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Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by fivehitsweak, Jun 3, 2010.
I'll be interested to see which you choose.
well, I'm hoping that I can ride all three at vintage motorcycle days this year. I remember riding the Scrambler in 2006... it was a solid bike, but rather low on power -- at least, that was my experience at the time, having just gotten off a 1984 V65 Magna. Interested in giving it another ride now that I've been on a 650 for the last few years.
Nobody will ever accuse you of being close-minded! Those SR400's look like a pile of fun.
Because they are.
Just don't let anybody try to convince you that they're fast and don't vibrate .
I wish Kawasaki/Suzuki/Yamaha/Honda would bring back the old "standard" like a KZ 900 throw back bike.
Honda did with the CB1100 in 2013:
I wanted this today (along with all the rest of the bikes), but the lottery tickets I don't buy haven't won yet, so I had to settle for just the one.
People buy Accords and Pilots for practicality, reliability and longevity not excitement. My boring 14 year old silver accord runs like new, just replaced the original serpentine belt @172k miles. Runs great.
Honda doesn't need to do much to their Wing, it's a helluva touring platform right out the box. It would be my choice over any touring bike.
Back to jonesing for one of these:
Been wanting a more relaxed ride lately. I've got two cars and a bike (use both cars) but sometimes wonder if two bikes and a car isn't a better solution.... The problem is I like having a "beater" car and a nicer car and I don't ride to work.
But, outside of a rainstorm of biblical proportions, an arctic blizzard, or an electrical failure at 0'dark-thirty, has it ever raised your pulse at all?
Today's Honda motorcycles are like that.
Sell nice car. Buy nice bike. Ride to work!
I'm not a big fan of cruiser-type bikes, but Kawi really hit the nail on the head with that one!
I commuted via motorcycle for a couple of years a while back. I hated it. It made me associate riding with work and I started to not like getting on the bike, because every time I did I felt like I was prepping for battle to deal with the stupid drivers. Now I just ride to get out of town.
I'm not a huge cruiser fan either, but the Scout and that Vulcan S really speak to me for some reason. Cruisers can be made to look modern and still have nice lines.
Still want a 2017 Husqvarna 701 so I made a deal on one. Just waiting for it to show up at the dealer, should be any day now!
I'd take one of those over the new Rebel 500. Especially since Kaw says they will give you different seat/bar/peg options right from the factory to fit you best.
I'm all for more non-traditional looking cruiser type bikes.
For sure. I've read a few reviews from guys my height (6'2") and taller that fit well on the Vulcans with the ergo-fit stuff worked out. I did sit on one in the dealer last year, but it was set up for mid reach (normal) and put my knees a bit too high.
I watched a review on the Rebel 500 a few days ago by a 6'3" guy who looked like a gorilla riding a football. Those bikes are comically small.
But for a 5'9" guy, the Rebel feels quite alright. Sat on one at the dealer. It felt really narrow, but pretty good. Needs a taller seat, I don't like the ground-pounding seat on it now, but that's easy to do.
Would love to take smoking back up...
I don't want to be reminded of tall guy problems This topic is where I like to fantasise about which bikes I could have if I were the proper target size If I'd have to stick to whatever I can fit on, I'd have a choice of about 5 bikes. Hyperbole yes, but not far off. At 6'4" your choice is basically reduced to adventure bikes if you want the sit up riding position with feet under your ass. Bog-standard riding position, full control, proper weight distribution.
I'd love to have that CB1100 (x1000). I'm not old, but that could be the only bike I'd ever need. I'm a big fan of all around flexible super standards with great design. Some might say it's bland, I say it's about as perfect as they get. In the real world, this bike will get you everywhere.
Sadly it's very small. I remember sitting on one years ago and I was left feeling really disappointed with the size. While it's a 1100, it didn't feel much bigger than the other retros of that time (R9T and similar).
One of my favourite all time bikes is the previous gen R1200R. Just about perfect too, and it fit me great in standard trim (built for bavarians I guess). No mods needed. That's my favourite style of bike. But I don't see myself owning BMW in the near future. And that boxer can get boring after while.
Maybe a suzuki GSX1400. That would do, but the design of that CB1100 is just to die for.
I'm totally with you there. I've done it for a long time too and it's pretty draining. I don't think I'll ever do that again, indeed makes you dislike the act of riding. It would really depend on where I live. If my commute takes me through the countryside, with only a short stint through towns/cities. Perhaps. Great way to clear the mind after work. However that's usually not the case and riding a bike to work becomes a drag. Uncomfortable too.
It's not only the battle with idiotic cagers, barely woken up, checking their morning mail behind the wheel, being dangerously close to getting wiped-out. It's also dealing with bad weather, and the god damn gear. (ATGATT). I don't mind kitting up for a ride when the whole point is having the ride for the day/holiday. When you commute to work, the ride is secondary, and dragging along a change of clothes (especially the shoes) becomes tiresome. You'll need cases (forget back packs, those suck). Once at work you spend time with the bulky vests (if it's cold out), changing shoes, finding a place for your helmet, ....
I'd limit commuting to work to once or twice a week maximum (to keep it "fresh"), in a place where it is nice to do so, on a bike with storage (dear I say NC700X??, mega scooter?) to a workplace where it's easy to get into your work clothes. So not gonna happen in the near future for me