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Old 01-23-2013, 12:55 PM   #991
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Old 01-23-2013, 01:27 PM   #992
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Old 01-23-2013, 02:00 PM   #993
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That is dreadful news. Kevin was a good egg. Loved his prose, his passion, and his profound knowledge of motorbikes.

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Old 01-24-2013, 07:31 AM   #994
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Nice video...

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Old 01-24-2013, 12:32 PM   #995
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Nice..anybody speak French that can summarize what he said?
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Old 01-24-2013, 01:22 PM   #996
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Nice..anybody speak French that can summarize what he said?
He said the bike is good.
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Old 01-24-2013, 03:15 PM   #997
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I await more to hear just why he described it as geared more for beginners.
I somewhat equate that sentiment to "the suspension sucks". He mentioned it wallowed in corners, which I would half expect. Skinny tires with soft forgiving suspension aren't going to be the best canyon carvers, but they will be perfect around town at normal speeds. I suspect if you are on the heavier side and/or want to push the bike faster then a modest pace you will want to tweak the suspension regardless.
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Old 01-24-2013, 04:28 PM   #998
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Old 01-24-2013, 04:44 PM   #999
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I somewhat equate that sentiment to "the suspension sucks". He mentioned it wallowed in corners, which I would half expect. Skinny tires with soft forgiving suspension aren't going to be the best canyon carvers, but they will be perfect around town at normal speeds. I suspect if you are on the heavier side and/or want to push the bike faster then a modest pace you will want to tweak the suspension regardless.
Yes it does have basic almost non adjustable suspension, but I think most of the reasoning behind it is the linear powerband without a high rpm hit like most modern bikes have. My 750 Nighthawk had a similar powerband, making it easy for a beginner to ride. My FZ1 has a definite power surge from 8 to 12K rpms which could easily intimidate a beginner if he /she inadvertantly revved it that high.

Btw i replaced the rear shocks on my 750 Nighthawk withProgresive Suspenion shocks and for my $400 I really couldnt tell any appreciable difference. My FZ has Traxxion Dynamics suspenion on the front and a Hyperco spring on he back and I cant tell any difference between it and my sons FZ when we switch and ride each others bikes.his bike is factory stock.

Factory Suspension is fine for most, no matter how rudimentary.
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Totally agree. Makes much more sense to offer a suspension that "just works" out of the box for most riders, then charge extra out of the gate for something more riders aren't even going to use. The CB1100 isn't the type of bike you buy to brag about the gold colored suspension.
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Old 01-24-2013, 06:02 PM   #1001
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Totally agree. Makes much more sense to offer a suspension that "just works" out of the box for most riders, then charge extra out of the gate for something more riders aren't even going to use. The CB1100 isn't the type of bike you buy to brag about the gold colored suspension.
Well put!
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Old 01-25-2013, 07:47 AM   #1003
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That's too funny. tp dd50
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Old 01-25-2013, 09:56 AM   #1004
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Factory Suspension is fine for most, no matter how rudimentary.
There's a difference between "fine", meaning a lot of people will never experiment or take advantage of all the adjustability modern suspension has, and "fine" it works fine out of the box. Don't know if it's because I come from a dirtbike background, but I've never had a bike that hasn't benefitted from being set up for my weight and riding style.
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There's a difference between "fine", meaning a lot of people will never experiment or take advantage of all the adjustability modern suspension has, and "fine" it works fine out of the box. Don't know if it's because I come from a dirtbike background, but I've never had a bike that hasn't benefitted from being set up for my weight and riding style.
+10000.

Suspension is the first thing I upgrade, on all my bikes. Before exhaust, or anything else.
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