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Well im coming from 04 gsxr 1000. crashed bad, been off bikes for 5 years. my first bike was a 08 m109. picked it up a few months ago, just brought it out. i love riding, brings back all the good memories and everything ive been missing.

the bike is amazing, handles great, tons of power, (i can keep up with my buddies r1 from 0-90 mph ish) and i get stared at by everyone. everyone loves the bike.

except for me, i wanted to go to a cruiser so i wouldnt ride as dumb as i used to, but to be honest, i get bored on this bike. i dont race around and speed everywhere, i dont want to do it. but for my nice casual cruises, i miss having the light, agile sport bike. leaning into corners harder, etc.

im much more of a mature rider than i used to be, im riding way smarter than i ever have, it took me a near death crash to figure out i was an ******* before. but regardless i dont think if i got a rocket that i would ride like i used too. i just love sport bikes, always have, apparently always will.

i figured the m109 being the sportiest of the cruisers, would satisfy me. but it just doesnt cut it. It's an amazing bike and i would never say one bad thing about it. it's just not my style i guess.

well, just figured i'd throw this out there incase there are guys like me going from a rocket to a cruiser and are having second thoughts, or maybe to see if guys have done what i did and ended up going back to a rocket?

just kind of thinking out loud here, so any input would be appreciated. i would also love to take a sport bike to the local track, i never got to take mine out there and i always regretted not going.
 

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I say just keep both :D
 

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I say ride what feels good and right to you. I'm not tied to any one bike style or brand, including this one. I love it and have no intentions of getting rid of it, but if I liked a sport bike or something else better and it suited my style of riding, that's what I would have.
 

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Noone's gonna hold it against you, dude. Nice having you and it'll be sad to see you go, but you gotta do what you gotta do.

The only thing is: I think that if you're bored on THIS bike, you must be kidding yourself if you think that that you won't be pushing the enveloppe on a crotch rocket :dontknow:

Maybe something like an MT-01 or B-King might be more your go, if it's the handling that you miss.

Anyway: Just take care out there, ya hear! ;)
 

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I think you will find that about half of the people here made the same transition.

There is a reason we ended up with the 9 and do not think your though process choosing it or your though process now is even unusual.

Me, I rode sport bikes. I loved the 600 class after learning I had a hard time keeping L bikes under 150mph. I hit a puddle at 140 and walked away only by the grace of God. I told myself that a CBR600 would slow me down, and it did, but now I was ridding the twists harder and came to the conclusion I was just as likely to kill myself.

I went from sport bikes to touring bikes and did that for a couple of years. I learned a whole other side of riding and loved that side as well.

I got the 9 to take a step back towards sport but keep it in the cruiser feel and I am happy here.

I also thought I had outgrown my sport bike ways until I swapped with a friend that wanted to try the 9. I was good at first, but wanted to give my friend a taste of the high side of the 9, so I gave it a little more and more and more and then passed a cop doing about 160. He did not even bother, but it was enough to make me realize I am where I need to be.

Do what is right for you.

Ride safe.
 

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i made the transition from sportbikes to the 109 as well. i was looking for a sporty cruiser that didn't look the same as all the others, and also wanted power that would set it apart from the rest. the 109 has it all. but comparing it to a sportbike, especially a literbike, is day and night. i understand exactly what you mean about loving the features of both bikes. i decided to keep my 2005 R1 as well in order to have the best of both worlds. if you can, i would say for you to keep both. :bigthumbsup:
however, if you can't, then do what makes you the happiest. you can always switch bikes later on.
 

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The guy that I bought my bike from had come from a crotch rocket to the 9. He didn't last a month on the 9.... he missed the crotch rocket and surprisingly his wife did too.

But guess who benefited from that????:bigthumbsup:

I tried a friends rocket once and I know I would not be able to keep the speed down.... heck it's hard enough on the 9. :eek:
 

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Coming from rockets myself I can say with some certainty that if you have a bike that is capable of "X", you WILL find out how close to "Y" you can get.
I wish you the best of luck.
 

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Sound like an adrenaline junkie to me. You must get your thrill off the high speed and not the torque to get to the speed, since the 9 will get to the speed faster than rocket but will top out early.;) Nothing wrong with that. :bigthumbsup:

Now if you wanted to look around and learn some about our 9's you might find it interesting that there is a group of guys that can make this bike push TONS of power and many have ridden them over 150MPH. I don't know too many roads you can do more than that on...(But I live in the WV and we don't have many straight roads.:dontknow:)

The guys are right . Don't kid yourself that you won't be riding the same way you were before. Sure at first you'll take it easy but as any other progression things eventually end up where they left off. It's like saying:
I quit drinking beer because I was an alcoholic and had a near death experience. Once I was better I started drinking Mountain Dew instead, but now I think I'm gonna go back to beer. I'll be okay because I'll keep it to 2 and I'll never be drunk again. We all know how this ends.

I'm not being critical of your choice, just real. If you have family or kids to think about then maybe take a look at how you can mod the 9. However, you might not be as happy as you say you were on a rocket and you still have a good chance of having a wreck on a 9. So, good luck to ya and I hope everything works out the way you want.:bigthumbsup:
 

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Something to think about.....

Regardless of the type of bike, it can be the 9 or a crotch rocket, if you are not going to ride responsibly, they both will bite you in the end. As much as many of us would like to believe we are going to ride "safer" and take less chances on the 9, this is a false sense of security.

The type of bike you ride has very little to do with how you ride. Your style of riding is determined by your attitudes towards riding. For instance, many people buy crotch rockets just to cruise in the streets and have never even thought about taking them to the track, which is the purpose of the bike. On the other hand, we see many people on the 9, a "cruiser", leaning into curves and scraping every part imaginable as if the street is the track :evil:.

I say this, because this is something I am guilty of as well. I thought the 9 would slow me down a bit..... I was WRONG!! I still need that rush every once in a while. But now it comes more from the torque and not so much from top end, which is good. :joke:

Just get the bike you like the most and enjoy.

Going down at 60mph on a crotch rocket, 9, or scooter is still going down at 60mph.
 

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Get what bike you want, but remember that you are missing the power to weight ration of a rocket along with its handling...you will exploit it... I started off on non-dual sport bikes back in about '02 with a GSXR 750, moved to an '04 GSXR 1000, then my 109, then bought a '06 GSXR 1000 with the intention of selling the 109(even sold it for a while....until the guy stopped making payments on it...), and now i have both...and tbh...i coudnt imagine not having both bikes
 

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The only thing is: I think that if you're bored on THIS bike, you must be kidding yourself if you think that that you won't be pushing the enveloppe on a crotch rocket :dontknow:
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Completely different animal. I hate the riding position on crotch rockets but they do corner and accelerate like mad. Be safe whatever you do and have fun.
 

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I understand I went from an R1 to the M109 and I decide to keep both the bikes. The 9 for when I just wanted to relax and enjoy the ride and the R1 for short quick runs. I will definitly say the 9 is better on my back and I can;t see myself parting with either bike. Maybe you should keep the 9 and buy a Gxs-r, The best of both worlds.
 

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I came from the BUSA to the 109 I tried to keep them both but then money caught up with me and I sold the BUSA. From that day I would miss the BUSA when I went riding with my friends who mostly rode sport bikes after haveing some close calls trying to keep up and a bad ticket I decided to get another BUSA and now I'm back to having both.

Dont think for a minute that you are over you crazy riding. As soon as you get on a sport bike you will start back riding crazy again. I fight this battle every time I get on the BUSA and prey for the day where everyone I ride with gets slower bikes cause once you have the power of a sport bike between your legs its unreasonable to not ride unreasonably fast

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Big Nasty is exactly right I fight it everytime on my R1!!! :agree:
 

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Ride what makes you happy! I'm guessing you're a young guy with an iron back? If that's the case then, you'll be baaaack! (someday)
 

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i think you are missing the sport bike too much and you will go back to riding how you used to especially when you see all the other sport bikers riding hard and fast. i had a friend that had a serious accident on a sport bike but when he got better he bought a cruiser but missed the sport bike just as you are. he also said he matured as a rider, but it was just talk he went back to riding how he used to. he was killed a month after going to sport bikes again riding crazy,hard and fast!! now a son and daughter have no father and a wife no husband!!! just something to think about!! some decisions affects not only you but those around you. what ever you deside best of luck with it :doorag:
 

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I have bounced between sport and cruise bikes my whole life.... It's something you never really get out of your system i think... Ride what makes you happy... :bigthumbsup:
 
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