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Old 05-31-2011, 06:08 PM   #1
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Smile Sport bike riders going to cruisers.... how was it??? or have you done it??

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Well I came from Sportbikes and truthfully I DONT miss it. Yeah, I definitly get sh*t on here from the "Young, wanna be cool Crotch Rocket Gixxer Riders" but who cares. I love the cruiser side of riding cause it is what it sounds like. Relaxed, slow paced, fun cruising style. My bike gets wayyy more looks then sportbikes andtheres sooo much you can do to a cruiser type bike rather then an average Sportbike. Now there is times that I wouldnt mind having a Sportbike just to mess with and hit the track on but for everyay riding and weekend rides, "Cruiser Style" is the way to go for me. I belive theres actually alot of people on this board lately who has found that out, DAVE C!!!!!!! lol He might chime in
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Old 05-31-2011, 06:16 PM   #3
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My first bike was a Honda Shadow and I miss the out of it. It was so comfy.I want another one.
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Old 05-31-2011, 06:21 PM   #4
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I have ridden both but only owned the sport bike type. I had planned on buying a cruiser until a friend loaned me his Ducati and that just changed me. I had heard the stories about how sport bikes are uncomfortable..blah blah blah. Obviously they are not as comfortable as a cruiser. If I decide to take the wife out then I will be looking into getting a cruiser. 2 up on a sport bike just isn't comfortable.
I rode my friends Harley Night Rod and I just prefer the sport bike.
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Right now I have two bikes, Yamaha R1 and a Honda Goldwing. Both bikes offer something different out of life. , if I had my choice (and the bucks) I would probably own about 6 different kinds. Since you already have a bike for the track, I say go for it.....get yourself a cruiser. If you're in the to the walls type of mood, take your bike to the track. If you want to take in the scenery, hop onto your cruiser.....In short, I do NOT regret having a cruiser. Now if I were told I could only have one bike, one kind of bike......it would be a tough choice, for I do love both worlds that that a cruiser/sportsbike gives me.
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well.......

I'm 23 and had 4 accidents so far, so I'm starting to feel like i'm 40... back pain here and there, tired and sore.. with a few bumps here and there it does make me wanna look for something else other then a sport bike.. but I will never give that up! love the speed and the rush of going 100+mph but when it comes to an every day drive it does get old...

I'm really looking forward to get something nice for the every day street riding BUT with a little bit of a pick up

The R6 is staying with papi for track, so I can get the rush out at the right place...

soon I'll be posting a big thread about the R6 rebuild and all the track pictures and the fun I had before I went down.. then getting everything back up

Thanks for all the input guys.. I think I wouldn't regret it.

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Just like having a wife and a girlfriend, once you get both you can't choose just one
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The Stryker is supposed to be an awesome bike, & it looks great. I've heard they handle great even with the long wheelbase. Lots of clearance for leaning. I'd imagine low-speed maneuvers would suck, though.

With a cruiser's lower center of gravity & higher weight you have to lean it more than a sportbike to take a curve at the same speed, so it feels like you're going faster than you really are.

I have a lot of fun on my cruiser. It's slow enough to keep me from doing something really stupid.
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I`ve been riding a long time. started on standards (CB,KZ,GS) .rode them form 1970s till the late 80s then started riding sport bikes up till 2003. bought my first crusier (1500 intruder) never regretted getting it. have traveled more miles on it than i could have on a sport bike or would have. and have enjoyed it everytime i ride. have seen more country side than i could have on a sport bike. BUT i still love going fast though a set of twistys so a now have a track bike to fill that bill.. you will not regret getting a crusier as long as you have a sport bike!.....
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The best thing about a cruiser for me is that it slows me down, a lot. Yet it is still a very enjoyable ride.
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I think other then trying to keep it save Its about slowing it down on the streets...
Having my track bike I should be good to go for slow street riding... I hope.. LOL
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I went to a cruiser from a sportbike, and now I'm back on a sportbike. I had the same thoughts you did, so I made the switch. I regreted my decision almost immediately. I hung on to it to give it a chance, but it just didn't cut it. I didn't feel comfortable on the freeways, and it was an 1100. Perhaps I just chose the wrong cruiser. I have riden my uncles HD, and test rode the YAMAHA Stryker and loved it.
I would like to have a designated track bike one day, and maybe pick up a Stryker for a commuter/cruise around town bike.
I would go for it, but I suggest test riding what you plan on buying. That was my mistake.

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I've ridden lot's of cruisers, even 'hopped up' and 'chopped down' Harleys with drag bars and S&S this and that, big cubes, etc etc with a good factory rake and they still handle like 500lb+ bikes and they still don't pull like you want them to pull. I'm almost 30 now so maybe in another 10 when my knees can't take it ill get something less aggressive.
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