Popularity of Club Style Bikes

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  1. n8mandy

    n8mandy Just hangin' around

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    The influence of the 1%er clubs and Sons of Anarchy have really affected the popularity of club style bikes up here in the Bay Area.

    Living up in the Santa Cruz Mountains the vast majority of bikes that I see around the mountain either look like this:

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    or like this:

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  2. CbDude

    CbDude Been here awhile

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    Don't worry, they are heading to Starbucks too
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  3. BUZZARD II

    BUZZARD II Old Geezer

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    As an old geezer who somehow survived the Bay Area era of the '60's I really don't care what a club bike is.

    At that time very extended front ends, some with slugs that could snap hitting a pothole and twisted square section springers welded up by porch railing makers were cool. Then we get to brakes or lack there of. Front brakes, uncool. Remember "chopper stopper" brakes? They were a bicycle brake fitted to a front wheel to hold your cool custom at a stoplight on a hill, maybe.

    A stupid award should also go to the moron who invented the spiked gas cap. I noticed Orange County Choppers, Paul Jr. Really likes unrideable bikes with lots of spikey things sticking out. Great for the boys in a crash.

    If you feel compelled to follow SoA design of any era you're not just a poser you are a Darwin Award finalist.
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  4. Bloodweiser

    Bloodweiser honestly

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    Poser, yeah. But the Darwin award? At least the bikes remain rideable.
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  5. BUZZARD II

    BUZZARD II Old Geezer

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    Blood, yes indeed the TV bikes on SoA are very rideable. That's because they are for actors with low rider skills. The club bikes I see all seem to have over the head apes and 21 inch front wheels. Admittedly that is better than the Easy Rider chopper style of the '60's.

    I just can't understand why you would ride a FLH with batwing fairing and apes over the windshield. Get back whips are another rant. If that's what you want, fine. But I've been riding over 53 years and as a geezer I have strong opinions as to what's stupid. As I said I'm surprised I survived my youth.
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  6. Ray916MN

    Ray916MN Dim Mak

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    What's the distinction between "club" style bikes and ADV style bikes? Strikes me they're just different styles for different clubs.
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    Shooter1 Been here awhile

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  8. yamalama

    yamalama wet coaster

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    different strokes. different folks.
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  9. DaBinChe

    DaBinChe Long timer

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    One reason is that there isn't that many farings styles for harleys. Center in the second pic actually works to block wind while the first one mainly blocks the torso.

    But the reality is that cruisers all more or less look the same, just like most sports bike, just like dirt bikes, etc. Jay Leno said it, about how conservative motorcyclist are, how things looks and where things go, they just don't change much.
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  10. Mykola

    Mykola Stoked

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    Imagine how much faster he would get there if he was on an actual fast bike, and how much more he'd have to spend when he got there!

    :hide


    I'm poking a little fun at myself here too, as I've basically made my Super Glide into a modern T-Sport; people will do what they do to their bikes because they got into or bought into an idea of what's "cool" to them.
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  11. Trackjunkie21

    Trackjunkie21 Been here awhile

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    So T-bars and a T-sport fairing make you a poser? Good to know. image1.jpeg
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  12. n8mandy

    n8mandy Just hangin' around

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    Hey, for me it's just following trends.

    I'm poking a little bit of fun at the tendency to pretend to be a 1%er, but the truth of the matter is, if you want an American cruiser that handles better than stock, the outlaw clubs modify their bikes to do so.

    The comment about the un-rideability of choppers made up above by Buzzard II misses the difference Frisco style or club style cruisers vs show type cruisers.

    The whole point of going 2" or 4" over was to increase ground clearance. Most guys that I know on the forums who lengthened their forks just a few inches and didn't change the rake state that their bikes handle better, not worse.

    Also, I guarantee you that the real deal club riders weren't using slugs. They put a ton of hard miles on their bikes, so they have a tendency to know what works and what doesn't.
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  13. steingar

    steingar higher life form

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    Cruisers aren't really my thing, but there's nothing inherently wrong with them. Lots of guys like the style and the Vtwin power. Different strokes for different folks.
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  14. rauchman

    rauchman Long timer

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    Not sure what the big deal is. From what I've seen, the Club Style bikes focus on suspension and engine performance, maxing out the bike's perfomance. I would guess the majority of them are a lot of fun to ride and handle reasonably well.
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  15. c_m_shooter

    c_m_shooter Ninja Warrior Supporter

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    I see nothing wrong with the bike in the top example pic. Twin disks, quarter fairing, mid controls and suspension with good ground clearance. Should be a good riding bike, actually looks a lot like my commuter.
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  16. HellFishTat

    HellFishTat Been here awhile

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    I thought I wanted HD a few months ago. I started listing what I really like about riding, and what different types of motorcycles provide.
    This is from HD, 2019 Street Glide Spec's
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    Then I started thinking.....
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    I'll stick with a sportier bike. I don't know how close I get to the 58 degrees mark, but my brother has said on many occassions, you're going to fall on your head if you keep that up.
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  17. Whiskey Tango

    Whiskey Tango 1*

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    I dunno; I've ridden all kinds of bikes over many years and a lot of miles.

    I do like Harleys and put up with their limitations and idiosyncrasies because, well, I like them.

    My Suzuki 1250 Bandit, at less than half the price of a not even comparable Harley, does it all for me - but leaves me yearning.

    As for "Club Style" bikes, I don't see it as a 1%-er thing but more as the the latest iteration of modifications for the sake of individualism - albeit in a group/conformity setting.
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  18. mitchxout

    mitchxout Long timer

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    For the sake of individualism they all build "me-too" bikes.
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