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I got to spend a lot of time on the bike yesterday. I don't really want to compare it to any other bike as they all have their quirks. So let me just list the good, bad and the ugly.

1. The bike is not a "true" cruiser. It seems to fit into a sport cruiser category. Its gonna be tough to do much with the rear fender because all of the plastic panels come together with the fender to give it the sport bike look.

2. This bike really kicks in at 4,000 RPM and up. It doesn't like to be lugged. I rode it all morning in 3rd or 4th. Hardly ever used 5th. It just didn't like 5th unless you were really flying. It also has the traditional shaft drive lugging sounds.

3. I didn't realize how far out the exhasut pushes your leg when you put your right foot on the ground. It was almost uncomfortable for me.

4. Even though I could easily put both feet on the ground I felt like I was sitting on top of the bike rather than in the bike. But the seat was comfortable for me.

5. I found that looking at the speedometer caused me to have to tilt my head down quite a bit. Maybe it was because I had on a full face helmet.

6. The bike has the best stock exhaust sound I have ever heard. Its gonna be a hard call to put on aftermarket pipes when they become available.

7. I own 2 other bikes with 240 wide tires. And just like those bikes the M109 requires you to keep your head into turning as you have to push a little more than a narrower tire.

8. Its a shame that this bike is at Lamonts house. That means I only get to ride it when I come up north.

9. If you like to run a bike through the gears this bike surely lets you do that. Power, power, power.

10. All things considered this bike is going to be very popular.

11. But I hope I don't see this bike with cheapo saddlebags thrown on it. Its gonna take somebody with some talent to make something that will allow you to carry stuff and look good.

12. I think that the customizing ideas for this bike are gonna come from the sportbike world. Traditional cruiser stuff won't work as the rear fender tries to say I am a sport bike and I don't see too many people changing the fender.

13. Lamont and I have a few ideas for doing stuff to this bike and we will start working on it real quick.
 

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I'm certainly with Hal on point  nu. 2. 
This bike likes it from 4 grand on up, and 3rd and 4th are very fun gears for getting around (everything I've tried so far) and having fun!
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After seeing what Lamont has done to some of his other bikes, I look forward to what he comes up with for this one. I too believe that a lot of the mods will come from the traditional sportbike companies. I did email Yoshimura and they said they did not presently have any products in line for any cruisers. I also noticed how far my right leg had to stick out when I put my foot down.
 

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I'M ONLY 5'8 AND MY RIGHT FOOT STICKS OUT THERE, BUT I GOTTA TELL YA I RIDE THIS BIKE IN SHORTS AND NO PROBLEM BURNING MY LEG. I'VE OWN VT X'S WITH AFTERMARKET PIPES AND THEY WOULD BURN YOUR LEG. AFTERMARKET PIPES? I'M NOT SURE ABOUT THAT. JUST MY OPINION BUT I THINK YOU COULD CHANGE THE AIR FILTER AND FUEL MANAGER AND GET BIG GAINS. THIS BIKE HAS 2 BAFFLES ONE AT THE END OF THE TAIL PIPE AND ONE AT THE BEGINNING, SO YOU COULD REMOVE THE END ONE AND STILL HAVE ONE IN. THERES A SOUND BITE ON HERE OF ONE GUY DOING THIS AND IT SOUNDS GOOD.
 

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DRILLING HOLES IN THE SECOND BAFFLE MAKES MORE POWER YOU THINK? AND IS IT CONSIDERABLY LOUDER?
 

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how do you drill the 2nd one if its at the beginning. remove the pipe?
 
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