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Okay...lessee....

The XR was love at first sight, between Alan Girdler in Cycle World and frustration over trying to turn my XL1200R into an all day bike I swore if they came to the US I'd have one.

When I heard the rumors I called a buddy who works at Cowboy Harley (for the outside the US guys, no, I'm not making it up) and asked if it was true. He had to dig around, and then called back to say it was.

So anyway, quite happy so far, love the seating position, and the front forks work far better than they should. The pogo sticks on the back are rubbish, but that's a different story :D

Got a load of CF bits from across the pond, have about half of them on. Couldn't get the tail section I lust after, as my son can't wait to ride with me...his feet reach the pegs on the XR.

I try to think of my age as less a chronological event and more just a tribute to Rossi this year.

No, I don't think I know Dallara, but we do have a mutual acquaintance in Houston. Texas is kinda big.
 

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Welcome!

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No, I don't think I know Dallara, but we do have a mutual acquaintance in Houston. Texas is kinda big.


Glad to have another Texan here. Maybe we can one day organize a ride down here in the Lone Star state so some of these other folks can come down and see just how big Texas is... :D

Curious to know who our mutual acquaintance is? :confused:

I know quite a few people from up and around there... :)

Good to have you onboard.

Dallara



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I think my pal bought your Buell. The black XB with gold wheels? If so we have a mutual acquaintance as well. Geez, you're popular.
 
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Yep, that was my very sweet XB12Ss that I'm trying hard not to miss. As he pointed out, I really didn't ride it enough, but it was fun, fun, fun!

So you must be the "other" guy who bought one from Langley!

I guess we're both screwed for trying to buy something unique, I think there are four in the Austin area :(

Although I think I have the only one in Hutto ;)

Alaska?! That's Canada! But I would expect someone from Dallas to know anything about Texas anyway :D
 
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haha I think Texas would fit almost twice into New South Wales, but that's not to belittle Texas, as it was the place I liked the most through my travels.

Certainly one of few states in the US that seems to appreciate distance. I had friends from Arizona that nearly fell over when I told them I was driving from Dallas to Houston for the day for something to do.

I don't recall any good mountain / twisty roads around Dallas/FTW though? Where are you going to ride to get the most out of the XR?
 

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Tejas...

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...I don't recall any good mountain / twisty roads around Dallas/FTW though? Where are you going to ride to get the most out of the XR?

Or should I say "Texas"... ;)

There are some nice roads around the D/FW area, but the "Best of the Best" in Texas are mostly in the famed Texas Hill Country and out in Big Bend...

Just Google "Texas" and things like "335", "336", & "337", along with terms like "Texas motorcycle roads", etc.

Same with "Big Bend", or "Big Bend motorcycle roads", etc.

Some other great sites to check out are:

http://www.ridetexas.com/

http://www.sundaymorningrides.com/road/states/TX.shtml

http://www.hillcountryrider.com/

http://www.hillcountrycruising.com/

http://pages.swcp.com/~nmts/rides/bigBendRoundup.htm

http://www.ridefortrails.com/index.html

http://www.bigbendbookstore.org/index.html


And if you really like riding in Texas there is one book that is invaluable for finding the best roads the state has to offer, regardless of region:

http://www.amazon.com/dp/0977224201...iveASIN=0977224201&adid=0KGN7VHDEN7N4PY8S2NN&

Hope these help!

Dallara



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I don't recall any good mountain / twisty roads around Dallas/FTW though? Where are you going to ride to get the most out of the XR?
The best Twisty roads around here are in S/W Arkansas and S/E Oklahoma. Thats only about 100mi one way. Much closer than Houston or Austin. There are also some nice roads in east Texas cris cross I-20 around Tyler/Longview Lake Palistine is pretty nice as is Nacogdoches but now your into 200mi one way.:eek:
 
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Yep, that was my very sweet XB12Ss that I'm trying hard not to miss. As he pointed out, I really didn't ride it enough, but it was fun, fun, fun!

So you must be the "other" guy who bought one from Langley!

I guess we're both screwed for trying to buy something unique, I think there are four in the Austin area :(

Although I think I have the only one in Hutto ;)

Alaska?! That's Canada! But I would expect someone from Dallas to know anything about Texas anyway :D

Yup, Langley's one of the good ones. I cant even count the scoots that he's helped me adopt. Goes back to when he was working for Carlos at Woods.
 

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Alaska?! That's Canada! But I would expect someone from Dallas to know anything about Texas anyway :D
That's because unlike most Texans, I've actually been and lived outside the state.:p
 
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Big bend looks like fun!

When I was in TX I was cruising around in a cheap towncar so didn't get to explore any good driving roads. Lincolns aren't real good on anything except straight roads, though I did take a short cut through new mexico that added an extra 2 hours onto the trip and was all dirt roads down a valley. That was fun!

The Old Pacific Highway is a good local road for me, as is Wiseman's Ferry and the Putty Road. It's like they built them just for bikes (and then filled it with tourists, caravans and police :( )

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=elL-LgRkxOA

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| Not me, but shows some of the types of roads.

South of Tyler did have some interesting roads though, and I recall it being very beautiful scenery in spring.
 
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