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Old 07-05-2012, 07:46 PM   #1
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Talking Urban riding - for road warrior types

I looked around a little here - did not see where this was addressed lately

Just got back from a trip to - the City - NYC
I taxied and subwayed - but saw a huge assortment on the road- vespas and naked bikes seemed to rule
What a crazy environment to ride - got me thinking about what would work there for me
I live in small town America - I commute 30 rural miles to another small town on my VTX
BUT I used to live in DFW - rode a xt500 and a nighthawk S
I think the S or xt would work well in NYC

What do you guys think would be a "safe" choice for this kind of riding - plus adding some escape to the road ?
Something moden - Maybe a vstrom? Not moving but just curious what you lurkers think?
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Old 07-05-2012, 08:23 PM   #2
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Kawi Versys.

Tall, decent suspension, great powerband for the city.
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Old 07-06-2012, 12:11 PM   #3
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Kawi Versys.

Tall, decent suspension, great powerband for the city.
works great for me, and even fun for a track day now and then
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Old 07-07-2012, 05:39 AM   #4
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Kawi Versys.

Tall, decent suspension, great powerband for the city.
This, naked and ugly (less prone to theft)
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Old 07-06-2012, 06:05 AM   #5
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DR650 or a supermoto of some sort.
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Old 07-06-2012, 06:34 AM   #6
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Cavernous potholes, raised manhole covers, constant construction, deep ruts from heavy trucking, heavy traffic, tight lane splitting, etc, etc, etc.............

Sounds like a DS or Supermoto place, no?

The more suspension, the better.
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Old 10-02-2012, 12:05 PM   #7
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DR650 or a supermoto of some sort.

agree! and better yet a DR650 supermoto, Suzuki never sold one but many have been built...picked one up myself a few months ago and it is the best bike I've owned for urban riding out of ten (and an absolute blast on windy back roads too).

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Old 07-06-2012, 06:29 AM   #8
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Been living in a city forever. Had DR650-WR250X, then got a used Buell Xb9SX. The dirt bike bikes sucked when riding from NYC to DC - Buell is much better. Buell isn't as agile around town, but it's not bad at all. Still sit really upright, and can bound through traffic on torque alone.

Best part of the Buell? The maintenance. Try checking valve clearances on the WR250X on the sidewalk. Because living in the city pretty much precludes you from having that fancy garage with the lift below your bedroom. Buell has self adjusting valves, belt drive, etc. Can pretty much just change the oil whenever you feel like it, and jump on and go otherwise. Don't have to find a place in your apartment for tons of tools.
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Old 07-06-2012, 11:35 AM   #9
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Been living in a city forever. Had DR650-WR250X, then got a used Buell Xb9SX. The dirt bike bikes sucked when riding from NYC to DC - Buell is much better. Buell isn't as agile around town, but it's not bad at all. Still sit really upright, and can bound through traffic on torque alone.

Best part of the Buell? The maintenance. Try checking valve clearances on the WR250X on the sidewalk. Because living in the city pretty much precludes you from having that fancy garage with the lift below your bedroom. Buell has self adjusting valves, belt drive, etc. Can pretty much just change the oil whenever you feel like it, and jump on and go otherwise. Don't have to find a place in your apartment for tons of tools.
You don't by any chance park on 15th NW near Rhode Island? Always see a Buell parked there, but I can't remember the model.
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Old 07-06-2012, 06:31 AM   #10
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Yup, Supermoto. Upright position, Sturdy, and if ya need to you can jump curbs or even stairs on em.
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Old 07-06-2012, 06:44 AM   #11
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Two other thoughts.

Ghetto kids love dirtbikes. If you have a dirtbike and park it on the street, it won't be yours for long. See my departed Dr650 and WR250X for examples. Doesn't matter how many locks you have, it's on borrowed time. No one wants to steal a Buell.

Second, don't get a GS or some other big dumb bike with wide ass hard luggage. You're not crossing the desert, you are driving 30 midtown blocks. Big luggage makes the bike too wide to filter and you might as well be in a car at that point. Piss off with all the heated gear as well, by the time it warms up you will already be done with your trip and inside your office.
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Old 09-11-2012, 10:11 AM   #12
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Second, don't get a GS or some other big dumb bike with wide ass hard luggage. You're not crossing the desert, you are driving 30 midtown blocks.
lose the sidecases, add a topcase and a tankbag.
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Old 07-06-2012, 07:19 AM   #13
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Narrow, narrow, narrow.

A rattle-can EX500 or SV650 or any supermoto'd dirtbike is probably the perfect city bike. Probably best to stay away from big/tall Euro-bikes with heavy clutches and tall gearing, too.
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Old 07-06-2012, 07:45 AM   #14
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NYC is in my backyard and I've been riding in it for almost 30 years. Bikes for ripping in and around the city that have worked well for me have been the following.

XL 250, 350 and 600
DR 350
XT 250
75 Sporty
84 FXR

Bikes that I use to go in the city but are really to wide to sneak around and through traffic.
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Old 07-06-2012, 09:29 AM   #15
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I have a Kawi KLX250SF supermoto. It's perfect for the city. Lightweight, bike brakes, and very nimble. And enough speed for the freeway when needed!
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