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Old 09-25-2006, 05:30 PM   #71
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Good comments. You, my friend are a wise man.
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Old 09-25-2006, 05:51 PM   #72
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Default Re: Common Sense Motorbiking. Where Is It?

To be more precise, 50-70 hp is all YOU really need....
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Old 09-25-2006, 05:58 PM   #73
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Ain't me dumbass. I never owned an SUV in my life.
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Old 09-25-2006, 05:59 PM   #74
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Maybe we aren't worried about a 'better image'. I know I'm not.
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Old 09-25-2006, 06:00 PM   #75
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No, 50 to 70 hp is all YOU really need.
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Old 09-25-2006, 06:26 PM   #76
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I agree with your taste in motorcycles, but not with your premise that there are no suitable bikes, or your "Am I the only one?" complaining. I don't want a cruiser or a sportbike either, and as for horsepower, I think having "just enough" power is more fun than having lots of extra power.



So I bought a Ducati Multistrada 620. It's very comfortable, with an almost completely upright but still plenty sporty seating position. It's got enough power to be fun and feel safe on the freeway, but low enough power to still be a challenge to keep my speed up on twisty hilly roads. Weighs only 450 lbs wet, has nice large saddle bags available, which make it a great tourer and practical commuter bike, is quiet with the stock pipes. About 50 mpg. And costs a pretty reasonable $8,000 new.



Other suitable bikes available in the US would be Breva 750, the V-Stroms, Triumph Bonneville or Thunderbird, Buell Ulysses. Slightly more toward the sporty side would be the Honda 599, Suzuki SV-650, Yamaha FZ-6. I considered these last three but wanted more legroom, which is why I went for the Multistrada.



In summary, I agree with you that our tastes seem to be in the minority in the US, but certainly not to the extent to justify your "lone voice in the wilderness" complaint. There are still plenty of bikes to choose from.
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Old 09-25-2006, 07:28 PM   #77
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Gee, you mean KP doesn't know what the Fukc he's talking about?



Imagine that.
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Old 09-25-2006, 07:31 PM   #78
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You know? I was going to write one of my typical smart-ass remarks but I'll just be nice and say nothing.



Oh so tempting though.
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Old 09-25-2006, 07:47 PM   #79
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Me neither... but I have serial ownership of 3/4 ton trucks that eat a lot of gas and make me laugh and laugh everytime I see some arrogant jerk in a V6 4Runner or Xterrawith an anti-SUV bumpersticker.



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Old 09-25-2006, 08:04 PM   #80
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First of all, there is no motorcycle that makes sense, when you get off they fall down unless you prop em up with a stick, the windows won't roll up, the soccer team won't fit... Get over it.



Having said that, what about, Ninja 650, KLR 650 Vstrom 650, BMW 650, the new 800's, Ducati Multistrada 620, & the mini monsters, 883 and 1200 Sportsters, sub 1000cc metric cruisers, Suzuki GS500, 600 Bandit, super scooters, etc. etc. All of these except the cruisers weigh in the low 400 pound range, make between 40 and and about 80 horsepower, will cruise the interstates all day, have top speeds over 100 mph, are easy on fuel, tires and chains (where applicable).



If ya asks me, and I have been riding for coming up to 40 years, the present variety of bikes available to buy, and their overall excellence is unsurpassed. Hey! maybe I am dead and in heaven, livin right paid off!
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