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Old 02-07-2011, 12:42 PM   #10
tennessee thumper
now in Mt. View, AR
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Joined: Nov 2007
Location: Arkansas Ozarks
Oddometer: 739
I've had both and sold both. I still have a Mystic "in the family" as my old man bought one after liking mine so much.

My thoughts after lots of seat/wrench time on both:

Mystic performs, handles, stops and does everything better than a /5.
It is not a good two up bike and leaves something to be desired in the comfort department for extended runs.

A later model such as this is USUALLY NOT in need of a long upgrades list after purchace. Watch out for missing tranny circlip and factory installed rear shock.

/5 is a MUCH better touring bike and generally more comfortable to ride. Drum brakes are an obvious short fall and depending on the bike you get there may be a longer list of repairs/upgrades that need to be done.

I traded my /5 for a 92 GSPD after 18 wonderful years of riding. Hated to see it go but my needs for a bike changed now that I'm in a very rural area.

Can't go wrong with either...If I were forced to choose again today I'd go with the Mystic with two changes, install some higher reach handle bars and a R100R subframe to accept a larger rear seat.

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