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post #4516 of 4526

Those specs at the price they're going for. Track ready without any mods. I saw someone hit 112 MPH in a youtube vid, so they're not that slow. It's the best bargain in town if you're just getting into the track, which I aim to do soon.

post #4517 of 4526
I am on the waitlist for an HP4 and now trying to decide what to pick up to "bridge" the wait. And, frankly, it is all over the place. There are so many good choices...

Should I find something like an SV650 or CBR300R that might eventually see track-only duty?
Get a Vespa or Honda Grom to give to my wife?
Go try a supermoto like a KTM 450 EXC?
Or psuedo-supermoto like a Hypermotard or KTM 690SM?
Or even pick up a Royal Enfield Continental GT or other cafe racer?

The main goal is to have a bike I would hold onto and would have different uses than the HP4 (which would be mostly just commuting around the Bay)
post #4518 of 4526
An HP4... Didn't see that one coming.

Get a Street Triple. Given your apparent tastes, the SV would likely feel to generic. I think Royal Enfield's time has long passed. And a vespa... Well only if it is actually for your wife.

With the Triple, any time you don't feel like piloting a warp-speed rocketship, you'll have the most balanced bike ever created and it's relaxed 105 horsepower to amuse yourself with.

Edit: ok I just have to ask. About how many thousands of miles of riding experience do you have? An HP4 is no trifle of a bike...
Edited by BostonHedonist - 7/13/14 at 12:54pm
post #4519 of 4526
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With the Triple, any time you don't feel like piloting a warp-speed rocketship, you'll have the most balanced bike ever created and it's relaxed 105 horsepower to amuse yourself with.

Edit: ok I just have to ask. About how many thousands of miles of riding experience do you have? An HP4 is no trifle of a bike...

I have enough to at least handle it on the street. Owned plenty of bikes on and off for the past 15 years or so. I am not going to track it ever since I am definitely not interested in killing myself, hence the thought of a CBR300R or similar to take for track days for fun.

Triple is an interesting choice. But I really want something almost diametrically opposed to the HP4. If I am not going to ride the HP4 because it is "too much bike" on some days, then it is the wrong bike period. More inclined to just put helibars on it.

Lately, the Grom has been the most interesting since that bike just looks like a shit-ton of fun, but I am a bit concerned about riding it up and down hills in the Bay area - no idea if it can do it. The KTM is a close second just cause I've never done any real off-road riding when I had the MTS1200, just some trail stuff.
post #4520 of 4526
Not “too much bike" so much as too tiring a riding position. But you know what you're doing.

If I were to get another second bike (just sold my cruiser due to lack of use), it would likely be a 300-500cc track bike, or an R6 if I felt daring about it.

But if it weren't a track bike, I'd look at something like the Ducati multistrada for longer trips.
post #4521 of 4526
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Not “too much bike" so much as too tiring a riding position. But you know what you're doing.

If I were to get another second bike (just sold my cruiser due to lack of use), it would likely be a 300-500cc track bike, or an R6 if I felt daring about it.

But if it weren't a track bike, I'd look at something like the Ducati multistrada for longer trips.

I owned a multistrada 1200, it was a great bike. But I never actually took it too far on a road trip (the price of having kids). Maybe a hyperstrada would be a better choice since it would still be fun.
post #4522 of 4526

Well there's always this ridiculous thing:

 

 

 

That's probably going to be my answer to a cruiser when I get too mature (read: old) for sport bikes and such.

post #4523 of 4526
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The main goal is to have a bike I would hold onto and would have different uses than the HP4 (which would be mostly just commuting around the Bay)

Out of left field: Yamaha's Star Bolt R-spec. Not too pricey, decent power, and very different than an HP4.
post #4524 of 4526
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Well there's always this ridiculous thing:

 

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That's probably going to be my answer to a cruiser when I get too mature (read: old) for sport bikes and such.

 

Oh man, I've been trying to talk my Dad in to one of these for a year now, but I think he's getting away from riding in his old (and injured) age.

 

I haven't ever read or heard anything bad about the Diavel.

post #4525 of 4526
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Out of left field: Yamaha's Star Bolt R-spec. Not too pricey, decent power, and very different than an HP4.

Definitely out of left field for me - I am not a cruiser guy really. The only one I have ever had my jaw drop on was a Zero Engineering, and I think I would still feel a bit ridiculous riding one.
post #4526 of 4526
I went dirtbiking this past weekend for the first time.

HOLY FUCK THAT WAS FUN.

Highly recommend it if you have the access to some dirtbike training.
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