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post #1 of 39 (permalink) Old 09-15-2014, 09:22 PM Thread Starter
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"CRUISER NIGHTMARES!!??"

I moved the pegs 1',reversed shifter(did 90k on my Guzzi w this pattern). Eliminated miss(tach still jumpy). Rear brake setup in limbo(hardly use it). Went for 50 mi. putt-much better on back & legs,seat must go. Bars from GT750/GS1100? Boinky fork a bit soft but I have a lot of springs in my shop-U'll drop it an inch to quicken trucky steering. Will mount Valkyrie seat from Cafe'd VX500 tomorrow-know it's comfortable.
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pegs.....Why?

Seat....stock seat sucks 4sure.

No rear brake? No thank you....

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Wow, locating the pegs that way boggles my mind. How bout a pic of you on the bike with your feet on the pegs...maybe it will make more sense then.

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"STIRRED CRUISERS"

Knew that would wake some of you up. Coming from a roadrace background in the 70s I knew about MV,Gilera,Guzzi(V8),GPs,The Isle of Mann back in the 50s in Jr. High. For me a bike must handle and brake(rear useful for a little steering into corners)like a sporty car not a crew-cab PU. The cruiser seating position isn't effective(or comfortable)for that. Remember the whole "CRUISER" thing was started(I believe) by Kawi LTDs around '79. It was all about what felt/looked good sitting on a bike in the showroom. Another aspect is the obesity of a huge portion of the population today-where to put that gut. A bike must be like a shrew stealing eggs among the dinosaurs-fast & evasive. How often have you heard about a Hoglie type simply running off the road not being able to make a corner? I commuted on bikes for 34 yrs-had to use avoidance at least once/week,had serious issues about every 7 yrs. Good handling bikes & proper gear have kept me going through 50+yrs of riding. OK,enough plather,gotta mount that seat.
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Knew that would wake some of you up. Coming from a roadrace background in the 70s I knew about MV,Gilera,Guzzi(V8),GPs,The Isle of Mann back in the 50s in Jr. High. For me a bike must handle and brake(rear useful for a little steering into corners)like a sporty car not a crew-cab PU. The cruiser seating position isn't effective(or comfortable)for that. Remember the whole "CRUISER" thing was started(I believe) by Kawi LTDs around '79. It was all about what felt/looked good sitting on a bike in the showroom. Another aspect is the obesity of a huge portion of the population today-where to put that gut. A bike must be like a shrew stealing eggs among the dinosaurs-fast & evasive. How often have you heard about a Hoglie type simply running off the road not being able to make a corner? I commuted on bikes for 34 yrs-had to use avoidance at least once/week,had serious issues about every 7 yrs. Good handling bikes & proper gear have kept me going through 50+yrs of riding. OK,enough plather,gotta mount that seat.
Not sure what all that was meant to say.....but if you don't like the way "cruisers" are set up why do you own one?

Cruisers are factory "copies" of the custom chopper scene that started here in America. Nothing to do with sitting on the bike in a showroom or how big your gut is.

By your own words here you're trying to make a "sporty car" out of a "crew cab PU" and my only question again is ....
Why?

Seems you'd been alot better off starting with a Triumph Bonneville instead....

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I ride cruisers because they are the most comfortable bikes out there (for me) I have done two SS1000s on the Vulcan 750 without pain. I love the seat. The riding position is absolutely perfect for me. I can sit upright, no forward lean, which kills my neck and shoulders. The bars come back to meet you, so you have a bend in your elbows. The angle of the grips is near perfect, about halfway between a straight across bar and a 90 degree pullback. The stock pegs are perfect for my 34" inseam. Once in a while I get leg cramps. Switching to the passenger pegs for a few minutes fixes that. This is a bike that could have been designed just for me.

When my stator went out, I went looking at some other bikes. No later model cruiser fit right. Most of them had the pegs too far forward, and the bars to low and wide (what are commonly called "beach bars") Not for me. I'm replacing the stator.

I bought a new Royal Enfield B5 a few months ago. It is a completely standard bike. Not a cruiser and not a sport bike. The pain starts at around 200 miles, which is fine for the way I ride it. But I would not want to take off across the country on it.

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^think you're confused here. Jerry likes the stock bike and has changed nothing.

"Guzzi John" has made all the changes so his bike doesn't have "cruiser" ergos anymore. (He must be a small guy, because given the seat height of the Vulcan, moving the pegs back would have my knees bent up so it would feel I was kneeling...with my ankles almost touching my butt. Don't sound comfy at all. Ever try riding 200 miles with your legs bent less than 90 degrees? I have and it sucks)

Jerry is the only one I've read that LIKES the stock seat btw.

But yes...to each his own. I'm still trying to figure how anyone can stand apehangers....

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Thr question as to why?its what he's gotmake it his

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Thr question as to why?its what he's gotmake it his
??? ...

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what?!....you don't speak ODD?! I understood Crow just fine...... lol

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