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Old 10-25-2009, 06:23 AM   #1
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Default year round riding, and in the city...what bike (or type) is best.

I don't want to get too hung up on what is the absolute "best" one bike, but I am curious to your opinions. Which bike would you give the overall best score for year round use, in all weather, and great in the city. Point out the specifics also.

I think a bike with a really cushy suspension would be good for all the pot holes and ****. there are other factors, not sure of em all thou.

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Old 10-25-2009, 06:47 AM   #2
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Speed Triple. Accept no sunstitute.
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Old 10-25-2009, 07:24 AM   #3
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Any type of dual sport or standard will do just fine. Upright riding position and the ability to see behind you with the mirrors works for me.
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Old 10-25-2009, 12:27 PM   #4
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Buell Ulysses, Tall with upright riding position and wide bars, excellent brakes, lots of torque, good bags and trunk standard, engine cooling fan for hot days.
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Old 10-26-2009, 07:51 AM   #5
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Triumph Scrambler!
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Old 10-26-2009, 08:52 AM   #6
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Street Triple.

It is tiny, and an absolute Hoot to ride!

Make sure you put the Arrow pipe on it.

Not a long distance mount, though.
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Old 10-26-2009, 10:03 AM   #7
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Ninja 500. Or, if you want the new fuel-injected version, Ninja 650. You want something light, but with enough power to squirt through traffic, that's easy (relatively speaking) to ride in the rain. Of course, if you want lots of grocery capacity then you might want to buy a scooter.
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Old 10-26-2009, 10:17 AM   #8
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"Make sure you put the Arrow pipe on it."

I'm pretty sure that is illegal in all 50 states.
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Old 10-26-2009, 10:24 AM   #9
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+1 on any dual sport. Upright riding position allows you see over traffic, too! Plus it puts you in a position to immediately react to road conditons/threats.

Don't forget to try it in the dirt, too!
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Old 10-26-2009, 12:12 PM   #10
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The new Yamaha VMax is clearly an outstanding "around-town" bike. Nimble and light, flickable through the traffic, silky-smooth transmission, meaty forks to soak up the bumps in the pavement, a linear power-curve to get you out front of those taxis. When you thumb the starter and hear the Max purr to life, you'll grin ear to ear and you crack the throttle and blow those spent exhaust gasses out the pipes.
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