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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 8-11-2019, 10:20 PM Thread Starter
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Thoughts on your ride??

Does any have any naked bikes?! Mines completely naked. Just curious if anyone else has a street fighter.
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Not a Streetfighter, but my naked 2006 SV650 -



Bought it new in 2006, before nakeds were cool.
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Very nice. I have much work to do on mine. Going to have paint job soon and throw some exhaust black wrap on her. Love my 500r. Perfect little commuter for me.
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That SV lost a few street fights from the looks of it!
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Yeah, gotta have duct-tape and rusty link-chain w/padlock!!!

Don't wanna look too nice in S.F.! Bikes get picked up and tossed in back of vans off street in broad daylight with alarms blaring; no one even blinks an eye!
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Yeah, gotta have duct-tape and rusty link-chain w/padlock!!!
Don't wanna look too nice in S.F.! Bikes get picked up and tossed in back of vans off street in broad daylight with alarms blaring; no one even blinks an eye!


Same in Florida. Bikes get picked up everyday everywhere. I stay in Arkansas where that problem is slim. But still have to get it under lock and key. Sucks how people can be.
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I turned mine into a street fighter and I love it so far.

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Really dig that painted frame. Considering stripping my fairings, I took them all off to do valve clearance and I especially liked it without the front fairing. Since the fairing designs haven’t really changed since the 80s mines a little dated looking for a 2006 haha.
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Really dig that painted frame. Considering stripping my fairings, I took them all off to do valve clearance and I especially liked it without the front fairing. Since the fairing designs haven’t really changed since the 80s mines a little dated looking for a 2006 haha.
clean, unmolested 1st Gen EX's now rare, "late model classic" status, IMHO. And 2nd Gen not far behind.

Example my brothers' Gen 1 in Fla. Forgive me, can't remember the year. There's a few really nice Gen 1's on the board here. Owners post up!
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clean, unmolested 1st Gen EX's now rare, "late model classic" status, IMHO. And 2nd Gen not far behind.

Example my brothers' Gen 1 in Fla. Forgive me, can't remember the year. There's a few really nice Gen 1's on the board here. Owners post up!
Hey! I know of one...

I finally figured out why I like Ducatis: With their exhaust note and dry clutch, they sound almost like a Guzzi!
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clean, unmolested 1st Gen EX's now rare, "late model classic" status, IMHO. And 2nd Gen not far behind.

Example my brothers' Gen 1 in Fla. Forgive me, can't remember the year. There's a few really nice Gen 1's on the board here. Owners post up!
My 1990 is a smooth runner and relatively clean, but doesn't exactly qualify as really nice or unmodified (not hacked though), and is only half gen1 these days. I really ought to snap a picture of the current setup now that it's back together after the engine-out service.

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OK, here's mine - a bike that I never really wanted to own. But "the deal" came up and so, why not?

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I finally figured out why I like Ducatis: With their exhaust note and dry clutch, they sound almost like a Guzzi!
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^ Thats what I'm talkin' 'bout! A shout out for more classic GEN 1 member/owner pics! Let 'em rip, kids.

And a suggestion to @Gawill94.....leave the bike original, factory intact. As the bike ages and becomes rare, you'll thank yourself.

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I've been heavily modding my gen 2 since I got it. It won't be a "streetfighter" so much as a cafe racer when all is said and done. While I'm excited for the finished product (whenever that happens!) part of me kind of wishes I had left it stock. Mainly just because I could have spent more time riding it. This is probably gonna be an unpopular opinion, but I've never been a big fan of the looks of our beloved EX500. It's grown on me somewhat, but if you look around at other bikes that existed at the time, it looked dated even then. Just my two cents.

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Bought a '99 Ninja 500 for $300 and stripped it down to what I'd describe as a neo-cafe'. The only bodywork left on the bike is the tank. I made an aluminum tray under the seat to mount all the electronics and then cut off all the now-unused mounting tabs.
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