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Old 01-16-2019, 09:43 PM   #46
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Old 01-16-2019, 10:25 PM   #47
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As a heavy guy, who used to ride a CBR6 f3 with a pillion, I'd say the CBR650 really is the modern equivalent.

All these litre bike suggestions, and the v-twins and the triples are undoubtedly great bikes, but surely they are *alternatives*. Contrary to the MOAR POWER movement's opinion, 90 or so hp is completely adequate for commuting and two-up fun..
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Old 01-17-2019, 01:11 PM   #48
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With some big bikes, like mine, it's not about more power. Ive rarely had mine to redline. It's about more torque. Which means I can toodle around going slow in 3rd or 4th gear and just twist the throttle and go. No shifting or anything. Also means that , when 2-up, I can actually look at a little of the scenery while the motor does all the work.

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Old 01-17-2019, 05:17 PM   #49
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With some big bikes, like mine, it's not about more power. Ive rarely had mine to redline. It's about more torque. Which means I can toodle around going slow in 3rd or 4th gear and just twist the throttle and go. No shifting or anything. Also means that , when 2-up, I can actually look at a little of the scenery while the motor does all the work.

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Yes. And the CBR are fine for that
Obviously not litre bike fine. But they are not peaky like Suzuki's 8-)
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Old 01-17-2019, 06:34 PM   #50
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Sort of depends on priorities I suppose.

Rode two up with my wife on GPz750, a CBX, a couple VFRs, then a K1200Rs and a couple FJRs. We've ridden all over the Western States. Asked her what she thought about going back to a smaller bike.

"Well.... if you want to... I really like the one we're on" No enthusiasm.

Which got me to thinking. If I had to go with only one bike, would it be a lighter machine, FZ-1ish weight -- or an FJR.

I think I'm with Maddevill on this. These big S/T bikes (BMW/RT, FJR, Concours, ZX14) do solo way better than the small bikes do two up. (not saying I'm willing to give up my smaller bikes... just hypothetical). I bet the big ADV bikes are much the same, just a little tall.
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Old 01-17-2019, 10:33 PM   #51
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Duuude. I'm sure a Goldwing is entirely pleasant for a passenger.

I'm also sure a 500 is perfectly adequate for many many people.

However I've been riding litre bikes since 1995 and I'm not planning to downsize any time soon. Which is clearly true for many of us here. 8-)
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Old 01-18-2019, 10:15 AM   #52
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Duuude. I'm sure a Goldwing is entirely pleasant for a passenger.
Amusing story here. In 2000 I got a test ride on a Goldwing, along with my wife. Her comment went something like, "well, if you like it ok, but to me it feels like riding in an Accord with all the windows down."

Marked that one off the short list...
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Amusing story here. In 2000 I got a test ride on a Goldwing, along with my wife. Her comment went something like, "well, if you like it ok, but to me it feels like riding in an Accord with all the windows down."

Marked that one off the short list...
In 2001 the Goldwings changed considerably. They went from Cadillac to BMW 5 series in Character, and from 1500cc to 1800cc.
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Thanks for all the suggestions and great ideas, BARF is the best

So an update... I actually went to Good Times Motorsports here in Sac to look at a F4i they got in as a trade, but they want 5k otd for it. So no.

While I was there I checked out some Kawis and Suzukis- the Ninja 1000, 650, various gsxrs. They also sell Ducs, so I sat on a Supersport and have to say I fell in love instantly. Putting it on the serious category soon as spring comes along...will still give a look at the cbr650r soon as it comes in.
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Old 01-18-2019, 08:19 PM   #55
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Supersport is a great ride (S model anyway). Terribly buzzy mirrors but other than that I real liked it. Not sure about 2 up riding though.
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Old 01-31-2019, 11:05 PM   #56
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Any attraction to the Kawasaki Z900RS? Don't overlook it as "some retro bike", that really only applies to the styling, fully modern machine under the paint. Actual on the scale 475lbs full tank (4+gals) and real-world seats for rider and passenger. Just no fairing, unless the Cafe version will suffice.
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Any attraction to the Kawasaki Z900RS? Don't overlook it as "some retro bike", that really only applies to the styling, fully modern machine under the paint. Actual on the scale 475lbs full tank (4+gals) and real-world seats for rider and passenger. Just no fairing, unless the Cafe version will suffice.
it's too bad how heavy it is

the fact that Kawi went with double wall headers on the Z900RS says something about what they care most about
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Old 02-01-2019, 11:53 AM   #58
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it's too bad how heavy it is

the fact that Kawi went with double wall headers on the Z900RS says something about what they care most about
lol since when was 475 lbs wet heavy? That's not too far off spr0tbiles...
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the XSR900 is >40lb lighter (or so the magazines say)
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Any attraction to the Kawasaki Z900RS? Don't overlook it as "some retro bike", that really only applies to the styling, fully modern machine under the paint. Actual on the scale 475lbs full tank (4+gals) and real-world seats for rider and passenger. Just no fairing, unless the Cafe version will suffice.
I've never been a huge Kawasaki fan In all seriousness I just like having fairings.
I read that riding pillion on the XSR900 isn't comfortable at all.
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