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Old 04-10-2013, 02:49 PM   #1
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Old 04-10-2013, 06:57 PM   #2
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Nothing like a good old MO shoot out to pick a winner.
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Nothing like a good old MO shoot out to pick a winner.
Should be an interesting one...
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The green tank one looks kinda' like a ratty Ascot with the swoopy exhaust. A couple of my buds have the bigger Star-ma-ha's and they're decent enough bikes, I'm sure this one will be every bit as good.
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The green tank one looks kinda' like a ratty Ascot with the swoopy exhaust. A couple of my buds have the bigger Star-ma-ha's and they're decent enough bikes, I'm sure this one will be every bit as good.
Maybe, but I'd like to see the day that any one of the sub-liter V-twins performs equal to a '72 Norton 850 Commando. That bike did, according to a '73 Motorcycle World mag, a 1/4 in 12.75sec. And no one ever accused the Commando of being low on torque. All this crap about "getting the grunt down" low is just so much hogwash. The "modern" 900cc class V-twins get 1/4s in the 14s. Heck my old W2SS 650 was about that fast. 40 years on and mid-range cruisers still lag horribly. Put some guts in one and it might make an attractive 2nd bike.
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Old 04-12-2013, 08:36 AM   #6
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Maybe, but I'd like to see the day that any one of the sub-liter V-twins performs equal to a '72 Norton 850 Commando. That bike did, according to a '73 Motorcycle World mag, a 1/4 in 12.75sec. And no one ever accused the Commando of being low on torque. All this crap about "getting the grunt down" low is just so much hogwash. The "modern" 900cc class V-twins get 1/4s in the 14s. Heck my old W2SS 650 was about that fast. 40 years on and mid-range cruisers still lag horribly. Put some guts in one and it might make an attractive 2nd bike.


I'd just buy an ironhead or try to find a Trident in decent shape. Or a Norton for that matter. These bikes are aimed at a different demographic than us (ahem) more "experianced" riders......
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Old 04-12-2013, 07:10 PM   #7
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Agreed. Develop actual horsepower and people will buy these "midrange" cruiser things like free beer. I simply do not understand the problem with doing that.

I do like twins, but I do not like slow motorcycles. Life is too short to ride around on a slow bike. Got a Camry for my boring transport needs. A bike does not have to scare me sh%tless, but it does have to have a good hard pull and to make my heart beat a bit faster on command.

As far as smaller twins go, the SV 650 is a favorite. They make good power, sound great with a can on them, and are complete ball to ride. The smart kids will buy an SV650S, not one of these things. It is a darn shame Suzuki went all "Gladius" on us though. The new SVs have ABS and are over 8K, which is too bad, as they used to retail for under 6K, brand new. Oh well. Lots of 'em used out there.

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