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Offline Awaz

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Itching for a new bike
« on: June 09, 2015, 07:27:52 pm »
Sold my cruiser last year and now itching for another bike. Just have the C14 for now.

1. Went looking for a Versys 650 lt - none here locally, but looks like will be too tall for me.
2. Test rode a 2014 Ninja 1000 - not sure if it was the demo bike, but it was a vibrating mess.
3. Checked out a 2014 Ducati Multistrada. Are they Italians THAT tall?

After some thoughts, I decided maybe I will just get another cruiser. Was toying the idea of getting a adv. type, but those might be too tall for my taste. Here is what I narrowed down to:

1. Ducati Diavel Strada - crusier-sportsbike mutt? whatever it is, I like it. Looks good to me and quite comfortable sitting. Alas, the dealer won't let me do a demo ride. Lot of people in v-rod forum says not reliable, costly maintenance, valve train weak, etc. etc. Not sure fan boy talk or any substance to it.
2. V-rod: Nice looking, decent power. Clam-shell siting will be a problem (I am told it can be fixed). I prefer the Ducati, only if the reliability and maintenance questions are just fan boy talk.
3. Indian chief: Would be the last choice. Quite the looker - (sarcasm on) might get entry to the 'real biker' world (sarcasm off). I have not seen one in person. Too heavy and too much chrome to polish. But sounds like a good bike to take leisurely short ride.

So give those choices, what you guys think? The most important criteria is that it should be capable of two-up riding. SWMBO is almost always on the back.
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Re: Itching for a new bike
« Reply #1 on: June 09, 2015, 07:41:55 pm »
I don't think swmbo will be happy on 1 or 2 depending on saddle time.
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Offline JoeRau

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Re: Itching for a new bike
« Reply #3 on: June 10, 2015, 07:22:49 am »
Last year I did a demo ride on a few bikes.   One stood out as something I would have fun with as a second bike.  KTM SuperDuke 1290R.  Light and powerful, and nothing but fun. 
I also rode a few BMWs a few weeks ago.  Review was posted, but in short the R1200GS would have been my pick there.  Adv style, but with the seat in the LOW position, fine for my 31" inseam. 
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Re: Itching for a new bike
« Reply #4 on: June 10, 2015, 07:31:40 am »
I'm with Rubberdown if your going cruiser. But if you really want V-twin cruiser I would look at the Victory's.

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Re: Itching for a new bike
« Reply #5 on: June 10, 2015, 07:52:36 am »
The bike Rubberdown posted a pic of is much better looking in person. If I had the $ and space, I would have one. But thats just me...
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Re: Itching for a new bike
« Reply #6 on: June 10, 2015, 11:06:11 am »
I went with the 1200GS. You can also lower them some more if they're too long in the saddle for you. It just cost a "little" extra.
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Re: Itching for a new bike
« Reply #7 on: June 10, 2015, 11:55:06 am »
My next cruiser will be a used HD Road King. If I had the money, the F6B is really nice. On the other hand, the Diavel is surprisingly comfortable and an amazing ride.
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Re: Itching for a new bike
« Reply #8 on: June 10, 2015, 12:53:41 pm »
The F6B is no go at this time. If I do get it, then I will not keep the C14.

Looks like the Diavel strada has a pretty comfortable seat. As far as ride time, I am not looking for riding more than 2 hour at the most at a stretch. For any longer rides, I will be using the C14. The v-rod stock seat does look like it will suck for SWMBO....
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Re: Itching for a new bike
« Reply #9 on: June 19, 2015, 01:33:56 pm »
My next bike WILL be the Triumph Trophy!
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Re: Itching for a new bike
« Reply #10 on: June 19, 2015, 01:56:29 pm »
Look at the Indian dark horse.  No chrome on that one.

The diavel is a nice riding position. Why not visit a Ducati forum to get opinions.  Large burly guys look stupid on the diavel.

I am trying to figure out if there is a bike that blends my Voyager and Concours.  Looks like the wing is the only option.  Unfortunately, it cost the same as both the Voyager and Concours combined.
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Re: Itching for a new bike
« Reply #11 on: June 19, 2015, 01:57:55 pm »
I have a hard time thinking "Wing" but those that own them LOVE THEM!
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Re: Itching for a new bike
« Reply #12 on: June 19, 2015, 02:55:45 pm »
My next bike WILL be the Triumph Trophy!

If I could put passenger floorboards and a Corbin trunk with nice passenger backrest, the trophy might fit the bill.
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Re: Itching for a new bike
« Reply #13 on: June 19, 2015, 02:57:07 pm »
If I could put passenger floorboards and a Corbin trunk with nice passenger backrest, the trophy might fit the bill.

From what I can see the Trophy has a nice backrest on their optional trunk
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Re: Itching for a new bike
« Reply #14 on: June 20, 2015, 06:07:54 pm »
Dark horse is a good option. I imagine a two-up seat can be fitted.
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