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Forget Jesses James, the Teutels, et. al.
Posted By: Ricky Lee McBroom
Date: Thursday, 9 November 2006, at 11:58 p.m.
THIS is my idea of a Custom Motorcycle!
From the new issue of Cycle World;
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I've always felt that the CBX engine was ahead of it's time - the chassis technology it so richly deserved didn't exist in 1979. Problem solved!
Scanned from a double-page spread & stitched together. Please forgive the half-baked Photoshop job..
p.s.: if you'd like to see the entire article, here's the links:
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Or at least sport-ier bikes. I like the idea of combining stuff across manufacturers and time periods, too.
For example, if I had the resources, I'd build a BMW R100RS with a Harley Davidson engine. (I first had this thought maybe 25 years ago, so I was thinking Sportster motor, but these days I'd go for the Porsche-engineered V-Rod lump.)
Interesting concept. Closest thing I've ever seen was a bloke in the UK who shoehorned a Sporster engine into a Norton Commando rolling chassis. Pretty slick!
} ..these days I'd go for the Porsche-
} engineered V-Rod lump.
Even better! I'll never understand why the V-rod engine hasn't already been fitted to a Buell. Simple corporate incompetence, I reckon. "Why worry about manufacturing a leading edge product when we're already making tons of money?" It has to happen eventually, though. It's just too obvious a match not to!
BTW, from what I've read, Porsche's contribution to the V-rod is actually nil. 'tis true that they were consultants on the VR1000 roadracer's engine, from which the V-rod motor directly evolved. But even there, the Porsche factor is usually overstated. I mean, give the H-D engineers their due! It ain't like the whole development project was farmed out to Porsche, and turnkey motors showed up on the docks. It was very much a collaboration!
The V-rod's Daddy
Watch is Okay too.
But I do love the concept of the Monster!
BTW, my very first motorcycle, at age 10, was both Italian and a Harley-Davidson!
-RickyMy First Bike
32 valve 3.4L V8 in my Ford Taurus SHO...
Actually I have a couple of 2-wheelers also, Tesch 101's, but they only motor they have is ME, and my horsepower is down a bit these days.
..than an engine of 1979 vintage, which harkens back to an early-60's GP design?
Err.. right. A pushrod V-twin which pays homage to a 1920's design.
While the footpegs are rearset a bit more than I consider optimal, the bars look spot-on.
I'm not a fan of the modern sportbike's 'crouched over enough to make a Proctologist's finger twitch' riding position, either. But know what's worse? The 'watching TV in the La-Z-Boy' ergonomics of the average cruiser. Not only does it negatively impact my control of the motorcycle, it is, to me, just downright uncomfortable.
Some describe the riding position of a Standard as 'sit up and beg'. That's not far off, but I consider the perfect riding position to be 'sitting at the dinner table with an upraised knife and fork in each hand'.
IOW, I like my bars just a bit lower than Standard. Put another way, I consider my ST1100's ergos to be spot-on perfect!
I've had a lot of folks give the ST a lookover, then say "Doesn't it hurt your back to ride all hunched over like that?" This always amazes me! I can only conclude that the fact that the package includes a fairly swoopy fairing that is vaguely reminiscent of a sportbike's addles some folks brains. When this happens, I always insist that they sit on the bike, then repeat what they just said.
Most realize their mistake, but some (read cruiser riders ) don't get it. At that point, I usually give up. I can only conclude that the Weekend Warrior Cruiser Culture has warped the general perception of what a 'normal' motorcycle should feel like beyond any hope of redemption.
It's like all of a sudden the average auto driver became convinced that the 'normal' mode of driving is to recline the seat so that you can barely see over the steering wheel, hang fuzzy dice from the mirror, and circle the nearest Sonic all night. I don't get it, I truly don't.
In a few (very few! ) cases I've insisted that the doubters actually ride the ST. Know what? With only a couple of exceptions, that's always done it. Argument over.
And $5500? That's only a few hundred bucks more'n I've got into the Miazda!
But, alas, that pretty much blew my discretionary funds for a while.. quite a while.
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