GS500 ergo and highway comfort compared to small cruiser

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GS500 ergo and highway comfort compared to small cruiser

#1 Unread post by zapblam » Fri Jun 17, 2011 12:16 am

The questions are about highway ergo and comfort, not speed. Still iffy on the sport look bike ergos.

Would a GS500\windshield\box or bags be better or worse ergo wise than a cruiser\windshield\bags? Wind and seating position.
Would the GS500F be any better?

Just curious. I have only imagined myself on cruisers. You guys just had to toss the GS500 idea into my brain. Out of character bike choice.....may look silly wearing work boots and grubby clothes on a sport looking bike.

In an earlier topic in quest to find a good cheap reliable utility daily highway commuter bike. Had mind set on a Vstar650\windshield\bags or Vulcan 500\wind\bag. These would be great for what I need. Any bike I get would never see over 80mph....if even that. Speed limit is 60-70mph. Straight flat highway 20min each way. No twisties anywhere near here.

Will probably get one of the cruisers....waiting till fall prices......BUT

Whatever bike I get will be driven till its worn/dead or 10 years. At 50 will rethink bike needs :)

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Re: GS500 ergo and highway comfort compared to small cruiser

#2 Unread post by Wrider » Fri Jun 17, 2011 12:27 am

It's all about personal preference. Some people are more comfortable on a full on supersport than on a cruiser. Personally I'm more comfortable on long rides on the GS500.
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Re: GS500 ergo and highway comfort compared to small cruiser

#3 Unread post by zee » Fri Jun 17, 2011 6:54 am

Wrider wrote:It's all about personal preference. Some people are more comfortable on a full on supersport than on a cruiser. Personally I'm more comfortable on long rides on the GS500.
+1.

I ride a GS500F, my husband a V-Star 650 Classic. I think his seat is more comfortable and I like the windshield on it better, as it actually blocks the wind. :lol: Yet I still prefer mine, as do our sons (18 and 21, 6'3"+). He likes his better. For a 20min ride, I would think if you go sit on one of each you'd have a decent idea of your own preference.

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Re: GS500 ergo and highway comfort compared to small cruiser

#4 Unread post by gsJack » Fri Jun 17, 2011 9:21 am

zapblam wrote:The questions are about highway ergo and comfort, not speed. Still iffy on the sport look bike ergos.

Would a GS500\windshield\box or bags be better or worse ergo wise than a cruiser\windshield\bags? Wind and seating position.
Would the GS500F be any better?............................................................................Whatever bike I get will be driven till its worn/dead or 10 years. At 50 will rethink bike needs :)
At 50 I wasn't even thinking seriously about a bike yet, I bought my first bike a CB400T in 1984 at age 52 on the spur of the moment and haven't stopped riding year around in the almost 27 years and 390k miles since. I traded the CB400 in on a CB750 6 months and 6k miles later but used up/wore out the CB750, CM400T, and CB650SC that followed. In March of 99 I bought a new 97 GS500E and my "sporty bike" years began at age 66. I put 80k miles on the 97 GS when it was totalled and replaced by my current 02 GS that has 86k miles on it now so I've done my last 12-13 years and over 160k miles on the GS500s.

I use 2 windshields on my GS500 changing it twice a year, a big Plexi 2 for winters here in NE Ohio and a smaller Spitfire for summers. I've done quite a few 400-500 mile days on the GSs getting to the mountains of upstate NY and down to the Smokies to play and the GS has been a blast doing it. I find the small Spitfire quite adequate for 70-75 mph interstate travel with a FF helmet but it's hard to beat the Plexi 2 here in Jan-Feb.

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Re: GS500 ergo and highway comfort compared to small cruiser

#5 Unread post by JVRR » Fri Jun 17, 2011 11:14 pm

GS500 is a hoot and comfortable to boot. I have no reservations about getting over to Eastern Washington this summer (about six hours), and had it at 108- not maxed... so it leaves little to desire. Though it lacks zip at high speeds, on the lower speeds it has plenty of get-up-and-go.
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Re: GS500 ergo and highway comfort compared to small cruiser

#6 Unread post by Wrider » Sat Jun 18, 2011 3:22 am

JVRR wrote:and had it at 108- not maxed...
I may or may not have "accidentally" exceeded the speed limit in Phoenix while "trying to clean carbon deposits off of the valves" of a friend's GS500. This experience, if it did happen, may or may not have ended up with me getting a warning from a cop for doing 115 in a 65 zone. On a GS500.
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