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September 18th, 2003

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07:06 pm - I got an FZ1!

Well, yesterday I drove on down to Long Island to pick up my new FZ1. Rode it all the way back (250 miles).

Boy that stock seat is painful! I am going to have it recovered. However, in all other respects the bike was wonderful.

The givi luggage is superb, and my new tankbag is awesome. My little givi tank bag just wasn't cutting it anymore.

Somebody will be picking up my Suzi soon.

Fresh Pics!

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Date:September 18th, 2003 11:42 pm (UTC)
Paid $4k for the FZ1, looks like it will be $3600 for the SVS. I could probably hold out for a little more, but then I'd have to deal with ebay and shipping and what not.

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Date:September 19th, 2003 01:03 am (UTC)
you should have taken my to long island.

My best friend is at school there.

otherwise long island is icky.
Date:September 19th, 2003 05:29 am (UTC)
How does it feel switching from a v-twin to an inline? I could never make the switch. Inlines are too buzzy and revvy for me.
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Date:September 19th, 2003 04:24 pm (UTC)
At first, it was weird, but once I got used to it, I did like it better. The power delivery is smoother, but you'd expect that with an inline 4. It has a lot of goto power even at highway speeds.

I thought I'd miss the SV's torque, but so far I'm pleased. Only thing wrong with the FZ is that the stock seat sucks, but I'm going to get mine recovered.
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Date:September 21st, 2003 06:09 pm (UTC)
Congrats, man. I hope you have a long, beautiful New England Autumn to enjoy it!

If you like trip reports with lots of great FZ pictures, check out this guy who lives out in beautiful California, where there's only good riding weather maybe 350 days a year (not that I'm exceptionally jealous or anything....) Looks like he has replaced the stock seat. I'm thinking about maybe a Corbin for my SV if (when?) I ever get back to it. I'm also thinking of taking a few months off and doing a grand tour, but I don't know if that will ever really happen, but I can dream....

Anyway, enjoy!
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Date:September 21st, 2003 06:12 pm (UTC)
The Sargent is a way better product than the Corbin, and for the SV they do complete replacement seats.

Corbin customer service has really gone to hell in a hand basket. Turnaround time is pathetic. Lots of horror stories out there.

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Date:September 23rd, 2003 10:32 am (UTC)
Yeah, right after I wrote that reply, I was scanning SVRider.com and saw a lot of comments like you mention in their modifications db. I had always heard that Corbins were the best, but I suppose when service goes to hell it doesn't matter how good the product is.

At this point, it'll be next Spring before I can consider anything in any case, but I do think a better seat is in order before I do another >1000 miles touring trip...

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