Just looked it up, and it's not really my thing. I only 'get' 4 types of bikes: sport/racer...cruiser...touring...and 'standard' in the old-school way.My brother has a 999s for his sport bike and absolutely LOVES his Buell Ulysses as his multi-mission bike. Modded a nice windscreen, has hard bags and the standard electrical additions and a few other things...oh, and he lives outside Toronto. On this forum he goes by Tiberius fyi.
I haven't done a lot outside the sport realm, but I had a Shadow 750 and a Maxim. The Shadow was certainly comfy but it just would not do what I told it to. Or rather sometimes it would, but seconds later.Monsters are great bikes... All be it, a bit wide in the saddle for me. I think the perfect mix is the Hypermotard, but thats not a cruising bike. Umm, have you thought about a used ST? They're wonderful sport-touring bikes and there are many of them around, including ones that arn't so old using that 3 valve motor.
BTW: I'm very picky about my comfort and no Ducati Superbike is even near the comfort level of the more touring bikes out there. My Honda F2 was the most comfortable bike I ever rode, I regret being a Ducati snob and not owning it anymore...
2-up is critical. Really? Man. I know the seat LOOKs like it's painful but I've had an FZ600 which is probably ten times smaller for the rear seat LOL...and my rides never complained. Maybe they were just being nice.Well the Harley would be hopeless for 2-up. I do agree that the XR1200 is th eonly Hrley I would conside rbut in reality it is 150lbs too heavy to be worth buying. I'd consider a Street Triple
Thanks guys. The sheer SIZE of a decker just leaves it out of my league. I'm just under 5'9" and weight 135 pounds LOL.I love my Monster, its comfortable to me, not very high, but I'm 6,3 so nothing is is high for me. I think the seat height is 32 in or something not sure I have a 01 m900s.
Did 400 miles today rode up through the gila forest in new mexico that shit rocked!!! my first time really going up and down a mountain. 10-25 mph hairpins rock!!
I've taken my monster from Iowa to south padre with no problems other then when the stupid aluminum sprocket exploded that the previous owner had put on. I just strap my duffle bag on the back, but hardbags would be no problem i just think they look ugly.
others on the forum are going to hate me but Otherwise you can't go wrong with a bigger harley for day to day and cruising. You'd have to get one of the bigger full dressers though, I don't think the xr1200 would be good for what you want.
Speed triple is a cool bike, but like the xr1200 i dont think it would be good for what you want it for, you have the 1098 for what the speed triple is meant for you lucky bastard!
My buddy has been trying to talk me into this, too. There is one that parks where I do all the time. It's definitely gorgeous. I think it's a bit cheaper than the XR and Toronto Harley, right beside my Ducati Dealer, apparently has one.Get a nightster, throw on a two-up seat (sissy bar optional, lol), some pipes, and a couple billet doo-dads and you're in business.
I'm thinking of getting one as an around town bike. My buddy has one and it's actually a pretty nice bike. No where near as cumbersome as the big harleys (my dad has a fat bob, kind of annoying around town).