Ninja H2R....make sure it's the R versionLast year I traded in my 2016 Goldwing for a 2021 Can Am Spyder. The Goldwing was just getting to be too much for me at then 78, but I was far from ready to give up riding. And my wife rides as passenger much of the time so I wasn't going to get a small, lightweight two wheeler instead of the Wing. In truth I love the Spyder and the stability and comfort that it offers, and while I thought it would really bother me, it hasn't bothered me much to give up the leaning in curves.
I also have a 150cc scooter in the garage that I thought would satisfy my need for a 2 wheeler when the urge struck, but I am finding that the scooter just doesn't really satisfy me, despite it being a fun little thing to ride. So I'm thinking of getting another bike, in addition to the Spyder, that would be just for me (no passenger) that would be lightweight but capable of comfortably riding on any roads, including the Interstate highways. Almost any motorcycle would seem lightweight when compared to the 900+ pounds of the Goldwing, and I don't think a 450 or 500 pound bike would be a problem as long as it wasn't one with a high seat height (I'm afraid I have gone down from 5'8" to 5'7" as I have aged).
What bikes (new) do you think I should consider when I go shopping in the Spring, assuming I am still on the green side of the grass as I turn 80?
That is slick looking. For me wish it was offered in manual and non chain drive.Honda Rebel 1100 DCT Touring. Under 600 lbs, DCT for guys like me with arthritic hands, low center of gravity, tools along anywhere easily.
2023 Honda Rebel 1100T DCT First Look: The successful Rebel 1100 lineup is expanding to include a new bagger/tourer variant.ultimatemotorcycling.com
Not sure at 80 years old Vito is looking for such a bike...Ninja H2R....make sure it's the R version
Is not built for cross country riding... that's a standard tank for such a bike.At 3.6 gallons, not much of a gas tank on the Rebel bagger.
It's likely 3.6 capacity, with "low fuel" light on at 1.1 gallon...yeah it says 3.6 including 1.1 gallon reserve on Honda's website. So I assume that would put total at 4.7 gallon. Or does that mean it is part of the 3.6.
The point you are missing is that any new motorcycle is not produced SOLELY on the basis of minimizing the cost of production.OK, I've tried hard to hold back on slamming bike companies for their choices of motorcycles to produce, but I can't stand it any longer, I've got to vent. I'm pretty close in age to a lot of you here, and probably older than the average member. Therefore, I understand VITO's situation. He still has the desire to ride, but at his age(and mine) the body forces limitations on us. I don't need to go through all of the issues, as most of you have had a lot of them way before even I have.
I can boil down my complaint to a simple issue. If you want a lighter weight bike(like me and Vito do) but don't want one that requires you to crawl around on the floor lubing a CHAIN, and replacing Sprockets, you have very few ECONOMICAL choices. The folks that say it isn't a big deal, you can do it in fifteen minutes, don't understand the physical limitations we have at our age. WE just can't do those "floor exercises" at over 70 and 80 years old.
I know manufacturers use a chain as a lighter alternative to a shaft drive. But that also transfers a lot of the COST of maintenance to the BUYER. Chain is less expensive and weighs less....BIG WIN for lowering manufacturing costs. BIG LOSS for the customer. Solution: BELT DRIVE!!!
Now here is where I get lost because of my lack of mechanical knowledge: Would it really be a big difference in cost to the manufacturer to use a belt drive as opposed to a chain drive? By using a basically "no maintenance" belt drive on a 650-750cc bike, it would give us old timers a reason to keep riding longer. What am I missing here?