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Riding a Cruiser compared to Sportbike

There's really no point to this thread, just sharing some observations I made while taking my dads cruiser out.

My dad's bike is a Suzuki Boulevard C50 Black



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Being as it was my dads bikes and we just bought these like 2 weeks ago, I didn't really take it that far, but from what I can tell, the only point to his bike is to just sit there in a relaxed position and get drilled by the wind. I noticed there was a ton more wind on my legs then compared to my sportbike.

The bike has tons of torque, nothing crazy imo.. its 50 ci (800cc) So its not really that big, but my 4 cyl 600cc puts it to shame. I felt so bored on his bike that i am glad i didn't agree with him to buy the cruiser and bought the sportbike on my own.

Do any of you guys ride cruisers? What do you think of em?

After that ride I hopped on my zzr and the smile quickly returned on my face. God I love bikes.



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IMO.. Crusiers are good for long relaxed rides, other then that I am on my sportbike livin' it up. I do perfer a crusier for the long hauls though. But like you said the sportbike puts the smile on my face!
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Let me put it this way...I rode my bike home from college a couple weeks ago just for the experience. I ride a Suzuki GS500F (sportbike) and had to stop about halfway through the 4 hour trip. My backside was so sore by the time I got home...I would've much rather made that trip on a cruiser. IMO, sportbikes are still #1, because I love taking mine on the twisties and getting the feel of a race bike, but you can't beat a cruiser for cruising...
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You use muscles when you ride... and if you don't exercise and strengthen those muscles regularly, you won't be comfortable on the longer rides. If you make longer rides regularly, you'll be more comfortable. Wait until Jeeps wakes up and chimes in on this...

But it's a combination of flexibility in a sportbike riding position, and strength in the muscles you use to ride. If you don't stretch everyday, and ride longer rides, you'll never be comfortable on them. I put in 8 hours sunday, with 4 stops, and I'm feeling it in my back muscles today, but Not bad... It was a combination of twisties, towns and high speed straights, so I was always shifting positions that helps too.
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I have rode both and currently ride a chopper which is even more different. And I love my chop.

I hate to see people compare cruisers to sportbikes or to other styles... each has its place.




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I have rode both and currently ride a chopper which is even more different. And I love my chop.

I hate to see people compare cruisers to sportbikes or to other styles... each has its place.
Exactly... it's like comparing a pickup truck with a sports car... Both serve a purpose... The purposes are just drastically different...
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Not really comparing so much (even though its in the title)

I just rode one yesterday and I was amazed at how different it is.

From the bars, to the seating position, to the foot pegs, to the heel toe shifting. I rode my bike, his, then my bike in a 2 hour period. It kinda messes with your brain.



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I like my 500, though cruisers have a place too. one is for the high performance twisty roads fast movin type, one is for the relaxed rider that just cruises around livin it up.
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I have ridin crusers and dirt bikes all my life and still have a place deep in my heart for my Yamaha Virago but since I have been riding my ZX6R the first thing that pops in my head whenever I take It out is DAMN why did I wait so long.
I have been riding my sport bike for about 4 months now and If I get the chance I will own one of each.
Of course I think the mormons have a great life style also.
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Not really comparing so much (even though its in the title)

I just rode one yesterday and I was amazed at how different it is.

From the bars, to the seating position, to the foot pegs, to the heel toe shifting. I rode my bike, his, then my bike in a 2 hour period. It kinda messes with your brain.
Oh yeah it could F with your head for sure!




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IMO, sportbikes are still #1, because I love taking mine on the twisties and getting the feel of a race bike, but you can't beat a cruiser for cruising...
That about sums it up.....
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Exactly... it's like comparing a pickup truck with a sports car... Both serve a purpose... The purposes are just drastically different...
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Ha my dad has a big electra glide classic harly, If you wanna sit back in a lazy boy, listening to your tunes all day on the highway it is a great bike. Wanna hit a twisty road you better go slow but they both have their ups and downs. I'm tellin you tho if i ever get a cruiser you better belive its gonna be a GOLDWING baby.
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Nah, BMW makes some pretty tricked out Tourer's too... better service and options than the GW... But yes, definatly and SB and a Tourer / Cruiser.
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Cruiser types are nice for 2up.



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Cruiser types are nice for 2up.
Oh yeah way better than the wifey banging her helmet off yours!




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Oh yeah way better than the wifey banging her helmet off yours!
Oh geez, tell me about it, I take my girl on a ride on my GS500F and I hear about every 4-5 minutes BANG.........thanks sweetheart...
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Hey, make her ride her own bike... Only way I'll ever ride with a guy is if he has his own wheels... If the [email protected] solo cowl wern't so expensive I'd already have her modified...
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Hey, make her ride her own bike... Only way I'll ever ride with a guy is if he has his own wheels... If the [email protected] solo cowl wern't so expensive I'd already have her modified...
Next bike I get I am going to convert into a streetfighter... I am literally just going to cut the back end off!
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sportbikes can be converted to cruising. I've seen ppl replace the clipons with higher mount ones.

btw, i saw a goldwing the other day with a large drink in a cup holder. wazup wit dat?

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