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I paid $175.00 per tire at dealer and he charge me $80 to install both while I was getting stem bushing done. Big difference
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Very nice bike Rog....
I have a red car, a red truck and almost got a red VTX..
But it was to rough and I ended up with a very clean black one..
Oh well.....



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Thank you....I have a red car, gray truck and shopped for a black bike. Ended up with the Candy Blackberry...or whatever it's called. Like I told Nate, I wanted black and chrome with chrome and black. All in all I'm happy.
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Just be careful with buying accessories. It's very easy to get bitten by the bug. Spent a lot more in accessories than cost of the bike.

Engine guard is the first thing I'd put on it, which I think you have done already. Personally, I go with the thickest single-union bars I could get, so I got the Cobra Fatties. I saw live a guy get t-boned by a car at slow speed. His legs were spared by the beefy single-union engine guard, which was bent by the force of the hit. Paladin bars (batwing style ones) would not have protected his legs, I guarantee you that. T-bone was only at 10 mph, enough to destroy a male's leg upon direct contact.

Thinking about what could have happened to the guy's leg without the thick engine guard gives me chills. I'm sold on thick beefy engine guards. I even put rear engine guards and beefy fiberglass bags just in case. Well, the bags are also very useful as I mostly ride with my girlfriend and they look great on my Retro.
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Road all last year on original tires and just had them replaced with Michellin Commander II's and I did the stem bushings with the All Balls, I gotta tell ya' it now rides like a brand new bike!! Enjoy and be safe.
The Mich Com II's are on the way to the house. To hard to ignore all the good reviews.

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Thinking about what could have happened to the guy's leg without the thick engine guard gives me chills. I'm sold on thick beefy engine guards. I even put rear engine guards and beefy fiberglass bags just in case. Well, the bags are also very useful as I mostly ride with my girlfriend and they look great on my Retro.
I understand what you're saying. My plan is to ride rural, no hiways, no towns, no interstates. I live in rural setting. Every car is a threat. By keeping it rural, I think I give myself better odds. But, anything can happen. We roll the dice every time we roll onto a street. I plan on playing the smartest game I can. Happy trails Dude! Rog~

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.... and I did the stem bushings with the All Balls.....
Im ignorant, fill me in please.

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Im ignorant, fill me in please.
OEM stem bearing = ball bearings like on a bicycle.
Honda did this to the 1300 and Gold Wing...
Many problems with shake & wobble...

1800 has taper roller bearings...
All Balls/z kit uses taper roller bearings on 1300.
Tires can cause shake and wobble...
Reduced pre-load at the small contact area using balls.
The taper bearings are the one to use---eleiminates that problem...

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I understand what you're saying. My plan is to ride rural, no hiways, no towns, no interstates. I live in rural setting. Every car is a threat. By keeping it rural, I think I give myself better odds. But, anything can happen. We roll the dice every time we roll onto a street. I plan on playing the smartest game I can. Happy trails Dude! Rog~
Actually interstates are one of the safest rides you can have. I believe in knowledge and education. http://www.motorcycle-accidents.com/pages/stats.html I just never like to hear people say/think they are limiting risk and danger. Far better to think you made the worst choice and pay attention to riding. It doesnt have to be a car, a very big "rural" problem is a dirty roads. A little sand will put you on your asrs quick, fast and in a hurry. ride safe safe travels.
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Nice bike! I agree on the crash bars/engine guards and good rubber.

Ride it a bit and see what you're not comfortable with before doing customizing. If the seat hurts your arse get a better one. If you can't see cars in your mirrors get different ones. If you need to carry more luggage get a trunk. Nothing wrong with a stock bike unless it's uncomfortable to ride. IMO
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Nice bike! I agree on the crash bars/engine guards and good rubber.

Ride it a bit and see what you're not comfortable with before doing customizing. If the seat hurts your arse get a better one. If you can't see cars in your mirrors get different ones. If you need to carry more luggage get a trunk. Nothing wrong with a stock bike unless it's uncomfortable to ride. IMO
New rubber arrives next week. I've added the engine guards and floor boards. That's it for now. Tomorrow I take off the wheels, do a little wet sanding. I do have new pipes to put on. They won't go on until after the new rubber is mounted. So actually I've done a fair amount already. The paint is in great shape. No scratches/dents. She will shine. I'll post some pics soon.
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