Yes, I know "ain't no replacement for that displacement" - but I thought displacement shouldn't be the only consideration. Power:Weight ratio as well.
And as others have rightly pointed out - "the fit" as well. Just like purchasing a firearm, how it "feels" is just as important.
My 2002 750 Shadow Spirit is just right for me. I weigh about 170 and am 5'6". It's my 'starter bike'. It isn't too small and it isn't intimidatingly big. I don't do a whole lot of highway, inter-state 300+ mile rides. Mostly commute to work, ride down the Shore and elsewhere about as directed by my inner spirits
the power is equal to that of many cars of yesteryear (non - American made, granted) that used to move families across countries and continents, so it will move your 200lbs just fine.
When I bought Maiya, I pointed out to my Father that his second car was powered by an 800cc 3 cylinder engine while my motorcycle had 750 ccs...
and be HONEST. (you can lie to us, and we won't feel a thing. Lie to yourself, and you'll have to live with yourself - every time you get on it.)
Great quote. Gotta remember that one!
Originally Posted by Doctor Dolittle
My only wish: Shaft drive. I could do without the chain noise.
I was thinking the same thing when I was going through chain-issues a while ago. But come to think of it - how easy would the sprocket modification have been with a shaft drive?
I know I LOVE my sprocket mod lol!
The one I chose for the 750 Spirit works well, it is a "Slipstreamer S-06 Spitfire".
I have the same shield for similar bike. I do have a question: did you have to cut or modify the stems?
When I installed my shield, I couldn't get it to 'lean' back enough to have the wind bounce off the top of my helmet - the bottom of the stems would hit the tank on either side and restrict full movement of the handlebars on either side; so the shield was standing a lot straighter. I tried flipping the mount upside down but ran into the same problem
No big deal, just annoying.
Bike is in the garage for the winter (cracked fuel line
) so it'll be a spring project (plus I need a new shield anyway because I cracked the old one after I crashed the bike!)