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Zen and Art

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I took a mental health day to tinker on the bikes. Got them both running well and took them for a spin around the neighborhood. These are two very different beast. The TT is just a brute. Tons of torque, barrels through turns on its knobby tires, shakes like crazy, built like a shit brickhouse.

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The 175 is small, dainty, and much smoother. Still very raw feeling, especially with my thin neoprene seat pad. Lacks low end grunt, but is never nimble. Perfect for cruising around hilly roads. It’s straight piped right now, but I’m looking for baffles so I cam build a custom exhaust. Mufflers won’t fit with the rear sets.

The TT is much easier to work on. It’s a stupid simple design, and Mikuni carbs are much better designed than Keihin’s. The bowl design on the Keihins is very obnoxious and leads to float level issues. I love how the TT is just one big ass carb feeding one big ass cylinder.

Illustration for article titled Zen and Art
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Illustration for article titled Zen and Art
Photo: Me

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