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Old 12-16-2011, 11:25 AM   #41
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what size engine do you have on the bike out of curiosity... looking to upgrade (not anytime soon) but def dont want to get stuck w/ 30mpg
Its the 96". To be fair, I could probably get a little better mileage out of it if I rode it like a Harley. However, I tend to ride a little faster than most HD owners do. When riding like a normal HD owner, I manage about 40-something.

Mid 30s to low 40s is pretty damned respectable for any of the heavyweight touring bikes from anyone. Remember, you're shoving around a half-ton of bike with the aerodynamics of a brick...a smooth edged brick, but a brick nonetheless.
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Old 12-16-2011, 11:53 AM   #42
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I have an FZ6 and it would make a pretty good commuter. The FZ1 is going to have more torque when needed (obviously), but when ridden as a commuter the FZ6 will get around 50 mpg. The non-adjustable forks on the FZ6 leave a little to be desired but only if you plan to push the bike beyond simple riding/commuting. It is comfortable and has a pretty good riding position. The half fairing on the front is something you will want for freeway commuting unless you like the wind-blast of a naked.
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Old 12-16-2011, 12:01 PM   #43
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I have an FZ6 and it would make a pretty good commuter. The FZ1 is going to have more torque when needed (obviously), but when ridden as a commuter the FZ6 will get around 50 mpg. The non-adjustable forks on the FZ6 leave a little to be desired but only if you plan to push the bike beyond simple riding/commuting. It is comfortable and has a pretty good riding position. The half fairing on the front is something you will want for freeway commuting unless you like the wind-blast of a naked.
The loss of torque is going to be an issue for me. Even though the Road Toad is a beast, 100 lb/ft is a LOT of torque no matter how you slice it.
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Old 12-16-2011, 06:31 PM   #44
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Ok - so I'm toying with the idea of getting an inexpensive standard as a commuter rather than the half-ton behemoth I usually ride, and wanted some input from everyone.

Looking at a few options but keep coming back to the Yamaha FZ series - i just like that half-fairing.

Any comments from the peanut gallery on the FZ6 and/or FZ1 and why I should choose one over the other?
very happy with my fz6, good sitting position and good power range,

only the seat needs to be changed when doing long commutes
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Old 12-16-2011, 08:19 PM   #45
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Old 12-16-2011, 10:16 PM   #46
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I always liked these. Fast as well, but big enough to be comfortable.

http://houston.craigslist.org/mcy/2752069478.html

If you are stuck on an FZ-1, I can't blame you, they are great bikes.

I saw this oddity on TWT. Not everyone's cup o tea, but I like em. And they are rare in this shape. Enough oddballs like me out there, that they keep their resale value.

TDM850 parallel twin

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yeah, I know...probably not...
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XR1200 and add the quick release windscreen, you'll be all set! Maybe I'm biased.
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