Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
Rep Power: 1
I rode some different bikes
I rode a couple of different bikes yesterday, a freind is starting a rental business and has bought some Beemers, a Concours, and two Roadliners.
I rode the Kawi first and have to say I was very dissapointed. Even though the windsheild goes up and down, it concentrates all the air flow into one place, either your chest, or your helmet. With the screen up, it sucks you into the vacuum, consequently putting lots of strain on your arms as you resist. The bike is tall and wide, difficult to put your toes down at stops, and impossible to mount without dragging heels across the bags. The mirrors are useless as they mount into the fairing too low and all you can see are the bags. Underway, heavy, hard to hold a line, seating is comfy, but the whole time I rode it, 50 miles, I had to push on the bar with my left arm which became exhausted. I thought wheel alignment might have been the culprit but it's a shafty, no adjustment.
The other bike, the Yamaha Star was too much like a Harley, big and heavy, bad brakes, screen too tall, had to look through it, but fairly comfy underway.
Inever knew how much road clearance I had as the running boards looked awfully low. I'll stick to my nice nimble little nekid bike thank you very much!