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Old 10-19-2013, 08:36 PM   #1
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Comfortable bikes to consider

I've been riding cruisers for the past 15 years. I had a Yamaha RS Venture from 99-03 that I put 48,000 miles on. It was a great bike for putting on the miles but too heavy for local riding. I also didn't care for the permanent fairing. Since 03 I have had 2 different Kawasaki Vulcan 1500s. I've liked them a lot but they have not had the comfort the Venture did. I've tried several different seats and the best I can do is about 200 miles in a day. Otherwise I'm comfortable with the cruiser riding position. I also have a Yamaha XT225 for offroad riding and around town. It's only comfortable for about a half hour. The seat starts to hurt and the leg position can't be varied as much as on a cruiser with highway pegs.

I'm in the market for a newer machine. I'm inclined to look at cruisers out of familiarity but wonder if I should be open to other types of machines. What I don't like about cruisers is how heavy they handle. For short rides I'd like something I can throw into turns. But I also want something I can ride for 300-400 miles in a day and possibly do an easy adventure tour with. The Yamaha Super Tenre looks like it could be a candidate. What other bikes are comfortable but not a big as a full size cruiser? Also I don't like bikes where you lean forward on the bars. I don't like supporting my upper body weight with my wrists.
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Old 10-19-2013, 08:41 PM   #2
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I've been riding cruisers for the past 15 years. I had a Yamaha RS Venture from 99-03 that I put 48,000 miles on. It was a great bike for putting on the miles but too heavy for local riding. I also didn't care for the permanent fairing. Since 03 I have had 2 different Kawasaki Vulcan 1500s. I've liked them a lot but they have not had the comfort the Venture did. I've tried several different seats and the best I can do is about 200 miles in a day. Otherwise I'm comfortable with the cruiser riding position. I also have a Yamaha XT225 for offroad riding and around town. It's only comfortable for about a half hour. The seat starts to hurt and the leg position can't be varied as much as on a cruiser with highway pegs.

I'm in the market for a newer machine. I'm inclined to look at cruisers out of familiarity but wonder if I should be open to other types of machines. What I don't like about cruisers is how heavy they handle. For short rides I'd like something I can throw into turns. But I also want something I can ride for 300-400 miles in a day and possibly do an easy adventure tour with. The Yamaha Super Tenre looks like it could be a candidate. What other bikes are comfortable but not a big as a full size cruiser?
Suzuki DLs, Honda CB500X, or Honda NC700X. Throw crashbars and highway pegs on. Lower the passenger pegs if you have to. Then you have 3 foot positions to choose from.

You can do similar with most adv bikes. You can even do similar with some thumper dualsports, but on a dualsport you'd likely want an aftermarket seat too.
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Old 10-21-2013, 03:09 AM   #3
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I've been riding cruisers for the past 15 years. I had a Yamaha RS Venture from 99-03 that I put 48,000 miles on. It was a great bike for putting on the miles but too heavy for local riding. I also didn't care for the permanent fairing. Since 03 I have had 2 different Kawasaki Vulcan 1500s. I've liked them a lot but they have not had the comfort the Venture did. I've tried several different seats and the best I can do is about 200 miles in a day. Otherwise I'm comfortable with the cruiser riding position. I also have a Yamaha XT225 for offroad riding and around town. It's only comfortable for about a half hour. The seat starts to hurt and the leg position can't be varied as much as on a cruiser with highway pegs.

I'm in the market for a newer machine. I'm inclined to look at cruisers out of familiarity but wonder if I should be open to other types of machines. What I don't like about cruisers is how heavy they handle. For short rides I'd like something I can throw into turns. But I also want something I can ride for 300-400 miles in a day and possibly do an easy adventure tour with. The Yamaha Super Tenre looks like it could be a candidate. What other bikes are comfortable but not a big as a full size cruiser? Also I don't like bikes where you lean forward on the bars. I don't like supporting my upper body weight with my wrists.
I would give very serious consideration to adv. tour bikes. They offer an all day comfortable riding position but handle much better than a cruiser and are lighter weight and more agile. Additionally they can take a smoother dirt or gravel road. From the low end to the high end: Kawasaki Versys, Suzuki VStrom, KTM SMT, KTM 1090, Triumph Explorer, BMW 1200 GS, Ducati Multistrada, Love my Versys.

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Old 10-21-2013, 04:22 AM   #4
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Locate a Kawasaki W650. Comfortable, light weight, and better handling than a cruiser.

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Hopefully, Kawasaki will see the light, and start bringing the W800 here.
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Old 10-21-2013, 06:07 AM   #5
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I'll have to look at the Versys and the V-Strom. Where I live there is a very good Kawasaki dealer but not many Suzuki dealers. But from what I've read it sounds like the V-Strom might be a better all around bike.
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Old 10-21-2013, 06:27 AM   #6
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I'll toss in another vote for the VStrom. I bought mine 8 weeks ago and have already logged just under 1800 miles on it including one trip of ~550 miles... damn comfy.

Some folks apparently don't love the stock saddle, but for me it's been perfect.
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Old 10-22-2013, 08:23 AM   #7
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I'll toss in another vote for the VStrom. I bought mine 8 weeks ago and have already logged just under 1800 miles on it including one trip of ~550 miles... damn comfy.

Some folks apparently don't love the stock saddle, but for me it's been perfect.
Do you have a 650?
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Old 10-22-2013, 08:28 AM   #8
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I've got a Strom too, gobbles up the miles. Comfy bike when set up for the rider.
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Old 10-22-2013, 08:34 AM   #9
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Yes - a 2013.
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Old 10-22-2013, 11:37 AM   #10
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New GS very comfortable 10000 miles 4 months some 6&700 mile days. Good on all kinds of roads.
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Old 10-22-2013, 01:12 PM   #11
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New GS very comfortable 10000 miles 4 months some 6&700 mile days. Good on all kinds of roads.
Is the GS more upright than the RT model? My dad has an RT and it's too forward inclined for my liking.
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Old 10-22-2013, 09:04 PM   #12
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Is the GS more upright than the RT model? My dad has an RT and it's too forward inclined for my liking.
Yeah, I think you're a tad more upright on the GS. I bought a used '07 GS and put some handlebar risers on it and works perfect. Don't like leaning at all. GS is real comfortable.
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Old 10-22-2013, 09:15 PM   #13
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Another vote for the v-strom (1k) here. I've ridden several 400+ days and a few 500+ days and quite comfy though I had to add a Sergeant seat and handlebar risers to make it even better (6'2" with 32" inseam). Great bike for all-around activities but like beer, everyone has a particular taste, so don't discount any of the other bikes mentioned either.

The ADV touring bike really is one of the best all-around categories of bike out there and there are more and more choices every year.
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Old 10-22-2013, 10:25 PM   #14
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What's your budget and how much power are you looking for? My BMW F650GS twin (798cc) was not that great on the highway so I traded it in for a 1200GSA. I've done multiple 500-700 mile days and more recently a SS1000. I think the bigger bikes (1000 plus cc) are going to be better touring bikes. I'd look at the Tenere if your budget allows, they're supposed to announce a new model next month or a 650 Vstrom if your on a smaller budget.
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Old 10-24-2013, 01:40 AM   #15
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I just got my v-strom, it's very comfortable so far.

Worth mentioning since you're a cruiser guy is that my dyna is a comfortable and light handling bike considering. I have mid controls and will be mounting highway pegs soon, plus I have the passenger pegs that I can put my feet on.

Harley gets their haters here, but they know how to make bikes. My Suzuki boulevard should be comfortable, but they (Japanese manufactures) don't quite 'get' how to make a cruiser. They just try to copy Harley, and manage to screw up what would be an otherwise good motorcycle in the process. Little things like floorboard angle being wrong, passenger seat too high, passenger pegs in a terrible spot, shifter angle wrong, ultra wide gas tank. The Harley bars I put on it are comfy. .

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