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Unread post by High_Side » Sat Jan 28, 2006 11:49 am

I'll chime in my $.02 on magazines. He who gets the exclusive on a new model writes a glowing review. It's only in the comparo a few issues later that you hear about the bad stuff...
As for these cruisers, I would hold out for the M109 or possibly the Nite-Rod Harley. The 109 has to be one of the best looking big cruisers out there (an opinion not shared with Mrs. HighSide and Mrs Totalmotorcycle at the bike show :roll: ) and I hope they made it handle and perform ALOT better than the old 1500 Intruder *coughSLUGcough*. For the price they are asking for them however, there is not a big jump to the Hardley. I would seriously look at the NiteRod if I was going to go this route. Whether or not you are anti-Harley is up to you....
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Unread post by ZooTech » Sat Jan 28, 2006 1:03 pm

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grampi wrote:I am curious as to why I can't find a single magazine with a test of the 109. I must have thumbed through 15 different MC mags today and other than brief mentions of the bike, nothing. You'd think the mags would be dying to get their hands on one and Suzuki should more than glad to give them one to test!
I have a mag around here somewhere with a review, but it was a prototype. I'll try to find it later (leaving for the movies soon). They gave it a glowing review.
Cool! I'm curious to see the performance figures for the 109.
Well, I tore around the house a bit before remembering what I did with that issue...I gave it to my bro-in-law who's seriously considering buying one in the Spring. It was either Motorcyclist, CycleWorld, or Rider (I subscribe to all three).

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Unread post by grampi » Sat Jan 28, 2006 1:18 pm

High_Side wrote:I'll chime in my $.02 on magazines. He who gets the exclusive on a new model writes a glowing review. It's only in the comparo a few issues later that you hear about the bad stuff...
As for these cruisers, I would hold out for the M109 or possibly the Nite-Rod Harley. The 109 has to be one of the best looking big cruisers out there (an opinion not shared with Mrs. HighSide and Mrs Totalmotorcycle at the bike show :roll: ) and I hope they made it handle and perform ALOT better than the old 1500 Intruder *coughSLUGcough*. For the price they are asking for them however, there is not a big jump to the Hardley. I would seriously look at the NiteRod if I was going to go this route. Whether or not you are anti-Harley is up to you....
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As mentioned before, the V-Rod (or Nightrod) is simply to small to be considered among the big bore cruisers. Personally, I think the V-Rod is more comparable to the V-Max, and we all know the V-Max will kick the V-Rod's butt in every catagory.
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Unread post by grampi » Sat Jan 28, 2006 1:20 pm

ZooTech wrote:
grampi wrote:
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grampi wrote:I am curious as to why I can't find a single magazine with a test of the 109. I must have thumbed through 15 different MC mags today and other than brief mentions of the bike, nothing. You'd think the mags would be dying to get their hands on one and Suzuki should more than glad to give them one to test!
I have a mag around here somewhere with a review, but it was a prototype. I'll try to find it later (leaving for the movies soon). They gave it a glowing review.
Cool! I'm curious to see the performance figures for the 109.
Well, I tore around the house a bit before remembering what I did with that issue...I gave it to my bro-in-law who's seriously considering buying one in the Spring. It was either Motorcyclist, CycleWorld, or Rider (I subscribe to all three).
Any way you could call your bro-in-law to see if he can give you the specs? I'm really curious to find out.
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Unread post by ZooTech » Sat Jan 28, 2006 1:26 pm

I may be able to hook up with him today or tomorrow. If I get ahold of the magazine I'll let ya know.

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Unread post by High_Side » Sat Jan 28, 2006 1:33 pm

grampi wrote:As mentioned before, the V-Rod (or Nightrod) is simply to small to be considered among the big bore cruisers. Personally, I think the V-Rod is more comparable to the V-Max, and we all know the V-Max will kick the V-Rod's butt in every catagory.
With 4 cylinders I would hope so. Sorry, I missed where the V-Rod was mentioned eaerlier in this thread....in fact I still can't find it....
Here is an interesting read on "sort-of" related bikes:
http://motorcyclecruiser.com/roadtests/supercruisers/

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Unread post by ZooTech » Sat Jan 28, 2006 5:04 pm

High_Side wrote:Here is an interesting read on "sort-of" related bikes:
http://motorcyclecruiser.com/roadtests/supercruisers/
Here's a good one, too:

http://www.motorcycle-usa.com/Article_P ... 221&Page=1

The V-Rod clearly fits the bill but, unfortunately, it doesn't fit me or anyone else of average height or better.

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Unread post by CentralOzzy » Sat Jan 28, 2006 5:38 pm

grampi wrote:we all know the V-Max will kick the V-Rod's butt in every catagory.
Except LOOKS! :P

Anyway, it depends on who's riding what to know how that race would turn out in the REAL world.
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Unread post by High_Side » Sat Jan 28, 2006 6:34 pm

ZooTech wrote: The V-Rod clearly fits the bill but, unfortunately, it doesn't fit me or anyone else of average height or better.
I agree that the riding position is completely wrong, but when I sat on the new Night-Rod it felt really good. They've moved the pegs back and for whatever reason it even felt more comfortable than the new Street-Rod. After saying all of this however, my next bike will be a V-Strom. Ugly but practical. :laughing:

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Unread post by grampi » Sat Jan 28, 2006 10:29 pm

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grampi wrote:we all know the V-Max will kick the V-Rod's butt in every catagory.
Except LOOKS! :P

Anyway, it depends on who's riding what to know how that race would turn out in the REAL world.
That's not subjective at all :laughing:
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Unread post by grampi » Sat Jan 28, 2006 10:36 pm

High_Side wrote:
grampi wrote:As mentioned before, the V-Rod (or Nightrod) is simply to small to be considered among the big bore cruisers. Personally, I think the V-Rod is more comparable to the V-Max, and we all know the V-Max will kick the V-Rod's butt in every catagory.
With 4 cylinders I would hope so. Sorry, I missed where the V-Rod was mentioned eaerlier in this thread....in fact I still can't find it....
Here is an interesting read on "sort-of" related bikes:
http://motorcyclecruiser.com/roadtests/supercruisers/
The V-Rod is comparable in size, weight, power, engine RPMs, name, and even looks to the V-Max and yet it's constantly compared to the big inch cruisers simply because it's a v-twin. If that's the case, shouldn't it also be compared to the v-twin sport bikes? I guess it's only going to be compared to whatever makes it look the best.
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Unread post by grampi » Sat Jan 28, 2006 10:37 pm

ZooTech wrote:I may be able to hook up with him today or tomorrow. If I get ahold of the magazine I'll let ya know.
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Unread post by High_Side » Sat Jan 28, 2006 10:53 pm

grampi wrote: I guess it's only going to be compared to whatever makes it look the best.
Whoa. I make a suggestion and it becomes yet another anti-Harley thread..... :laughing: ....and somehow I ended up on the Harley side :laughing: :laughing:

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Unread post by grampi » Sun Jan 29, 2006 12:21 am

High_Side wrote:
grampi wrote: I guess it's only going to be compared to whatever makes it look the best.
Whoa. I make a suggestion and it becomes yet another anti-Harley thread..... :laughing: ....and somehow I ended up on the Harley side :laughing: :laughing:
Harley will get a fair shake from me when they bring something to the big inch power cruiser table.
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Unread post by High_Side » Sun Jan 29, 2006 2:19 am

grampi wrote: Harley will get a fair shake from me when they bring something to the big inch power cruiser table.
I hope the irony is not lost on everyone else here......

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Unread post by grampi » Sun Jan 29, 2006 11:47 am

CentralOzzy wrote::roll:
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Unread post by grampi » Mon Jan 30, 2006 8:13 pm

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Anything on that mag yet?
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Unread post by ZooTech » Mon Jan 30, 2006 8:22 pm

He still has the magazine....December '05 issue of Cycle World.

http://www.zinio.com/issue?is=109965842&ns=zno

You can download it for $3.99, otherwise you'll have to wait 'til I actually see him again.

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Unread post by grampi » Tue Jan 31, 2006 7:51 pm

ZooTech wrote:He still has the magazine....December '05 issue of Cycle World.

http://www.zinio.com/issue?is=109965842&ns=zno

You can download it for $3.99, otherwise you'll have to wait 'til I actually see him again.
I'm cheap, so I guess I'll wait 'til you see your bro-in-law again.
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