Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Newport News, VA
Rep Power: 1
I never rode dirt either. These are Motards, or Supermotos, and are setup primarily for street, and do well in the rugged urban environment or the twisties/country roads or as short distance commuters/general transportation. Even with street tires they will tear up a gravel road, but they really need a road of some sort, or if your a hooligan (not me of course) then a sidewalk, alley, closed road/construction area, grassy area, unpaved shoulder, roundabout curb...
I have a 31-32" max inseam and can manage to put a few pounds on each flat foot on perfectly level ground with my legs perfectly straight. Flat-footing is optional often I'm on 1 foot and not uncomfortable at all, and I'm far from an expert motorcyclist. In a way these are like mountain bikes with a motor, if you can handle a bicycle you can handle this. The additional height helps with visibility - looking over cars and thru SUV's. These are a piece of cake to load and unload into pickups, with ramps, without help.
As one of my mentors said after riding mine -"Every curve seems like a high speed sweeper." - meaning that you can wind these things out and it seems like your going faster than you really are. Get one in a real sweeper and you can change your line just by thinking about it.
Insurance is a third of a 919's.