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Andy 535

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Reply #15 on: June 28, 2015, 03:47:24 pm
The title of this topic really confused me. I always thought a "Connie" was a Constellation.
To answer the question, I've always wanted a Caff Racer but so far I've been too lazy to build one. The CGT looks good and rides well too. The only thing it lacks is a bit of speed; but we can fix that!
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Reply #16 on: June 29, 2015, 07:09:45 am
The title of this topic really confused me. I always thought a "Connie" was a Constellation.
To answer the question, I've always wanted a Caff Racer but so far I've been too lazy to build one. The CGT looks good and rides well too. The only thing it lacks is a bit of speed; but we can fix that!

Then, until it's return, may I borrow it?
"It's not what you know, it's how well you reference what you don't"

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Reply #17 on: June 29, 2015, 09:19:02 am
I am also think the retro cafe' GT looks great. I broke 300 miles last week so I did the service , oil change and tightened all the bolts.  Sunday I had the chance to take this bike up the canyon and on the peak to peak highway.  8500ft -10000ft   some steep grades, and plenty of winding road to make most peoples heart beat fast.

I was very impressed with the handling, the sport demon tyres held true. The seat was comfortable, and easy enough to get my ass off when I was laying the GT down in the line. Suspension was stiff enough for quick reaction, and light enough not to beat my kidneys into pulp.

My only complaint could be lack of horsepower, explosive horsepower to get yourself out of a situation. There was plenty of torque, when using the shift points and keeping in the 2200-3000 rpm range. Weather was sunny with bursts of rain and small ice. BTW I am no skinny minny, my weight is 21 stone.
Although I bought the GT for its retro styling, It rides as nice as it looks.
That's my 2 cents worth.



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Reply #18 on: October 07, 2018, 06:26:29 am
I found this thread after doing a search for cartridge emulators, so here's my answer.

It was basically the looks plus I'd had quite a few big singles and enjoyed them and I always wondered what an older style longer stroke, heavier flywheel single would be like. I'd also found myself getting increasingly less interested in all the new and current models that the bike press got all excited about and my days of getting a buzz from plastic fantastics were well gone. So, 3 years after buying the GT I'm still really enjoying it which brings me back to emulators. I think these will be this winter's upgrade. Has anyone fitted them? I assume that the fork's action afterwards is an enormous improvement over the pogo stick-a-like stockers?


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Reply #19 on: October 07, 2018, 07:47:33 am
I installed a set of Ricor Intiminator fork cartridges in the forks of my 2009 BMW F650GS twin about 7 years ago.  See attached photos.  They were very easy to install. All I had to do was to remove the forks, drop out the springs, change the oil to a lighter 5 wt., drop in the Ricor cartridges, replace the springs and bolt everything back together. They made a huge improvement in the performance of the "650's" (really an 800cc twin) fork action. Their cost at the time was something like $200 for the set of two. Unfortunately, I am pretty sure that Ricor doesn't make a set of cartridges for the GT fork.  But I do like the idea if you can find one that will work for your specific application.
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Reply #20 on: October 07, 2018, 08:14:47 am
Hi Richard230, Thanks for replying. Racetech list a set for the GT at $170. I don't know how much that would translate to here in UKsville but I will be looking into it and any possible alternatives when I take the bike off the road for winter.


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Reply #21 on: October 08, 2018, 02:55:09 am
I have a modern Suzuki Gixer, a classic Honda race bike & am restoring a yamaha race bike from the early 70's

I wanted a classic bike, that could just put on my jacket & lid and ride. Initially looked at classic machines from the 60's but the amount of maintenance needed on these is high (same for my race bikes) so the Conti fits the bill.

Jump on it whenever the urge takes, service & mot it once a year and just ride it - as a bonus, it attracts a lot of attention, so good for posing!


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Reply #22 on: October 08, 2018, 09:04:04 am
I don't have a Continental, but my 2005 Bullet 500ES Iron Belly "Military" sort of found me.


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