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Old 10-05-2010, 03:03 PM   #21
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What did you not like about the V-rod? I sat on one this weekend with forward controls and I liked it. The M90 or M109r are the other cruisers I like.
Myself personally, i think it didn't fit my personality. I was only 22 I believe, when I bought the V-Rod. May have actually been 21 still. I was still looking for a sport bike, but I was looking in the wrong places
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Old 10-05-2010, 03:21 PM   #22
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I love to ride
but for longer trips sitting elbows to knees, laying on the tank, is only good for about an hour at a time, so every 75 to 100 miles I stop, I have to get gas anyway so I take long breaks. Still ok.

I ride a supersport to help me stay in shape, riding, little stoppies, wheelies, maintenance and cleaning is all a lot of work.

plus on the street of Houstoned, well let me say, I like the ability to maneuver and stop. up on the beltway, or tollway, or highway, I like to be able to clear away from the traffic too.

So the best handling motorcycle IMO is what I want, but I ride everyday.

and riding along like I'm sitting on a couch just doesnt feel safe......

the zx14 is a great bike if you want two up!
I got rid of mine and got the 10 because it wheelies better
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Old 10-05-2010, 03:27 PM   #23
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The problem with SS bikes is the seating position is made for performance and nothing else. No compromise. Back and wrists will suffer and the passenger seating is an afterthought.
The problem with a cruiser is style is the overiding design goal and forward controls combined with pullback bars lead to slouching and back aches.

The best bikes for comfort are the standards/ super standards. FZ1, SV1000, VFR, Bonneville, etc. even the Busa is pretty close. The passenger seating is still a bit iffy on most of these (Bonny excluded) but the only alternative is a touring bike and they are too heavy ect...

So, you have to decide what kinda riding will be the main objective and then purchase what is closest to what you need.
I think the super standards offer an excellent compromise between performance and comfort.
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Old 10-05-2010, 03:43 PM   #24
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I've heard of lowerbacks and wrists getting sore when riding on a sport bike since i was young. I'm a new rider for about 1.5 months with an R6 and have had no issues except wrists and fingers getting sore.

The longest i've ridden was three hours with three 8-minute breaks. I expected to have a sore back but this has not been the case.

I used to work out a lot so I think that is the defining reason why my back does not get sore. I recommend working out on your abs with weights and doing "ab holds" while brushing your teeth in the morning. Also, work on hyper extensions to strengthen your lower back. You'll thank yourself on many occasions because the "core" is very important for a lot of things.
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Old 10-05-2010, 04:44 PM   #26
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Old 10-05-2010, 05:04 PM   #27
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It's time for you to get naked. There are a bunch of bikes that handle just as well as a sportbike, are just as fast, and are way more comfortable. All the Euro companies make great nakeds. Then there is the Yamaha FZ1, the Suzuki SV 1000, the Kawasaki Z1000, and a bunch more. It's not just sportbike vs cruiser anymore. There are a bunch of rides that are in between. Just go out on a test ride frenzy and pick one. Sportbikes are uncomfortable and cruisers are slow and boring...go naked.
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Old 10-05-2010, 05:45 PM   #28
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Old 10-05-2010, 05:55 PM   #29
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that bike is comfortable.....
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that bike is comfortable.....
I think it's the perfect bike in soo many ways. For starters, I think it's a sharp looking bike Take off the mirrors, the rear fender and the retarded exhaust and you have a great looking bike! Not only that, you hardly see them on the road...and it looks so modern/contemporary. And great deals to be had at the Kawasaki dealership since nobody wants them! lol Insurance is cheaper too And ZX10r spare parts and aftermarket are readily available. There's nothing BAD about this bike
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Old 10-05-2010, 06:13 PM   #31
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My back hurts after about 5 minutes on a cruiser. Pegs on front of my hips?? Why do I want to be in a "v" shape? Horrible riding position. I have ridden 10 hrs in a day on my 954. Only my right cheek hurt, not my back.

Nakeds are ok, IF you add wind protection. I cant stand being buffeted at 85-90 mph for an hour or more. To me, the super duke is a bad bike, if it had fairings.
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Old 10-05-2010, 06:41 PM   #32
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the fz1 that the Bee mentioned is a good choice, and make sure something isn't wrong with your back. I wondered for a while why mine always hurt and it turned out I had a crushed disc. 18 months of injections later I finally had a double lumbar fusion, now that it's healing I can ride my off with no issues.
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Old 10-05-2010, 06:56 PM   #33
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I am 30 and rode ss bikes zx10 gsxr1000 busa and now my zx14 no problems health wise I also owed a Honda vxt1300 I woulnt trade my zx14 for a cruiser lol IMO fun power and control
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Old 10-05-2010, 06:57 PM   #34
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How about a Connie? Basically a ZX-14 with storage. The bars are pretty high so it should be comfortable, especially if Corbin makes a seat for it.

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Old 10-05-2010, 06:58 PM   #35
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also if you are like me and have what is mostly a sitting job, I found that doing something as simple as walking for 30minutes a day does wonders to strengthen my back. When your back does not need to support your weight throughout the day, it gets weak. You can also take the back off of your chair and strengthen your back by not let a backrest support it. Think endurance not brute strength, distance runners will not get sore after 10 or 20 miles or running, however a power lifter who can squat 500lbs would. See the difference? Just my 2 cents.
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Go with a sport tourer like the afore mentioned VFR, in my opinion they're better for cruising than most "cruisers" and still retains much of the sport bike style. Another route would be a streetfighter like my Triumph as most of them offer a more upright seating position and higher set bars. Although you don't really have to rule out a full on sport bike, as with any bike it can take your body a while to adapt to the position. I was way uncomfortable on my Speed Triple for the first couple of months, but now I prefer it over any bike.
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Here is the answer ur looking for

http://houston.craigslist.org/mcy/1949300820.html

It's mine let me know if u wanna check it out. The Sargent seat is super duper comfy
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