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    Question choosing a motorcycle model advice

    Hi, anyone has recommendations for a nice cruiser motorcycle? I just love BMW and currently driving X6, but also was thinking of getting a bike for nice sunny days

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    First question - how much motorcycle riding experience do you have, and how recent is it?

    Also, how tall are you? Some bikes are hard for a smaller rider to balance at a stoplight, while others will put various annoying objects directly lined up with the knees of a taller rider.
    Matt Cramer
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    Hi Matt!

    About three years in total but I haven't gotten on bike this past year at all. I am 6"1.


    Quote Originally Posted by Matt Cramer View Post
    First question - how much motorcycle riding experience do you have, and how recent is it?

    Also, how tall are you? Some bikes are hard for a smaller rider to balance at a stoplight, while others will put various annoying objects directly lined up with the knees of a taller rider.

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    I have had many bikes but the one I have injoyed the best though it's old is my r1100gs. What I like about it is it has a lot ground clearance and suspension travel, so when I need to bend it into a corner I have a little more room. The seating position is prefect. My wrists are to old to be leaning on. I do like the clyinders sticking out and after having to lay it down because of a deer encounter, my leg just slid out from the bike. I don't have crash bars so I holed the valve cover. Also the abs brakes I love, you can go hard charging in to corners and just slam the brakes on and tip it over. Plus slamming on the brakes in the rain the bike stops in a straight line, I have 80k on it. Couple things I don't like about cruisers, lack of ground clearance and suspension travel, can't go around corners on your favorite road to hard if you don't have clearance. Plus I don't like the wheel base length my gs is about 58", cruisers could be in the 62-64" wheel base. The longer the wheel base, the more work on the twisty roads. Sport bikes wheel base could be 53-56" for comparison. There have been many smaller sport bikes, that look great. But really its what you like, for my needs the gs, adventure style bike works great.
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    thank you so much for taking your time and sharing your experience! I really love to hear different opinions and feedback. I am still leaning towards a cruiser bike...I was doing some research by accident found this sketch of R7 prototype and it looks like a recent one. I wonder if they are bringing it back to life...I would love to get something like that...


    Quote Originally Posted by jclausen View Post
    I have had many bikes but the one I have injoyed the best though it's old is my r1100gs. What I like about it is it has a lot ground clearance and suspension travel, so when I need to bend it into a corner I have a little more room. The seating position is prefect. My wrists are to old to be leaning on. I do like the clyinders sticking out and after having to lay it down because of a deer encounter, my leg just slid out from the bike. I don't have crash bars so I holed the valve cover. Also the abs brakes I love, you can go hard charging in to corners and just slam the brakes on and tip it over. Plus slamming on the brakes in the rain the bike stops in a straight line, I have 80k on it. Couple things I don't like about cruisers, lack of ground clearance and suspension travel, can't go around corners on your favorite road to hard if you don't have clearance. Plus I don't like the wheel base length my gs is about 58", cruisers could be in the 62-64" wheel base. The longer the wheel base, the more work on the twisty roads. Sport bikes wheel base could be 53-56" for comparison. There have been many smaller sport bikes, that look great. But really its what you like, for my needs the gs, adventure style bike works great.

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