My story...2006 R3 special edition

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    bigSal Standard Bore

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    On July 9, 2019 I bought a pristine condition R3 w/ 8k miles. Ive never owned or operated a motorcycle, and I flew in on a one way ticket from Topeka KS to Austin TX to buy it. Coincidentally, Randy, My best and oldest friend lives there and has been riding for at least 25 years. Randy picked me up at the airport and we went to meet the old guy selling the bike. Randy test drove it for me while the guy showed me his folder of maintenance records an receipts. He'd had extras put on and made this motorcycle into almost my perfect ride, It was only missing a trunk. After seeing his records dilegence, the pristine state of the motorcycle and Randy giving a thumbs up, we notorized the papers with his neighbor and I handed him an envelope with an even $4k in hundreds. I had a new motorcycle, now I needed to learn to ride it.

    Night was falling and Randy rode my bike back to his house and parked it in his garage. He rearranged his schedule running his bussiness "South Austin Gym" and the next morning just before sun up he rode it out to a nearby stadium parking lot and I followed in his truck. I'd spent many weeks watching YouTube vids and reading the SMART inc motorcycle training book, and the moment had finally come. A few years earlier He'd taken a SMART course with his GF to get her into riding so he went over the drills with me and sat on his truck bed all morning while i went from my first time finding the friction zone to repeated stops and turns, cornering , highlighting countersteering, dodging, emergency braking and much more. Nonstop practice, then we broke for lunch. He rode the bike back to his secluded neighborhood and there he jumped on one of his own motorcycles and we worked on skills inside his neigborhood until sundown.this went on for 2 more days and by the end of the 3rd day I felt confident in my ability to make the drive back to KS. 750 miles and 13hours later I was home. Parked it in the garage and July 28 I completed my SMART course with perfect scores. The next day I got my motorcycle license.

    Recently I completed my R3 with a trunk as you can see in the pics. I looked around for inexpensive sissy bars for sale and I didnt find any. So I eyeballed the size and shape and ordered a Honda shadow sissy bar with luggage rack for $57 on Amazon. Drilled one hole in it and bought some bolts and spacers at Lowes and it fits pretty **** good behind my paniers. My luggage rack fitted with custom mending plates i made hold my trunk box on so well that my GF loves the back support and stability, though it also blocks the grand view from behind.

    I think the next mod coming up is the addition of a Suzuki boulevard pillion seat for her queen size hiene. Some dremel work and Pop rivets sounds easy. If y'all have any other suggestions, I'm all ears.

    The missing buckle on my panniers is my fault. I need to find some thick leather to replace the starp I broke by catching it on my foot. I still have the parts.

    By the way, I'm retired military, i was in both the Marine and Army infantry. 20190812_181100.jpg 20190812_181113.jpg 20190812_181121.jpg
     
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    scot in exile Living Legend

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    Congrats nice looking bike but in my opinion it would look better without the trunk:D do you have your motorbike license? older rockets basically have no resale value --- a 2006 pristine condition 2300cc bike for $4000 how can you sleep at night:roll:
     
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    Tripps Retired superhero

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    Welcome to the forum
     
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    Steel Resident Coonass

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    Welcome from south Louisiana. You got a great deal on your bike. :thumbsup:
     
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    Welcome welcome from Florida
     
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    EasTexRIII Uneasy Rider

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    Howdy Sal! Welcome from East Texas :D
    Beautiful bike!
    Thank You for your service Sir!
     
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    cootertwo Top Fuel

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    Yup, you got a deal. Beautiful bike! Have fun, and be safe!:)
     
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    1olbull Riding Motor Since 1950

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    WELCOME to ya, BigSal, from WA State! :thumbsup:
    Beautiful motor!
    Do you r-e-a-l-l-y need that huge box on back? :eek: :rolleyes: :roll:
     
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    CamaroCarl Get busy living or get busy dying.

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    Welcome from Missouri! Sounds like a great deal. Love that color. Great story, flying to Texas, learning to ride in 3 days, and riding all the way back home. Keep riding and improving those skills. The better you can ride, the more fun that rocket is!
     
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    TURBO200R4 stand up straight and grab the world by the a$$

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    welcome from arizona
    if the bike still has original head lights they suck
    if riding at night u might want to search the head light threads.
     
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