should i keep my 650 or trade to the 950? scraping is what i'm worried about
I'm currently riding a 650 and i'm thinking about upgrading to the 950, but i live near the snake and enjoy getting really low in those turns..and even occasionally scrape my boards on my bike, and form what I've heard there's not many people are there who care to lean in enough to scrape on the 650's high boards(for a cruiser.) i'm 6'2 and as you can imagine the 650 feels a little cramped, but i love the sporty feeling of how it powers through the turns and keeping up with the terrible riders on their sport bike(which i refuse to have.) but with age comes maturity and so does slowing down and getting a bigger bike...I've done plenty of research and seen some posts on here about reviews about the 950, how nice they are etc..and for my budget a used 950 is the top of the bracket. I've heard all i need to hear except for one simple question...and its really the deal breaker. Living in east TN i don't ride the interstate much and prefer the back roads, and as mentioned with my aggressive riding i scrape boards on my 650, if i get the 950, with its notorious reputation for its scraping(I AM FULLY AWARE THE SKID PLATES CAN BE CHANGED), how much would the bike hinder my riding style? no one seems to have ever measured the lean angle on a 950, and the ground clearance is only .4 inches lower on the 950 than the 650, but the 950 is wider causing much less lean...how bad is it? i know im going to have to slow down but i don't want to set my speed to a crawl to not scrape. is there anyone who's owned both bikes and put them to quite the cornering test?