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I know next to nothing about what's out there for motorcycles.  I'm in the process of getting my motorcycle license.

 

My very good friend who I'd like to go riding with has this:

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A 2015 Ducati Streetfighter.

While I think it's a hot bike, I also am certain it is not for me. I don't want to be hunched forward and I want to be able to put a passenger on the back.

 

The bike I've admired for a while is the Yamaha Roadliner Midnight

 

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I like the bike, but want something a bit more sporty without going to the extreme of the Ducati 

 

Thoughts?

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Drew, that is a sweet bike. I used to ride till I got married and had kids. Wife gave me a choice of her or the bike. I retired the bike. Miss it, but am happy with all the other fun toys that have replaced it especially my waverunners. :P

 

I have always liked the Yamaha bikes, I checked out and rode the following that is a blast:

 

Empulse TT

 

10,400 watt hour EV Bike.

 

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I also like the Hammer S

 

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Have to say in playing with the configurator, I am really liking the Magnum X-1 Stealth Edition bike also.

 

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Sporty but not a crotch rocket and your first bike? 

 

One of my all-time favorites, might be a little more ass for a first timer than it should be but nothing insane, Triumph Street Triple. I'm not sure how much 2-up riding you plan but if you are planning on doing a lot then this isn't the bike for you but i it's for the occasional ride here and there it'll be just fine.

 

First gen: 

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Second gen:

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You could also go the route of a Ducati Monster(all different engine choices ranging from like 620-1100 if you're looking used), not as sporty as the Streetfighter and it'll be along the lines of the Street Triple. Yamaha makes a new FZ-07 that's a parralell twin 700. Won't be the fastest thing in the world(considering it's a 700) but a long the lines of the naked sport bikes.  


Have to say in playing with the configurator, I am really liking the Magnum X-1 Stealth Edition bike also.

 

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A buddy of mine's dad has one of these in a super dark matte gray/black and it's one heck of a bike. So many features and it's made to just ride for days on end. 

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Sporty but not a crotch rocket and your first bike? 

 

That's pretty much exactly right.  I've ridden dirt bikes for years, but this will be my first street bike.   I really don't care about speed, of the three vehicle in my driveway now, none exceed 160 hp. 

 

Edit:  And I will almost certainly be buying used.

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Drew, I also forgot about Motus, An American Bike Builder that used to build Corvette Racers and they took the V8, cut it in half and now produce a Pushrod V4 1650CC Liquid cooled bad ass ride! They have a great comfort ride position.

 

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Motus MSTR

 

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Motus MST

 

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Motus Corvette based V4 Pushrod Engine

 

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Sporty but not a crotch rocket and your first bike? 

 

That's pretty much exactly right.  I've ridden dirt bikes for years, but this will be my first street bike.   I really don't care about speed, of the three vehicle in my driveway now, none exceed 160 hp. 

 

Edit:  And I will almost certainly be buying used.

 

I'd give the Street Triple your strong consideration. and if you're comfortable enough because you aren't new to 2 wheels a Speed triple(1050cc as opposed to 675). To go with that Yamaha has an FZ-09 that's also a 3cyl but 900cc. 

 

If you're not concerned about speed.. It has a fantastic 3 cyl engine that offers a lot of low-mid range punch for a sporty bike while still leaving something like 120hp on tap for when you do want to get nasty. I'd avoid an inline 4 as they have zero bottom end. A V-twin like a Monster would be even better if you're not looking to race as they have gobs of low end but a much weaker top end(but still no slouch of a vehicle as the smaller Monsters still run 12's in the 1/4).

dfelt,

Very interesting motorcycle, ugly, but very interesting! 

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Oh yeah, KTM also offers a naked sport bike, 690 Duke. Pretty gnarly bike(single cylinder - sounds like a dirt bike!). It is also offered in a 1290. 

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Yup, the SV650 has been around awhile and has a good reputation as well. I've never really gotten on board but that's just because of the styling seems a little bland to me and the tail section looks very dated compared to all of the new naked bikes out there today.  The segment has blown up over the last 5 years. 

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After doing a little looking around I found Kawasaki makes a Z800 now! I always thought their Z1000 looked pretty sweet but it would have been too much bike for me. Awesome they have an 800 now...too bad it's still an inline 4 as well but probably an awesome bike nonetheless. 

 

Wow also found Suzuki makes a naked version of their supersports as well, GSX750. Freakin' awesome!  

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Well, I definately lean more "Classic" than modern.   A few months ago I saw a guy driving around a pristine vintage BMW motocycle and I loved the look.

 

But I'd still want to be able to keep up with my Ducati friend.... or go cruising with my dad some day.  (not going to try to keep up with him, his bike is nuts)

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Start researching cruzer bikes. Find a few dealers and sit on as many as you can. That will give you a good idea of what is comfortable. Think comfort over looks.

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Start researching cruzer bikes. Find a few dealers and sit on as many as you can. That will give you a good idea of what is comfortable. Think comfort over looks.

 

Well, comfort I would look at the Yamaha Roadliner that I've admired for years. 

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Well, I definately lean more "Classic" than modern.   A few months ago I saw a guy driving around a pristine vintage BMW motocycle and I loved the look.

 

But I'd still want to be able to keep up with my Ducati friend.... or go cruising with my dad some day.  (not going to try to keep up with him, his bike is nuts)

Well the Streetfighter is a badass bike.. to legitimately keep up with that you'd also need a lot of bike and about the only ones that would truly keep pace with the Streetfighter. if driven balls out, are the I4's like the GSX750, Z800, or even more so the 1050 in the Speed Triple. 

 

What's you dad have??? 

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We're not going to be racing our bikes, especially me as a new rider... but I'd be holding him back too much if I was on a vintage BMW.  I need to be able to at least keep up within the confines of safe driving.

 

 

My dad has a 1972 Kawasaki H2 Mach 2 - Originally a 750 two-stroke, he's modified the engine substantially for more power.  I'd have to truck the bike down to florida to go riding with him.

 

This is his.

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Start researching cruzer bikes. Find a few dealers and sit on as many as you can. That will give you a good idea of what is comfortable. Think comfort over looks.

 

Well, comfort I would look at the Yamaha Roadliner that I've admired for years.

That's a really good choice. It has a nice riding position and is large enough to reasonably acomadate a passenger. Suzuki and Honda have similar offerings you should check. Avoid Hardly. I have nothing against them, and have owned them, but they are pricey for what they are. Paying more for the name than the content of the bike. On that note Suzuki is good bang for the buck. And again, comfort first.

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Start researching cruzer bikes. Find a few dealers and sit on as many as you can. That will give you a good idea of what is comfortable. Think comfort over looks.

 

Well, comfort I would look at the Yamaha Roadliner that I've admired for years.

That's a really good choice. It has a nice riding position and is large enough to reasonably acomadate a passenger. Suzuki and Honda have similar offerings you should check. Avoid Hardly. I have nothing against them, and have owned them, but they are pricey for what they are. Paying more for the name than the content of the bike. On that note Suzuki is good bang for the buck. And again, comfort first.

 

 

Yeah, my dad has been a Yamaha and Kawasaki guy for years... I can't get a Harley, he wouldn't let me live it down. 

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I'd vote a Honda CB500X. They're very good value, have a comfortable seating position that will accommodate two people, are wonderfully usable in the city or out of town, and importantly, have a decent front fairing. Also, Honda's reliability is peerless. 

 

The fairing is important because when you're riding with your friend, you won't become tired from facing the wind head-on. And if you're caught in the rain, you'll have some protection too. It's altogether a safe choice. The CB500X's suspension travel also means you can navigate potholed roads with a little more confidence. 

 

Your friend's bike is fast, but unless you're racing, it's not important. I imagine he'll want to flick around curves and corners and speed is less of a factor then. The Honda's powerband and geometry would help you stay confident around the corners, and you'd likely be able to keep up pretty well too.

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We're not going to be racing our bikes, especially me as a new rider... but I'd be holding him back too much if I was on a vintage BMW.  I need to be able to at least keep up within the confines of safe driving.

 

 

My dad has a 1972 Kawasaki H2 Mach 2 - Originally a 750 two-stroke, he's modified the engine substantially for more power.  I'd have to truck the bike down to florida to go riding with him.

 

This is his.

Personally, I wouldn't worry about keeping up with anybody. If they are riding at a pace that's too fast for you then you're into felony territory anyway... even if it's just hustling around the back roads. 

 

Similar to what Scout said, I'd go sit on a bunch of bikes that you think look good and go from there. I'm not going to say don't let looks sell or don't sell the bike because you want to look at your bike and love it still. 

 

 

Holy $h!! a two-stroke 750?!?! That's one gnarly bike! 

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I should probably ask what kind of riding do you plan on doing? Taking trips kind of thing? or more or less shorter 1hr jaunts here and there sometimes w/ and sometimes w/o a partner? Commuting(oh yeah you work at home now!!)? 

 

I ask because FAP brought up a great point w/ the fairing situation. 

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I should probably ask what kind of riding do you plan on doing? Taking trips kind of thing? or more or less shorter 1hr jaunts here and there sometimes w/ and sometimes w/o a partner? Commuting(oh yeah you work at home now!!)? 

 

I ask because FAP brought up a great point w/ the fairing situation. 

 

I can't ever see me commuting on the bike unless I was leaving from the office to go somewhere on a trip. I only go into the office one day a week now, partially because the commute is so bad.  I'd be walking the bike for half of it..   To otherwise answer your question...  I'm not sure. I love getting out on the open road for a while even in my Toronado.  Probably mostly 1 - 3 hour jaunts.   I'd like to take longer trips too. I do want to be able to put side bags on whatever I get in case I want to do an overnight somewhere, but I would not want to leave them on permanently. 

 

Edit: I intend to buy a full face helmet, so I never really thought about a fairing.

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The faring and a full face helmet are two different things. A good wind screen/faring will do a lot for fatigue on longer rides.

I wouldn't worry about power. I'll go out on a limb and say any larger (somewhat modern) cruiser will have a powerplant that is more than sufficient.

Also the larger cruiser will be decently customizable. Farings, bags, so on.

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I should probably ask what kind of riding do you plan on doing? Taking trips kind of thing? or more or less shorter 1hr jaunts here and there sometimes w/ and sometimes w/o a partner? Commuting(oh yeah you work at home now!!)? 

 

I ask because FAP brought up a great point w/ the fairing situation. 

 

I can't ever see me commuting on the bike unless I was leaving from the office to go somewhere on a trip. I only go into the office one day a week now, partially because the commute is so bad.  I'd be walking the bike for half of it..   To otherwise answer your question...  I'm not sure. I love getting out on the open road for a while even in my Toronado.  Probably mostly 1 - 3 hour jaunts.   I'd like to take longer trips too. I do want to be able to put side bags on whatever I get in case I want to do an overnight somewhere, but I would not want to leave them on permanently. 

 

Edit: I intend to buy a full face helmet, so I never really thought about a fairing.

 

Fairing really does play a major role in more than just your face. 

 

Maybe try looking at the sport touring route. My dad has a Honda ST1300(it's a little dated now as all of the others have been updated) and it's freakin great. The Kawi Concours 14 is a badass touring bike. It'll legitimately hang with a lot of the sporty bikes and then you have luxury at your fingertips/butt as well. Adjustable windscreen and air vents for if you want more of less air on you, they make heated everything for it in the aftermarket along with power outlets for phone/gps/radio. Get a rear trunk and your space is almost endless and it gives your partner a backrest which is very reassuring if you've ever ridden on the back of a bike(I did it once and will never again.. I didn't like the lack of control). You can get cruise control..

 

Again, after doing a little more reading the Yamaha FJR1300 has a lot of insane stuff standard; Cruise control, adjustable seat height(without tools), multi-level power modes, traction control, lean-angle LED sensitive lighting to see through curves at night, heated grips... so many things that are pretty gnarly. 

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