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Re: 2053 cc Vulcan Cruiser pictures, too!

Pfff... Been there. Done that.

A great many men (men?) will rush out to get the newest and largest peanis (excuse me I mean big twin) they can get in hopes that all the honey’s will flash them their breasts and all the men will bow down before them. Sorry, boys, it ain’t gonna happen. Just ask the former VTX owners.

Harley-Davidson should be very proud if imitation is indeed the sincerest form of flattery. First the VTX now this. Can’t anybody but Triumph and H-D come up with a unique cruiser line?
 

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No thanks.

Great. Another bike made for the 2% of riders who can actually "use it to it's limits". All the other riders are just kidding themselves. And almost all the beginners (less than 3 years of hard riding) who get on one will just end up statistics.

I'm wondering if Kawi learned how to make a super fast piece of junk like Suzuki did with the GSXR1K. Everybody knows that that bike was made to be written off in a 150+ crash.

I'm sure the motojournos who ride a brand new one for 6 hours at a track will be in pure heaven. But how does it work in the REAL WORLD! Will it ever see 25000 miles?? Doubt it.

If we keep buying these things and wrecking them, soon motorcycles will have government limits on them. Our government will not allow us to continue to regulate ourselves.

Does anyone remember when you just rode a bike for fun?
 

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"circa 1980's style exhaust" "ridiculous"? Try at least circa 1890's. I believe that the reason for the side exhaust being predominant on motorcycles is it's the best overall compromise. Both the exhaust onto the rear tire and into the riders face failed for various reasons. Hate to say it (not really) but be looking for "old style" exhausts as long as motorcycles are powered by internal combustion (heat and poisonous gas producing) engines.
 

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If a sport bike came out that was .... it would sell like hot cakes

I think you nailed it when you said "What would really be interesting is to compare how long owners of VFR's kept their bikes compared to 954's and 600RR's and what kind of bikes the repli-racer guy's bought next or if they did.....:" When I bought my bike my mindset was I have to buy a repli-racer. However, now I still want performance but the comfront of a VFR or my 01 Ninja (which has similar ergos to the VFR). I still maintain that if a Honda, Yamaha etc built a liter bike with adjustable pegs, bars, and seat it would sell big time. But perhaps they don't want to make a bike that would take sales from other models in their own line.
 

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Re: Not the SV1000

i could probably agree with you on the sv1000 because i was underwhelmed by the early 650 suspension. but the magazine guys never mention that a good suspension tuner can make a huge difference for about 600 bucks.

as for the speed 3, i agree on the components, but i thought it was really slow handling. i am much happier with the sprint rs.

i wouldn't mind hearing from a mere mortal on the tuono. so far i know what the magazine writers think. but i don't know anyone who has one.
 

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True! Why can't the japs manage to put some style on their bikes?? Hire a bloody italian to do the design, if that's what it takes!! Just look at Ducati and the new Aprilia...Nothing but sweet lines!
 

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Re: No thanks.

I'm also concerned with people buying bikes and wrecking them. Back in 1986 I bought my GSXR1100. The 1100 was my #1 bike for 15 years and 110,000kms. I've still got it and it's still a great bike. I also sprung for a GSXR1000 when they came out in 2001. I do ride for fun and I've had lots of it on these two machines. Neither one has been crashed. It's great that we're able to own these machines. I have to agree with your statement about government stepping in. The people who are spoiling it for everyone are mostly short term thrill seekers. You know who you are. Why don't you get out of bikes before you wheelie it over backwards?
 

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I have an '01 GSXR1000 and while it is not nearly as practical (or comfortable) as the dozen or so I owned before it, I hardly consider it a piece of junk. At 10k miles it is still faster and more entertaining every day. I do, however, long for those days when the sight of a beat up hulk of a bike for sale on the side of the road was enough to get my heart pounding, I could almost feel the road underneath me. Now all I want to do is go faster down that particular set of twisties, even as I feel more and more mortal every day. I could see myself keeping this one for 25k, no problem. On the other hand, maybe I'll grow up first. But this is not a throwaway bike by any strech of the imagination.
 
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