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Forum: Road warriors 03-12-2015, 04:35 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,664
Posted By rauchman
Another plus 1 for the Road Star!

Another plus 1 for the Road Star!
Forum: Road warriors 03-01-2015, 01:47 PM
Replies: 372
Views: 51,146
Posted By rauchman
My experience was similar. I was coming off...

My experience was similar.

I was coming off an SV1000S cafe racerized a bit. I wanted a touring friendly, comfy, good handling versatile ride. The FLD (Switchback) was the one that hit the...
Forum: Road warriors 03-01-2015, 01:29 PM
Replies: 372
Views: 51,146
Posted By rauchman
Totally agree. I would think that would be a...

Totally agree. I would think that would be a very fun ride. There was a Korean company a few years ago that used a copy of Suzuki's SV650 put into cruiser platform. Thought it was a great idea. ...
Forum: Road warriors 03-01-2015, 12:26 PM
Replies: 372
Views: 51,146
Posted By rauchman
Just some random thoughts from reading the last...

Just some random thoughts from reading the last pages of this thread….

I wish the Japanese made more examples of unique cruisers, i.e., V-Max, Magna, RS Warrior, etc.

I've owned a 2002 SV650S...
Forum: Road warriors 03-01-2015, 12:00 PM
Replies: 372
Views: 51,146
Posted By rauchman
Nice bike. Always liked the Vulcans. My 1st...

Nice bike. Always liked the Vulcans. My 1st cruiser was a 2002 Yamaha Roadstar. Purchased for similar reasons as yourself. My other choice was the 1500 Vulcan. Kawi does their cruisers right.
Forum: Road warriors 02-24-2015, 04:44 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 4,260
Posted By rauchman
To each their own. I've had an SV650S & SV1000S....

To each their own. I've had an SV650S & SV1000S. My wife had a '03 Z1000. Each good in their own right, but the "feel" of a bike is more than a spec sheet. For both of us, we like the "feel" of...
Forum: Road warriors 02-22-2015, 07:31 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 4,260
Posted By rauchman
I made the jump to an HD Switchback ( as did my...

I made the jump to an HD Switchback ( as did my wife), from a Suzuki SV1000S, and my wife from a 2003 Kawi Z1000.

As much as I loved the better performance aspects of the SV, it sucked as a...
Forum: Road warriors 02-22-2015, 06:22 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,634
Posted By rauchman
Follow up review - 5,6xx miles now I've...

Follow up review - 5,6xx miles now

I've since done the Stage 1 (V&H Pro Pipe, V&H FP3, HD SE (K&N) Stage 1 air cleaner kit). The full pipe set up doesn't have the cat and heat is much more...
Forum: Road warriors 02-22-2015, 04:55 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 6,008
Posted By rauchman
Awesome! Congrats! I've ridden my buddy's 2013...

Awesome! Congrats! I've ridden my buddy's 2013 in the same color. Was really surprised how easy it was to pilot. Reminded me of some kind of Flash Gordon motorcycle.

Oilhead, I'm on an FLD. I...
Forum: Road warriors 02-08-2015, 12:50 PM
Replies: 9,952
Views: 1,686,551
Posted By rauchman
Right now, there is no bike that could really...

Right now, there is no bike that could really tempt me from my HD FLD…..

except this one :thumb
Forum: Road warriors 11-10-2014, 07:58 AM
Replies: 519
Views: 91,117
Posted By rauchman
Kawi hit it with the styling. Way better than...

Kawi hit it with the styling. Way better than the previous version. I'm lusting after the 1k, but still, this is a great looking bike that I could easily live with.
Forum: Road warriors 11-10-2014, 07:46 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 7,620
Posted By rauchman
If I were in the market for a naked roadster,...

If I were in the market for a naked roadster, this bike would easily be in the running. Looks like a great bike.
Forum: Equipment 10-27-2014, 11:18 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 4,138
Posted By rauchman
I wound up buying the N43 helmet, as did my wife....

I wound up buying the N43 helmet, as did my wife. I put on about 5500 miles using the helmet, and wanted to share my thoughts.


I've discovered that the headshape this was designed for me fits...
Forum: Road warriors 09-12-2014, 04:40 PM
Replies: 2,203
Views: 432,331
Posted By rauchman
Cool 1st post. Congrats on your bike. It looks...

Cool 1st post. Congrats on your bike. It looks very cool.
Forum: Road warriors 09-12-2014, 03:50 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 7,651
Posted By rauchman
Laugh Awesome!:rofl:rofl:rofl

Awesome!:rofl:rofl:rofl
Forum: Road warriors 09-12-2014, 07:35 AM
Replies: 9,952
Views: 1,686,551
Posted By rauchman
My first bike was a brand new 2002 SV650S in...

My first bike was a brand new 2002 SV650S in silver. Still think it's a great looking bike, as well as it's naked sister. Way better looking than the Gen 2's.

Memories...............:D
Forum: Road warriors 09-12-2014, 07:25 AM
Replies: 372
Views: 51,146
Posted By rauchman
I've had a 2002 Yamaha Roadstar and my wife has...

I've had a 2002 Yamaha Roadstar and my wife has had a 2001 Honda 750 Shadow ACE. We've both had sport/standards and are both now on HD Switchbacks.

The only Japanese cruisers that I've noticed...
Forum: Road warriors 09-07-2014, 04:49 PM
Replies: 4,606
Views: 784,725
Posted By rauchman
Saw a 2014 while riding today. I'd love to test...

Saw a 2014 while riding today. I'd love to test ride one. I love the styling and color. I sat on one at the IMS show last winter and found it surprisingly wide to sit on though. Still think it's...
Forum: Road warriors 09-07-2014, 02:24 PM
Replies: 9,952
Views: 1,686,551
Posted By rauchman
+1! Why can't they take the one on the right,...

+1! Why can't they take the one on the right, give it modern suspension and frame w/ the Ninja 1000 motor. That would be a really comfortable bike that would be really fun to ride.
Forum: Road warriors 09-07-2014, 02:12 PM
Replies: 2,237
Views: 339,871
Posted By rauchman
Very cool. I'd love to see this in a glossy...

Very cool. I'd love to see this in a glossy olive drab and black everything else.
Forum: Road warriors 09-07-2014, 02:11 PM
Replies: 2,237
Views: 339,871
Posted By rauchman
If they made this today with the 106 engine, this...

If they made this today with the 106 engine, this would be my bike. I have an HD FLD now, and they seem very similar with the sporting edge going to the Vic.
Forum: Road warriors 07-20-2014, 12:14 PM
Replies: 527
Views: 67,902
Posted By rauchman
Updated pic of Galactic Jam

Just added Wild 1 Chubby's, HD Slipstream grips and LRS windshield.

The handlebars allow for much greater control. It's easier to push the bike deeper in the turns. What a bitch it was to run...
Forum: Road warriors 07-11-2014, 01:27 PM
Replies: 527
Views: 67,902
Posted By rauchman
My wife loves the stock seat on her FLD. ...

My wife loves the stock seat on her FLD.

I recently picked up a HD Tallboy seat. I'm 6' w/ 34" inseam. I'm digging it.
Forum: Road warriors 05-04-2014, 08:27 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,243
Posted By rauchman
Selling a bike blues

Literally just sold Spike, my black 2007 SV1000S to a young guy who drove an hour to see the bike. While visually inspecting the bike, you could easily see he knew the in's and out's of the bike. ...
Forum: Road warriors 04-25-2014, 06:36 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,535
Posted By rauchman
I'm 6' / 34" inseam and currently ride an FLD...

I'm 6' / 34" inseam and currently ride an FLD (Switchback). I have no issues regarding leg length. The bike has floor boards with out a heal toe shifter. This allows great flexibility for foot...
Forum: Road warriors 04-24-2014, 08:48 AM
Replies: 1,821
Views: 283,023
Posted By rauchman
My buddy purchased a used 1986 BMW K100RT last...

My buddy purchased a used 1986 BMW K100RT last weekend. It sucks that no one even comes close to making a modern equivalent....even BMW.

Perfect bike to tour on.
Forum: GS Boxers 04-21-2014, 06:30 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 4,283
Posted By rauchman
Awesome to hear you found "your" ride. Congrats...

Awesome to hear you found "your" ride. Congrats and enjoy.
Forum: Road warriors 04-10-2014, 05:24 PM
Replies: 527
Views: 67,902
Posted By rauchman
Agree!

Agree!
Forum: Road warriors 04-09-2014, 06:10 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,947
Posted By rauchman
Awesome!!! Great shot!

Awesome!!! Great shot!
Forum: Road warriors 04-09-2014, 06:06 PM
Replies: 527
Views: 67,902
Posted By rauchman
My latest of Galactic Jam. Just finished the...

My latest of Galactic Jam. Just finished the Stage 1 setup this past weekend. Noticeable difference in engine smoothness and zing.
...
Forum: Road warriors 04-09-2014, 06:04 PM
Replies: 527
Views: 67,902
Posted By rauchman
What seat is that? Mustang?

What seat is that? Mustang?
Forum: Road warriors 04-09-2014, 06:00 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 11,298
Posted By rauchman
I bought a Switchback last fall. Actually, my...

I bought a Switchback last fall. Actually, my wife and I each bought one. I'm coming off of a 2007 SV1000S and she a 2003 Kawi Z1000. We both like the FLD's better.

My buddy picked up a 2013...
Forum: Road warriors 02-04-2014, 02:12 PM
Replies: 527
Views: 67,902
Posted By rauchman
Ballzy!!!! Did you gut the CAT yourself? Are...

Ballzy!!!! Did you gut the CAT yourself? Are your bringing it somewhere to have it welded back together, or are you doing it yourself? I'd love to do the same, but don't have the skill/balls to...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 02-02-2014, 08:25 AM
Replies: 97
Views: 9,151
Posted By rauchman
Ahhh, yeah. Nice contribution to the...

Ahhh, yeah. Nice contribution to the thread.:rolleyes
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 01-30-2014, 11:34 AM
Replies: 3,625
Views: 743,135
Posted By rauchman
My wife and I just bought 2 HD Switchbacks this...

My wife and I just bought 2 HD Switchbacks this past Oct. We still have our old bikes (she has a 2003 Kawi Z1000 and I have a 2007 SV1000S). I love the SV engine. We just bought our bikes and I'm...
Forum: Road warriors 01-30-2014, 11:27 AM
Replies: 527
Views: 67,902
Posted By rauchman
Thanks for the explanation. Took it out of...

Thanks for the explanation. Took it out of context. Sorry.
Forum: Road warriors 01-30-2014, 06:31 AM
Replies: 527
Views: 67,902
Posted By rauchman
Agree. Don't think the 4 pot caliper on the rear...

Agree. Don't think the 4 pot caliper on the rear would be necessary. I saw a brake test recently from a magazine where an ABS FLD (Switchback) came in 2nd place for shortest brake stop. IIRC, some...
Forum: Road warriors 01-30-2014, 06:23 AM
Replies: 527
Views: 67,902
Posted By rauchman
That's an odd statement. I'd argue that yours is...

That's an odd statement. I'd argue that yours is a funny statement since just about every other cruiser out there is pretending to be an HD. HD's success is rooted in giving it's customers what...
Forum: Road warriors 01-30-2014, 05:59 AM
Replies: 160
Views: 22,192
Posted By rauchman
I've kicked the tires on ones in the showroom. ...

I've kicked the tires on ones in the showroom. They are supposed to handle well and have good suspension / brakes. They sit very wide. They have some nice paint, but I'm not a fan of the gauge...
Forum: Road warriors 01-17-2014, 08:04 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,596
Posted By rauchman
I've had an SV650S, Yamaha Roadstar, SV1000S and...

I've had an SV650S, Yamaha Roadstar, SV1000S and now an HD Switchback.

My wife also purchased an HD Switchback and she's coming from an Kawi Z1000. The Z1K or Ninja 1K is something you may want...
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