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Subject:Look what I bought yesterday
Time:01:48 pm
My new bike

1997 BMW F650ST.

I can't ride my Sprint, and haven't really been able to for a while-- my shoulder is sufficiently fucked up that I can't put weight on my arm for very long, and I can't hold my arm forward for any length of time. This rules out riding 99% of motorcycles on the market, and I've sat on lots of different bikes over the past year. The only thing I've found that will give me an acceptable riding position is the BMW F650 series.

A few days ago I decided to scan Craiglist to see what was available, and spotted this one. It's lowered, which is a win for inseam-challenged me. It's fairly light. And it's reasonably priced. I went down to San Jose yesterday and went over it with a fine-toothed comb... well, actually, a flashlight and latex gloves. (No, really!) After a quick consultation with my mechanic, I bought it. Wednesday night I'll go down to pick it up.
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essaying
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Time:2010-04-25 09:31 pm (UTC)
Purty! I approve of BMWs because of the minimum-noisiness strategy, but as a similarly close-to-the-ground person I also get the "lowered" concept. And, well, it's purty.
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gunga_galunga
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Time:2010-04-25 09:34 pm (UTC)
Very nice, love the color. I really need to get my bike registered and insured again.
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clutch_c
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Time:2010-04-25 09:36 pm (UTC)
Nice choice. Looks like it's in great shape for 13 years old. When I was looking around last year, I almost bought one of these. I decided on a Suzuki V-strom instead which has a similar riding position. Rode it around for a few months then sold it for $400 less than I paid for it, killing off my motorcycle jones fairly cheaply.

Enjoy it, and ride carefully.
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jnala
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Time:2010-04-25 09:56 pm (UTC)
You should post a photo of you on it in riding position, once you get it. Having similar arm constraints, I'm curious how the fit works.
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bldrnrpdx
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Time:2010-04-25 10:15 pm (UTC)
Sounds like similar challenges to what I had when I was buying a bicycle recently. Fucked-up arms, check. Inseam-challenged, check. Reasonably priced, check!
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frogpyjamas
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Time:2010-04-26 04:27 am (UTC)
gorgeous! drooling ...
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2wanda
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Time:2010-04-26 05:41 am (UTC)
Nice. Are you going to paint it fuchsia to match your hair?
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bellaballanda
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Time:2010-04-26 05:42 am (UTC)
Purity!
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slfisher
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Time:2010-04-26 01:06 pm (UTC)
ooo, pretty
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the_ogre
Subject:Yay!
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Time:2010-04-26 04:09 pm (UTC)
F650's are fun - most excellent!
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