Is there a bike out with a mix of cruiser and sport bike?

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Re: Is there a bike out with a mix of cruiser and sport bike

#21 Unread post by jstark47 » Tue Feb 17, 2009 12:04 pm

gsus wrote:Suzuki V-Strom (1000cc model) -
The ergos sure looks comfy, but I'm still trying to get over the look of the bike. One attractive feature that appeals to me is that (I believe) they are optional with ABS.
You don't notice the looks when you're riding it, y'know..... :twisted:

BTW, unfortunately only the 650's have the ABS option.
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#22 Unread post by desper » Tue Feb 17, 2009 1:13 pm

jstark47 wrote:You don't notice the looks when you're riding it, y'know.....
You may not notice your shirt is inside out, you have toilet paper stuck to your shoe and mustard on your face, but you'd still look pretty ridiculous;)

I'm not saying the Strom is ugly, I used to think so, but as I realized the beauty in it's utilitarian ways I began to appreciate it. But looks DO matter.
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Re: Is there a bike out with a mix of cruiser and sport bike

#23 Unread post by jstark47 » Tue Feb 17, 2009 6:16 pm

desper wrote:
jstark47 wrote:You don't notice the looks when you're riding it, y'know.....
You may not notice your shirt is inside out, you have toilet paper stuck to your shoe and mustard on your face, but you'd still look pretty ridiculous;)

I'm not saying the Strom is ugly, I used to think so, but as I realized the beauty in it's utilitarian ways I began to appreciate it. But looks DO matter.
:laughing: I'm 52, married, and a grandpa!!! Looks stopped mattering a long time ago. Heck, most days I'm just happy to have function (or most of it) let alone looks!! :lol:
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#24 Unread post by storysunfolding » Tue Feb 17, 2009 6:46 pm

I'm 25, not married and have no children*. Yet the chicks dig the strom. I know it's not me. The best I ever look is in my full face helmet with a tinted visor



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#25 Unread post by HYPERR » Tue Feb 17, 2009 7:01 pm

I want one! :mrgreen:


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#26 Unread post by RhadamYgg » Tue Feb 17, 2009 7:24 pm

HYPERR wrote:I want one! :mrgreen:


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#27 Unread post by desper » Tue Feb 17, 2009 8:41 pm

jstark47 wrote: :laughing: I'm 52, married, and a grandpa!!! Looks stopped mattering a long time ago. Heck, most days I'm just happy to have function (or most of it) let alone looks!! :lol:
I don't mean in a vain way... I'm an artist by profession, so when looks stop mattering to me, I go broke;)
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#28 Unread post by Johnj » Tue Feb 17, 2009 11:42 pm

despar you need that 'vain way' if you plan to be successful in the art field. Unless you see through the a$$ and create real art. Then success won't mean as much.
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#29 Unread post by desper » Tue Feb 17, 2009 11:53 pm

Johnj wrote:despar you need that 'vain way' if you plan to be successful in the art field. Unless you see through the a$$ and create real art. Then success won't mean as much.
I'm more of an assembly-line artist (film) not really 'artsy fartsy' I work in a team;)
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Re: Is there a bike out with a mix of cruiser and sport bike

#30 Unread post by pinger05 » Sun Feb 22, 2009 12:38 pm

gsus wrote: During the time that I've owned these bikes I've realized a few things that I would like and not like on my future bike:
I like the upright positioning of the cruisers better
I prefer to have my feet below me rather than in front of me
I like disc brakes front and back (my cruisers had drum brakes in back!)
I like the extra distance that I get with 5.5gal tank in the VFR
I like the down low torque of the V-twins (but also the rush of HP in the VFR and Magna)
I don't like the vibration from the V-twins (the V4's win here for me)
I don't necessarily like or dislike fairings, so I'm indifferent here
I'd prefer to do away with carbs, but I can go either way.

Is there maybe a better bike that you guys can think of that would suit me a bit better? I'm 5'10" (30" inseam) and about 275lbs.
Has anyone suggested the Kawasaki Concourse? I am a pretty small guy (5'4") but I did not feel as though I was kissing the tank on a 07.
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#31 Unread post by shane-o » Sun Feb 22, 2009 7:29 pm

gsus wrote:I started off on an 83 Honda Shadow 750 in 2007, in May of 2008 I moved up to a 96 Honda Magna only to loose it in an accident a week later. After I got back on my feet a few months later I decided to try a different style bike, so I picked up a really low mileage 88 Honda Hawk GT NT650 (at a really low price) only to realize a month later that it didn't suit me or my family jewels very well! So I sold the NT650 and picked up a 97 Honda VFR750.

The VFR is much roomier and considerably more comfortable than the NT650... I still feel that I'm too leaned over. I've tried gripping the tank with my knees, using my back to support my upper body but for some reason it doesn't do much for me. Maybe my back muscles need some working out or maybe sport bikes aren't really made for me. I would love to go back to the Magna but there were several things that sort of made me not get another Magna after my accident.

During the time that I've owned these bikes I've realized a few things that I would like and not like on my future bike:
I like the upright positioning of the cruisers better
I prefer to have my feet below me rather than in front of me
I like disc brakes front and back (my cruisers had drum brakes in back!)
I like the extra distance that I get with 5.5gal tank in the VFR
I like the down low torque of the V-twins (but also the rush of HP in the VFR and Magna)
I don't like the vibration from the V-twins (the V4's win here for me)
I don't necessarily like or dislike fairings, so I'm indifferent here
I'd prefer to do away with carbs, but I can go either way.

Is there maybe a better bike that you guys can think of that would suit me a bit better? I'm 5'10" (30" inseam) and about 275lbs.


If there is such a bike ie. Cruiser/sport-tourer mix, then all those responsible for such an abomination should be strung up by their testicles and forced to watch american idol for a week straight.



thats just rong rong rong ;)



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#32 Unread post by Whitetiger018 » Tue Feb 24, 2009 8:29 pm

If there is such a bike ie. Cruiser/sport-tourer mix, then all those responsible for such an abomination should be strung up by their testicles and forced to watch american idol for a week straight.


Man thats harsh AMERICAN IDOL FOR A WEEK STRAIGHT !!!!!!

I'd commet SUISIDE !!!!!!!!!!! :laughing:
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Re: Is there a bike out with a mix of cruiser and sport bike

#33 Unread post by gsus » Wed Feb 25, 2009 12:41 am

I put my bike up for sale on CL for about a day (if that) and then reconsidered, partly because I couldn't remember where I had left my title. However, I'm now going to give the VFR another chance this Spring. IF, the bike still doesn't work out for me, I have for the most part narrowed my selection to the following bikes:

Yamaha FZ1 with taller bars
Suzuki V-Strom - either 650 or 1000, would like abs though.
Honda Magna - will need Valkyrie tank & VFR SSSA

Thanks for all of the input guys!
shane-o wrote:If there is such a bike ie. Cruiser/sport-tourer mix, then all those responsible for such an abomination should be strung up by their testicles and forced to watch american idol for a week straight.

thats just rong rong rong ;)

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The V-strom kind of falls into that category for me (even though I think it's classified as a dual sport?)... kind of why I like it. But! The Honda DN-01 would be the best candidate for my hybrid (cruiser/sport bike) idea... but it's too fugly for me and I like shifting :).

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#34 Unread post by storysunfolding » Wed Feb 25, 2009 7:05 am

gsus wrote:The Honda DN-01 would be the best candidate for my hybrid (cruiser/sport bike) idea... but it's too fugly for me and I like shifting :).
Yeah, not to mention the $7k transmission gets in the way of buying it.


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#35 Unread post by MZ33 » Wed Feb 25, 2009 9:11 am

Go Strom and never look back
Unless it doesn't fit you, then look into that faaabulous Versys! That I still can't pick up until tomorrow.
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#36 Unread post by jstark47 » Wed Feb 25, 2009 10:25 am

MZ33 wrote:
Go Strom and never look back
Unless it doesn't fit you, then look into that faaabulous Versys! That I still can't pick up until tomorrow.
Yeahbut... per the specs, Versys seat height = 33.1 inches, V-Strom 650 seat height = 32.3 inches. If the VStrom 650 is too tall, how's the Versys gonna fit?
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#37 Unread post by shalihe74 » Wed Feb 25, 2009 11:54 am

I'm not sure if someone has already mentioned this, but Triumph's Sprint ST is a great mix of sportbike and cruiser. The ergos are much less aggressive than on a sportbike, making it comfortable for longer hauls (a couple of must-do mods, though, are a double bubble windscreen and gel grips).

The engine is a detuned 1050cc that has tremendous low-end power and torque (kicking in with a vengeance at about 3.5k) that keeps pulling all the way to the rev limiter.

I bought the ST because I wanted a bike that would help me slow down and enjoy the scenery (as opposed to just picking lines) and, um... well, that hasn't worked very well. On my 675 you can go fast, and you know it... on the Sprint, speed is just effortless.

Just my :twocents:. You may be owed change.
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#38 Unread post by jstark47 » Wed Feb 25, 2009 12:06 pm

shalihe74 wrote:I bought the ST because I wanted a bike that would help me slow down and enjoy the scenery (as opposed to just picking lines) and, um... well, that hasn't worked very well.
IIRC, you were supposedta be buying an old Trophy fer that...... :mrgreen:
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#39 Unread post by shalihe74 » Wed Feb 25, 2009 1:14 pm

jstark47 wrote:
shalihe74 wrote:I bought the ST because I wanted a bike that would help me slow down and enjoy the scenery (as opposed to just picking lines) and, um... well, that hasn't worked very well.
IIRC, you were supposedta be buying an old Trophy fer that...... :mrgreen:
:laughing: Yeeeeeeeeah.... that was the idea, buuuut... when I took the Trophy in to my dealership to be checked out, there were a couple of things that weren't exactly wrong with the bike, but dodgy enough that the service manager/ex-boyfriend didn't feel comfortable with my buying it.

I tabled the idea, and kind of forgot about a 2nd bike for a while. Then, I was hanging out at the dealership one day - in the service area, aka 'the safe zone' since there isn't anything there to buy! - and they played dirty pool by uncrating a beautiful blue Sprint. It was love at first sight. :inlove:

Sooooooo, for Valentine's Day this year, I gave myself the Sprint AND a new-to-me 99 SV650 track-only bike. I've had the Sprint for 1.5 weeks now, have just over 900 miles on it already, and absolutely love it. :mrgreen:
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#40 Unread post by Chuck_theHammer » Wed Feb 25, 2009 1:18 pm

Must be nice riding allready...

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