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post #6436 of 6912
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Originally Posted by TRINI View Post

Ugh - i'm slowly convincing myself adding this second bike is a good idea.

'for highway riding'.
It seems like you are more fond about having your current bike than riding it......

I don't really see the point of 2 street bikes. 1 good bike is better than two bikes that complement each other IMO. I've been there with cars... whittled it down to 1 car and 1 bike that cover the gamut 100%.
post #6437 of 6912
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Originally Posted by TRINI View Post

Gnatty - do you ride daily or just weekends?

How do you balance your stable of bikes? Just best bike for the occasion?

I endeavor to ride daily.

I actually end up riding once or twice a week. I pared down to the point where I only have two bikes now; the Triumph T-100 and a Harley Davidson Softtail Slim. I sold my Sportie last year. This makes it a little easier, since I keep the Triumph at our cabin and the HD at home. At my peak, I had 5 bikes, all in the garage, and it was more stress than anything since I always tried to ride each one at least once a week, haha. I think 2 to 3 is the sweet spot for me. I may buy my wife a Sportie when she gets her M endorsement, and we will go back to 3, but I doubt I will ever go back to more.
post #6438 of 6912
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Originally Posted by Cool The Kid View Post

Buying new is just not something I can stomach. I was just talking hypothetically. I don't know that I buy the "more power to get out of dicey situations" logic though. I haven't ever come across such a situation in all my years of riding... and if you are getting chased by a road rager odds are high you aren't an innocent party wink.gif. Plus while more power is nice it's no big deal. SF848, GSX-S750, FZ-09 all make like 30-50HP more than my bike, but when I got off of them I wasn't completely blown away by the power. And the power of the 1000 scared me. 65-75WHP is plenty for the street. I would much rather cut weight and upgrade the suspension than add power. I would rather have a ~350lb 650 with a titanium frame/magnesium wheels/full Ohlins suspension than a stock 500lb 1000cc bike.


Nah, don't have any issues with motorists. It's nice to be able to go by a car when you're in the left lane and you look over and see someone texting.

I'm pretty happy with the SV to be honest and if I sold it, it would be to get a different car not a different bike. Given what my car and bike are worth though, that's unlikely to be feasible at all. So it stays. I should honestly get a quieter exhaust though. I can't ride my bike without headphones in. Though I suppose that's better for my hearing regardless of how loud the bike is.
 
At this point, I'm more interested in learning how to ride the damn thing than getting a different bike. I'm actually really enjoying how it handles.

Question though: I have adjustable setback plates. When I ride, I get really weird muscle cramping on the outside of my hips. Sign of being too cramped up? I might have to try to move the plates down a bit to get more legroom. And start stretching more... Position isn't even all that aggressive anymore!
post #6439 of 6912
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Originally Posted by Cool The Kid View Post

It seems like you are more fond about having your current bike than riding it......

I don't really see the point of 2 street bikes. 1 good bike is better than two bikes that complement each other IMO. I've been there with cars... whittled it down to 1 car and 1 bike that cover the gamut 100%.

I don't dislike my current bike; I'd just like the option of having a different riding experience.

My bike is a pure luxury for me so I don't 'need' it to be a good commuter or good all-rounder per se.
post #6440 of 6912
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Originally Posted by TRINI View Post

I don't dislike my current bike; I'd just like the option of having a different riding experience.

My bike is a pure luxury for me so I don't 'need' it to be a good commuter or good all-rounder per se.
I hear you. For me it would be cool to be able to pay some kind of annual fee and just be able to cycle through a wide range of bikes. I have no desire to own and most importantly maintain a wide array of bikes. One is enough of a PITA....

RTC your exhaust doesn't have a baffle? Yea my bike would pretty much be unrideable without one. Even as is, 4 years in I think my packing is starting to go. It's just about perfect but I can see it getting annoying soon. Hoping I can replace the bike before the exhaust though.
post #6441 of 6912
@gnatty8 if you had to pick between a Road Glide and a Street Glide, which and why?
post #6442 of 6912
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Originally Posted by Piobaire View Post

@gnatty8 if you had to pick between a Road Glide and a Street Glide, which and why?

Oh man, that is a question I can't answer, since I have never ridden either and any advice I gave would be based on my riding style. I don't do long haul road trips with anything more than a backpack strapped to a sissy bar, so the RG/SG both have things that don't add value for me, but detract from what I like in a bike's aesthetics. My advice would be to ride both. If you plan on doing more long haul riding, I am fairly sure the RG will have better storage, and the faring will provide much better protection from wind buffeting than the SG, but of course, even the SG protects you better than nothing at all! I don't have windshields or shit on my bikes and believe me, riding more than 4 to 5 hours is an exercise in exhaustion!

Again, I'd ride both (most HD dealers have crazy flexible test ride policies and will usually let you take the bike on your own and ride it how you like.. hell, my local dealers know me so well, they have told me to just take a bike for the day to see how I like it) in the conditions you most expect to ride in. I am really sorry I can't be of more help. The good news is that this is actually one of the most asked and answered questions on the HD message boards, so if you have no plans Saturday afternoon, besides test riding a Street Glide for example, it's a great way to get introduced to the different models..

Good luck my friend..
post #6443 of 6912

I could see having a supermoto thumper for city commuting (if I lived in the city), a classic and/or a retro for when I'm in that mood, and a couple sportbikes (clothed and naked): I4, V2, V4 and a triple.  Then I might be satisfied

post #6444 of 6912
Well, I'm gonna go see it this weekend.

The current owner said he's selling it to fund a dedicated track bike.
post #6445 of 6912
Thanks for the reply.

I know the odds of me doing a long haul ride are slim and/or infrequent. I want a comfy ride to work which will take about 40 minutes on the route I plan to use (low traffic as possible). I also figure I'm only going to have one shot at buying a bike again, I'll keep it 20 years, so I really want the right bike. I was a superbike/crotchrocket guy as a youngster but seem drawn to baggers now (old man coming out in me.) I don't want a bike that handles like a land whale in light urban driving but I do want a bike with a little storage capacity. I also don't want leather saddlebags as I'm a lazy fuck and don't want to worry about the leather.

That dark red Street Glide Harley has on it's front page right now really does it for me. I can't seem to right click and save the pic. frown.gif
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Originally Posted by gnatty8 View Post

Oh man, that is a question I can't answer, since I have never ridden either and any advice I gave would be based on my riding style. I don't do long haul road trips with anything more than a backpack strapped to a sissy bar, so the RG/SG both have things that don't add value for me, but detract from what I like in a bike's aesthetics. My advice would be to ride both. If you plan on doing more long haul riding, I am fairly sure the RG will have better storage, and the faring will provide much better protection from wind buffeting than the SG, but of course, even the SG protects you better than nothing at all! I don't have windshields or shit on my bikes and believe me, riding more than 4 to 5 hours is an exercise in exhaustion!

Again, I'd ride both (most HD dealers have crazy flexible test ride policies and will usually let you take the bike on your own and ride it how you like.. hell, my local dealers know me so well, they have told me to just take a bike for the day to see how I like it) in the conditions you most expect to ride in. I am really sorry I can't be of more help. The good news is that this is actually one of the most asked and answered questions on the HD message boards, so if you have no plans Saturday afternoon, besides test riding a Street Glide for example, it's a great way to get introduced to the different models..

Good luck my friend..
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post #6447 of 6912

Piob has a bad case of bike fever

post #6448 of 6912
I do. Two years now and no cure in sight. frown.gif
post #6449 of 6912
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Originally Posted by Piobaire View Post

I do. Two years now and no cure in sight. frown.gif

 

I'm in the same boat.  G/f's car was just totalled.  It was parked and minding its own business and then WHAM!! So that knocks my bike even further down the list of priorities (after ring and then a new place for us)

post #6450 of 6912
Solidarity.

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