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So I had to take our bikes to the garage last night. Since she can't ride in the cold I was allowed to highest privilege to ride her bike. Yes, my wife is as picky about her bike as I am over my cars and bike. Anyways, after I took mine I rode hers and wow, what a huge difference! I had a hell of a time cornering it. Now, me being new to riding in general I'm sure every bike rides different just like every car rides different. The whole experience was just amazingly different though. Going from my 800CC Boulevard to her 1900CC Roadliner was like going from a bicycle to a tank. Than handling was what I noticed right away. The Roadliner seemed to want to stay upright more than my bike. I had to force it to lean. Admittedly riding hers gave me a little more respect for the bigger bikes and those who can actually pilot them. Then again, I'm sure it's all in what you are used to...
 

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One of the risks they discuss in the MSF riding courses is riding someone else's bike.

You develop a lot of muscle memory reflexes riding your own bike rather quickly, and it becomes second nature. When you jump on someone else's bike, everything is different and you are back like a beginner riding by the seat of your pants. Its a significant risk of having an accident.

I was surprised by a lot of things when I got my Royal star V4 1300 after riding my VS 650 for the last 6 years. The extra 200 lbs makes a big difference walking the bike around. The extra 35 HP makes the bike go like a bat outta hell, and like you mentioned the heavier tires and wheels makes it more stable, and it takes more push on the grips to countersteer it around curves in the road (it really wants to go straight and stand up).

Now that I have put 1000 miles on Ursa, my VS650 feels like Im riding a dirt bike by comparison.

There is a parallel with sail boats. Once you have sailed a bigger faster sailboat, you are spoiled and its hard to go back to your smaller one. Esp when you make the jump from a monohull to a catamaran.
 

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One of the risks they discuss in the MSF riding courses is riding someone else's bike.



There is a parallel with sail boats. Once you have sailed a bigger faster sailboat, you are spoiled and its hard to go back to your smaller one.
I remember talking about that also in the class. What I hear you saying is though, I should not ride her bike otherwise I will want to ditch my little 800 Suzuki. Gotcha... ;-)
 

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One of the risks they discuss in the MSF riding courses is riding someone else's bike.

You develop a lot of muscle memory reflexes riding your own bike rather quickly, and it becomes second nature. When you jump on someone else's bike, everything is different and you are back like a beginner riding by the seat of your pants. Its a significant risk of having an accident.


Did not know that but makes sense. I have a Stratoliner and love the way it handles. That is why I chose it over a vtx1800
 

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Engine size plays a factor but so do dozens of other things like seat height, handlebar position, peg placement etc. Like KCW said; (never quite sure where a semi colon is appropriate but I'm feeling dangerous). muscle memory takes awhile to uh...forget.
 

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LOL, my first few cars were air cooled VW beetles. Both my parents had cars with power brakes...

I locked up their brakes so many times...
 
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