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Old 01-30-2012, 06:51 AM   #1006
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Nice looking bike, but assuming it's a Forty-Eight, I don't get the 2.1 gallon gas tank? My wife's bonneville holds twice that and still feels like too many trips to the filling station.
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Old 01-30-2012, 07:01 AM   #1007
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So I rode in a group once on a big loop from Great Falls, to Helena, around to white sulfer springs, to Harlowtown, through Judith Gap, and took the highway back to Great Falls. In that group, we had a new rider on a 48, complete with half helmet, harness boots and a new jacket. Our group was pretty much just big twins and sportsters, with the exception of myself (V-Max) and my friend (vulcan 900).

By the time we made it to Helena, poor guy on the 48 was hurting. It was a stock bike, completely, and he only had 11 miles on it when we took off that morning. By the time we got to Harlowtown, he was begging me, ME, to switch bikes. That got me wondering just how uncomfortable that bike is for long distance, cause I was hurting pretty bad in the seat area myself, and my bike wasn't known for comfort either. So I gave it a whirl, from Harlowtown, up to Eddie's Corner. I have to say, the only thing that would hold me back is just the size of the tank. I liked the ergos. My knees were stretched out, the bars were far enough forward that I had the right amount of arch in my back, it tracks straight, but turns with minimal effort and the mirrors were pretty trick too. The seat could have been a little wider, but I would just do what he did and swap it out for a better seat (he went a little overboard though).

I have to say, I wouldn't mind having one for my commute to school.
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Old 01-30-2012, 07:35 AM   #1008
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Crazy Montanan there. The 48 is made to ride 10-20 miles at a time in stock form. That loop would have killed a lesser man.
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Old 01-30-2012, 08:09 AM   #1009
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When you ride one you will understand.
The more I enjoy riding it, the less I like stopping for gas.
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Old 01-30-2012, 08:29 AM   #1010
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Crazy Montanan there. The 48 is made to ride 10-20 miles at a time in stock form. That loop would have killed a lesser man.
He was from Virginia IIRC. and I'm pretty sure he didn't touch that bike for a month after that.
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Old 01-30-2012, 08:38 AM   #1011
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Nice looking bike, but assuming it's a Forty-Eight, I don't get the 2.1 gallon gas tank? My wife's bonneville holds twice that and still feels like too many trips to the filling station.
If I were to buy a Sporty, it would be with the peanut tank: 1) I don't really mind stopping for gas.Getting off and stretching seems like a good idea these days;; 2) In my MUCH younger days, I rode my bicycle to the HD store at least once a week in the summer and spent a LOT of time staring at Sportys with peanut tanks. It just looks right.
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Old 01-30-2012, 09:37 AM   #1012
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The more I enjoy riding it, the less I like stopping for gas.

Part of the appeal of the bike is looking down and seeing the motor on both sides of the back bone. It give the Riding a motor effect.

The 3.3 gallon tank takes some of that away.
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Old 01-30-2012, 10:59 AM   #1013
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Part of the appeal of the bike is looking down and seeing the motor on both sides of the back bone. It give the Riding a motor effect.

The 3.3 gallon tank takes some of that away.
I could see that, hopefully the mpg is pretty good. Harley says 48 mpg, not great but not bad.

I'm not trying to be argumentative, but do you actually own one? The logic makes sense and I could see with that and the looks it could be very attractive to a first time buyer. However in the "real world" looks only go so far. That range would kill me. Maybe it's because I ride in mostly semi-rural areas where routine jaunts are at least 40 miles.

I agree that it's a very attractive bike. I was close to buying a 1200 Custom for my wife, but she bailed on me. She figures her Triumph is enough and we ended up with a K1600GTL instead. She prefers lounging in the couch on the back.
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Old 01-30-2012, 11:20 AM   #1014
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I don't own one but I do get to ride them (and the rest of the line-up) often. At 6'5" I look a bit silly on them.

They can be made more comfortable and a larger tank can be put on but if that is the need one may as well go with the XL1200N instead.

I like the Spring seat option.

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Old 01-30-2012, 11:21 AM   #1015
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That's the Japanese specialty manufacturer, right? I understand they do some pretty awesome stuff.
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Old 01-31-2012, 01:39 AM   #1016
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New V vs. New V

I can't decide.

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Old 01-31-2012, 02:22 AM   #1017
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Gots a new GL1800 Wing to review!

Man this bike (boat/plane) rocks!



Seriously want to do a 1000 miles this weekend!
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Old 01-31-2012, 05:46 AM   #1018
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New V vs. New V

I can't decide.

Do the Versys.....great bike :)
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Old 01-31-2012, 08:48 AM   #1019
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I don't own one but I do get to ride them (and the rest of the line-up) often. At 6'5" I look a bit silly on them.

They can be made more comfortable and a larger tank can be put on but if that is the need one may as well go with the XL1200N instead.

I like the Spring seat option.

My '97 has the 3.3 and I much prefer that tank, I can still see the motor and having an extra 50 miles or so is kinda nice out here in the boonies... BTW I'm only 6'2" and 185# but I get the monkey f-in' the football comment from time to time. I can only imagine what you look like on a 48...

the bike I want today isn't built yet. I just ordered triple trees for my Sportster, they'll hold forks and wheel from a KTM 525. Then I'll need to do something about the rear end... I go into the doc's on Thursday and hopefully I can start spinning wrenches after that..

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Old 01-31-2012, 08:59 AM   #1020
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I want this Royal Enfield. Just think it looks awesome.
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