What bike do you want today?

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by fivehitsweak, Jun 3, 2010.

  1. FlowBee

    FlowBee Just me.

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    Why can't Guzzi ever get that original V7 / Eldo formula right again? It is possible in modern bikes? Or is the problem that it would not sell as it's not sexy enough as a "standard" ? They seem to keep trying but screw it up in the end with yet another themed styling exercise: Cali cruiser, cafe racer, adv tourer, lowboy cruiser, ---repeat ---> ....
  2. DAKEZ

    DAKEZ Long timer

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  3. ttpete

    ttpete Rectum Non Bustibus

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    Those footpegs are way too far forward for the handlebar position. :rofl
  4. brentde3

    brentde3 Should be outside

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    One of these for me today, thanks:

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  5. Cortez

    Cortez BAZINGA!

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    +1 on the FJR.
  6. dtysdalx2

    dtysdalx2 PITA but useful

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    I need to retire before I get too old and enjoy riding that nice FJR...
  7. Superzoom

    Superzoom Been here awhile

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    Looks like a really fun bike, but from a styling perspective, I don't understand why designers want to draw more attention to radiators with big, colourful shrouds or shiny, chrome finishes.
  8. dmac57

    dmac57 Long timer

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    See, I want to spend about a week each on the FJR and the Connie 14, so I can see what they'd be like. What keeps me from doing that is that I suspect I'd still end up wanting an RT, and I'd have spent the money on the rentals. Absent a really generous riding buddy, I suppose.
  9. Cortez

    Cortez BAZINGA!

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    I always like this one..

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    :deal
  10. Cortez

    Cortez BAZINGA!

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    Or this.. same engine tho.. :evil

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  11. High Country Herb

    High Country Herb Adventure Connoiseur

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    I think it is a design relic from custom Harley's a decade ago. When the builders first started, they used little scoop fairing below the radiator to make the bikes look more sporty. Now the trend has gone, but the desire for some sort of body color down there remains. I'm with you; if it's there I prefer it be functional, rather than to just draw attention to the radiator. It would be easy to paint that piece black and make it disappear, though.
  12. brentde3

    brentde3 Should be outside

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    I've ridden my dad's RT, and my neighbor's Connie quite a bit. I don't like either one, really. The Connie feels heavy and it bakes me on a hot day. I can't say why I don't like the RT. just doesn't feel right.
  13. wannaklr

    wannaklr Long timer

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    I'm being hypnotized by a front wheel!
  14. ViperJustin

    ViperJustin Retired HH60G Gunner

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    YES! I've been dreaming of something like this for years. I love this forum!


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  15. DAKEZ

    DAKEZ Long timer

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    Nice bike if the unsightly wart was removed. :puke1
  16. Tip Over

    Tip Over Whoopsie!

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    That's the best part of the bike...:evil
  17. cug

    cug --

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    This (didn't buy it though, waiting for a better price on a used one):

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  18. vicvegas

    vicvegas eager beaver

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    Cool! did you get to test ride that R12R? I've really liked these bikes lately. If so, how did it handle? could you see riding one across the country?
  19. cug

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    Due to surgery I had six weeks ago, I'm not allowed to ride at the moment (for another four weeks or so). So I didn't test ride it.

    My wife did and she really liked it. Though she decided it was still a bit too much for her at her current skill level. She normally rides a F650GS single and has three years riding experience at the moment.

    I sat on the bike and I really, really liked it. The leg position is a bit tight compared to bikes like the GS as you can see in the photo, but given that I have a 34" inseam, it's actually not too bad. I could see myself riding cross country on it, even though I don't know exactly how it handles, I know it'll be slightly less comfortable than the R1200GS I had, but*much more comfortable than other bikes I have owned.

    You have to like the roadster / standard / naked style to do long distance riding on them though. I prefer either a perfectly working windshield or no windshield at all, so I guess I'd ride the R with either a small flyscreen or an adjustable windshield like this.

    The luggage is excellent (same as R1200RT), the seat seems pretty comfortable and available in different heights, I would likely get the "high comfort seat" or an aftermarket high one and add the same amount of rise to the handlebars. That would certainly give me a cross-continent tourer that I'd like better than an RT.

    But as I haven't ridden one, take all this with a grain of salt. I'll still buy one as I always have wanted one and my wife will take it over anyways within a short time I bet ... :lol3

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  20. Unleaded

    Unleaded Unit Train

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    The R1200R is a wonderful bike. My sole ride on one was a fluke. Went with my brother to pick up his current bike from a private seller, who happened to also be selling his wife's R1200R. He was kind enough to let me accompany my brother on the R while my brother test rode the GT1000 he ultimately bought.

    I owned a GSA at the time, and the R - particularly in comparison - felt so much more nimble and planted. Just a great street bike.