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post #3616 of 4800
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Originally Posted by andrewgreg View Post

Just give u guys an update. I decided go for a V-rod (used). It's really the best bike Harley made.

Perhaps, but... satisfied.gif

My biggest issue with the cruisers - not picking on just HD there - is the weight. Man, almost 700-lbs? My brother and I started out on dirt bikes, which you just pick up and hop back on like it's nothing. The transition to street bikes weighing 350 or so was bad enough. The Bonneville is about my limit.
post #3617 of 4800
I hear ya epb. And Harley's are some of the heaviest. I love my Triumph cruiser a lot. I mean a real lot. Sometimes my girlfriend even gets jealous. But I'm dying to ride something that's not 500lbs dry...
post #3618 of 4800
Could you ever do a UJM... they are still pretty heavy but you still get classic styling a much more responsive ride

I think the CB1100 is a little cheesy and overdone... but something like an old Bandit 1200 could do the trick, I think
post #3619 of 4800
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Originally Posted by andrewgreg View Post

shhh currently negotiating and still shopping around. Bikes are not cheap in So Cal.

Lot cheaper than the Tristate area since there are so many floating around. People here want ridiculously high prices for their piece of crap "streetfighters".
post #3620 of 4800

Kriega or Boblebee?

 

 

 

post #3621 of 4800
Kriega.
post #3622 of 4800
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Originally Posted by akatsuki View Post


Lot cheaper than the Tristate area since there are so many floating around. People here want ridiculously high prices for their piece of crap "streetfighters".

 

I thought bikes in Southern California were more expensive because they don't have 'riding seasons' like in the northeast.  Come December/January east coast dealers will be begging you to buy their bikes. 


Edited by Rumpelstiltskin - 9/24/13 at 2:15pm
post #3623 of 4800
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Originally Posted by MarioImpemba View Post
 

Kriega or Boblebee?

 

 

 

 

 

I hate riding in backpacks with a passion.  My trusty tailbag does a much better job.  I can easily fit a laptop and work clothes (shirt/pants/shoes) with room to spare.  It lashes to the pillion and is stable plus it has a shoulder strap for carrying

 

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post #3624 of 4800
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Originally Posted by MarioImpemba View Post

Kriega or Boblebee?

Boblebee - I always worry about that hardshell in an off; you can be the guinea pig. smile.gif

I prefer the Kreiga. As for the tailbag/tankbag debate - someday, when I'm down to just one motorcycle, I can see it - maybe. For now, I like backpacks because it stays with me, so I can hop on whichever bike I'm in the mood for and when I get were I'm going everything comes with me. No worries about disconnecting stuff, or leaving it and someone messing with it, etc.
post #3625 of 4800
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Originally Posted by Rumpelstiltskin View Post
 

 

I hate riding in backpacks with a passion.

 

 

 

I was going to say the same thing if you didn't. I will swiftly address the major arguments for backpacks over saddle/tank/tail bags.

 

Argument 1) It's cooler to have a backpack than any baggage on your slick bike.

Response: Wrong, backpacks almost always look less cool than sans-backpack on anyone because mostly kids wear them. If you have at least one decent bag somewhere on your bike you can use it for transporting stuff and just make sure the bag solution is quick release or removable for when you want to go hot doggin'. I think a minimal bag on the bike somewhere is way cooler than a backpack which just looks amateur.

 

Argument 2) Backpacks provide additional safety protection.

Response: They can also f**k up your spine if you land on them wrong. They will always make you less aerodynamic and generally increase wind drag on your body which will tire you out more on longer rides.

 

Argument 3) Wearing backpacks on your bike regularly will not lead to chronic shoulder and neck pain.

Response: My chiropractor would disagree.

 

 

EPB's argument does make sense though. If you've got a variety of bikes it would be tough to find something that works for all of them. Maybe a versatile tank bag would work. But having a bunch of different bikes well... that's an uncommon and good problem to have.

post #3626 of 4800
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Originally Posted by epb View Post


Boblebee - I always worry about that hardshell in an off; you can be the guinea pig. smile.gif

I prefer the Kreiga. As for the tailbag/tankbag debate - someday, when I'm down to just one motorcycle, I can see it - maybe. For now, I like backpacks because it stays with me, so I can hop on whichever bike I'm in the mood for and when I get were I'm going everything comes with me. No worries about disconnecting stuff, or leaving it and someone messing with it, etc.

 

To tell you the truth removing it is easy - either I detach the straps but leave them sticking out from under the seat(it comes with a lot of extras) or I remove the pillion (which only take a single turn of a key) and take it all with me.  I have a matching tankbag that I used once.  Picked it up at lunch one day and on the way home realized that I detested the damn thing so it has been collecting dust for 4 years

 

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Originally Posted by BostonHedonist View Post

 

EPB's argument does make sense though. If you've got a variety of bikes it would be tough to find something that works for all of them. Maybe a versatile tank bag would work. But having a bunch of different bikes well... that's an uncommon and good problem to have.

 

 

Wish I were burdened with that which-bike-should-I-ride-today "problem" photo laugh2-smiley_zpsa7ead38c.gif 


Edited by Rumpelstiltskin - 9/25/13 at 4:50am
post #3627 of 4800
I bought a Givi top case for my scooter a week ago and it's literally changed my life.
post #3628 of 4800
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Originally Posted by Rumpelstiltskin View Post

Wish I were burdened with that which-bike-should-I-ride-today "problem" photo laugh2-smiley_zpsa7ead38c.gif

I thought most people did, since the motorcycle hobby means owning multiple bikes is pretty cheap. Guys here have spent more on a suit than I've paid for my bikes. smile.gif

I've sometimes worried about back issues from an accident or prolonged use, but truth is I use my backpack about once a week, to haul groceries home and the store is about 3 minutes away so it's not a big deal. It was comfortable enough on the one 700+ mile roadtrip I took, but I pack pretty light.
post #3629 of 4800

Blarg.

 

I didn't want a bag/case back there because I hate looking like a touring bike; I mean, this is Styleforum, right :bigstar: 

 

Also, too, because I've been looking for the shorter S1 seat to convert, and then there wouldn't be room:

 

 

 

A pillion-bag really would be safer and easier... arg.

 

I'll start looking at hard-cases I guess. Need something waterproof anyway to ride around in Portland rain. Then I can throw my work-bag in there vs. wearing it while riding.

post #3630 of 4800
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Originally Posted by TRINI View Post

I bought a Givi top case for my scooter a week ago and it's literally changed my life.

I've got one on my Multistrada and you're right. I never had any kind of secure case on any of my previous bikes and I remember what a pain in the ass it was to try and take something with me on it. And I always hated lugging my helmet around with me when off the bike. The top case is great, it has enough room for two full face helmets and smaller miscellaneous items.
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