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SilverBullet 06-27-2002 04:41 AM

Re: Suzuki Volusia 800 reader feedback
Wimpy or not, this type of bike sells. I'm sure the prospective buyer of such type of bike will want to know and will find such comparo interesting (as well as a lot of us who are not in the market for a small cruiser but are curious as hell!).

Not everybody's got a hard on for the R1 or newest CBR, you know?

seruzawa 06-27-2002 04:45 AM

Re: Suzuki Volusia 800 reader feedback
If they would just lose the forward foot controls and put them back where they belong most of these cruisers would be much more livable. You can always add highway pegs for a place to stretch your legs. Locking you into the forward foot position gets too darned uncomfortable too darned fat.

seruzawa 06-27-2002 04:48 AM

Re: Suzuki Volusia 800 reader feedback
Don't be so mean. If it weren't for the people who buy the cruisers and dirt bikes there wouldn't be the R&D to go into the hot iron.

Look at what you get for your bucks on a sportbike. You are getting a lot more for your dollar than the MX and cruiser crowd. I doubt that the manufacturers make enough on the sportbikes alone to justify building them.

mcjunkie 06-27-2002 04:58 AM

Re: Suzuki Volusia 800 reader feedback
>> So what did I buy? Why, a 1980 Yamaha XS650. of course. It's faster, handles better than the bikes above and for what they wanted for the Duece I could've bought SEVENTEEN of my little 650's.<<

Right on, XS650's rock! fun to ride, and easy to work on. Go to and join the 650 list if you want to talk twins.

DurangoKid 06-27-2002 05:48 AM

Why, why, why???
Why are Americans so obsessed with HP? Seriously. Harley Davidson sells 200k bikes a year none, barring Buells and V-rods, come standard with more than 65 hp. You're welcome to correct me on the 65 hp, just a guess. HP can't be the only reason to buy a motorcycle.

MO... I just sold my Beember and I am in the market for a new bike. At this period in time, I am more interested than ever to read your reviews. Keep them coming.

I won't be buying the Volusia though... not enough horsepower. Ha ha!

Mooner 06-27-2002 05:55 AM

Re: Suzuki Volusia 800 reader feedback
Hey, I'm with you guys. This bike may not be something I'd buy, but it's still interesting to read about. This is Motorcycle Online, not Sportbike Online. There has to something for all of our two wheeled friends. Besides, reading about cruisers is WAAYYY better than reading about PT Cruisers.....

longride 06-27-2002 05:58 AM

Re: Why, why, why???
If you really think about it, Americans aren't obsessed with horsepower. You mentioned how many Harley sells and the big four sell cruisers to sportbikes at 2 to 1 or 3 to 1 minimum. I think you got a skewed view of things reading the 18 to 24 year old crowd here that pretty much know everything about every motorcycle ever made, and horsepower is #1. Since I have ridden extensively and owned more bikes than I care to count, I believe one starts to value more than just a number when one experiences more than just throttle twisting.

Steven_Verschoor 06-27-2002 06:06 AM


Shari 06-27-2002 06:08 AM

Re: Suzuki Volusia 800 reader feedback
The comment "An article that will interest no one..." is extremely narrow-minded. Consider that motorcyclists and reasons for riding are just as diverse as life itself. This is an article that I've been waiting for--a test of a midsized cruiser with classic styling! That's what I ride now, except it's a bit old ('81) and I want to upgrade to something new but similar. Wading through all the m/c showrooms in town, I've found such bikes are few and far between, so I'm happy to see Suzuki address a rather undervalued (as we can see by your post) segment of us riders.

JBRiley responded: "Hmmm.... I should not have been so narrow minded."

Shari: Ok, I'll let you slide.

DialedIN 06-27-2002 06:09 AM

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I totaly agree with you on this one... I was taught to ride on dirt bikes. Your legs have alot to do with control, but then again after seeing the resurection of "ape hanger" bars on harleys, I guess cruiser riders like the almost out of control feeling. Are bug guts in your arm pits a turn on to women?

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