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11-21-2019 03:18 PM
Warprints I have a variety of bikes, including an N1K and a Fat Bob. The Fat Bob is horrible for long rides or Interstate riding. Legs out in front and sitting upright is just not normal !! (Also, I have a bad back.) If I only had one bike, it would NOT be a cruiser style bike.
11-14-2019 01:25 PM
Rickifumi The new Triumph Rocket 3 is another option...more relaxed ergos, 30.4 seat height, 66 wheelbase, 641 pounds dry, 163 ft-lbs of torque and 165 ponies. It's available with either forward pegs or a more standard position. I'd say it has some elements of a cruiser but in a package with superior performance: https://www.triumphmotorcycles.com/m...ket-3/rocket-3
11-14-2019 09:55 AM
Zaph
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Originally Posted by rcannon409 View Post
Zaph, I agree. A dirtbike has a persons spine and upper body positioned very much like a cruiser, and theres no problem with your spine. You do have 12 inches of suspension travel to cushion the blow.

I think a big part of it is the resr suspension and that never being a priority on a street cruiser.
I think another part of it is that people say "I want sport suspension" and crank up preload and compression until their bike is barely good for normal bumpy streets anymore. People are running track suspension settings on the street which of course is going to hammer tail bones and spines. Nothing to do but lean forward to ease the pain.

But yeah some cruisers have minimal rear suspension. But as long as the bike isn't set up to haul a fat wife around people should be getting the most of the suspension.

My old cruiser had plenty of compliant rear suspension on it. It was just the foot forward controls that killed that bike.
11-14-2019 02:28 AM
RC65
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Originally Posted by maxSteel View Post
I have a 2013 N1k and a 2013 Triumph Thunderbird 1600.

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Nice to see the TBird represented...I had a ‘12 1600 from ‘12 to ‘16, and loved it. I needed a change as I couldn’t do the upright cruiser seating anymore (though the Mustang seat with backrest certainly helped), but there are still days I miss it.
11-13-2019 06:09 PM
Chowda Just watched a video of a guy test riding a 2018 Goldwing with auto trans and that thing seems awesome. I'm not quite ready for that yet but I'll bet it's an awesome ride. He's an older Harley guy but said it could easily replace his Harley. Smooth and powerful were two words he used several times.
11-12-2019 07:52 AM
Johnmark101
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Originally Posted by maxSteel View Post
I have a 2013 N1k and a 2013 Triumph Thunderbird 1600.

The Ninja is narrower, lighter, faster, more maneuverable. It feels fast just getting on and pulling my legs in tight on it.
The ride starts out good but over time it gets uncomfortable in the seat and I get numbness in my hands.
Riding it my mental self-image is Valentino Rossi, unless if I put the side bags on. Then it kinda loses some of its sexiness.

The T-Bird is an 800 pound beast but it handles very well. The seat is a lot lower as is the center of gravity.
The big parallel twin engine makes you sit with a wide stance, which goes well with the handlebar width.
The engine has lots of power but all that noise makes it sound like it's going faster than it is.
I have Mustang seats with backrests, a windshield, cushioned grips, and a throttle lock, so it is a very comfortable ride.
Riding it my mental self image is Arnold on the Fat Boy in Terminator 2, minus the shotgun.

Some other comparisons:
I almost never use the rear brake on the Ninja, but I use it all the time on the T-Bird, especially at low speeds.
I like the throaty engine sound of the T-Bird, but the engine and wind noise get annoying after a while.
The choppy throttle on the Ninja is annoying. Maybe an Ivan flash would fix it.
The T-Bird has lots of lovely chrome that needs polishing.
I thought passengers would prefer the T-Bird's cushy seat and backrest, but they prefer the Ninja. Go figure.
I highly recommend sending your ECU to Ivan. The 2011~2013 models respond very well to his reflash. Best upgrade for our bike.
11-12-2019 12:33 AM
maxSteel I have a 2013 N1k and a 2013 Triumph Thunderbird 1600.

The Ninja is narrower, lighter, faster, more maneuverable. It feels fast just getting on and pulling my legs in tight on it.
The ride starts out good but over time it gets uncomfortable in the seat and I get numbness in my hands.
Riding it my mental self-image is Valentino Rossi, unless if I put the side bags on. Then it kinda loses some of its sexiness.

The T-Bird is an 800 pound beast but it handles very well. The seat is a lot lower as is the center of gravity.
The big parallel twin engine makes you sit with a wide stance, which goes well with the handlebar width.
The engine has lots of power but all that noise makes it sound like it's going faster than it is.
I have Mustang seats with backrests, a windshield, cushioned grips, and a throttle lock, so it is a very comfortable ride.
Riding it my mental self image is Arnold on the Fat Boy in Terminator 2, minus the shotgun.

Some other comparisons:
I almost never use the rear brake on the Ninja, but I use it all the time on the T-Bird, especially at low speeds.
I like the throaty engine sound of the T-Bird, but the engine and wind noise get annoying after a while.
The choppy throttle on the Ninja is annoying. Maybe an Ivan flash would fix it.
The T-Bird has lots of lovely chrome that needs polishing.
I thought passengers would prefer the T-Bird's cushy seat and backrest, but they prefer the Ninja. Go figure.
11-10-2019 10:14 PM
Rickifumi Meanwhile, let's hope we survive Musk's autonomous driving Teslas.

Comin' atcha! CRUNCH.
11-10-2019 02:34 PM
mr.sand
Makers

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Originally Posted by Rickifumi View Post
If Boeing made a motorcycle would you ride on it?

I don't know about Boeing, but, if Elon Musk ever got serious about building a Ninja-like motorcycle that would be very interesting. Space X re-useable rocket technology is real-lee-cool........
11-10-2019 01:11 PM
Rickifumi If Boeing made a motorcycle would you ride on it?
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