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Old 09-25-2006, 07:14 AM   #1
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Default Re: Common Sense Motorbiking. Where Is It?

"Will getting from 0-60 in 2.5 seconds improve my morning, or evening commute?"



It should!
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Old 09-25-2006, 07:34 AM   #2
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Plenty of those motorcycles exist.



It's called free enterprise. Those "sensible" motorcycles collect a lot of dust on the sales floor.



The Stain-resistant Dockers crowd doesn't spend enough dough to keep dealers in business.
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Old 09-25-2006, 07:45 AM   #3
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As you said, there are some "common sense" bikes. They are about as much as riders which consider motorcycles as "common sense" transportation - close to zero !

There is no demand for them so manifacturers don't make them Majority of people (riders or not) think of motorbikes as a form of recreation.
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Old 09-25-2006, 08:00 AM   #4
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Old 09-25-2006, 08:01 AM   #5
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In 1932 a guy named Robert Fulton went around the world on a Douglas Twin that was like 350cc. And you want an 800cc bike with shaft drive, good mileage and cheap insurance rates because Hogs AND sport bikes hurt your back? Pansie!
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Old 09-25-2006, 08:01 AM   #6
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Those who buy "common sense" bikes tend to hang on to 'em for awhile, and are skeptical of the latest, greatest thing. Those people are out there, and they DO buy bikes, but not a new one every 2 or 3 years - rather a new one every 7 to 10 years.........



A minority in the moto-community, to be sure.



Manufacturers build what sells, and pieces of A$$-Jewelry and Boy-Race'A bikes are what sell the most right now.
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Old 09-25-2006, 08:03 AM   #7
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Basically "comon sense motorbiking" is an oxymoron. Common sense is associated with Volvos and Accords.
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Old 09-25-2006, 08:09 AM   #8
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The European view is different. Honda make the Deauville to fit precisely this slot. And sell it by the truckload to commuters in mid and southern Europe (it's built in Spain). The new 680 cc version is a real jack-of-all trades. I live in Denmark and ride most of the year round in sun, rain and low temperatures. Totally maintenance-friendly with shaft drive, heated grips, built-in panniers, etc., the Deauville will even so do 180 kph when required and would take me to the North Cape if I wanted. So they DO exist and are bought!

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Old 09-25-2006, 08:19 AM   #9
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Buell Ullysses

V-strom

SV

Ninja 650

Old Connie (surely some still on the sales floor)



Some of these have more than 800cc's but they won't do 200mph and probably get better than 40mpg



Or...

Burgman

Silverwing

Majesty



I know these are scooters, but the PC800 has got to be the most scooterlike non scooter that has ever been. Hell, I bet these things make about the same (or more) power!





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Old 09-25-2006, 08:33 AM   #10
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Yes, I was talking about US. It is different in Europe - shorter distances, higher gas prices, etc.
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