OK is this where you went on your honeymoon? The story has a blissful air about it . Congrads! Nice story, nice looking bike for cruiser. Too bad about the Valk. They kind of have a cult like following up here.
OK Lowrez is it obivous you are having a bad dream "I'm not sure what would have to change to get me off my ST1300 and head towards a cruiser, but I can tell you this is the bike I'd be going for" Time to wake up and ride some twisties. You're bike is a beautiful piece of modern technology.
I don't have the same anti-cruiser bias you have. I have an ST because I like the look and the performance, but I'll never ride it like a sport bike. Nope, 5-10mph over the speed limit to enjoy the scenery on the way to a B&B with the wife is the goal. Commuting to work and running errands is the daily reality. Twisties? They only exist for one weekend a year when I can get a few hundred miles away from SE Michigan.
If I liked the style of cruisers and could be convinced that having my legs in front of, rather than under, me was a good idea. Then I'd be riding a Yamaha.
Guess I'd need a differnt 'stich for that too, huh?
I had never ridden a real cruiser until my father-in-law bought one a few years ago. Wasn't my cup of tea, but it was a lot better than I had anticipated. They don't appeal to me on a gut level the way the lines of a nice sport bike do, but they are getting closer to providing the ride I need. As my horse power needs/wants drop, cruiser power output is on the rise. Maybe the lines will cross in a few years.
Too bad "biker" leather jackets look so dorky. Rather, they look dorky and poseurish on the 30-something software developer.
Well, silly, it's because some people aren't happy unless they achieve LTV (Life Termination Velocity) in less than 3 seconds. Even an old 60HP shovelhead would easily achieve 100MPH in a fairly reasonable time. More than enough speed to whack oneself. Heck, even a GS500 will build enough speed in a few seconds for that coveted LTV.
No need for the whole motor. Just the V-boost alone would be nice addition. Glad to see another V-4 on the road. I think it is the best engine layout for a motorcycle. Well... maybe not for a supersport....