August 16, 2008 at 9:38 am #1915NoobacycleParticipant
I was out browsing a bike shop today and looking at all the different kinds of bikes available. Cruisers, sport bikes, power cruisers, etc. I did notice that there are some bikes there that are huge such as the Road Star, and Gold Wing for example. Being a medium sized guy at 6 feet tall and 185 lbs, I picture the riders of those bikes well over 250+lbs.
I couldn’t help but be a little bit intimidated by such huge machines. I like them and would love to own one in the future. I’m not just curious about cruisers, but I do want to ride sport bikes as well. Anyone else feel the same way?
Its been 13 years since I’ve actually rode a motorcycle and I have the MSF class next week. I’m looking forward to that.August 16, 2008 at 2:17 pm #10665parad0x177Participant
It sounds like you may be suffering from the early stages of MBS – Multiple Bike Syndrome. The good news is that you’re not alone; I don’t think I’ve ever seen a motorcycle I couldn’t at least appreciate. Granted, the big tourers like the Gold Wings and Electra Glides aren’t really my thing, I still think they are cool in their own right.
I love dirt bikes because that’s where I got started and you don’t really have to worry about traffic with them. (And your typical street bike just doesn’t handle the jumps all that well!) Meanwhile, I love the sportbikes and naked standards for their aggressive styling, awesome performance, and amazing use of technology. And, yet, I also like the cruisers (particularly the power cruisers) just because they’ve got style and offer a greater chance for individuality. (Between you and me, I really like the HD Night Rod Special.)
As far as the size goes, it doesn’t require as much extra muscle as you might think. No, they aren’t “first bike” material and they are certainly a handful (a Gold Wing weighs in at nearly half a ton!), particularly at low speeds and in tight spaces. But, if you had to be a giant or a professional body builder to ride them, they wouldn’t be nearly as popular as they are. (And they really are popular.)August 18, 2008 at 1:44 am #10698LokiParticipant
“I love dirt bikes because that’s where I got started and you don’t really have to worry about traffic with them. (And your typical street bike just doesn’t handle the jumps all that well!) Meanwhile, I love the sportbikes and naked standards for their aggressive styling, awesome performance, and amazing use of technology. And, yet, I also like the cruisers (particularly the power cruisers) just because they’ve got style and offer a greater chance for individuality.”
Lol, thats just about the same way i feel about bikes. I use to think that naked bikes were ugly (like the gs500e) but they are growing on my and the SV650 just looks BA and mean as hell. I have a sports bike (kid, speed, turns) but i wouldnt mind haveing a cruiser.
“I think big bikes are more about long road trips and comfort. That and ego.”
I hope you dont immeditly judge someone like that on a big bike. I know someone who has a superglide ( i think) and he’s nice and modest. He told me he would go riding with me sometime, i said we would be an odd couple “a sportbike and a harley” He then taught me “It doesnt matter what it is, as long as it has two wheels its fine” thats way i dont “dis” people with HD. The only bike i personaly CANT STAND is ape hangers. I hate that bike style.August 18, 2008 at 1:53 am #10700megaspazParticipant
Saw a gold wing up close once… Lots of trinkets… Like having an RV without the big shell… It was kinda scary though watching one of these things in front of me try to take 84 woodside though… I had to give this guy a lot of room because he was blowing turns left and right… Looked fine going straight, didn’t seem to be able to handle the decreasing radius switchbacks or L-turns though…
If there’s anything more important than my ego
around, I want it caught and shot now…
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