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post #6631 of 6912
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Originally Posted by lawyerdad View Post


This:


(stock photo - no windscreen on mine, and I put an extender on the left mirror because I didn't find the view of my shoulder particularly helpful)


I'm hoping to pick up something older and with a bit of character that I can tinker with (some of those cbr photos upthread are nice, and I've seen some cool moto guzzis around) but for my first bike I wanted something easy and reliable to practice on. I'm happy with the choice - it's lots of fun to ride.

I'm sort of interested in the Zero electrics, but they're a bit spendy for a second bike (especially if you opt for the bigger or second battery packs) for someone who still drives a car 90% of the time. Will have to get around to taking a test drive, though, for curiosity's sake.

I'm sure I could find this in the thread somewhere, but what's your poison?

 

That's the bike with the hidden storage space for the helmet.  Interesting first choice but nice.  

 

Currently I'm riding my imagination.  This was my last bike.  Very few mods other than a full Akropovic exhaust, power commander and integrated tail signals.   And yes I know it looks like it has a fanny pack.  That was (is) my do-it all bag.  Great for up to 2 day road trips, commuting (shoes, folded shirt, laptop) or just running out to grab a 12 pack.  It converts to a backpack when off bike.  This was taken somewhere in the sticks of Pennsylvania headed to my son's soccer game

 

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I want a big naked twin like this next (1098cc that they stopped making in 2012).   It will happen one of these days...

 

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Edited by Rumpelstiltskin - 7/27/16 at 8:02pm
post #6632 of 6912

Yikes, that ducati is ugly! No consideration of the naked triples?
 

@Rumpelstiltskin which tail bag was that? The one that I got with my bike is pretty tiny. It would barely fit a change of clothes. I have a big tank bag, but I really don't like how that comes onto my chest etc.

post #6633 of 6912
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Originally Posted by ridethecliche View Post

Yikes, that ducati is ugly! No consideration of the naked triples?

 
@Rumpelstiltskin
 which tail bag was that? The one that I got with my bike is pretty tiny. It would barely fit a change of clothes. I have a big tank bag, but I really don't like how that comes onto my chest etc.

Blasphemy!!! It is a naked 1098 superbike that hasn't been detuned with a slightly longer swingarm. It's beautiful! I've only ridden the smaller 848cc version but that convinced me that I need that power in my life

Triples are cool. I've ridden a fully clothed Striple (the Daytona) and the Spiple. They split the difference between a v-twin and an inline-4 but those high revving ducati twins? Fuck splitting the difference. Lol


The bag is a Dowco Fastrax Elite. It's expandable and quite versatile and never scratched or marred the paint. I used to strap it to the rear seat and it stayed rock solid. I had a matching tank bag that I despised (I only realized i hated tank nabs after I bought it) that I only used once. Sold it last summer. Whenever I get another bike I'll almost certainly get the matching saddlebags for longer trips

Bag in expanded form

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Edited by Rumpelstiltskin - 7/27/16 at 9:03am
post #6634 of 6912
I'm a big fan of the SF's looks. Dry clutch on the 1098 version is very cool too. I was a little disappointed with the power of the 848 I rode, but I think the 1098 would scare me like the GSX-S1000 I rode.
post #6635 of 6912
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Curious to hear what you think of the boots. I've struggled to find some that are reasonably sturdy and protective but not so stiff that I lose too much feel on the gearshift.

The shop messed up their inventory and didn't end up having my size. Scored a sweet free t-shirt tho.

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Trini, where'd you score the gear?

Aether NY & Union Garage.
post #6636 of 6912
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Originally Posted by Cool The Kid View Post

I'm a big fan of the SF's looks. Dry clutch on the 1098 version is very cool too. I was a little disappointed with the power of the 848 I rode, but I think the 1098 would scare me like the GSX-S1000 I rode.

 

If you kept the revs under 6k then it won't feel impressive at all.  

 

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My sales guy initially asked me to keep the revs under 6k rpm because the bike only had something like 5 miles on it but after wheeling it out of the showroom and away from prying ears he changed his tune and asked me not to keep it pegged at 10k

 

That being said the 1098 streetfighter is another animal

 

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Edited by Rumpelstiltskin - 7/27/16 at 8:12pm
post #6637 of 6912

That's not actually as big a difference as I expected given the difference in CC.

 

Also surprised that the brutale only makes like 10 ft-lbs of torque more than the sv650.

 

And yeah, keeping the revs under 6k probably makes it feel like your brakes are rubbing the entire way.

post #6638 of 6912
Yea I was just about to say I'm surprised at the difference. I did take it to redline a couple of times.... definitely had some rip. But didn't make me giggle like the FZ-09 or shit my pants like the GSX-S1000. Power was manageable to the point it was almost disappointing, and the engine got a little warmer than I would expect for such a short slow ride. It was still cool though. But I damn near feel like I enjoyed looking at it more than riding it
post #6639 of 6912
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Sorry, duh. That's what I get for trying to multi-task. I did get the F, which is the naked variant of the R (prefer the aesthetics without the fairings). Couldn't figure out why the stock photo had the windscreen - that would explain it. Thanks for catching.

Corrected photo, minus my mirror tweak:


How do you like it?

It is the leading contender for my next bike. I am pretty confident it will be great around the city. A little less sure on how well it will do if I want to get on the highway and drive a couple of hours away.
post #6640 of 6912
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How do you like it?

It is the leading contender for my next bike. I am pretty confident it will be great around the city. A little less sure on how well it will do if I want to get on the highway and drive a couple of hours away.

 

Why? Because of the naked-ness?

You can often attach a windshield for longer highway jaunts. I bet there are some aftermarket ones you could throw on if you were planning a trip. You might even get used to it. Honestly, you're probably going to be stopping once every 1-2 hrs for gas or to stretch anyway right? If you can tuck low enough, you end up missing a good bit of wind. The screen on the bikini fairing on the naked SV isn't as bad as I thought it'd be.

post #6641 of 6912
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How do you like it?

It is the leading contender for my next bike. I am pretty confident it will be great around the city. A little less sure on how well it will do if I want to get on the highway and drive a couple of hours away.

Happy with it. It's great around town. I'm not doing a lot of multi-hour trips, but I've taken it on the freeways around LA and it's felt pretty steady. It's heavy enough to to feel buffeted around (admittedly have never been on some lonely stretch of highway with a semi blasting past at 85 or whatever). Wind resistance is certainly noticeable but not really a problem at highway speeds, and as ridethecliche notes a bit of tuck makes a big difference on that front.

Keep in mind that I haven't ridden many bikes, so any new bike that doesn't have any major issues would probably seem great to me . . .

For whatever it's worth, the sales guy who sold me the bike (who struck me as a reasonably honest guy) tried to steer me away from this bike toward a slightly more expensive but comparably priced Suzuki. His main point was that the Suzuki was a bit more powerful at the top end and that I'd likely "outgrow" the Honda much sooner than the Suzuki. But he was a much more serious rider than I'll ever be, and while I can see wanting a bit more power one day, this bike is more than fast and powerful enough for my needs.

To the extent it's helpful in deciding how relevant my opinion is to your situation: I'm probably riding an average of once or twice a week. Every other weekend I try to make it my primary transportation if I don't need to carry a bunch of stuff. I commute to work on it a couple of times per month. Plus the occasional fun ride along the coast or into the hills above West L.A. Probably 80% surface streets, 20% highway.
post #6642 of 6912
More just the smaller amount of power. The nakedness doesn't bother me (and is actually a requirement for the most part).

As in, would I be much happier stepping up to something like an SV650...or would I actually be less happy, because I end up with a situation where I can't thrash the bike to its limit in my normal urban driving.

I don't worry about outgrowing the bike really. It already has a lot more go than my current ride, and the primary motivation for upgrading is not need for more power, but rather reliability, functionality, and a little more safety.

A little bump in power would be nice...but I'd say that if I were more confidant in my current ride's mechanicals, I'd still be willing to do short trips with it. I've taken it on the interstate...but the RPMs get pretty high and I don't like keeping it up there for long times (and it has had some fuel delivery issues when running at high RPM for sustained periods).

The 500 has always seemed to me like it would grant a fun little bump in power that would also add a little better 2-up and highway utility...but still leave me in a position where I can fully open the throttle in the city without being an idiot. I'd almost consider the Ninja 300 if the naked was available here and I were a bit smaller of a dude.
post #6643 of 6912
650 is def in the realm of thrashable on the street. I would much rather an SV or even Ninja 650 over one of the NCs (no offense). If you are considering 2 up though def get your pillion to sit on the bike before you buy it. Or budget for a Corbin
post #6644 of 6912
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Originally Posted by otc View Post

More just the smaller amount of power. The nakedness doesn't bother me (and is actually a requirement for the most part).

As in, would I be much happier stepping up to something like an SV650...or would I actually be less happy, because I end up with a situation where I can't thrash the bike to its limit in my normal urban driving.

I don't worry about outgrowing the bike really. It already has a lot more go than my current ride, and the primary motivation for upgrading is not need for more power, but rather reliability, functionality, and a little more safety.

A little bump in power would be nice...but I'd say that if I were more confidant in my current ride's mechanicals, I'd still be willing to do short trips with it. I've taken it on the interstate...but the RPMs get pretty high and I don't like keeping it up there for long times (and it has had some fuel delivery issues when running at high RPM for sustained periods).

The 500 has always seemed to me like it would grant a fun little bump in power that would also add a little better 2-up and highway utility...but still leave me in a position where I can fully open the throttle in the city without being an idiot. I'd almost consider the Ninja 300 if the naked was available here and I were a bit smaller of a dude.

For what it's worth, I've been pretty comfortable riding it on the freeway (albeit we're probably only talking 10-15 minute stretches) in the range of 60-70 mph. The primary limiting factor has really been my comfort level on fairly busy LA freeways (given that I'm well aware I don't have the instincts and muscle memory after a year of riding that I do after 30 years driving cars).
post #6645 of 6912

I've taken my SV wayyy up in the powerband on local non-highway roads without being a total idiot so it's doable. Gearing has a lot to do with what you're saying as well. You can find your balance between acceleration and max speed. I prefer the former since I'm not doing long trips at 100mph.

 

This would be a fun SV.

 

http://atlanta.craigslist.org/atl/mcy/5705879241.html

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