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Old 10-15-2014, 06:23 AM   #1
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Recommend a motorcycle?

Thus far the sum total of my riding experience has been on a 60s vintage Kawasaki Big Horn that I owned in the 70s. I didn't ride it all that much. Then this past summer I took the MSF riding class. On August 8 I took delivery of a Triumph Scrambler and it's got 1670 miles on it as of yesterday. I think I'm coveting something bigger and more powerful.

These are my parameters: more power, reliable, longer overall length/wheelbase, cool exhaust sound.

Concerning reliability, the Scrambler design has been around for awhile and has a good reputation for reliability. The Triumph Explorer, for example, not so much so. Are there other bikes with the Scrambler's reliability?

More power: I'd like something with more power throughout the rpm range. The Tiger 800XC seems appealing, but looking at the specs, it doesn't seem to have the low end torque/power I'd like.

Exhaust sound: BMWs are nice bikes, but I don't want a quiet bike. The second thing I did to my Scrambler (after installing a centerstand) was to install an Arrow exhaust and pull off the baffle.

I'm thinking maybe taking your suggestions and going for some test rides.

Thanks for your help.
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Old 10-15-2014, 06:30 AM   #2
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Sounds like you want a Harley, bigger is better and lots of noise!
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Old 10-15-2014, 07:13 AM   #3
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If the Tiger800 seems appealing, try it out. It's got plenty of torque.... how much do you need?
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Old 10-15-2014, 07:16 AM   #4
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Want sick power and noise.. look into the dorsoduro 750
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Old 10-15-2014, 07:17 AM   #5
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Go test ride a Harley, they will let you ride any one you want at any of the dealerships. If you want big and loud, thats where you need to be.
Wanna sell the Scrambler ?



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Old 10-15-2014, 07:26 AM   #6
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Just skip right to the 'busa.
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Old 10-15-2014, 07:28 AM   #7
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Ducati Monster 1100 Evo...except for the wheelbase.

Otherwise you're sating you want a Harley
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Old 10-15-2014, 07:33 AM   #8
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I don't understand why the sound/noise is of such importance in deciding what you buy.

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Old 10-15-2014, 07:55 AM   #9
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Just skip right to the 'busa.
That's a Girls bike!
He has experience on the Kawasaki. So the next logical step would be a ZX-14.
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Old 10-15-2014, 08:12 AM   #10
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Honda VTX1300, or Fury if you want an even longer wheelbase. You can always get an aftermarket exhaust if you want to go louder.
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Old 10-15-2014, 08:18 AM   #11
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I don't understand why the sound/noise is of such importance in deciding what you buy.
I ride with earplugs so as to minimize any further damage to my hearing. (Hunting and heavy equipment construction long before hearing protection was invented.)

I also like to hear the sound. I'm old school I guess. My muscle cars needed to sound like such. Etc.
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Old 10-15-2014, 08:19 AM   #12
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Go test ride a Harley, they will let you ride any one you want at any of the dealerships. If you want big and loud, thats where you need to be.
Wanna sell the Scrambler ?



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I've ridden Harley Davidson. Do they stop any better than they used to? There are certainly plenty of dealers if one needs servicing, for sure.

As far as selling the Scrambler, I'm still having fun with it. I likely wouldn't sell until prime riding season begins. Conversely, I'd be looking to purchase a bike in the winter, assuming there were better deals to be had?
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Old 10-15-2014, 08:25 AM   #13
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You can get as much noise as you want out of anything you end up with.
Get the bike you want and then farkle it.

If you're going to be asshat noisy, please stay out of my neighborhood though.
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Old 10-15-2014, 08:31 AM   #14
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Sounds like you want a Harley, bigger is better and lots of noise!
My thought exactly for the OP…….

Not that I would bother with one myself. Smaller bikes do it for me, and most run rings around any HD performance parameter.
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Old 10-15-2014, 08:54 AM   #15
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Smaller bikes do it for me
Don't get me wrong. I don't feel that "bigger is better", always.

It's just that I'm 6 feet, 6 inches tall with a size 14 shoe. I've ridden different brands/bikes, and I'm genuinely cramped on a lot of them. For my MSF class I rode a Yamaha endure 250cc. I forgot which one, but that was a great little bike, except it was so cramped it was literally painful after an hour or so.

With my Scrambler, I had an upholsterer add 2 full inches of foam to the seat, complete with new cover. Then I switched the foot pegs, left to right, etc. The pegs alone gave me maybe another inch?

But it's still somewhat cramped. The angle of my foot to calf gets uncomfortable after a couple of hours.
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