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Old 10-30-2012, 08:38 AM   #1379
ORexpat
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I tend to agree with Barnone. W650's are relatively rare in the US, though much more common in Europe and Asia. I hate to see such a nice bike made less ridable in the name of an individual's view of aesthetics.

I enjoy looking at custom work that enhances the joy of riding--cafe racers, scramblers, touring versions--and that don't destroy the bike's basic handling and ergonomics. That's my biggest complaint about "choppers." Most aren't built to be ridden, just gawked at. There's a lot of superb craftsmanship and creativity that go into many unrideable bikes--I respect that immensely. But many of the things done to those bikes detract from the ability to actually ride them.

Contorted riding positions, ill-conceived tire sizes, etc.--meh. I'd rather go for a ride!
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