Looking for opinions on what might be the best handling cruiser you have ever ridden? I know, I know, it's more the rider than anything, but which bike have you owned that was best in the twisties or sweepers?
If that bike is a cruiser, then I'm Michael Jordan... :nope:kinda out of the blue and i have no experience with it, but the talk in all the mags is the new ducati diavel. the've made a cruiser, but being more known for sport bikes supposively it handles better than most other cruisers. faster too.
I saw one the other day in the dealership. Hard to imagine classifying a 165hp rocket ship as a cruiser! But that is what the salesman called it!kinda out of the blue and i have no experience with it, but the talk in all the mags is the new ducati diavel. the've made a cruiser, but being more known for sport bikes supposively it handles better than most other cruisers. faster too.
I was wondering if a Magna would show up in this thread. Of all the cruisers I have owned, my BMW R1200C (their attempt at a cruiser) was a blast in the tight stuff. Low center of gravity, put it in 3rd and use that power band. I would still have that bike if it had been equipped with at least 25 more hp than the paltry 61hp it came with. BMW detuned it from the R1200R standard to make it a cruiser. Bad decision IMHO.I would have to give the edge to my '85 Magna. That thing held tight radius corners like it was on rails. Absolutely "flickable" in twisties. Still miss that bike a lot. It had "go right now power" at the flick of a wrist in any gear.
Gonz, even with all that set up, are you still scraping the boards, or is it that much stiffer?VTX with:
Progressive Springs Front
Progressive Shocks Rear
Steering Bearings changed to All Balls
Good Tires set to 40psi
I havent ridden another bike yet that will compare.
Granted, the VTX isn't stock... And I haven't ridden another bike with those mods done... But every bike Ive ridden seems a little.... "sloppy" Not Dangerous, "sloppy" just not..... "tight"
If that makes sense...
So sure, you could mod any bike with progressives and make sure the bearings are done with quality instead of factory crap... but you didnt mention "stock only" or "modified".
Dump $600 into any bike, and Ill bet ya its going to be a tight bitch... but having only ridden the VTX with the mods above done... man, there just aint no comparison.