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Old 06-27-2013, 06:25 PM   #31
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...Tried a Sportster. Basic, the roadster...

Your Sporty is super nice.

How do your knees tolerate the mids?

Which fairing?

If mine, I would also do a laydown plate mount and a fender rack. Maybe different bags.
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Old 06-27-2013, 06:47 PM   #32
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Grab an old Harley FXR... stiffest and best handling frame Harley ever built. Eric Buell was on the engineering team. Put a nice set of shocks in the back, Gold Valve emulators in the front forks and a set of sport oriented bars to offset the changes that Harley marketing did to mainstream the bike and ride!

Mine is a Early 1984 FXRS which was the first year for the EVO engine and last half year of chain drive.
I am 56 and go out every weekend for 150 or so miles of back road riding. Fun bike that gets a lot of questions from the Harley guys who plunked down their plastic for a new HD and a Halloween costume (leather and a fake helmet)



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Old 06-27-2013, 07:07 PM   #33
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While I used to be as anti-Harley as they come, I have more recently became a convert and find that I actually enjoy my Sportster a great deal... for what it is. It performs adequately, is reasonably comfortable, is very satisfying to ride, and makes me smile a lot.

And while I could recommend that anyone try one for themselves, I couldn't recommend one in this thread since in my mind Harley and the term "hooligan bike" don't even belong in the same thought.

Perhaps my idea of "hooligan" is different from some, but when I think of a hooligan bike, I think of something quick, light and flickable. There's quite a few choices that come to mind but the first thing I'd consider now would probably be a Hypermotard or Speed Triple. About the only thing I could imagine that fits the bill and doesn't have a chain would be one of the later Buells. But honestly, I'd rather deal with chain maintenance than trust a belt to a lot of use on gravel roads.
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Old 06-27-2013, 09:20 PM   #34
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The OP said no chains on a hooligan bike for not much money.

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Old 06-27-2013, 09:55 PM   #35
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I'm almost 53, 5'8" and getting a 2012 V-Strom woke up the inner hooligan in me. Great thing about it, you can do the most insanely stupid things on it and no one notices you.

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Old 06-27-2013, 10:35 PM   #36
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Your Sporty is super nice.

How do your knees tolerate the mids?
Which fairing?
If mine, I would also do a laydown plate mount and a fender rack. Maybe different bags.
Thanks. Knee's are great. and one's a replacement, the other needs it. That's what forced me off my R1100RS.
It's a Memphis Shades batwing.
I need to do the plate. Just haven't had time. I like it plain on the fender. Uncluttered. If I was camping, I'd add a rack. The bags are HD had, leather covered bags.Not huge, but enough for me. Locking, and I modded the mounts to make them quick release. I commute, so they don't seem to get removed much!
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Old 06-27-2013, 10:39 PM   #37
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Perhaps my idea of "hooligan" is different from some, but when I think of a hooligan bike, I think of something quick, light and flickable. .
I mentioned HD, because of the XR1200R being available there. That should qualify as a hooligan Harley!
I'm ok with the Sporty in general as one, tho. I blast around, go faster then I should, and have a lot of fun on mine. it shakes, makes fun noises, and and just is a blast to ride. I probably ride it as hard as I rode my Monster, the bike that defined hooligan bikes................
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Old 06-27-2013, 11:50 PM   #38
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While I used to be as anti-Harley as they come, I have more recently became a convert and find that I actually enjoy my Sportster a great deal... for what it is. It performs adequately, is reasonably comfortable, is very satisfying to ride, and makes me smile a lot.

And while I could recommend that anyone try one for themselves, I couldn't recommend one in this thread since in my mind Harley and the term "hooligan bike" don't even belong in the same thought.

Perhaps my idea of "hooligan" is different from some, but when I think of a hooligan bike, I think of something quick, light and flickable. There's quite a few choices that come to mind but the first thing I'd consider now would probably be a Hypermotard or Speed Triple. About the only thing I could imagine that fits the bill and doesn't have a chain would be one of the later Buells. But honestly, I'd rather deal with chain maintenance than trust a belt to a lot of use on gravel roads.
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Old 06-28-2013, 10:01 AM   #39
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While I used to be as anti-Harley as they come, I have more recently became a convert and find that I actually enjoy my Sportster a great deal... for what it is. It performs adequately, is reasonably comfortable, is very satisfying to ride, and makes me smile a lot.

And while I could recommend that anyone try one for themselves, I couldn't recommend one in this thread since in my mind Harley and the term "hooligan bike" don't even belong in the same thought.

Perhaps my idea of "hooligan" is different from some, but when I think of a hooligan bike, I think of something quick, light and flickable. There's quite a few choices that come to mind but the first thing I'd consider now would probably be a Hypermotard or Speed Triple. About the only thing I could imagine that fits the bill and doesn't have a chain would be one of the later Buells. But honestly, I'd rather deal with chain maintenance than trust a belt to a lot of use on gravel roads.
Quick, light(ish) & flickable will do me fine. The XT will handle the gravel- when I put a new 5th gear in this winter! The mile or so approach to my house though is fine dust rather than gravel, and this is what sticks to and gets into the chain,o-rings, x-rings whatever.

I cleaned the Scrambler's chain every trip almost, used non sticky chain lube etc. but still it had tight spots and became noisy at disappointingly few miles.
I've never had a belt drive bike, so put me right, but I'd have thought it would handle the very fine dust ok?

Lots of votes for the Speed Triple, and for me it's the definition of hooligan. I saw a great shot somewhere on the net of a Polish girl seriously wheelying a Griso though. The green one with that brown leather seat is rather fetching no?
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Old 06-28-2013, 10:22 AM   #40
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I am ignoring the "no chain" requirement

Two more hooligan's worth considering... Duke, and SuperDuke!

I've ridden the SuperDuke quite a bit. I think I had the front wheel on the ground at least part of the time.

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Old 06-28-2013, 11:13 AM   #41
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Old 06-28-2013, 11:35 AM   #42
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...I've never had a belt drive bike, so put me right, but I'd have thought it would handle the very fine dust ok?...
What a belt drive will not handle well is any aggregate, gravel or other hard debris between the belt & pully. If you ride in those circumstances, what's your plan to prevent that situation from occuring?
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Old 06-28-2013, 12:15 PM   #43
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At 57 I've settled on a KTM Duke 690, upright position, easy legal speeds and very easy thru mountain bends at lunatic speeds.
Most rides have full throttle, would love a Hyabusa for these long fast roads but save my speed and hooliganism for the bends, still considering the future, might settle on a comfy current model V-Max, always loved their style and power
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Old 06-28-2013, 01:36 PM   #44
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Blakebird, if all of those are yours, color me jealous!


the link in my sig line shows other, less hooligan choices I've made going back to 1968.

and if you throw dirt bikes in the mix as a potential hooligan activity....I have plenty more pictures
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Old 06-28-2013, 02:42 PM   #45
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With your no chain restriction, a BMW r1200r.

Ignoring your restriction a Ducati Hypermotard S.

Can loft the front on either. A little harder on the r, but truth be told, it's probably faster on the street.
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