Here's one 40something bloke who still has more fun on a sport bike than a cruiser. I don't call it "partially rationalized logic" - just individual preference. I don't have anything against cruisers, and will probably own one someday. Cheers.
*****, *****, *****. I can't tell you how many times I've read letters in print magazines complaining about the same kinda' thing! Apparently, a lot of folks can't bear to see an article that doesn't seem tailor-made just for their taste. Personally, I like that MO is writing about bikes that the newstand rags consider to be yesterday's news. Please don't encourage MO to be just an online copy of the same old thing!
My beef with cruisers is that I've only ridden one that could handle.
The cruiser I like to ride is my friend's '98 Guzzi EV11: THAT is a cruiser that can turn a corner. In the fun stuff, the passenger pegs work perfectly for aggressive cornering. Also, I quite liked the '01 Harley road-glide I rode, the one with the frame-mount dual headlight fairing.
I certainly don't like the hyper-sports bikes anymore; I'll take my old-generation 900ss over any superbike, because I can ride the damn thing without cramping-up.
Despite your uneasyness to call a spade a spade....I will continue to call all peope of oriental descent a jap. And all people from the vicinity of England will still be known as a Brit, as well as all Hispanic, Spanish and Cuban people will be called mexican, unless they really are from Mexico and then they will be referred to as ******. And don't forget all middle-easterners shall be forever referred to as sand-******.
But, for pointing out my diliberate use of ethnic labeling, you will forever be referred to as boob. (mainly becuase, well.....you're a boob)
The complete lack of original thought is inherent to the entire class. All the Japanese manufacturers created these bikes as direct copies of Harleys in an attempt to squeaze into that market niche. C'mon, a fake hardtail look on a Kawasaki? What model year was that when Kwaks were still running the hardtail frame?
It's pretty simple, but when you use a cookie cutter, aren't all the cookies gonna look the same?
Here's my two cents: I can't enjoy a bike with as wimpy a motor as the Vulcan. I don't care about how comfy it is, etc. When I go to twist that throttle and nothing much happens, I just want to ride something else.
I'll read anything by John Burns even remotely connected to things mechanical. I don't see anything on the masthead that says Sportcycle. I don't f****n' own a cruiser and never will, but that doesn't negate someone that does. It is still a motorcycle.
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