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post #1 of 31 (permalink) Old 11-17-2009, 12:59 PM Thread Starter
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I drank the koolaid...

Yesterday Diane and I went in to the Foothills Hospital for our last follow up appointment with our orthopedic surgeon. He was satisfied with our progress, though Diane needs to continue working on her leg extension. She can now walk almost without a limp if she concentrates, so we are hopeful that she will recover full function.

The surgeon gave us (me really) a stern lecture about the evils of motorcycling, the cost to the public purse of treating riding injuries and how it should be banned. We gray hairs were the worst, because though our faltering abilities made us unfit to ride we tended not to kill ourselves. At least the squids had the consideration to come off at 200 km/h so the taxpayer only had to pay for crash site cleanup.

I could understand where the doctor was coming from. He has to deal with the consequences of motorcycle accidents day in and day out, and, poor fellow, he has never experienced what it is like to ride. To him riding only has a downside; the upside to him is incomprehensible.

After that we went down to Rocky Mountain Honda where I signed the papers for a 2008 Varadero. I had promised Diane not to ride until spring, but this was too hot a deal to pass up. It is a dealer demo with 2200 km on the clock; its price of MSRP less $2,000 included heated grips, Garmin, panniers, centre stand, crash bars, quartet wiring harness (for heated clothing) and first service.

True to my promise, I contented myself with firing it up and listening to it run. Then I sorrowfully committed it into storage until March.

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post #2 of 31 (permalink) Old 11-17-2009, 01:06 PM
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Looks sharp. Does it have ABS like you wanted? What's the engine size (I'm too lazy to google it)?

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It's got ABS with linked brakes. The ABS is undetectable in operation. The 2 staff members I talked with say they can never tell when it's kicking in. It hauls down very fast - you really have to brace yourself to keep from going over the handle bars. It won't stoppie though - ABS won't let you.

It's got 996 cc, enough to lift the front wheel in first using throttle only. Good enough for me - I have no higher aspirations. Reportly the most comfortable standard out there (except the Wing of course).
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Sweet! I'd never heard of this bike. Now I know why: it's available in Canada but not the USA.

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Sweet! I'd never heard of this bike. Now I know why: it's available in Canada but not the USA.
Kinda...the 2010 700 model will be available here:
http://tinyurl.com/yb7xd2a

I always thought the phrase "I drank the Koolaid" in motocycle forums meant you bought a BMW...

Anyway, nice bike. Be cool if they imported the 1000cc models here also. Looks like a baby FJR...


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Hi Knifemaker:
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I always thought the phrase "I drank the Koolaid" in motocycle forums meant you bought a BMW...
Here it means I bought it on the basis of a lot of positive reviews and seating position but without having ridden it myself.

The Varadero is a fairly tall bike. But it's perfect for me. With seat height 33" I can just barely flat foot it.

The NT700 you linked is an updated Deauville, also a good bike but street only, not adventure touring as this one is. Not sure why it's designated "Varadero" in that website. It's not anywhere else.
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Hi Knifemaker:
The NT700 you linked is an updated Deauville, also a good bike but street only, not adventure touring as this one is. Not sure why it's designated "Varadero" in that website. It's not anywhere else.


I kind of figured it was a mistake, as I heard of the Deauville before. Guess some motorcycle writers do zero research... The only simular thing I noticed is they are both V twin motors.

Through the years there has been a pretty long parade of bikes offered in other countries but not offered here. Many of them looked to be really really nice bikes.

From what I have read so far, the only thing I can say is if the NT700 was available back when I was looking for a "smallish" bike to get, I might have got it instead of the Vulcan 750. I think as a commuter/everday bike with the ability to do some distance if needed, the NT700 seems to be perfect.

Althought now the Varadero looks to be more appealing ...

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I kind of figured it was a mistake, as I heard of the Deauville before. Guess some motorcycle writers do zero research...
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The 2 most stupid I have seen was a scope on a rifle backwards, and the second was a writer demonstrating proper steadiness & support when hunting & shooting a revolver, he was resting it against a tree and had his hand wrapped around the front of the cylinder, but look mom I can still write with my right hand...lol...
I'm no gun writer, but a lil common sense goes a long way sometimes...
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So I'm thinkin' that it's made to compete against the V Strom 1000? Sweet bike, BTW.

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