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Midsize cruisers owners needed!

MCN are looking for owners of midsize cruisers for an upcoming test. Specifically we're looking for owners of the 1997 - 2007 Yamaha XVS650 Drag Star, 1995 - 2004 Kawasaki VN800 and 1997- current Honda VT750 Shadow. We'll be using the information to help with our article and there may be a chance you get featured in the paper. Just fill...

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Piglet2010

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Piglet2010 says:

How many stone

does a midsize cruiser owner weigh?

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chriswren

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chriswren says:

No idea about how much they weigh but whats the betting that everyone of them is an accountant :-)

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xvash750

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xvash750 says:

Not an accountant

Virago 750 owner from the age of 19, currently 21 and am a student ;)

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chriswren

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chriswren says:

xvash750 I'm guessing your a training to be an accontant then?  :-)

 

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xvash750

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xvash750 says:

Chriswren

Hahahaha god no >.< musician, going on to be a teacher :) musician,="" going="" on="" to="" be="" a="" teacher="">

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bikerpete51

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bikerpete51 says:

middle cruisers

Will look forward to reading that, I've often looked at the XVS650 and thought yeah nice looking bike, it may well be an alternative to the wrist/back/neck ache I get from riding my sportsbike. Only thing puts me off is the lack of visibility/vision in traffic from the low slung riding position. Looks comfy though... 

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Piglet2010

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Piglet2010 says:

Cruiser Comfort?

While a cruiser may feel comfy when you sit on the bike in the shop, consider the following:

  • Standing for any length of time* is difficult to impossible;
  • Most have traded off suspension travel for a lower seat height;
  • The riding position provides no cushioning for the spine when the suspension bottoms out.

*I recently road several miles of road with severe heaves standing the whole time on my Bonnie**.  If I had been on a Speedmaster, I would have had to take the same bumps seated.
**I rode the same road seated on the Dullsville, which has a very plush ride (and seat) compared to the Bonnie.

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ANichol

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ANichol says:

Piglett

US improters drop the suspension for the slammed look for their domestic sales. UK importers tend to keep the longer shocks for improved ground clearance; and some Sportster models even come with a different set of Euro-shocks as standard fit over here.

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Piglet2010

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Piglet2010 says:

Same, Same

ANichol - The UK and US Speedmasters have the same suspension travel.

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Rogerborg

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Rogerborg says:

Even so, the ergonomics are mince

Foot forward controls let you stretch your legs, but unless you move the bars back you're bent in a U shape to reach them. My remit for a new bike was a low seat, comfort, and easy torque, and an F650GS (twin) fitted those requirements far better than a cruiser (and yes, I've had a Virago).

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