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Old 03-16-2008, 07:16 PM   #1 (permalink)
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How many here own both? My first bike is the "Bouley" and I've never ridden a crotch rocket other that being a passenger. Just wondering if I'd like it. Maybe I'll swap for a day with my cousin. What do you guys think? I don't want to act like a "squid" but wonder if I might like the rocket to play with.
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I used to own one before the VOL....
It all depends what you want to do on the bike. If it's about how fast, extreme handling, etc. then a rocket is for you.
I made the switch, 'cause I wanted to slow down and actually see the sights around me.
Way more comfortable ride than a rocket too.... Your wrists start to kill after a while, from your body weight being on them. They ARE almost more comfortable on the highway though. The wind pushes you back in a way that "just" takes the pressure OFF your wrists - making for a nice ride.
I find the cruisers have a bit too much wind drag at the higher speeds.
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i bought the VOL brand new in aug 04. I moved to higher elevation and was disappointed in the lack of power caused by thinner air. I pondered turboing the VOL, but took it back down to sea level on vacation apr 06. Something happened with the wiring, and i dropped it off at the dealer and took the busa for a test ride. Bought it.

Ive since sold the VOL and bought a Suzuki DR650SE, and dont really mind missing the VOL, as it didn't get ridden much. While i had both of them, i liked having both because it gave me something to ride when one was down for maintenance or waiting for tires, or whatever. Also i couldn't ride the busa right after my knee surgery, so the VOL was ridden. I love having more than one bike, because each is different and i have a passion for both. Since owning the busa (my very first "sport bike") i don't find eating up miles on slab very fun. I dig the twisties and leaning hard, other than that, im digging the dirt riding, which is mainly what the DR is for, but its a decent street bike as well, very comfortable upright position. Good for bumming around town.

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i bought the VOL brand new in aug 04. I moved to higher elevation and was disappointed in the lack of power caused by thinner air. I pondered turboing the VOL, but took it back down to sea level on vacation apr 06. Something happened with the wiring, and i dropped it off at the dealer and took the busa for a test ride. Bought it.

Ive since sold the VOL and bought a Suzuki DR650SE, and dont really mind missing the VOL, as it didn't get ridden much. While i had both of them, i liked having both because it gave me something to ride when one was down for maintenance or waiting for tires, or whatever. Also i couldn't ride the busa right after my knee surgery, so the VOL was ridden. I love having more than one bike, because each is different and i have a passion for both. Since owning the busa (my very first "sport bike") i don't find eating up miles on slab very fun. I dig the twisties and leaning hard, other than that, im digging the dirt riding, which is mainly what the DR is for, but its a decent street bike as well, very comfortable upright position. Good for bumming around town.

Its all in what you want. If you have the opportunity, do it, and if you have the means, follow your heart. If trying it doesnt scare you, you will want one.
It would definitely be a "best of both worlds" thing. I love my Bouley and am not getting rid of it. I have thought of adding a sport bike to the stable though. I like to lean a little too much on my M.
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I ride an 05 C50 cruiser when I want to enjoy cruising and an 07 DL650 sport tourer when I want to lean into the curves or head out on gravel trails. The DL650 Vstrom is not a crotch rocket, but at my age it is as close as I am going to get.

If I had one, now that would be a hard choice as I am just learning the limits of the wee-strom. The better handling and increased speed of sport touring and crotch rockets are the difference. Comfort for the cruiser. Depends what you want most out of your riding. You end up smiling on either one.
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Tried one but can't see why anyone would enjoy the wrist pain. Fun but not worth it. Just not comfortable.
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When I upgraded from the Vol, I got a SV100s. Was fun and a lot less wind at high speed. My bike is all I have so it got a bit painful. After about two months trade for my current bike. My C90T is a dream. I would say it all depends on what you want two bikes I would say is the way to go. That way you get the best of both worlds.
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Well.... A crotch rocket is just that: A machine meant for speed. Almost the antithesis of what a Vol is. My buddy has a Busa, and when he wants to go long distances, or take his lady somewhere that takes an hour or more we trade. I like the speed, but there's nothing like cruising.
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I had a 1997 Buell S1 for about 7 months back in 99.

I couldn't ride it for very long after a few weeks.
It was hard not to get crazy on it and I was 47 years old back then.
Scared myself so many times on that thing.
Mine had a turbo installed...so it was easy to sell fortunately.

I could go for a V-Strom or a BMW...no money for either right now.
I do prefer the cruisers.
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I don't plan to limit myself to one or one particular style bike. I have my Vol and a dual purpose bike and plan on adding a sport tourer of some sort - more sporty than the Vol, but still practical for distance riding.
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