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12-10-2017 10:47 PM
guitarjim ^^ Good Advice. As the owner of a big heavy bike, it is fine as long as you don't tip it. Guide it through the parking lot with good throttle/clutch/brake control and there are no problems. Try out bikes and figure out what you like.
12-10-2017 01:38 PM
crashtestdummy Since you don't do much long-distance riding I'd suggest keeping the bike you have for the local riding you do and on the rare occasion that you desire to take a long-distance ride with the wife rent something that catches your eye and find out what you like or dislike about each one before thinking about pulling the trigger on another bike
12-09-2017 01:54 PM
EL Pistoffo
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Originally Posted by DCinCT View Post
would think there should be some renters in florida renting something other than HD's..have you tried any Yamaha dealers?
Id have to double check that. Most of the dealers have merged into multi-manufacture dealers down here.

There is a spot that rents BMW tour bikes but no luck with Yamaha though a quick search. Another that rents Goldwings and of course plenty of HD rentals everywhere. South Florida is an HD haven, that's all you see down here.
12-09-2017 11:55 AM
DCinCT would think there should be some renters in florida renting something other than HD's..have you tried any Yamaha dealers?
12-09-2017 09:04 AM
EL Pistoffo
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Originally Posted by Skrapiron View Post
That story brings back a lot of memories. In 2011, my kids were in cyber school (the local school district went on strike, so we pulled them out). My wife played mother, school marm and principal all at the same time. Since the kids could work at their own pace, they both finished the year's curriculum before the end of May (they started a month late and finished a month early!) As a reward, we took them on a week long motorcycle tour. One kid on my C50, the other on my wife's FZ6. Our longest day in the saddle was 400 miles and we avoided the interstate wherever possible, though getting to Charleston SC, required about 9 hours of slab riding at 80+mph.

I had the exact same experience as you with the bike. It was a stop every hour and let the blood flow back to my extremities kind of trip. I don't regret taking it, but I do regret waiting another year to finally pull the trigger and get something substantially better suited to something other than around town riding.

The right bike is out there. You only need to look in the right place.
You know, your CTX1300 keeps poping up in my mind. I stopped at a state park along the way and parked next to a Goldwing. A Park Ranger shows up and we start talking bikes and he states he owns the Goldwing. We talk about my comfort issues and he, of course, praises the ride quality of his Goldwing. That's when the CTX1300 comes to my mind since it's sometimes referred to the "Mini Wing". The Ranger was unfamiliar with the bike. We talked BMW R1200 and FJR1300 type bikes. I said I wanted a quieter bike, more power but not a lot of weight. Aside from the Sport-tourers, the CTX1300 comes to mind. They're at reduced prices too.

There's quite a few bikes to choose from. I'm in no hurry so I'll have to ride a few different ones, with a passenger, to get a good feel of each one. Renting these bikes would be the best answer but hard to find.
12-09-2017 06:26 AM
Skrapiron That story brings back a lot of memories. In 2011, my kids were in cyber school (the local school district went on strike, so we pulled them out). My wife played mother, school marm and principal all at the same time. Since the kids could work at their own pace, they both finished the year's curriculum before the end of May (they started a month late and finished a month early!) As a reward, we took them on a week long motorcycle tour. One kid on my C50, the other on my wife's FZ6. Our longest day in the saddle was 400 miles and we avoided the interstate wherever possible, though getting to Charleston SC, required about 9 hours of slab riding at 80+mph.

I had the exact same experience as you with the bike. It was a stop every hour and let the blood flow back to my extremities kind of trip. I don't regret taking it, but I do regret waiting another year to finally pull the trigger and get something substantially better suited to something other than around town riding.

The right bike is out there. You only need to look in the right place.
12-09-2017 12:44 AM
bbqjoe
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Originally Posted by EL Pistoffo View Post
Beautiful bikes but running on limited lifespan, aren't they?
Yes, no, and maybe.

I have one. I doubt I'll ever part with it. To me it kinda feels like the holy grail.
New OEM parts might not be around forever, but there will still be parts one way or another.
12-08-2017 11:26 PM
EL Pistoffo
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Originally Posted by bbqjoe View Post
A lot of guys here seem to gravitate towards vics after C-50's.
Beautiful bikes but running on limited lifespan, aren't they?
12-08-2017 10:56 PM
bbqjoe A lot of guys here seem to gravitate towards vics after C-50's.
12-08-2017 10:24 PM
EL Pistoffo
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Originally Posted by DCinCT View Post
glad all for the most part went well...sounds tho if trip like these are in the future it may be time for something a bit larger and more comfortable. Nice pics...thanx for sharing.
I agree. The bike took it like a champ but it's taxing on both the bike and us.

I'd see HD Electras all over the place (tons of them in FL) riding around what seemed to be comfortably with a passenger seated on the rear throne. Made me a little jealous, though I'm not interested in spending that kind of money on an HD.

I gotta think long and hard of what bike I'd pick. I can only have one unfortunately. Unless the ride gets more comfortable, I don't think we'd be doing these long rides much.
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