The Cruiser Thread

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by JerryH, Feb 6, 2013.

  1. JerryH

    JerryH Long timer

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    The ket to super long distance comfort on a cruiser, at least for someone like me with a bad back, is something to lean back against for support, whether it is an actual backrest, or whatever you have on the back part of the seat. Cruisers have tons of room to carry stuff. If you can get a sissy bar/rack (what used to be called a "highback rack" for your model, you can use a T bag on the rack attached to the sissy bar, and another bag on the back of the seat, also attached to the sissy bar, saddlebags, a tankbag (my Vulcan doesn't have any instruments on the tank, which makes that easy) and I have even used dual sport tricks, like front fender bags and tool tubes made out of ABS pipe. You can also use pretty much any kind of windshield you want. A Plexifairing III is almost as good as a Goldwing fairing.
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  2. JerryH

    JerryH Long timer

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    Excellent ride reports. I might even try that ride to Prudhoe Bay myself. I'm almost 54, and am retiring at 55, due to medical conditions, and because I am financially able to. My last day of work will be at the end of March next year. I could ride up there and back during the summer. I would probably just go straight up from Phoenix. I sure would like to add Alaska to my list of visited states. I would be taking my time instead of racing the clock.

    $200 for a room is crazy. I always thought $30 was to much. I have a long list of fleabag motels all over the U.S.,but nothing in AK, and my guess is those are what cost $200 there. But hey, you only live once.
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  3. windmill

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    It seems some folks forget that the layout of a classic cruiser dates back to an era when "adventure" riding was the rule and pavement was the exception.

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  4. MHaz01

    MHaz01 I Used To Be Faster

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    Jerry, You can find decent lodging on the way to Alaska and in Alaska for way less than $200 per day if you plan ahead a bit. When I rode up and back, the only place that was pricy was in northern BC, and that was because it was in the middle of nowhere, the only place around, and had to truck in EVERYTHING, including fuel for its generators.

    I rented a dorm room at the universities in Fairbanks and Anchorage. The gent who manages student housing at the U in Fairbanks is a rider, and his facility is very welcoming. The dorm at the U in Anchorage was pretty nice as well. Just make reservations ahead of time. The only place to bunk between Fairbanks and Deadhorse is Coldfoot Camp in Coldfoot. Reserve your room ahead of time. Ditto for a room in Deadhorse.

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  5. Eye of the Tiger

    Eye of the Tiger Adventurer

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    My Harley bottoms out the frame going over the speed humps in the Home Depot parking lot......
    but I did just ride it 411 miles today. The amount of adventure experienced can be measured by how sore my ass is: quite, indeed.
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  6. ohgood

    ohgood Just givver tha berries !!!

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    why don't ya'll cruiser folk prove everyone wrong and

    POST SOME EPIC ADVENTURE PICTURES

    instead of whining about your knees ?
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  7. DireWolf

    DireWolf Knees in the Breeze

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    This was, like, TOTALLY epic.

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  8. ohgood

    ohgood Just givver tha berries !!!

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    great job ! is that a cat rolly dry bag ? i can't find them on ebay anymore...
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  9. RaY YreKa

    RaY YreKa Palanquins RTW

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  10. DireWolf

    DireWolf Knees in the Breeze

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    Yup.

    Followed Jock and Easy-Z up some rough switchbacks in E. Washington at night, but don't have any epic pics. Cause it was at night.
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  11. JerryH

    JerryH Long timer

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    I have at least half a million miles on cruisers, and a couple of Goldwings, with the feet forward high bar riding position, but a good part of that was before internet forums. I do have quite a few pictures, but they are not digital, and will have to be scanned. I don't have a scanner at the moment. And I didn't write any ride reports, because I was not planning on posting them on a forum. Check out Rollin's ride reports. Almost unbelievable. And absolutely amazing. and absolute proof of what can be done on a cruiser.

    Sadly, many cruiser owners spend most of their time cleaning and polishing their bikes. I'm not one of them. My cruiser has been ridden, long and hard. It is not shiny clean and spotless. But it sure has been fun.
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  12. JerryH

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    You seem to like Triumphs. The Triumph America, Speedmaster, and Thunderbird appear to be nice cruisers. I've never ridden any of them. But my main criteria for any bike is not to have to bend my knees past 90 degrees, and not to have to lean forward to reach the bars. I want (and need) my arms and legs relaxed. There is definitely a huge difference in comfort level on a cruiser or touring bike with a rider backrest. I have one on both my Goldwing and my Vulcan 750.
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  13. PhilB

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    So much of this depends on your own body size, shape, and fitness. I don't doubt a bit that cruisers are the most comfortable for many of you. For me, no. I really do not like the feet-forward position. I think a Harley V-Rod with mid-mounted footpegs would be the closest to a comfortable cruiser to me (or the Ducati Diavel, which wasn't bad, although many argue it isn't really a cruiser either).

    I have found my Ducati Monster to be a really good fit for me, in a position sort of between standard and sportbike. I stayed with the stock ergonomics for about 18 years, and those did fine for me, including trips with multiple days in a row over 600 miles each. In 2011, I fitted rearsets, and have found that to be even better for me. I'm only 50, though, and in good physical shape with no significant infirmities, so that's different from some. I could envision that if I had injuries or when age catches up to me, it might change my fit some, so I might change my mind some to fit.

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  14. davevv

    davevv One more old rider

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    There are lots of cruisers out there that do not have forward controls. My '03 Moto Guzzi Titanium is one example.
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    I personally consider most Sportsters to be more of a standard than a cruiser, but I think I'm in the minority there. At any rate, my '04 Roadster came from the factory with mids.
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    Lots of the Superglides, like the '01 Sport (FXDXT) I used to own, came with mid controls.
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    And I don't consider the footboard arrangement on the Harley tourers to be true forward controls either. They are more of a "feet in front of you" position like sitting in a kitchen or office chair. No, your feet are not under your butt, but your legs aren't stretched out straight either.
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    Just because a person doesn't like forward controls (and I'm one of them) doesn't mean there aren't cruisers out there that they could find comfortable.
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  15. gumshoe4

    gumshoe4 Been here awhile

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    I agree with Dave. I formerly had a Vulcan 750 which had foot pegs slightly forward. I found the seating position on the bike very comfortable.

    My current SWing is also very comfortable because I can pull my feet up by the seat for riding twisties and move them forward for long straight cruises.

    I owned a BMW R1100R for a short time and found it to be excruciatingly uncomfortable, forcing me to shove my feet aft of my knees and putting a significant bend in my knees which would cause my legs to cramp after no more than 10-20 miles. Footpeg lowering blocks did not help. Neither did raising the seat all the way up. I know there are many BMW fans here and most are absolutely sold on the user-friendliness of the R****R series. It works for them. It absolutely did not work for me.

    I like the new CTX700 faired version...looks like it would make a very comfortable and capable solo tourer and the foot forward position looks similar to the VN750, so I think it might work for me. I've been reading the CTX thread and see the objections about lack of "soul" and forward pegs. I view my bikes as wonderful vehicles, inanimate objects designed to take me places and do things I can't do on or in other vehicles. Some bikes are more enjoyable to ride than others-this is very subjective and differs greatly from person to person, but I don't think much about the "soul" of a bike, because I recognize its status as an inanimate object. A "soul" is something people possess, not bikes, cars, bicycles or any other objects.

    The bottom line is that what works for one person might not for another. Doesn't make either opinion less valid.
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  16. Bloodweiser

    Bloodweiser honestly

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    Other bikes that tackled this same road at the same time:
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  17. Sidewise

    Sidewise Been here awhile

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  18. Rollin'

    Rollin' does it come in black?

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    Victory Vision - Dalton Highway -

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  19. JerryH

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    That Guzzi is gorgeous. But most people would say that it, the Sportster, and the FXDXT ARE feet forward bikes. If the pegs are not way back behind you, most everybody will call it a "feet forward" bike. I have to have at least a 90 degree bend in my knees, and some bend in my elbows. My Goldwing has a seating position similar to that Guzzi, and I find it plenty comfortable. It's just to big for Solo touring. I don't need 6 cylinders, 1500cc, and that huge fairing, and the 35 mpg that goes with it, not to mention tires only last about 10,000 miles. I have 160,000 miles on Vulcan 750s, and would buy another if they still made them. Something about that bike just fits me perfectly, plus I like the power and handling. I am seriously considering the Honda CTX. I searched through all the new midsize Japanese cruisers, and the ones I like best are the Yamaha V-Star 950 Tourer, and the Suzuki C50 SE, which could easily be converted into a tourer. Both these bikes have tubeless tires, something I consider extremely important for long trips.
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  20. MaddBrit

    MaddBrit Now officially a Yank.

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    Awesome!!!

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    For the haters...

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    In over 35 years and well over half a million miles of riding, I can honestly say that my VV is the most comfortable and practical long distance bike I have ever ridden. And before the VVV, I rode a BMW1200GSA, and before that a BMW1150GSA, and did over 50K on both of them.

    Cruisers with bags are very good bikes.
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