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Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by davidji, Nov 18, 2012.
06 DR650 liked my 03 KLR much better...seemed to be much more comfortable for my fat arse.
My current C14 ... fast, stops great, corners great and is great on the highway.
But i can not get comfortable on it even after changing things. Plus it is so damn heavy.
Many many years ago, a CBR1000. What a pig of a bike. Also some forgotten Japanese crusier. Down the driveway, turned onto the street, turned back at the first intersection and haven't ridden another feet forward bike since. HATED it.
I'm surprised by the Hypermotard comments. I bought one and was surprised how much MORE I liked it than I expected! My favorite streetbike I've ever owned.
The 2 GS'es I once owned. Uber let down. I wanted to love them..really.
Didn't like the Daytona 675 as much as I hoped I'd like it when I bought it back in January. Don't get me wrong, it's a fantastic middle weight and if I were to be a track whore, I'd go with one of those (or go super cheap & fun with a Ninja 250).
I like my W650. It's more my style because I live my life below 10k rpms.
Buell Ulysses. Shakes like it's mixing paint, but nice torque. Oh, wait, it's out of breath at 5K RPM?
Buell 1125R. Fan ran the whole time I was on the thing.
BMW R1200S. Looked good but didn't have the punch to back it up.
XR650R. Just wont ride on the highway enough for me. still have it though. uhg.:huh
'02 R1150R - On paper, this was the perfect bike... except for the fact that it didn't stir any emotion, none. I bought it in the fall and it didn't even make it to the following summer before it made the appearance on craigs. It sold the same day I posted it.
'05 Dyna Low Rider - This was supposed to be an upgrade to my Sportster. Not even. It wasn't faster, it didn't handle better, and it certainly was not more comfortable. I rode it for 6 months and sold it for $500 more than I paid for it. Not a bad experiment, but that was the last Harley I owned.
R1200RT. On paper it's such a great bike. The reality of it was that it was dreadfully boring to ride, drug its pegs around almost any corner above 40mph, was a PITA to work on (the whole fairing must come off for just about anything), and was just not comfortable for my 6'2" frame.
2006 Yamaha FZ-1: It was too much like an R-1, fast, loves to rev, handles, and is very uncomfortable. The Gen 1 would have suited me much better.
2009 Vulcan 900 Classic: A joy at 55 mph and under and unpleasant above those speeds.
The bike I've always loved to ride, but never owned...Triumph Tiger 1050, that darn bike fits me like a glove.
HD E-glide. Triumph Speed Triple. My only two blow-out disappointments.
Agreed, at least for the 1150 variant I owned. Piece. Of. Shit.
You can also add the 650 V-Strom to the list. It was a great bike mechanically, but utterly un-fun. The suspension revealed its place in the world of motorcycling - BUDGET!
I can agree that I had the same experience, I thought the 750 would be a bigger version of my old 650, boy was I wrong. The ol 650 was better in every single way.
Triumph Scrambler: I had a Bonneville that was totaled in an accident and I wanted a similar bike with a little more leg room. I was all set to buy one until the test ride: VERY disappointed in the engine performance. The 270* vs 360* crank was a serious letdown. The bike felt like it was out of steam by 4k and never really picked up. The Bonneville motor was a blast above 5k.
BMW F800GS: Checked all of the right boxes, but it was boring to ride.
Triumph Daytona 675R: Not the bike's fault, but I can't seem to adjust to the ergonomics. Found out too late, as I had already bought the thing. Couldn't sell it without losing my shirt. In the process of converting it into a mean sport touring bike. There may be a happy ending in sight yet.
Honda ST1300. Unstable at high speeds, threw an ungodly amount of heat on my legs, heavy and hard to maneuver at low speeds. Just didn't mesh with me. Other people seem to love them.
Honda GL1800, sure I knew I wouldn´t like it but was surprised how bad it was.
Actually the worst bike I ever ridden and I have tried a lot.
Please let us know what you end up doing with the bars & upper fairing. I've studied this extensively. If I could fix the bar clearance / interference with the fairing, I'd put the Street Triple rear subframe on the Daytona with the Arrow low-boy exhaust and I'd have the "perfect for me" mid-sized SPORT-tourer. However:
Apex risers aren't tall enough for me; they are low to clear the fairing;
Convertibars are probably the best answer, but no one has posted actual results to their website yet (been three years!);
LSL bars are still like Apex risers - either too low, or you have to cut the fairing.
If you do end up cutting the fairing, please post results. I'm just not brave enough to be that guinea pig.
Speed triple for me too......
But I kept it, and tweaked on it, and it's slowly becoming a favorite....
On the contrary, give it a few more pages and dozens of successfull models (and almost every niche model) will be listed with a cry fest of people that didn't understand the concept for whatever reason.
I don't see this as being very constructive.
1981 Honda CB-900. My first street bike. It was smooth and had plenty of power but was just plain butt-ugly to me. I sold it and bought a used 1978 Suzuki GS-750 and was a happy camper.