[quote]Zap Branigan wrote:
A bigger cruiser is quite different than a bigger supersport.
That is why I made it clear that I was riding cruisers. It’s my opinion that a sport bike is an easier machine to handle than a cruiser of the same size. But I’m not the sport bike kind of person so I started on a little cruiser.
When I started riding, I was 120 pounds with full leathers on. I did not have the confidence, the strength, or the skills to be safe on a large cruiser. Now that I’ve been lifting for a bit and I’ve got some miles under my belt, I don’t feel like a menace to society on my larger bike. I’m probably 130 pounds with leathers on. Can you tell I don’t lift for mass?
If you are a tall person with some weight on you, a little bike will become way too small in a very short time. If you like playing bike swap, go right ahead and start with a small machine, knowing that you will trade it in after one season. Some people like playing bike swap. It becomes part of the fun, riding many different machines.
Sportsters are famous for the horrible ride, especially at speeds greater than 55 mph. The newer ones are better, HD changed the engine mounts. But a Sporty is not the bike anyone ever gets for the smooth ride.