Cruisers ahoy

Discussion in 'Australian Motorcycles' started by bikerbetty, Jun 9, 2011.

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    Diogenes Guest

    She's not much into pillioning. Don't blame her. Also, I HATE having
    a pillion on the back. My attitude is "Wanna ride? Get your own
    bike!" VERY anti-social. :-(


    Onya bike

    Diogenes, Jun 16, 2011
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    Peter Guest

    beginning of my cruiser-research.

    I missed that but it isn't that difficult. I suggested the concept as I
    thought you could manage it and even enjoy it.

    I think I should have wrote, maybe two bikes, something like a PS250 or
    XG250 and a cruiser.
    One used and cheaper.


    How is a cruiser easier on the body than a little scooter. I know you
    ride longer distances..... but how?

    I think deep deep down ;-) you WANT a cruiser!

    I have yet to ride a cruiser but I don't see how or why a cruiser is
    easier on the body than a lot of other options out there.

    You are looking at a Shadow?
    Just because it is called that doesnt mean that is what you have to do.
    What if it was mentioned that a stunt/off road/enduro(?) style bike is
    lighter, has less of a tank to lean, has a more upright riding position
    that a sports and possibly than a lot of cruisers, and they bounce/drop
    with less damage. Don't forget peg position and bark busters to give the
    levers a chance. ;-)

    I dont understand how something with a scooter style seat (doesnt have
    to be a scooter) could not be better but I don't have the injury.

    Look at the frame on it!
    Notice the flip seat?

    Heal well.

    Peter, Jun 16, 2011
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    bikerbetty Guest

    Nah, I got a postie bike and thought it would be great for building
    confidence, being so light and all - but it wasn't.
    I haven't asked my GP for details, but from our brief conversations (and
    much googling!), this is what I've gleaned.

    I think the whole issue is that on a cruiser you have feet forward, which
    angles the pelvis upwards and takes the inferior pubic bone up and out of
    ONE of the danger zones. If I were to sit upright, my pubic bone(s), both of
    which were apparently fractured, would be sitting (a) directly behind the
    tank (bad for superior pubic ramus), and (b) on the seat, (bad for inferior
    pubic ramus) i.e., vulnerable from two points. A cruiser riding position
    would reduce that considerably, by lifting inferior ramus from the seat, and
    angling the superior ramus away from the tank. (sounds good to me, and god
    bless my biker GP for recognising that and not just going for the "NEVER
    RIDE AGAIN!" angle!)

    Here's the thing. At the moment I am driving my little manual car. I am
    sitting on my arse with my feet forward, in the same sort of position I
    would be in on a cruiser - and I'm doing it fine.
    Well, right now, after 3 months of bikelessness, let me say I will be
    delighted to ride a cruiser - because if I wait to be OK for a sportsbike, I
    could be bikeless until next year sometime!!!
    Not necessarily easier on ALL bodies, Peter - but definitely takes into
    account my particular weaknesses and vulnerabilities. Given my
    short-leggedness, scooters - even fairly small ones - would probably still
    have me perching on my pubic bone - and add to that some of the other
    scooter probs, like the fact that I am used to gears, and clutches where (on
    scooters) there are brakes.... and my general unco-ness. I think a scooter
    could be a disaster.
    I'm going to have a look at a Shadow tomorrow - but at the moment I'm
    leaning towards a Suzuki Boulevarde (M50). After a chat with my mechanic,
    I've given up on the Yamaha XVS650, despite what a good fit it seemed to be.

    Don't forget peg position and bark busters to give the
    Grrrr :p
    google 'fracture pubic rami', and 'fracture inferior pubic ramus'. The pics
    will give you an indication of where the bones are, and where they would sit
    in terms of a motorcycle seat...

    I'll stick with my GP's recommendation - after all, he's a biker as well as
    a doctor AS WELL as a friend - and I'll go for a cruiser for the time
    being... :-\

    bikerbetty, Jun 17, 2011
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    Diogenes Guest

    I'd be interested in what the concerns are. (Because I still like
    the look of that thing.)


    Onya bike

    Diogenes, Jun 17, 2011
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    bikerbetty Guest

    He said I might as well get a 250... of more concern than that, though,
    he's worked on a few, and said there are issues with the shaft drive.

    bikerbetty, Jun 18, 2011
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    Diogenes Guest

    Did he mean the 650 was gutless?
    I googled that and found lots of people with shaft drive spline
    failure problems. Damn...

    Why couldn't they have made it with a belt drive, the bathplugs!


    Onya bike

    Diogenes, Jun 18, 2011
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    Knobdoodle Guest

    Knobdoodle, Jun 19, 2011
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    Knobdoodle Guest

    Knobdoodle, Jun 19, 2011
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    bikerbetty Guest

    Oooh, ta - I'd forgotten about Triumphs (coz the dealership here's not very
    good). Will have to take a trip to Wollongoing or Sydney, when I get out of
    marking hell.

    I liked the look of the Kawasaki W800, too, but not too sure about the
    seating position. I won't rush my bike-buying, as impatient as I am. Will
    sit on everything I can possibly get my bum on...

    bikerbetty, Jun 19, 2011
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    Les Guest

    Les, Jun 19, 2011
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    bikerbetty Guest

    It does indeed - worth a look, I think - and a sit... The review of the 800
    said some stuff about stopping power and female riders and brake LEVERS
    that worried me a bit though...

    bikerbetty, Jun 19, 2011
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    Yeebok Guest

    Except the road I hope! :)
    Yeebok, Jun 19, 2011

  13. Have you tried the Honda Shadow VT750. Comes in two guises, I think -
    the C2 is the version that Carol has, and she is very height challenged
    due to really really short legs.

    Quite a nice tidy cruiser, with not a shortage of torque.
    Peter Cremasco, Jun 26, 2011
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    bikerbetty Guest

    I sat on both... The shaft drive one with the feet-forward pegs was nice and
    low, and the chain drive one with the more central pegs seemed very tall.
    (Oh, and by the way, Bamfy, I tried a CB400 - you told me it'd be a lovely
    low ride for a shortarse *sigh*. Never trust anyone over 5'10" with such a
    judgement....couldn't get my feet flat.)

    At this stage <gulp> the Harley Sportster 883 Superlow with the central pegs
    is still way out in front, in terms of ride position/peg position/bulk. As I
    haven't test-ridden either the Harley or the Honda, it's hard to comment
    beyond that "instant appeal" thing. Watch this space!

    Had another Xray yesterday, and will talk to the doc this week...the news I
    want to hear "Go forth and buy thyself another SV" will most likely NOT be
    forthcoming... but I think I'm getting closer to being told "you're sort of
    mended. Go and get thyself a cruiser." No matter what the doc says, though,
    I will definitely be sitting on a Bonnie before I make any decisions of any

    This is all rather exciting, in an annoyingly scary and frustrating way. I
    _heart_SV650S, dammit!

    bikerbetty, Jun 26, 2011
  15. My first big bike that I rode was a friends SV650. We headed from
    Meridan to Kalgoorlie at a frantic clip right on sunset. Happy times.
    Luckily we didn't have any skippy encounters. I'll always look on the
    the SVs with a fond heart.

    Fraser Johnston, Jun 27, 2011
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