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Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 01-22-2015, 05:49 PM
Replies: 105
Views: 24,145
Posted By cls
The reworked Versys 1000 and 650 LT's. there is...

The reworked Versys 1000 and 650 LT's. there is also a "base" 650, w/o the hard bags and extras.
Forum: Road warriors 01-22-2015, 07:45 AM
Replies: 2,106
Views: 239,986
Posted By cls
I also saw, and sat on one, for the first time...

I also saw, and sat on one, for the first time yesterday. Not for me. It looks great on paper, but I just didn't care for it. Not a triple fan, either. I hate to walk away, but so be it. Just had...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 01-21-2015, 02:21 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 3,615
Posted By cls
I usually laugh at people who laugh at people...

I usually laugh at people who laugh at people (Yes, myself included.). We all have our preferences. I far prefer low(er) revs. It most usually includes longer engine life, better fuel mileage, and...
Forum: Road warriors 01-20-2015, 04:44 PM
Replies: 359
Views: 45,830
Posted By cls
I've had multiple Gen. 1 V's. They run right at...

I've had multiple Gen. 1 V's. They run right at 70 mph (indicated) in top gear at 5K. 4K gets you right at 55 (indicated). 1K lower revs for the same speed would be a nice difference. I geared my...
Forum: Road warriors 01-20-2015, 06:12 AM
Replies: 359
Views: 45,830
Posted By cls
So much so that I wonder if that's actually...

So much so that I wonder if that's actually right. That's really low for a 650 "sporting" bike. I'd love it. I hope it's correct. Any confirmation?
Forum: Road warriors 01-18-2015, 06:34 AM
Replies: 359
Views: 45,830
Posted By cls
I've had a Connie, as well. It's a great bike,...

I've had a Connie, as well. It's a great bike, but it requires more out of you. I think you'd love the V, from what it sounds like. And I'm sure you know it's a parallel twin, not a V-...

I've...
Forum: Road warriors 01-17-2015, 08:10 PM
Replies: 359
Views: 45,830
Posted By cls
I also got high 50's on my '09 Versys torquing it...

I also got high 50's on my '09 Versys torquing it around town for the most part. Great bike and stronger than you'd think down low. If you're mostly a partial throttle, low rev guy, you'll have no...
Forum: Road warriors 01-16-2015, 09:06 AM
Replies: 2,106
Views: 239,986
Posted By cls
Agreed. But, more specifically, the Givi E55 (I...

Agreed. But, more specifically, the Givi E55 (I think it's still the biggest trunk bag out?). Great set-up for real world and flexibility.
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 01-16-2015, 09:02 AM
Replies: 5,517
Views: 1,047,774
Posted By cls
I'm usually very much for simple and clean looks,...

I'm usually very much for simple and clean looks, but that's sharp. Gives it a definite "Baby 'Strada" look. Nice.
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 01-12-2015, 06:18 PM
Replies: 3,382
Views: 655,289
Posted By cls
You have to look at the whole picture, though. ...

You have to look at the whole picture, though. You're going to pay for that higher hp somewhere. It's most like going to cost low-end grunt and fuel efficiency. I'm no engineer to be sure, but...
Forum: Road warriors 01-11-2015, 02:22 PM
Replies: 359
Views: 45,830
Posted By cls
It's a great street engine, no doubt. It's just...

It's a great street engine, no doubt. It's just a personal taste thing. I don't care for the sound (Contrary to most, I know.) and the totally linear power comes across as boring and featureless. ...
Forum: Road warriors 01-11-2015, 01:28 PM
Replies: 359
Views: 45,830
Posted By cls
I'm also looking forward to the forthcoming...

I'm also looking forward to the forthcoming comparo's. For whatever power and performance you lose on the Versys 650, you gain back at least that much in pricing, fuel mileage, and insurance. As...
Forum: Road warriors 01-10-2015, 07:16 PM
Replies: 2,106
Views: 239,986
Posted By cls
I'll take death over some of the alternatives...

I'll take death over some of the alternatives every time. Rode hot a long time, but always w/a sense of consideration and reasonableness. Gotta' be careful on these things.

I'll take a twin over...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 01-06-2015, 05:56 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,075
Posted By cls
Nice trio. I like the 17" option for my street...

Nice trio. I like the 17" option for my street "adventures." It's a nice mix, if you ask me. I get it. Congrats and enjoy.
Forum: Road warriors 01-04-2015, 04:15 PM
Replies: 1,313
Views: 224,227
Posted By cls
A number of factors play into the feel and...

A number of factors play into the feel and perception. Interesting to hear different takes on it. Or so I think, anyway. Folks love and hate different stuff. I enjoy hearing the take, in both...
Forum: Road warriors 01-04-2015, 10:35 AM
Replies: 1,313
Views: 224,227
Posted By cls
That's silly. If that's what he feels, so be it....

That's silly. If that's what he feels, so be it. Furthermore, he didn't say it was heavy, he said it felt heavy to him and it was a "chore" lifting it off the side stand. I can see that. It's...
Forum: Road warriors 01-04-2015, 09:01 AM
Replies: 1,313
Views: 224,227
Posted By cls
I bellieve they say 397# wet or some such thing.

I bellieve they say 397# wet or some such thing.
Forum: Road warriors 01-04-2015, 08:30 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 13,136
Posted By cls
For you, it's great, and that's great. For...

For you, it's great, and that's great. For others it's boring. If they want an "exciting" power delivery and revs, then that's what they want. So it is. I think it's a great bike and I'd love to...
Forum: Road warriors 01-04-2015, 08:24 AM
Replies: 1,313
Views: 224,227
Posted By cls
Some relativity and perspective, perhaps: if the...

Some relativity and perspective, perhaps: if the guy's used to hoisting a Ninja 300 and true dirt bikes off the side stand, this bike is going to feel heavy(-ier). OTOH, for's the extra oomph you...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 01-04-2015, 08:08 AM
Replies: 5,517
Views: 1,047,774
Posted By cls
True story, but not always the case. I have the...

True story, but not always the case. I have the 500, but I'd also like to have a 700. If it were for my only bike, or one of a couple, I'd have the 700. It's better for 2-up and highway, IMO. In...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 01-03-2015, 07:57 PM
Replies: 5,517
Views: 1,047,774
Posted By cls
Yes, sir. The -07 is pretty tiny. Great bike...

Yes, sir. The -07 is pretty tiny. Great bike and great value, but it's small. It's also not as good of a pure commuter as the X, IMO. More exciting and better performance? Yes. Get what you...
Forum: Road warriors 01-03-2015, 09:08 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,087
Posted By cls
Absolutely no flame received. I started on...

Absolutely no flame received. I started on cruisers, though not Harleys, sure enough. I've had all kinds since then. You have to pick the right bike for your riding, no doubt. All of my current...
Forum: Road warriors 01-02-2015, 12:59 PM
Replies: 359
Views: 45,830
Posted By cls
Yeh, the weight is all that really bothers me at...

Yeh, the weight is all that really bothers me at that price point, as well. I'd guess I'd get over 60 mpg's from this one, if there info is correct. Just hate it didn't go down 25#, instead of up...
Forum: Road warriors 01-01-2015, 06:13 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,087
Posted By cls
Agreed on all counts, except this: "Thing about...

Agreed on all counts, except this: "Thing about smaller multi cylinder engines, they don't feel stressed at 6,7, 10 k." They feel and sound stressed to me. If I just see the tach. at that number,...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 01-01-2015, 05:46 PM
Replies: 747
Views: 186,642
Posted By cls
My take on the article's comments were that it...

My take on the article's comments were that it was about perfect for a daily commuter and/or ST bike. OTOH, were you primarily looking for a sporty bike/SPORT-tourer, it may be a bit soft. They've...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 01-01-2015, 05:35 PM
Replies: 5,517
Views: 1,047,774
Posted By cls
I opt out of ABS whenever possible. And, so far,...

I opt out of ABS whenever possible. And, so far, it's always been possible. When it doesn't cost (virtually) any extra money or weight, I'm all in. I have nothing against it, nor do I think it's a...
Forum: Road warriors 01-01-2015, 10:47 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,087
Posted By cls
Yeh, but you know what I mean. I very rarely see...

Yeh, but you know what I mean. I very rarely see 6 or 7K rpm's these days. Just don't need it. I also agree, 100 or 150 hp doesn't matter much to me at all. Whether the bike has effortless,...
Forum: Road warriors 01-01-2015, 09:34 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,087
Posted By cls
It obviuosly depends on a number of factors. ...

It obviuosly depends on a number of factors. I've had bikes from 100-1850cc's, of all types and designs. I love them all and they're all different. Depending on your needs, desires, riding...
Forum: Road warriors 12-27-2014, 06:35 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 3,277
Posted By cls
I bought the first one I could find when they...

I bought the first one I could find when they first came out and put 36K miles on it. I was very satisfied w/the public road handling and real world power. I also averaged just under 44 mpg's in...
Forum: Road warriors 12-26-2014, 11:09 AM
Replies: 2,106
Views: 239,986
Posted By cls
I like a fairing and torque. On those counts, I...

I like a fairing and torque. On those counts, I hope the FJ will fare (Pun intended.) better for me than either the FZ-09 or FZ1. And I feel certain it will. Will it big/comfortable enough? ...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 12-26-2014, 11:02 AM
Replies: 5,517
Views: 1,047,774
Posted By cls
I've been doing the same for years and I don't...

I've been doing the same for years and I don't throw around specific numbers for the same reason, as a rule. It's the only way to do business w/something you're passionate about and a constant...
Forum: Road warriors 12-26-2014, 09:30 AM
Replies: 359
Views: 45,830
Posted By cls
Yep, it's gonna' depend on individual preference:...

Yep, it's gonna' depend on individual preference: performance-minded vs. practical-minded, as a general gist.
Forum: Road warriors 12-21-2014, 06:14 PM
Replies: 287
Views: 26,299
Posted By cls
And I get it. I've been there. I've had the...

And I get it. I've been there. I've had the bikes you're currently riding, looking at, and interested in. I don't like the RC51; never have. I had a Triumph; sold it. The times are changing and...
Forum: Road warriors 12-21-2014, 05:39 PM
Replies: 287
Views: 26,299
Posted By cls
Of course, then you have to consider building w/a...

Of course, then you have to consider building w/a "passion" (or w/o it, as is commonly quoted here) for what? If you consider value, engineering, design, the detail of human interface w/the machine,...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 12-21-2014, 05:05 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 3,615
Posted By cls
As I recall, the V2 is 503#. + 25 would put it...

As I recall, the V2 is 503#. + 25 would put it at 528#. The 14R, unfortunately, rates 575#, or so. I've done full exhaust and a little trimming, so it's probably right around 550#. We're...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 12-21-2014, 08:58 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 3,615
Posted By cls
True enough, but I'm more impressed w/power...

True enough, but I'm more impressed w/power character and power delivery these days, than outright, peak power. Not that the 14 doesn't put it down everywhere, mind you. It ain't real comfy,...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 12-20-2014, 10:25 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 3,615
Posted By cls
May I presume you think the V2 is notably...

May I presume you think the V2 is notably stronger than the FZ-09 (and, by projection/deduction, the new FJ, also) below 5K rpm's, and handles plenty sporty and taught for public roads? The FJ has...
Forum: Road warriors 12-20-2014, 07:53 PM
Replies: 2,106
Views: 239,986
Posted By cls
And besides, tall would be good.

And besides, tall would be good.
Forum: The British Invasion: Triumph Tigers 12-19-2014, 09:14 AM
Replies: 108
Views: 5,756
Posted By cls
I like my 500X for what it is. Now, another...

I like my 500X for what it is. Now, another version for dirtin' would be great. That'd make a nice pair.
Forum: Road warriors 12-19-2014, 08:00 AM
Replies: 359
Views: 45,830
Posted By cls
Very nice write-up and exactly what I expected. ...

Very nice write-up and exactly what I expected. I've had a few V's over the years (and a bunch of other bikes, of all styles, makes, and sizes), and I may head back to one.

As for the FJ...
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