Apparently none of you old dinosaurs are willing to admit that not all sportbikes sound like constipated cats/small import cars, nor do they all require you to lay down over the tank, or otherwise feel terribly uncomfortable to ride. No, it's not true that all "sporty" bikes will make your arthritic back snap in the middle, (OK sure, mine has snapped everywhere else, but not in the middle!) Well, I have
heard that it's hard to teach an old dinosaur new tricks, but jeez, you guys are a tough sell... you're really dug in!
I explained in an earlier post that I chose my 2014 Honda CB500FA for its completely relaxed, natural upright seating position, and pointed out that not all so-called "sportbikes" are uncomfortable, and I even added some visual aids to back up my statement... seating position diagrams from cycle-ergo.com that show my Honda with a 5'-10" rider sitting quite upright and comfy. Yup, a similar position to when I throw a leg over my V-Star Custom.
Sorry, but that's all I've got. This crippled-up old guy is about to go out for a spin on his V-Star, followed by an equally comfy ride on his "sporty-bike". Wish me luck that my spine won't snap... again! Oh, and did I mention that my "spine-crusher" can travel a whopping 84 miles on an Imperial gallon of fuel? (=70mpg in US gallons)