I like my D404's, but in all fairness, I have not ridden on the Metz's. Lots of rain grooves in the roads here in Florida and the D404 tread pattern deals with it well.Hey thanks a lot Jon. I'll have to give it a try in the morning. It definitely just started raining :-( The stealership was thinking of putting on D404's as well. Do you like them?
I agree.The guys above did a good job I think describing the basic process for how the centerstand action works.
It really is a matter of technique, not overall body strength. Once you get it right, you could even rock a Goldwing up on its centerstand with no problem.
Speaking of centerstands, this is a feature that I'm continually amazed that doesn't appear on other bikes. As we Vulcaneers know, it's an incredibly useful and convenient thing to have, and also a great selling feature. To me, this helps to show just how "watered down" a lot of the newer bikes really are. Someone correct me if I'm wrong on this, but I think for right now the only other cruiser that has a centerstand (stock, anyway) is the Yamaha Vmax (which of course is not a new design, but is another "oldie but goodie" like our VN750).
Except for Yamaha's FZ6, I'm not aware of any rice rockets that have one, except for high-end models (e.g., FJR, Goldwing).
The above explains (but only in part) why I'm perfectly content with our 750 cc bike, and why I'm not out shopping--or even looking--at other bikes.
You asked about Hondas....
I think if you really did your homework, you'd find that the quality and workmanship on Hondas is as good as--or better than--any other brand of bike out there. Some of them are overpriced, though, compared to their contemporaries from other brands (e.g., the Honda 599 vs the Suzuki SV650).
Honda's Shadow line of cruisers is widely regarded (and rightfully so) as some of the most reliable motorcycles ever built--regardless of price.
But compare any of their newer cruisers to our Vulcan 750--and you'll see that our bike has so much more for the money--and is so much easier to live with, day after day.
The V65 was (and still is) an awesome bike--but I guess you may already know that bike had a top end oil supply problem. As a result, camshafts had a chronically short life in that first-generation Magna.
It's like riding a bicycle for the first time -- once you do it, you realize, "Oh, yeah, of course!"I feel like such a retard asking this but I can't seem to get it...I need to get the wheels off of my baby and I can't seem to get the center stand up by myself....Any tips/tricks?