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Old 05-17-2013, 05:10 AM   #11
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Originally Posted by showerfan View Post you think the k-bike is suitable?
First of all, ride what makes you smile.

That being said - in the mountains, you're better off with a GS or equivalent. What you will want is something with low end grunt and quick steering. You will appreciate these features on your first uphill right handed hairpin.

This is not to say that you can't do it with a cruiser or sportbike, just that you'll do a lot more work.

This is what I'm presently riding:

but I will say that the GSs that I rented were better suited. I've got the low end on this bike, but the front end is kicked out a bit far for those uphill right-handers.

Of course, not paying $150/day or so for a rental helps ease the pain.
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