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Old 12-04-2012, 03:05 PM   #1
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Question Houston area riding...thoughts on bikes...cruisers, nakeds, etc

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Once in a while on my longer rides (Guzzi V7 naked) on our multi-county, straight, crowded, high speed roads in the Houston area...I start thinking.

The thinking is spurred by wind buffetting above 70 mph, numbing hands, endless linear highways, few curves and long distances to anywhere I want to go. And yeah I am getting bored with my current riding "orbit".

And the thinking after about an hour on the bike goes to....wait for it....

Cruiser bikes come to mind: comfy, with wind protection, upright stance and geometry, cushy seats, maybe back support, saddle bags with room for camping or at least weekend gear, GPS, cruise control, ABS, you name it on accessories.

Most on this forum are sport bike riders, and that is great. Being an older guy (we rule)--I am starting to ponder adding another bike to my inventory. The new BMW 800 GT (in orange) has caught my eye. There are many other worthy bikes. Higher weight, moving around the garage, and my relatively small frame and strength gives me concerns on dealing with a 500#+ cruiser.
Cost is an issue as these bikes can get very expensive.

Likely I would look for a clean used cruiser, but not a HD as I dislike their engines and other associated aspects.

Anyway, that is the thought of the day taking a break from finding oil for all you consumers.

Yup, I think the ideal solution: a play naked bike like my Guzzi, and a small cruiser for when I want to ride to Austin, or the coast, go camping, or maybe even further?

What say you, especially members with several diverse bikes? Thoughts? Comments?

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Old 12-04-2012, 03:21 PM   #2
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MH,

Once in a while on my longer rides (Guzzi V7 naked) on our multi-county, straight, crowded, high speed roads in the Houston area...I start thinking.

The thinking is spurred by wind buffetting above 70 mph, numbing hands, endless linear highways, few curves and long distances to anywhere I want to go. And yeah I am getting bored with my current riding "orbit".

And the thinking after about an hour on the bike goes to....wait for it....

Cruiser bikes come to mind: comfy, with wind protection, upright stance and geometry, cushy seats, maybe back support, saddle bags with room for camping or at least weekend gear, GPS, cruise control, ABS, you name it on accessories.

Most on this forum are sport bike riders, and that is great. Being an older guy (we rule)--I am starting to ponder adding another bike to my inventory. The new BMW 800 GT (in orange) has caught my eye. There are many other worthy bikes. Higher weight, moving around the garage, and my relatively small frame and strength gives me concerns on dealing with a 500#+ cruiser.
Cost is an issue as these bikes can get very expensive.

Likely I would look for a clean used cruiser, but not a HD as I dislike their engines and other associated aspects.

Anyway, that is the thought of the day taking a break from finding oil for all you consumers.

Yup, I think the ideal solution: a play naked bike like my Guzzi, and a small cruiser for when I want to ride to Austin, or the coast, go camping, or maybe even further?

What say you, especially members with several diverse bikes? Thoughts? Comments?

stay safe

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Old 12-04-2012, 03:25 PM   #3
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Got my eye on a really nice 2003 Aprilia Futura RST for touring. I just can't bring myself to buy another cruiser. Most of the guys I ride with are on sport bikes and they will leave me in the dust on a cruiser.
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You can always go for the ones like BMW k1600gt or a muscle bike for all purpose. I have the diavel and I can easily make the trip to Austin without breaking my back, and still have plenty of agility for sweepers and corners and hairspins
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Any of the modern sport tourers are great long-ride bikes that are capable of more than what most of us can throw at them and very affordable to ride.
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You can always go for the ones like BMW k1600gt or a muscle bike for all purpose. I have the diavel and I can easily make the trip to Austin without breaking my back, and still have plenty of agility for sweepers and corners and hairspins
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A brand new '08 Suzuki S83 was the first bike I bought when I first got back to riding about 2yrs ago. It was great around town bike and served it's purpose of regaining my riding confidence after 15yr hiatus. Because it has stayed basically the same since the late 80's, when it was called Intruder 1400, it is very lightweight for a big cc cruiser and had very reasonable ergos. Most cruisers these days fold you like a taco, and even an 800cc one weight 750 lbs. I tried commuting with it for a while, even got a mini windscreen and a set of saddlebags. Still, it didn't take long for me to realize the cruiser package is not my cup of tea for longer rides.

I wish I still have the S83 so you can test ride for a few weeks. A short demo ride won't tell you the whole story, especiallly for cruisers.

First, I like hard lockable bags. You can get cruiser that have those, but usually on big heavy baggers.

Second, the upright - or even laid back - cruiser ergo just don't sit well with me. It puts all my weight on my and doesn't allow me to stand up when I go over rough pavement and bumps.

Thirdly, I don't like riding behind a big barn door of a windshield, which chokes out all the cooling breeze in Texas summer heat.

So 8 bikes later, I'm down to the Concours 14 and the SV. I've got them set up as the sport-TOURER and SPORT-touer. They cover 95% of the riding spectrum I'd like to do. Only thing not covered is the full-on -to-the-wall performance sportbike riding. With a bit of suspension tweaking, the SV might just cover that too.

If you like the Guzzi style and power characteristics, Norge 8V is a fantastic long hauler. Or if your inseam allows it, Stelvio.
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Triumph Sprint ST or Speed Triple can do all of the above.
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Triumph Sprint ST or Speed Triple can do all of the above.
I'd recommend the Sprint GT. Had an '09 Srpint ST, and all my complaints were fixed in the GT. Macuso SW has a silver '11 or ('12?). Very nice.
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It's gotta be light, comfortable, and look good too.

It's gotta have places to put your things. Real things.
I used to carry a huge Rubbermaid container everywhere that I strapped to my back seat with bungee cords. Never did need proper moto luggage.
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For light duty touring you should try a few mods before looking at a whole new bike, after all the base V7 is meant for solo touring. A detachable windshield, lowered pegs, and risers would turn your racer into a tourer in the space of thirty minutes. Converting back would be a cinch as well!

Edit: The basics, like a 200+ mile range and shaft drive, are all there. The only things holding the racer back from some long hauls are really superficial.
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How about a Ducati mutistrada or divel they are pretty cool
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Hey dad, get a TMAX.

Never had a problem with wind buffeting or crosswinds or the like.

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Had this same revelation in October. Traded my tracked out R6 for a vstar. I kept my R1 but love the cruiser now. Got it for longer rides and so the lady would comfy on the back. It is my every day bike and I commute 4 days a week on it.

Yes it is loud. Yes it doesnt go very fast. But I get this silly grin everytime I ride it.
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Just looked up the F800GT. Very nice package and very lightweight, but prolly BMW expensive. My guess is, for the same coin, you can buy a brand new C14/FJR1300/VFR1200/Norge/etc. If you want to stay lightweight, you can always build your own lightweight Sport Tourer, by adding aftermarket top case and panniers. In some ways, I kinda prefer it that way, rather than get one with all OEM bags. That's what I'm doing with the SV. Go to http://www.twistedthrottle.com/ and browse around to see what you can do with which bike. Get them to send you a catalog, which shows you glossies on most of the popular bikes rigged up for touring duty.
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I have considered the Aprilia Futura and the Ducati ST3 or ST4s which can be had for reasonable amounts. I have toured on my Triple a lot and it just takes a little more dedication knowing I'll be a little less comfortable and it'll be a bit more of a pain in the to load all my on the bike.

Though a cruiser has not crossed my mind. The Griso is the closest to a cruiser I'll be for a long time I think. The Griz is no slouch but a bit more comfy than my Speed Triple.
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^ You can get hard locking bags and trunk for this guy. Throw on a touring windshield and heated grips, and you're set. Plus, it's fuel injected!
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