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« Reply #40 on: November 23, 2021, 08:25:29 pm »

Smaller Adventure bikes are much better if you actually want to do off-road or just get a bike like Jay has for going off-road (it’s worth the cash)
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« Reply #41 on: November 24, 2021, 08:57:52 am »

 I have to ask; what is this trend of either the 34+ seat height "supermoto" type street bikes sa. Tracer, the stroms,verses,ect. and the super attraction on nakeds. I tried to ride my Ninja 650 w/o the shield or even a short shield for a short ride, but after reaching speed; after a while, I've had enough. Riders are raving about touring on these highly desired bikes tells me they're puting up w/ the ride it offers. There are soo many great naked (non fairing) bikes; sa the Yamaha MT's, KTM's, triumph, Honda,and Aprilia ect.  The larger, heavier in line 4's sa. the Suzuki and Kaw GT's are the only 2 sport tourers i've noticed come to market.    

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« Reply #42 on: November 24, 2021, 10:06:52 am »

My thoughts are the bike's ergonomics, performance, luggage options, and even looks are all subjective for the individual and how/where the bikes are used.

Both Jay and I have ridden dual sports a great deal and kind of like the familiar feel of wide bars and upright ergos on the FJ-09. Another friend of mine has never ridden off road and is more comfortable with low/narrow bars and high pegs, like on sport bike ergos (he rides/tours on a Ducati Supersport).

Figure out what you like and go with it. The cool thing is we have lots of choices and life is too short to ride a bike you are not happy on. Being able to have different types of bikes is certainly a luxury.
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« Reply #43 on: November 24, 2021, 10:50:27 pm »


My thoughts are the bike's ergonomics, performance, luggage options, and even looks are all subjective for the individual and how/where the bikes are used.

Both Jay and I have ridden dual sports a great deal and kind of like the familiar feel of wide bars and upright ergos on the FJ-09. Another friend of mine has never ridden off road and is more comfortable with low/narrow bars and high pegs, like on sport bike ergos (he rides/tours on a Ducati Supersport).

Figure out what you like and go with it. The cool thing is we have lots of choices and life is too short to ride a bike you are not happy on. Being able to have different types of bikes is certainly a luxury.


Speaking of Ducati Supersprt 950 and I think most of there V twin engines of reviews I've read; is there heat from the rear cylinder affecting the rider to a high degree; though I love the look and sound of them. The ninja defenetely turns in quicker than my FJ-09. Hopefully I'll demo a Aprilia tuono 660 next week, and will report my findings.

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« Reply #44 on: November 25, 2021, 12:57:23 am »


Speaking of Ducati Supersprt 950 and I think most of there V twin engines of reviews I've read; is there heat from the rear cylinder affecting the rider to a high degree; though I love the look and sound of them. The ninja defenetely turns in quicker than my FJ-09. Hopefully I'll demo a Aprilia tuono 660 next week, and will report my findings.

 TNX for replies...    


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« Reply #45 on: November 25, 2021, 07:08:55 am »

As has been stated, there is no perfect bike.

For long distance super-slab mile making, I like the Road Glide, (because I don't have a Gold Wing), enjoyed  both the C10 and C14 rapid transit machines I had (and foolishly sold). True dual sporting or ADV-ing with actual off-road riding, the DR650 (or the Honda and Kawasaki equivalents) are good for all but the most difficult dirt or most long/most fast pavement. For me, the Swiss Army Knife of canyon carving, super-slabbing, light off roading, load carrying and nag for the buck value is the Suzuki V-Strom 1000 though many also like the "Wee-Strom" 650.

I'm too old and too well developed in the mid-section  Rolleyes to crunch up in a sport bike for hours whilst travelling; but I'm too young at heart to only ride a Geaser-Glide or Golden Age Wing, though both are great bikes in their own right.

Make no mistake, the V-Strom 1000 is not a dirt bike - though I suppose even a Winnebago "could" be forced off-road. It's also not a sport bike but runs up, down and through the Black Hills with aplumb. It happily hauls all my stuff - and I'm a "gear is good - more gear is more good" guy. It does hyper-legal speeds for hours with a friction lock (wish it had proper cruise control) and is comfortable enough.

If always riding solo and not bringing the entire Bass Pro Shop along for the ride (as I have been accused of) the 650 Wee-Strom is also a great "Swiss Army Knife" bike.  
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« Reply #46 on: November 25, 2021, 12:09:56 pm »


As has been stated, there is no perfect bike.

For long distance super-slab mile making, I like the Road Glide, (because I don't have a Gold Wing), enjoyed  both the C10 and C14 rapid transit machines I had (and foolishly sold). True dual sporting or ADV-ing with actual off-road riding, the DR650 (or the Honda and Kawasaki equivalents) are good for all but the most difficult dirt or most long/most fast pavement. For me, the Swiss Army Knife of canyon carving, super-slabbing, light off roading, load carrying and nag for the buck value is the Suzuki V-Strom 1000 though many also like the "Wee-Strom" 650.

I'm too old and too well developed in the mid-section  Rolleyes to crunch up in a sport bike for hours whilst travelling; but I'm too young at heart to only ride a Geaser-Glide or Golden Age Wing, though both are great bikes in their own right.

Make no mistake, the V-Strom 1000 is not a dirt bike - though I suppose even a Winnebago "could" be forced off-road. It's also not a sport bike but runs up, down and through the Black Hills with aplumb. It happily hauls all my stuff - and I'm a "gear is good - more gear is more good" guy. It does hyper-legal speeds for hours with a friction lock (wish it had proper cruise control) and is comfortable enough.

If always riding solo and not bringing the entire Bass Pro Shop along for the ride (as I have been accused of) the 650 Wee-Strom is also a great "Swiss Army Knife" bike.  


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