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Old 06-04-2011, 08:46 AM   #601
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Thank god cruisers cant go off highway. Imagine sitting next to a nice camp fire, relaxing after a great day of riding. Your camped way back in the woods, the only noise is from the birds and the fire. Then you hear a rumble off in the distance, as the rumble gets louder you realize what it is 4 guys on cruisers. It seems like it takes forever for the sound of the bikes to disappear so you can get back to enjoying the natural sounds (no birds now they all got scared off). So with no hard feelings to RTWDoug please keep your cruisers on the highway.
Don't forget the ricer crowd that you hear from miles away. Like a group of Mosquitos buzzing down the road. As they get closer, the only hope that grows is that they blast by at 100+ mph before your ears start bleeding from their high pitch annoyance.
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Old 06-04-2011, 09:30 AM   #602
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nobody is bitching about stock HARLEY pipes... they are fine it is STRAIGHT pipes without baffles!!!!!! A loud KLR is quiet compared to stock pipes on a harley.
I was starting to like you. What do you mean? Loud is loud.
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The loud pipes provide the safety so helmets and ATGATT aren't really necessary.

Regardless of why we run loud pipes, we do look cool.

Off-topic editorializing:

Some call us posers as we ride our louder than stock bikes somewhat slowly clad in working class attire with blue jeans, leather jackets, and bandanas on our head.

Yea, maybe we are a little ridiculous looking. But no more so than the guys in full ATGATT with their clean as a whistle dual sport decked out as if the're crossing the globe while sipping coffee at Starbucks, or the guys on the super sportbikes in their one-piece full race leathers riding like the're on a racetrack.

Heck over in the GSpot Oil Head Boxer forum there is a thread asking if a BMW GS is a good road bike and would be Ok for someone with no intention of going off-road. Every one of the replies is a resounding yes, and many freely admit they rarely if ever take their GS/GSA off-pavement. Personally I have no problem with that but it is afterall a bike that is designed for off-pavement use and I'm guessing a lot of guys bought it because it looks "cool" to them and the unusual apperance draws attention from other riders and non-riders alike.

The GS/GSA is the motorcycle equivalent of a H3/H2 Hummer.

Would buying a GS/GSA with no intention of going off-pavement be a "feeble attempt at looking cool" in your opinion?

We all enjoy riding bikes for different reasons, none which are more valid or important than any other.
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"The loud pipe shit goes both ways but it's only the HD/Cruiser riders that get called out for it. "


Wow are you out of touch. The off road world has been bashed time and time again for this. Thats why off road Bikes come stock with 94d pipes. We have been fighting load pipes for years and it shows even performance pipes are below the 94d. Most of us have made the change in attempts to keep our areas open.
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I go with free flowing exhaust, because I modify the bikes and want more power. And yes, if they came with more power, maybe I wouldn't. But Harley riders do like to modify there bikes, probably more then the other brands.
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Old 06-04-2011, 09:34 AM   #603
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I'd argue that the GS series is not an offroad bike but an all-roads bike. The bikes have a versatility that no cruiser can even approach and I suspect that most GS riders don't give a shit about 'looking cool'.
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I don't get this. If I wanted an only street bike, I would not choice the GS. Maybe the RT, something with more fairing.


It seems all bikes have there costumes, and we all make fun other guys costume.


I do laugh a bit at the Pavement Queen GSs.
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Old 06-04-2011, 09:39 AM   #604
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GS is on my list. Before I registered, I read about them here. And there were quite a few people saying they never took them off road. One of the comments echoed was they were to expensive.

Thats like buying a rifle and saying its to expensive to fire.
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Old 06-04-2011, 04:31 PM   #605
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I don't get this. If I wanted an only street bike, I would not choice the GS. Maybe the RT, something with more fairing.


It seems all bikes have there costumes, and we all make fun other guys costume.


I do laugh a bit at the Pavement Queen GSs.
That 'pavement queen' GS will run rings around anything that the vaunted MoCo produces and will be more comfortable while doing it. The only thing it won't do better is sound like an unbalanced v-twin.

The GS is indeed capable of off pavement riding, but what it excels at is 'rough pavement' riding.

I can see that you are aprehensive about the GS. You are a cruiser rider of short stature and have probably never stood up on the pegs. If you had, the GS would probably be more to your liking.

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Old 06-04-2011, 05:02 PM   #606
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That 'pavement queen' GS will run rings around anything that the vaunted MoCo produces and will be more comfortable while doing it.
Of course you have owned several of the MoCo's bikes in addition to the GS to back a statement like that up.

I have and disagree.
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Old 06-04-2011, 05:06 PM   #607
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And hence my philosophy, don't dis other bikes unless you have owned them as well. It's just poor form.
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Old 06-04-2011, 05:16 PM   #608
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Of course you have owned several of the MoCo's bikes in addition to the GS to back a statement like that up.

I have and disagree.
Do you disagree with the performance aspects of the GS relative to the MoCo's line or the comfort aspects. Comfort is relative; I like a tall bike that has suspension and ergonomics compatible with standing on the pegs. In my opinion, the MoCo offers nothing in that category.

And no, I haven't owned any of the MoCo's products so I cannont back up my statement from actual experience. I do know that no bike that the MoCo offers at present, has the performance or versatility of the GS.

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Old 06-04-2011, 05:36 PM   #609
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"Performance" is a different concept for many.
The replies in this thread and the rationalization of their choices reflects that.

One side often does not or is not willing to grasp that of the other.

Buggah.
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Old 06-04-2011, 05:58 PM   #610
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"Performance" is a different concept for many.
The replies in this thread and the rationalization of their choices reflects that.

One side often does not or is not willing to grasp that of the other.

Buggah.
Excellent point.

I have a negative bias toward 'cruiser' type bikes and it shows when I post, especially when the topic is noise related.

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Old 06-04-2011, 07:13 PM   #611
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There is loud and there is ear splitting loud. Like the difference between someone shouting from across the street and someone shouting in your ear.
Most of the people you want to hear you will not because they are off in their own little world, and the others you are not concerned with that DO hear you, you will piss off.
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Old 06-04-2011, 07:37 PM   #612
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Do you disagree with the performance aspects of the GS relative to the MoCo's line or the comfort aspects. Comfort is relative; I like a tall bike that has suspension and ergonomics compatible with standing on the pegs. In my opinion, the MoCo offers nothing in that category.

And no, I haven't owned any of the MoCo's products so I cannont back up my statement from actual experience. I do know that no bike that the MoCo offers at present, has the performance or versatility of the GS.

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I have laid out my arguement of Harley vs BMW several times here on ADV, So as not to jack a thread and since you have admitted that you can't get by your preconcieved notions and check out the make for yourself, I leave you to enjoy your GS.
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Fuck, "tribes" will never, ever get it.
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That 'pavement queen' GS will run rings around anything that the vaunted MoCo produces and will be more comfortable while doing it. y
Harley excels at making road sofas. You got a PQ, don't ya? Little sensitive.

Ya you did that all that suspension, for riding over the neighbors cat??
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Its speed bike weekend at Road America in Elkhart Lake, WI. Lots of loud sport bikes. Though I saw loud ass dirt bike with lights, I am sure the people on Main street, throwed roses at him.
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