 09:47:25 PM »
Consumer Reports rates motorcycles?  Who knew?

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No proper ratings that I can see on their site, but I did find this (source: consumerreports.org)...



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Re: IMS Show
« Reply #4 on: November 23, 2014, 04:42:15 AM »
Today I went to the IMS show (by Progressive) in Seattle.  There was no presence by the local RE dealer that I could find.  But there was a cool iron barrel on display in the vintage section.
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Re: IMS Show
« Reply #5 on: November 23, 2014, 04:44:52 AM »
There were some other cool thumpers, so here are some photos for your enjoyment.
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Re: IMS Show
« Reply #6 on: November 23, 2014, 04:46:57 AM »
Yes, the Yamaha R3 looks very cool.  I might take a test ride on it this summer...
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Re: IMS Show
« Reply #7 on: November 23, 2014, 04:57:13 AM »
The Yamaha SR400 looks just like my former 1978 SR500.  The $6k price tag seems high, but I still remember how to kick start it.
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Re: IMS Show
« Reply #8 on: November 23, 2014, 04:59:36 AM »
Oh, there was a very cool SR400 custom there.  Sort of a Captain America version.
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Re: IMS Show
« Reply #9 on: November 24, 2014, 03:55:34 PM »
That red-framed trials Enfield belongs to forum member, darmst6829.  His build thread is here.  Great looking bike.  http://www.enfieldmotorcycles.com/forum/index.php/topic,3769.0.html

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