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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 04-28-2009, 05:16 PM Thread Starter
 
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Question From cruiser to sportbike??

Hello all. I am new to this forum. I currently ride a vtx1300 cruiser and am currently considering a triumph sprint st or similar type of bike. Are there any of you out there who may have made this transition and could share some of your pros and cons with me?
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 04-28-2009, 06:46 PM
 
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Yeah, what were you thinking riding a cruiser to begin w/??? Nah, just kiddin man. I'm not extremely familiar w/ either of those bikes, but I do have a general idea of them. I have to ask, what is prompting your switch? Have you ever ridden on a sport bike before? Personally, I can't ride a cruiser comfortably because of where the pedals are located. In those regards, I really prefer a standard, but I can deal w/ sport. My best recommendation to you would be to find a friend who has one, or rent one for the weekend and see if it agrees with you. It's like the difference between driving a truck and a sports car. The basics are the same, but the Devil's in the details....Good luck.

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I have not. But welcome!

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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 04-29-2009, 04:58 AM Thread Starter
 
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I really don't have a good reason other than I guess I'm looking for something smoother and different. The cruiser is ok, not as comfortable as you would think. There are many things I guess I could do to my bike to make it more comfortable but that would be money wasted if I don't think I really want to continue on a cruiser. I have never ridden a sport bike, but they do look like fun. The Triumph Sprint looks like it could be the best of both worlds but once again I am new to the sport bike world. All of my friends have cruisers and think I have basically lost my mind. But they know I'm the type of person who really doesn't care what everyone thinks and will do what makes me happy. I have been shopping around and have looked at all makes, but no one around here will allow test rides. I have figured out one thing, I am 6'-4" and there are a lot of models that I knew right when sitting on them would not work. Sorry for the novel of a response.
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Actually, that's pretty helpful. Popular starters include the SV650 and 650R and there was a recent release of the FZ6R. All are more standard than a supersport, which makes for less cramped quarters and more viable for tall folks while retaining extensive usability on the street. But going around and sitting on them is about as good as it gets.

That said, I have been able to test ride sportbikes (yes, even supersports) that were used. You may have to go visit the dealerships and chat with them and I presume you look older. Most won't consider letting anyone under 30 near a sportbike of any kind for test riding in the parking lot. I presume you can understand why


EDIT: BTW, having the "if you don't like my ride I don't give a squat" attitude is the best way to survive starting out with these and becoming a long-term rider, IMHO. I'd call that maturity

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