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1993 Honda CBR100F - The big Hurricane no more, now  called the CBR1000F!  When I want speed, this is my fair to good weather commuting vehicle!  This is a 1993 Honda CBR1000F, purchased NEW, by me, in March 1993. I currently have over 56,200 miles on this vehicle, it is seen by a Honda mechanic about every 4, 000 miles.
Which now-a-days means once or twice a year, for SCHEDULED maintenance.  For any "unexpected"  repairs, of course, it is in the shop as soon as possible, normally within hours, or the next business day.

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For those who have wondered and inquired, CBR stands for Closed Body Racer.  Well, at least according to ONE motorcycle magazine (back in 1988 anyways).  It was the term used for motorcycles that have the engine, as well as most of the frame, covered in bodywork to help the bike achieve better aerodynamics (via control of the air flow), and of course, higher speeds!

Here is some information about the bike, when it was new, about 10 years ago:

List price: $7499
Engine type: dohc Four
Bore & Stroke: 77.0 x 53.6 mm
Displacement: 998 cc
Carburetion: (4) 38mm Keihin
Starting system: Electric
Transmission speeds: 6
Final drive: Chain
Front brake: Dual Disc
Rear brake: Disc
Wheel base: 59.1 in.
Seat height: 30.7 in.
Fuel capacity: 5.9 gal.
Claimed dry weight: 549 lb.
Claimed wet weight: 609 lb.
Acceleration: 0-30 in 1.3 seconds
Acceleration: 0-60 in 3.0 seconds
Acceleration: 0-100 in 5.9 seconds
1/4 Mile: 121.24 mph at 11.19 seconds
Top Speed: 163-168 mph
I am over 40 years old, perhaps a little old to fit the "image" many people have of those who ride motorcycles that are designed like this. The Honda CBR1000F is NOT the fastest stock motorcycle on two wheels, but I honestly believe it is ONE of the BEST, over the years it has been selected as the BEST large sports bike in it's class; one popular motorcycle magazine even proclaimed it "The Gentleman's Motorcycle"; for its overall handling, appearance, and performance. I have very few problems while riding this bike and have decided that a large cruiser, such as a Honda Gold Wing, isn't quite my style at the moment... Now, maybe when I'm around 50... In the meantime, keep an eye out for me, as you never know where I'll show up!
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The jacket was sewn by hand, from a photo I had taken with me to Saudi Arabia...total cost - $80 bucks, American!!  Well, that and several months in the area!!
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The text reads

"The Demon's Lair"

"Where the bikes are quick, Life is Fast, and Death will be slow!"

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I have ridden this bike all around my adopted home state of Arkansas, as well as Illinois, Oklahoma, Colorado, Texas, New Mexico, most of the states on the EAST side of the Mississippi River.  There are many VERY nice roads in Arkansas, if you are on a road trip and passing though, let me know...perhaps I'll have time to show you a few of 'em!! Coming from the Boston area, I really enjoy the roads here, as well as the ability to ride year round! Well, around the periodic snow and tornadoes anyway!  Speaking of which, check out the article on cycle sites!
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As far as my personal experience, even as much as I weigh (over six feet tall and slightly over 250 lbs now-a-days) this thing performs QUITE nicely for me. The speedometer HAS seen 177 miles-per-hour, which allowing a 10% error, still would allow for a top speed approaching 160 mph (159.3)!!  Right in line with most motorcycle magazine reviews!
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2003 Honda Goldwing - Honda had a Test Ride program for some of their newest vehicles, so I went down, helmet in hand, and checked out the new 2003 1800cc Goldwing.  Nice handling bike for one of such size, don't think I'm quite ready for one like this...but will have to check out the ST1300...if they have one available for test rides later on.