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I like the varied content

I enjoyed the article. It was entertainingly written, thanks JB.

The more balanced perspective of MO is what I like. The mainstream American MC press is too focused on the latest sport bikes from the Big 4. I like sport bikes, standards, motards, cruisers,etc.- I like em all and like reading about them all.

So you got my money and will keep getting it.
 

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Nice test. I'd like to see a cruiser shootout like MO used to do periodically.



After all, how many times can you test the same handful of narrow-edged sportbikes? That's all there are. Four Japanese 600s and four open class 4-cylinders, a couple of twins, a Triumph or two, add Ducati, Buell and a couple other italian exotics. That's all the sportbikes that are available. You have to exclude the Ninjas, VFRs etc because the sportbike mafia only wants to read about the track-ready style bikes.

Why should the same bikes be tested over and over add nauseum just to please one small group of motorcyclists? I'm glad that MO has been testing other bikes.

Now, when are we going to see some dirtbike tests?
 

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---Firstly, the Vulcan is more attractive than Julia Robert's lips. She is the Homeliest sex symbol of them all! How can she be the top paid actress in Hollywood? I don''t know. I guess you have to be a woman to understand her appeal.

---Secondly, I LIKE seeing reports of motorcycles I wouldn't normally be likely to or interested in owning, like the small vulcan. It puts ideas in my head, like I was stoned.

---There are all sorts of other bikes out there that no one reviews enough. Moto Guzzis and BMWs amoung them. Go ahead, review unlikely candidates. It gives me something to read and to think about, even if its Julia Roberts homely lips.

---Then too, what do people expect for $11 these days? I can't take my kids to Dairy Queen for $15! This subscription lasts a year anyway, its long. (I never got any Competition Accessory cupon though. Are they out of business?).

---Could you please compare the Vulcan to the V-star and the M.G. Stone? Maybe I'll pick one up cheap, if they turn out to be motorcycles!
 

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Really Decent, But Misleading

My dad was a reentry rider after taking 25 years off. He rode a CB350 in college in 1971. Really, Man. He told me the tires were solid rubber discs (kind of like cheese wheels) that had been hollowed out by a boring machine.

Based on what the old man told me, that old CB was the best bike you could have for riding in three feet of snow, uphill both ways, and fending off grizley bears with some chain lube (WD-40) to the eyes.

So Dad and I take the MSF course together, and he goes out and buys the 800 Drifter, which, as I understand it, has all the saame guts as this Classic 800. So it's the first thing I rode...for like, two years. IT's really easy to learn on, easy to get comfortable with, easy to gain confidence on. Not easy to practice low-speed cornering with, but that's about all.

Then I test-rode a Buell X1. And then a BMW R1150R. And then a Moto Guzzi V11 LeMans.

I've still never ridden a multi-cylinder bike, because no one will give me a test ride.

I've discovered that pretty much any new bike will reliably get me to triple digits and back, repeatedly. But I like that twins can get off the line pretty well, too. On my dad's Drifter, I've taken a Camaro, a group of drunk teenagers on Big4 Sportbikes, and even a Big-block hot-rod with a blower sticking through the hood. Okay, the drunken teenagers got by me a block-and-a-half later, but off the line, the 800 Kawi does me just fine.
 

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A swell choice. It easily out-features the more expensive VN800, with amenities such as a shaft final drive, self-adjusting valves, dual front disc brakes, damping adjustable shocks, a tachometer, a centerstand, and probably a few more things that didn't immediately spring to mind. Still, Rekord, if looks matter to you, how can you not find the aesthetics of the VN750 mildly nauseating?
 

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That Burns is FEARLESS isn't he? I mean having writeups on three cruisers lately, whatzup? Actually, I think its about time we stopped acting like Harley guys are realized that all riding on two wheels is fun. We all know that we need at least 3-4 bikes for different conditions. I'm moving to a large city in a couple of months and have already started thinking that my days of riding sportbikes might have to be put on hold for awhile. A nice comfortable small cruiser might be just the thing for riding down to the beach restaurants. Keep at it Burns! You always manage to strike a nerve somewhere.
 

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This article was not a life changing experience for me. And it shouldn't have to be.

I enjoy reading about motorcycles of all types, some more than others. The Vulcan is one of the others for me but it may be 'the one I've been thinking about' for someone else. I think that just seeing it in print might be helpful for them to make a decision.

Now I don't quite understand why the Vulcan is even mentioned in a compfort comparison with a 900SS. That to me seems obvious. The Volusia was just tested how about comparing a cruiser with another cruiser?

Keep the tests comming and keep the test archive growing. I find that to be one of the sites best assets.
 

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What? Born in '67? ... and, you presume to know anyhting about getting old? Why you pup! Try '55.. lemme tell ya pal, you have no understanding of the incremental decreptitude that will begin when you turn 40...you just wait, HAW! you have no idea what you'r in for!



As a former card carrying member of the Sportbike Fascisti, I question the knee-jerk attitude of those still carrying cards...are smoky burnouts, wheelies, and footpeg scraping somehow less fun on a cruiser, than on a sportbike? by what p[artially rationalized logic does that make sense?... or is it only your own prejudice talking?
 

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You know, the only gripe I have about the article is that it's too short. Sentences like "The Ducati is the kind of modern, uncomfortable furniture gay couples and New Yorkers have." and "The front fender is a tire mullet." had me rolling! Not to mention Julia's lips... I like the diversity of bikes & the writing, which is why I'll renew my subscription when the time comes. Gotta mention though, Competition Accessories's website didn't accept the discount code you guys sent me (at least I still got the 10% AMA discount).
 

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Great Price/Performance Ratio sure beats a Harley

The Vulcan, Shadow etc all have such great price performance ratios compared to the Sportsers. My friend has a Shadow shaft drive liquid cooled. Although I am not into cruisers it is a great deal. I rode a Sportser (I wanted to test a Firebolt but it was gone at the time) and then the Shadow. The Shadow was so much better. I assume this Vulcan is on the same level as the Shadow. I couldn't beleive how clunky the tranny on the Sporty was.

Speaking of Sportsers anybody looked at the new Buell Lightning based on the Firebolt. Looks cool. See www.buell.com for details
 

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Good bike, bad review

I think the only thing lacking from this review was that it was cruiser written up like a sport bike. Power? Who cares. Tell me how easy it was to throw on the saddle bags. What about a windshield?

I've seriously considered picking up a "small" Japanese cruiser for rides up to the lake with my wife (believe it or not, an SV650 just isn't good for that kind of riding). MO needs to find a few guys with a passion for cruisers similar to what they already have for sport bikes. If it's really that hard to find someone, I'd be happy to come out and play for a few weeks. ;)
 

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Re: Now I remember why I gritted my teeth...

How much did you pay for the subscription? $11.94? That's not too bad, considering that unlike a print mag, this actually has the archives set up for you, so you can look at the stuff from the past. Also, you can spill beer on a magazine, but not on the website (although you can ruin a computer and peripherials this way). I thought motorcycles were about making your own memories and not live vicariously through the dreams of others. Go get some track time in or maybe do something else bike-related you think is interesting and see if motorcycle.com will publish what you write. You obviously have acquired the skill of writing pretty well (that was not meant as an insult). Motorcycle.com may have lost a lot of money from ads because of the down economy. I dunno. I may agree that some of the stuff is a little boring, but I liked some of the cruiser stuff, although sport bikes are cool too. Do you whatever you feel is right though.
 

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Ahhhhh, true wisdom!

"We all know that we need at least 3-4 bikes for different conditions. "



that's about the max that one can keep in maintained ridable condition, according to an officemate who's been there. ;-)
 
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