funkshn (Regular) View all posts in this topic  
Tue Aug 06, 2013 9:00 pm
I wouldn't want to wrangle a big bike when I'm tired.        

I bought an SV650 last spring, and even the extra 80 pounds, plus greater seat height, takes its toll on my sense of control. I can't imagine throwing my short legs across something that weighed 500 to 800 pounds.

I guess you could carry more on a bigger bike. But wouldn't you also lose fuel range? The EX250 classic has an honest 250+ miles range even when going pretty fast. Is that true of big bikes?

And what is it that you're carrying? This is not a pleasure cruise. Some riders make do with only one change of clothing and a small container of liquid detergent.

I have to be honest - although I have a strong intellectual curiosity about Iron Butt, it seems like the opposite of why I ride. Their motto could be, "Let's do something we love, and do it so long that we hate it." I too want to cross the country a few times in the future, but I want to take weeks or months to do so.

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