Hello all, new to the forums and new to the "cruiser" style ride. Previously I owned a 79 Suzuki GS550, 92 GS500, 06 Honda CBR1000RR, 01 Suzuki GSF600S Bandit, now the 16 M109R. I have a thing for blue.
A little background, I used to enjoy racing cars, built some high hp sports cars which were good fun. My friend with a Busa says to me one day "You know, I go faster and have more fun with 12k in a bike then you can with 100k in cars... maybe it's time you think about riding."
The rest is history, I have been enjoying it for some years now, and have all but given up on cars. So I got tired of riding leaning forward hurting my legs and my back, my body told me to switch to a cruiser. Obviously I couldn't ride anything with less of an engine than this. I had watched all the reviews people posted online, and read the articles. People all described the bike as "awesome, fast, quick, powerful, not for beginners, etc."
Well, perhaps the people writing the reviews were beginners themselves. Not knocking the bike, it's got torque and the power-band is good and usable. The thing feels like a new quad with the pulse of the engine, the exhaust note, the ease of shifting and the good braking power. It's so well rounded now in the 10'th year of production that I think it would be just fine for beginners. Coming from a guy who has been 190 mph, and who has been on liter super-sport... this is a welcome addition as I can hop on somewhat comfortably and for the first time just go slow and cruise.
Never thought I'd say those words, but now taking in the scenery is more enjoyable than ever on this bike. Slow speed turning is going to take some practice.. and wide open throttle feels like you are in a paint shaker.. but I suppose that's just the nature of a 'V" engine.. correct me if I'm wrong. I never had one before, so the vibration under hard acceleration feels wrong to me. Is that just the way these bikes are?
Safe riding everyone, see you around