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post #11 of 30 (permalink) Old 06-01-2018, 10:42 AM
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Bam - Welcome to the club :-). Rick
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Bam, As far as tires go I am super happy with the Bridgestone Battleax 023s. Great bang for the buck & they handle great. A big improvement over the stock tires.
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I replaced stock tires with Dunlop Roadsmart 2s. They are similar to stock and now on sale at chapmoto.com
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One other thing that I didn't mention is the headlights. I didn't mention it because I think the stock setup is passable, but my HID setup gives me a great deal more confidence at night. For those who ride at night for commuting or stress relief, I'd recommend improving your headlights.

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I also fitted a pair of Cyclops LED headlight bulbs to my daughters CBR500R and the difference was substantial and required less power!! Whilst Cyclops are not cheap, I believe they are good quality and have fitted them to all my road bikes. A great investment for night riding and general safety (cars see you better in daylight due to the brighter lights!!).


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I also fitted a pair of Cyclops LED headlight bulbs to my daughters CBR500R and the difference was substantial and required less power!! Whilst Cyclops are not cheap, I believe they are good quality and have fitted them to all my road bikes. A great investment for night riding and general safety (cars see you better in daylight due to the brighter lights!!).


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I'd like to see a photo if you wouldn't mind. I'm fine with paying whatever you need to in order to achieve a safer experience. I chose HID because the value seems unbeatable. I did mine for around $20 and ordered two replacement bulbs, just in case, for $5 each. I've never seen an LED setup that does better than what I have.

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Bambams, a Goldwing sounds like a good bike for you.

It's kind of a catch-22 for you and me: we have a nice, light sporty bike, but it's too far to the good roads. Get something like a Goldwing, and you can go anywhere, but when you get to the roads, it's not nearly as agile.

The Goldwing is also good for Canada because the superior wind protection will extend your riding season.

I bet they're low maintenance, and if you get the service manual, you could probably do all the routine stuff yourself. I imagine the toughest thing would be removing wheels for tire changes. That and plastics; there are a lot of them.
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I'm happy with the performance and short range comfort now, but I do like sport touring. So after fitting the Puig windscreen I'm going to try a few long road trips this year and see how she goes.
I'm with you, but is seems like a waste - the bike is so capable, it just needs a touring windshield option. Seems so simple, but the racing bubble doesn't do much until you're tucked in, which I'm not doing for 200 miles. The fairing is great for trips, I just the windshield to be, too.

I thought about making one, but I've never seen a homemade windshield actually work out.
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Bam, As far as tires go I am super happy with the Bridgestone Battleax 023s. Great bang for the buck & they handle great. A big improvement over the stock tires.
Doesn't Bridgestone/Firestone have a lot of recalls? :-X That's what I always associate the brand with.

BTW, who can tell me what the stock tires are on the 2013 R?

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Bambams, a Goldwing sounds like a good bike for you.
I'm also an associate member of GWRRA so most of the people I ride with have Goldwings. I'm basically on the hunt for a Goldwing, but I don't have much money to spend so it's hard to find one. The ones I can [almost] afford are at least 20 years old. I'd need to sell my bike first and get a great return on it to afford one, and then I'll have to hope that the maintenance doesn't kill me. They're awesome bikes for sure. I've seen that first hand from all the other chapter members' bikes. But maintenance is certainly a pain in the ass, probably worse than the 500. And servicing one would probably be even more as a result. Someday I hope to own one though.
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Stock in the US is Dunlop D222. Firestone's history is history. Bridgestone makes a great tire.

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