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Old 07-06-2012, 06:08 PM   #16
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Or the hd 1200r

That was another one to consider xr1200 hd? Need longer travel better springs I guess?
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Old 07-06-2012, 09:50 PM   #17
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lets see how this goes :)

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Old 07-07-2012, 03:32 AM   #18
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The Nighthawk S was about 25 years ahead of it's time.
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Old 07-07-2012, 04:39 AM   #19
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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 07-07-2012, 05:06 AM   #20
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X-rider here too

I've ridden my X and my Aero in DC many times going to work. Commuting in and out of the city I prefer the Aero, as it is a bit more nimble. If I had to live in the city, I'd probably go with a nighthawk.
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Old 07-07-2012, 05:31 AM   #21
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V-Strom works for me, but my Victory Sport Cruiser gets me through as well
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Old 07-07-2012, 07:09 AM   #22
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V-Strom works for me, but my Victory Sport Cruiser gets me through as well
looks like you got some great advice, but it really depends what stirs your soul. if that is not an issue, there are some nice scooters out there, with storage built in that i'd recommend (bmw has one). you could also consider going electric for around town - short jaunts - may even land you free parking and charging spots (or is that only in california?).

the wee is a a wee bit too wide for tight spaces i'd anticipate in the city.
low end torque, tall seating, narrow (is lane sharing allowed there?), perhaps even loud, good suspension, lights.

my f800r is a nice city bike, but let us know what you come up with,
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Old 07-07-2012, 05:07 PM   #23
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Old 07-07-2012, 05:14 PM   #24
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The Nighthawk S was about 25 years ahead of it's time.
So what is today's nighthawk s?
Seems like the "standard" 600s like te sv or wee strom are just right
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Old 07-07-2012, 06:21 PM   #25
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Not exactly an apples to apples comparo, but my SV has been great in and around LA.

"Naked" model, so fairly upright and easy to maneuver, pretty lightweight, L-twin (or however you call the design) keeps the bike narrow. Stone reliable, good brakes, and plenty of power for 90mph freeway blasts when it's necessary. Do the simple basic maintenance they require and pile the miles on without worry. Mines 11 years old, so it's not exactly on the top of any thief's list.

I've blasted my little XT350 dualsport around LA, and it's nice too - lightweight, with surprising power (for what it is), but the brakes and suspension are lacking. I imagine that a DRZSM or something close would be super maneuverable and also an excellent choice.



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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 07-07-2012, 08:17 PM   #26
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Honda 919

Honda 919, owned one for 22,000 miles and used it to commute in LA, splitting lanes etc. Not popular = less likely to be stolen.
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Old 07-07-2012, 09:13 PM   #27
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the wee is a a wee bit too wide for tight spaces i'd anticipate in the city.
low end torque, tall seating, narrow (is lane sharing allowed there?), perhaps even loud, good suspension, lights.


lane splitting is illegal but it is the norm. in NYC. Bikes are usually going at twice the speed of the cages. The wee is quite slim and gets the job done.
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Old 07-08-2012, 02:57 AM   #28
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Old 07-09-2012, 06:09 AM   #29
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nyc is kind of scary on the bike as cities go. Theft not so bad in the bay area so i like the ktms, fast thin and very good compliant suspension
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Old 09-11-2012, 05:53 AM   #30
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Most dual-sport type bikes are underpowered in the braking dept, which is a more significant defect for crazed-urban-assault riding than being underpowered in the engine dept. I ride into Toronto, and the traffic is awful while the quality of driving seems abysmal. I like the linked ABS on my CBF1000 for these conditions a lot.

My 1st choice would be bikes like these:
SV650N
Street Triple
Monster 796
ER6N

If dual-sport / supermoto type, which seem otherwise ideal, it would have to have high-quality brakes (not like stock Japanese brand bikes like the KLR, DR650SE, WR250R/X, KLX250S/SF, DR-Z400S/SM, etc.)

I might also look at Bonneville SE, Scrambler, or Guzzi V7 because their size is right, they look cool to me but not so much to punks, and the Guzzi is also pretty light.
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