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Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Chandler, Arizona
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.
I am a motorcyclist, NOT a biker.
1997 Vulcan 750, purchased about a week ago
2006 Sportster 1200 Low
2013 Royal Enfield Bullet 500, converted to carb
2001 Yamaha XT225, heavily modified
2004 Honda Rebel 250
1979 Vespa P200E
2002 Vulcan 750 parts bike
1994 Yamaha XT225 parts bike