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post #1 of 74 Old 05-23-2011, 03:51 PM Thread Starter
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Sport Touring vs Cruisers

I am the proud owner of a 07 DL 1000 which I adore.....part of me wants another bike down the road. I can't decide which to go with a sweet sport touring bike with more horsies or a cruiser as there are some sweet bikes in both classes. Suzuki in IMHO makes some really nice cruisers but I also like the idea of a more upright riding position and better handling that comes with a sport touring bike. Also looking for more excitement on the highways. Most of all of my riding is on longer trips 2-7 days as I love the adventures.

Looking for feedback and other Vstrom owners thoughts on the matter.
I am 6'3" so leg room is essential. Won't be getting rid of the Big Strom as I love it, just may want a second child in the next couple of years.

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I am the proud owner of a 07 DL 1000 which I adore.....part of me wants another bike down the road. I can't decide which to go with a sweet sport touring bike with more horsies or a cruiser as there are some sweet bikes in both classes. Suzuki in IMHO makes some really nice cruisers but I also like the idea of a more upright riding position and better handling that comes with a sport touring bike. Also looking for more excitement on the highways. Most of all of my riding is on longer trips 2-7 days as I love the adventures.

Looking for feedback and other Vstrom owners thoughts on the matter.
I am 6'3" so leg room is essential. Won't be getting rid of the Big Strom as I love it, just may want a second child in the next couple of years.
Seems to me that the best second bike would be complementary to your Vee not similar. If your Vee is like mine, you probably consider it a bit of a work horse, not a glamor model. So maybe a Ducati sportbike or Moto Guzzi cruizer would fit the bill. Something more exotic.

Or a retro bike, like an older Suzuki, Honda, or Kawaski.

I don't know just seems like a second bike is an opportunity to mix it up. But yeah, I could see owning a big Boulevard or similar to keep really clean and pose with at rest stops.
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Sounds like you just need to upgrade where you are
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Most of all of my riding is on longer trips 2-7 days as I love the adventures.
Sounds like it's a cruiser for you.

Where is the adventure in arriving at your destination without sciatica pain and right-side deafness? Can bragging rights be gained without finger numbness and peritineal paralasys from the single-crankpin "pulse" of a cruiser. And why not create an excuse to expand your riding wardrobe?

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Consider an older Goldwing. They will give you troublefree miles of touring, provide cramp free seating position, give you storage for a multi-day trip and be a reasonable cost.
Cruisers with forward set pegs or floor boards are hard on the back and tailbone but they look cool.

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Sport Tour. Because cruisers are inherently compromised bikes that are intended to provide an image, sound, and look over quality riding characteristics. Thus, they use outdated or downright flawed designs such as:

21" front wheels
fake hardtail suspensions with 1.5" of travel
narrow-v engine layouts with single crankpins (potater potater potater)
absurdly wide rear tires
forward controls (what in the HELL are they thinking?)
no cornerning clearance

Need I go on?

Now, before anybody goes on the defense of cruisers, if you like yours, I'm happy for you. Everybody should ride what they want to. You need not list the $5,000 in upgrades you put on yours to make 80 hp.

Go hakafugu yourself.
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Well.... I've had cruisers when I was younger. I'll never have another one. I Went the sportier side of the sport tourer and love it. I use the Wee for the longer trips. If you want something more upright in the sport tour family maybe look at an older Kawasaki Conny or something.

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[QUOTE=kenneth_moore;688655]Sport Tour. Because cruisers are inherently compromised bikes that are intended to provide an image, sound, and look over quality riding characteristics.

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Um, you did forget the latest style rehash from Easy Rider: ridiculously high "Ape Hangers."

I typed this once already and lost it, but here goes. Since your DL-1000 is already a capable tourer, what about something sporty like a Speed Triple or the new Ninja 1000? I've tested the Ninja in town only, but it would be a blast on backroads and you could tour with a better seat.

I like my Sprint ST a lot and it is also capable of long-distance. The new Sprint GT gets good reviews and the 1050 is a great engine. Cruiser? Ducati Diavel?

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My two most comfortable rides I've owned and have done 750+ miles in a day have been a Honda CBR1100XX and a Yamaha Roadstar. I found both stock seats all day comfy. These two are pretty far apart ergo wise and truly worlds apart power wise yet both were fun to ride and my wife says the seat on the Roadstar was better than the Goldwing we have now. You gotta try different stuff and form your own opinions.
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