What OTHER bikes do you own apart from the Dub (if any..)??
What OTHER bikes do you own apart from the Dub. if any
1978 HD FLH1200 Electra Glide
2012 W800 + Velorex562
2015 Zero DS ZF12.5
Cezeta 506-02 (delivery end april)
Beauty, whatever it is, as long as there's black and gold :-)
Very nice. How does it compare to the Dub?
2014 Thruxton 900 (EFI). It's is a good motorcycle. Versus a W it is: Heavier; More "planted"; Slower steering; Slightly smoother; Better seat; Has EFI (which some like - I prefer carbs); Has a bazillion sensors which doesn't bother smart people - Bothers me); no center stand - I use pit stands; Better suspension); Wider wheel rims; Better "high-speed" handling; Cool, but nowhere near as cool a W650; Has more "character" than most modern bikes, but not that "engaged-with-a-machine" character that comes with riding a W650; Not as good around-town but a better highway bike. My favourite bike, aside from my W650, is my other W650.
Thanks for that. It's good to get a comparison from someone who actually owns both bikes rather than a journalist who has probably just jumped on the bikes for the first time. I've kinda had a notion for one of the newer Bonnevilles but could never justify buying one.
Kip, is your '78 Glide reliable? I've never owned (but have always wanted to) an old Harley, or an old Airhead Beemer. Ridden some. I like the "machines."
I bought my low-mileage Triumph as soon as I heard that the next-gen would all be water-cooled. I would have purchased an earlier, carbed, version, but read reports that the later Thruxtons handle better - the specs indicate differing dimensions, so clearly Triumph adressed some of the issues ("twitchy handling," terrible sensitivity to tires," etc., of the carbed models). My 2014 handles very well. I would loan it to a friend with total confidence.
Very reliable! You can rely on it to have a fault anytime. :-D
Actually, the more you ride it, the better it keeps on going without troubles, and most errors are rather easy to fix.
My stable mate's to keep my 2004 W650 company are 1982 CBX550F11 and 1988 XBR500
Kawasaki z750 2011
Love the CBX550. Hen's teeth, around here, like the W650, and the even more rare, GB500.
No other trials riders on the list? Still trying after 40 years.
I like the old iron-head Sportsters, as well, with the original Sportster frames that had forward-mounted rear shocks. Modern motorcycles are losing that machine/mechanical quality that is huge part of ownership and riding, for me.
AMF Shovel :-)
The choice... 650 or 1584
Where's Jack Linden ? I know he has at least one other cool bike...
He's been busy riding, methinks.
Or plastidipping. Or drinking cognac and smoking a cigar.
Well... and... add this motorcycle, that I purchased today.
You can not go wrong with a Harley... The character in my opinion is different but equal to the W650.. May you make many miles of smiles on your new steed.
Thanks Bernie. Will be good for short hops around town.
The new sportster based models are cool. I was close to buying a 48 but the tank size was too small for practicality.
I like the '48. Just tank range that would perhaps bother me, though 100 miles is a nice point to hop off and stretch your legs...!
Agreed on the tank-range issue - and the lack of comfort or practicality of the 48. My other bikes are better motorcycles, from any rational perspective. But I like the raw, motor-and-two-wheels (motor-cycle) feel of the 48, for local rides.
The stance on the '48 is somehow 'right', I feel. Low, lean, nice flat bar.... cool.
I agree Neil. As a styling exercise, it's the best-looking of the Sportster range. This one has mid-set pegs, which make it (somewhat) more "comfortable." I don't like foot-forward pegs - in fact, my preference is for rearsets, which are a bit silly on a bike with the Sportster's handling limitations.