Well, I'd start with the fact that most moto-scribblers come from a motorcycle background - weighted toward sportbikes. Just think for a moment about some of the exotics they get to review. Accustomed to shifting to gain immediate access to the torque and powerband of the motor, not shifting is a bit of a letdown. Touring and Cruiser riders probably can accept the change easier. But they would first have to overcome the bigger is better attitude.
I've got a co-worker that commutes on the most uncomfortable Supermoto I've ever ridden. He and I follow the same 50+ mile loop and my Big Ruckus does it in the same amount of time that his DRZ does. In the downtown sections, he enjoys doing wheelies at will, racing from traffic light to traffic light and is perfectly content with a top speed of 60 mph on the expressway. He would no more want to ride my scooter (or my Triumph) than I would ride his bike. But, he comes from a dirtbike racing background and I from a Cruiser/Touring background.
MiniBike screwed with this post 05-04-2013 at 04:21 PM