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post #6511 of 6912
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Originally Posted by Cool The Kid View Post

I grew up across the street from a guy who would idle his straight piped Harley from about 6AM every morning, so the shit is hardwired. I kind of get it though. If nothing else cruisers make more sense on the street than full on superman ergo sportbikes. They are at least designed primarily for street duty. I like speed and handling though so I play the middle with nakeds. Different strokes

Sorry, but neither is really good for the street, Harleys are huge and heavy and expensive when you drop them. Try pushing one up a hill backwards while straddling it (for example when you park on a road with a low curb and high middle.

If you are being practical, a standard is the way to go. Or maybe one of the new lightweight off-roaders like the Multistrada or S1000XR. But a Harley is all about showing off to a certain set. A sportbike is underutilized on the street (mine definitely is), but at least it is generally easy to move around on. The thing that sucks on a sportbike is long boring highway commutes in high winds, you just get buffeted a lot and it is always a bit razor's edge feeling even when you want to chill.
post #6512 of 6912
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Originally Posted by akatsuki View Post

Sorry, but neither is really good for the street, Harleys are huge and heavy and expensive when you drop them. Try pushing one up a hill backwards while straddling it (for example when you park on a road with a low curb and high middle.

If you are being practical, a standard is the way to go. Or maybe one of the new lightweight off-roaders like the Multistrada or S1000XR. But a Harley is all about showing off to a certain set. A sportbike is underutilized on the street (mine definitely is), but at least it is generally easy to move around on. The thing that sucks on a sportbike is long boring highway commutes in high winds, you just get buffeted a lot and it is always a bit razor's edge feeling even when you want to chill.

I always thought the fairings on a sportbike were supposed to help wind-wise on the highway.
post #6513 of 6912
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Originally Posted by akatsuki View Post

Sorry, but neither is really good for the street, Harleys are huge and heavy and expensive when you drop them. Try pushing one up a hill backwards while straddling it (for example when you park on a road with a low curb and high middle.

Sportsters are neither huge, nor heavy, nor expensive. I know that's not what you meant, but Sportsters are the perfect urban motorcycle..
post #6514 of 6912
Case in point. Less than $12K and basically the same weight as those Ducs you mentioned. I rode this model for years and loved it. I didn't take it on highways, because the ride was so stiff and of course, the wind was horrid, but it was the perfect bike for trips within the city. So much so that I will probably buy one for my wife that I can "borrow" from time to time..

post #6515 of 6912
Do you guys have recs for ear plugs?
post #6516 of 6912
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Originally Posted by ridethecliche View Post

I saw an FZ09 yesterday and it was so quiet. It rode by me when i was driving with the GF. This was in the city but it had absolutely no character. Was kinda sad. 

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We are judging the character of bikes by watching them ride by now? Lmao. FZ-09 has character oozing out of its valve stems. The thing is you have to ride one to see it.
post #6517 of 6912
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Originally Posted by akatsuki View Post

Sorry, but neither is really good for the street, Harleys are huge and heavy and expensive when you drop them. Try pushing one up a hill backwards while straddling it (for example when you park on a road with a low curb and high middle.

If you are being practical, a standard is the way to go. Or maybe one of the new lightweight off-roaders like the Multistrada or S1000XR. But a Harley is all about showing off to a certain set. A sportbike is underutilized on the street (mine definitely is), but at least it is generally easy to move around on. The thing that sucks on a sportbike is long boring highway commutes in high winds, you just get buffeted a lot and it is always a bit razor's edge feeling even when you want to chill.

Not all cruisers are huge. And that Multistrada or S1000XR are only like 100lb lighter than a smaller cruiser, but feel heavier because of their higher centers of gravity. That will make them harder to pick up off the ground too. All bikes are hard to straddle backwards uphill. Sportbike ergos are terrible for the street as well. I feel way comfier pulling a u turn on a cruiser than a sportbike and that's pretty much the only time anyone will drop a bike. Street wise sport bikes are definitely the worst bar none.
post #6518 of 6912
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Originally Posted by akatsuki View Post

Sorry, but neither is really good for the street, Harleys are huge and heavy and expensive when you drop them. Try pushing one up a hill backwards while straddling it (for example when you park on a road with a low curb and high middle.

If you are being practical, a standard is the way to go. Or maybe one of the new lightweight off-roaders like the Multistrada or S1000XR. But a Harley is all about showing off to a certain set. A sportbike is underutilized on the street (mine definitely is), but at least it is generally easy to move around on. The thing that sucks on a sportbike is long boring highway commutes in high winds, you just get buffeted a lot and it is always a bit razor's edge feeling even when you want to chill.

This is a great justification for ruling out an entire class of motorcycles because it's just such a common event (I'll assume your use of the term "Harley" was really representative of a bagger.) I won't even bother replying to the thought a Harley purchase is "all about showing off."

Everyone should just drive what calls to them and not waste time creating contrived scenarios as to why people make choices other than your own.
post #6519 of 6912
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Originally Posted by ridethecliche View Post

Do you guys have recs for ear plugs?

Check out Etymotic Research ER20. Available on Amazon for about $10-12.
post #6520 of 6912
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Originally Posted by Piobaire View Post

Check out Etymotic Research ER20. Available on Amazon for about $10-12.

I'd suggest the Alpine plugs instead (I have both).

The stem doesn't stick out as far which is preferable.
post #6521 of 6912
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Originally Posted by Piobaire View Post


Everyone should just drive what calls to them and not waste time creating contrived scenarios as to why people make choices other than your own.

This.
post #6522 of 6912
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Originally Posted by otc View Post

I'd suggest the Alpine plugs instead (I have both).

The stem doesn't stick out as far which is preferable.

Thanks for that info. I've only used the ones I suggested in a non-helmet situation (like rock concerts ad bagpipe playing.)
post #6523 of 6912
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Originally Posted by Cool The Kid View Post


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We are judging the character of bikes by watching them ride by now? Lmao. FZ-09 has character oozing out of its valve stems. The thing is you have to ride one to see it.

 

I was clearly just talking about the exhaust tone of the bike.

post #6524 of 6912
Recently had a chance to ride a backroad on my CB so I took a pic. Apparently, this is also a good road to do donuts.


post #6525 of 6912
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Originally Posted by ridethecliche View Post

I was clearly just talking about the exhaust tone of the bike.
Probably the easiest thing on the bike to fix. Plus bikes sound different when you are on them...
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