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i never told you
but since i'm an IT guy, in some way i'm a geek-on-a-bike too...
and... maybe i'm wrong... but i don't see the bill for a remap or a tuner in your list...

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p.s. it's not necessary to tell the wife everything
I'm not an IT guy but I'm a math prof, and an attempted comedian, at the same time. I have yet to tell a joke that gets me fired, but it would not surprise me.

My bike has a carb so no remap or tuner. Maybe a later acquisition would have use for that.

The wife is psychic. Well mostly. A friend of mine usually had two bikes and always bought black, so the wife wouldn't notice. I told him mine probably would, and his advice was, "poker face, Mike." I may have a chance to test that.
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On mountain twisties a current Iron with standard suspension and stock engine IMO had all the grunt you need to tame even less experienced pilots on powerful jap bike...

on highways or even flat land... no chance for an 883... but i seldom rode there...

IMO a big difference between 883 and 1200 is that you have to ride an 883 with lower gear and higher revs than a 1200 (it's beautiful though)...
Once i rode a 88 cubic inches at the dealer's... wonderful... nothing could be compared to that... even compared to many powerful metric hypersport... but if her were mine i would be concerned about reliability overtime.

P.S. even my daughter attend highschool and then college... otherwise i could drive now a sport Ferrari....
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a big difference between 883 and 1200 is that you have to ride an 883 with lower gear and higher revs than a 1200
I suppose so, but I can't say that I really noticed that between them; just that the 1200 has more power, and is faster.
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I suppose so, but I can't say that I really noticed that between them; just that the 1200 has more power, and is faster.
Sure
50 vs 68 hp
and most important
a lot of torque more...

I was referring though on twisties uphill an downhill mountain roads... corkscrew i think you anglosaxons dubbed them... overthere you can have even a bike with more than 150 hp... but it remains to be seen if you were able to exploit all that power... even with current tech electronic assistance

with an 883... a bike with ONLY a low grunt... and a little more... you can say that you could exploit every time you rode her it's engine at 100%

That's one of the things i love about mountain roads... you can meet low powered bike that go faster than powerful and tech superbike...

on the plains... it's another story... there ponies make a big difference
but my personal opinion, and not only mine but of many guys who are accustomed to rode on mountains... at least in my country... flat land is a bit more boring...

Once was different... you could bought a superbike back then and have fun even on flat land... now every few kms there are photo traps...

to wrap it up you can say low powered bikes on mountain twisties are like Leonida's Spartans at the Thermopylae... 300 vs thousands... but overthere numbers were not so important like they would be elsewhere

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OK i'm seriously disturbed by the thought of people drowning in Egypt.

Same bike 883 vs 1200 there is no substitute of cubic inches..... anyone that knows how to ride knows that you can't always use all the power all the time, but it is good to have power when needed. Riding the mountains, canyons and twisties is a great example of knowing how much throttle to use. both bikes have the exact same wheels and brakes so the only difference is in the gearing and torque. I have never been passed by a Vespa going up a mountain. The 883 is slower with its slightly lower torque. DUHHH.. but is a great bike. I have access to both the 883 and the 1200. and I like both equally for just running around, but if riding in the mountains I want the 1200.
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OK i'm seriously disturbed by the thought of people drowning in Egypt.
From your words i understand two things

- you know how to ride bikes
- you have a good soul

Sadly tragedies like that happen very often... in the sea... or even in north African territories...

criminal organizations and corrupt gov. agents had the vast part of the blame...

The worse part of it... is that even who make it and land in Italy or in other EU countries... often will not see the end of the tribulations... again the blame goes to criminals, corrupt officials and last but not least... racist people... sadly even more in my poor country...

when i think about it my heart is pierced

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I have never been passed by a Vespa going up a mountain. The 883 is slower with its slightly lower torque. DUHHH.. but is a great bike. I have access to both the 883 and the 1200. and I like both equally for just running around, but if riding in the mountains I want the 1200.
I was once passed by a lady in heels, hose and skirt looking like she was on her way to work in a bank. She was on a 150cc or less scooter and I was on a CBR150R(R?) liquid-cooled sportbike with surprising giddeup. This was in some hilly, twisty roads outside of a Taipei suburb. Part of it was that it was on a friend's bike, but more of it was that it was my first time on those roads, and there were a lot of corners with limited visibility and such. It probably also helped that she didn't have to shift. I was chasing a friend who had the CBR and a 150cc Yamaha scooter, so he was on his scooter up ahead. I don't know if she passed him too but I had to marvel at how quickly she passed me. I'd say it was humbling, but at the same time I figure maybe I did the right thing riding cautiously on unfamiliar roads.

But it's still a fun story to tell.
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