I've been a cruiser guy for a while and, rejoined this community a few months ago after a several year hiatus as I had an interest in switching up my ride. I thought I had a deal in the works last month for a different bike but, it didn't end up going through and decided I'd just keep to what I have; a cruiser.
While I've always held an interest in sport bikes for their design, cornering ability and immense speed I had grown quite accustomed to sitting back and just taking it easy and sitting back to listen to the rumble of my little vtwin. I figured my "Honda-Davidson" had enough get up and go with it's measly 40hp and 46 pounds of torque and, have always enjoyed the ruckus of a noisy twins through an opened up exhaust - who needs to go beyond 100kph or even 120kph any ways?
I had more or less given up this year on picking up a sport bike, until I finally got to ride one. My brother who used to ride an '06 Vulcan 800 Classic was in between vehicles and had stopped riding this year until he recently traded a vehicle for an '86 Kawasaki GPX 750R with about 25 or 28k km, full header and back Vance & Hines exhaust (two into one).
This late afternoon/early evening he let me give it a test ride since he knew I had been looking for a sport bike earlier this season. At first I was a bit apprehensive about actually riding it, I've sat on a plethora of different makes and models and always thought they felt really awkward and even unnatural at first, I almost decided against taking the bike for a quick rip.
After going up and down the street, and around the block I took it for a rip on the freeway to see how the bike felt at higher speeds and, to give harder acceleration a go. I was very surprised after entering the freeway to see where I was sitting on the speedometer, not only how smooth it accelerated but, also how stable it felt post 100kph.
When I came to drop the bike off he said he'd loan me the bike for the rest of the day, so I was keen to take the GPX on one of my regular runs up to Harrison and had a lot of fun (about an 80km round trip), not to mention the difficulty of staying within the limit.
Needless to say after this long winded transition, I now have a better understanding and comprehension of why you all ride what you ride and that extends beyond speed alone. Going from a cruiser to a sport bike was like re-experiencing the initial joy of riding all over again and as stated prior, I'm surprised at how comfortable and natural things felt once becoming in tuned with the machine.
I am definitely back on the hunt to acquire a sporty of my own and hang up the cruiser style for a while.