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Old 06-29-2006, 12:56 PM   #111
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Default Re: Cowboy up?

There are actually still real life cowboys in places like Wyoming. They are often seen wearing ball caps and using ATVs instead of horses. Times change I guess.



One thing you don't see is those big belt buckles and the person's name on the back of the belt. Real cowboys can remember their own names.
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Old 06-29-2006, 12:57 PM   #112
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Default Re: What's the Best Bike for Commuting?

It depends on where you live and what kind of weather and commute you do (highway, suburb, country roads). I commute 30 miles each way each day in the Boston suburbs, and used to commute in DC.



Sport bikes suck - hurt your wrists, suck in traffic, can't sit on them for too long;



Harleys and Gold Wings are too heavy and hard to maneuver at slow speed, and you have to not care;



You want nothing that's hard to maintain yourself - you want to keep it on the road;



You want a bike no one wants to steal and can look like crap without any heartburn;



You want really big luggage - big enough for laptops and briefcases;



I dont care about windshields, but you have to have a bike that won't throw off lots of heat in the summer. Its a lot easier to dress for cold then ride naked because your engine is so hot;



Comfort comfort comfort, upright position, good seat, multiple foot positions. No weight on your wrists!!!



Consistent performance and comfort in both stop and go traffic and on highway - Strong mid-range, torque over power, tall gearing;



So get a nice used, air cooled standard with a fairly simple engine, learn to do your own maintenance to keep it on the road, and buy good quality big hard luggage.



I've commuted on a Guzzi EV, a BMW K1100RS, a Suzuki GT500, and a Yamaha Maxim. The Guzzi is the best, any UJM is good. A beemer R bike would work too (the K blows off too much heat and puts too much weight on your writsts at low speeds). The

Guzzi, BTW, is the hands down winner.

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Old 06-29-2006, 01:07 PM   #113
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Default Re: What's the Best Bike for Commuting?

Why not? HDs already have the total loss oiling system.
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Old 06-29-2006, 01:10 PM   #114
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Default Re: What's the Best Bike for Commuting?

I used to have an M900 (Ducati) which was a great city commuter. A supermoto bike would be even better. But now that I commute outside of San Francisco, riding about 50mi per day on mostly freeway miles, I have switched up to a bike with better wind protection and overall afforability: a Triumph Speed Four. The bike was super cheap-- less than $5800 otd, as a leftover-- which was why I bought it: to pile miles on. But to my surprise I found that it had great wind protection, really good suspension, and more horsepower. Overall, a much better freeway bike. Narrower too, which makes it good for lane-splitting on the 101. It has rasied clip-ons so it's pretty upright and comfy too. It has been a good choice.



So I would echo the sentiments of those on 600s-- their narrowness and nimbleness, yet good high speed manners, makes them good freeway bikes.



But for city commuting, I'd stick with a supermoto, standard, or a Monster or Multistrada. Within the streets of San Francisco, the Monster ruled. With its abundant torque, wide bars, good looks and fiesty growl, it was perfect for SF.



If I were to commute within the confines of the city again, I would look for the new Aprilia RXV450 supermoto to come stateside, or the release of the Triumph 675 as a naked bike. Or maybe a Husky street-legal supermoto model. Any of those bikes would rule as a weekend Skyline blaster.



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Old 06-29-2006, 03:39 PM   #115
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Default Re: What's the Best Bike for Commuting?

My old KLR 650 with a tail bag was my favorite on a crowded slow moving freeway. Though once traffic opened up the lack of top end on the KLR was a liability in my book. Well here in the SF area where traffic moves at 80 - 90 mph when not stop and go.
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Old 06-29-2006, 03:50 PM   #116
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Hook your PIAA's to the low beam, never fall for that high beam only crap they post in the docs. Also if you can get amber bulbs.
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Old 06-29-2006, 04:03 PM   #117
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Its about saving time more than money for me. My old commute would run 45 to well over an hour shorter on the bike each way.
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Old 06-29-2006, 04:28 PM   #118
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Looking at your priorities for wanting to buy a two wheeler for commuting, I would have to say a big scooter would suit you right down to the ground.Perfect!
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Old 06-29-2006, 04:51 PM   #119
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A 999R. Sure, the weather protection only exists if you're flat against the tank, the storage space is limited to what you can put in your backpack/tank bag, and the economy stinks at 100 MPH, but it's got the agility part down!
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Old 06-29-2006, 05:37 PM   #120
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I don't trust them pretentious Mods further'n I can toss one.
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