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Old 09-28-2012, 03:18 AM   #16
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Everybody seems to be forgetting that whilst the Retro's gearing and final drive are the same as the newer bikes, they have 18" wheels and tyres all round whilst the later models have 19".....and no, you CANNOT put 19" wheels and tyres on a Retro.

Hence a slightly better pickup, but a slightly lower top speed.

Having driven/ridden both during Jon's recent 3 day Ural trip, I am undecided as to which is the best...however, only difference, is the Retro is slightly rougher, both for the rider and passenger on rough gravel.

The other significant difference, is the rider height. The newer versions, you sit up a lot higher than the Retro.

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Old 09-28-2012, 04:08 AM   #17
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Location: Townsville, QLD, Australia
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Well I have been the owner of a 2012 retro maroon in colour for 3 days now. I previously rode a Suzuki Boulavard ( 1500 cc) with a chair. I'm in Sunny North Queensland. Whilst its early times so far, No head shake, suspension smooth and comfortable, Wife loves the ride in the chair. Im going for a 200 k trip each way on the week end and will report back on any issues. I will post pictures when i find the cable for my phone.
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