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Can the RSTD be ridden “spiritedly” on the back roads? Do the metal bits hit the road before the fun can begin? Any recommendations for a spirited cruiser? Thanks!
 

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You got two threads going here with the same question:

The royal star tour deluxe is a full bagger intended for touring and riding 2 up.

I have taken the windshield, saddle bags and passenger seat off my Royal star "Boulevard" and only put them on when needed.

There is a great V4 bike under all that extra gear. You can also crank the rear suspension up higher, and the front forks have an air preload that can C A R E F U L L Y be set from 0 to 7 psi to stiffen up the front end. (with a bicycle pump it only takes about 4" of stroke on the pump handle to go from 0 to 7psi. About 8" of pump handle stroke = blown out front shocks)

The tour deluxe carbs are bigger than the base model Royal Star, you are looking at 90 something HP (74HP for a base model Royal Star).

So... yes you can tighen and lighten the bike up, but its still a ~700 lb machine with all the bagger/touring stuff removed.

If you really want a sporty touring bike, I would recommend the FJR1300 - same engine displacement but about 150HP, water cooled, shaft drive, but its designed to be a sport touring bike.

In general the V star bikes are configured to be cruiser bikes, not cool looking sports bikes.

The closest thing I would compare a Royal Star bike to is the early 4 cylinder Goldwings, but in a cruiser bike format instead of a UJM style bike.
 

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I realize I have two posts. Sorry about that! But just trying to get the question out there. There may be some folks who might not read or pay attention to the other section.
 

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That is one of the first specs I look at when researching a bike since at times I tend to test the cornering limits. Based on my research the RSTD has excellent ground clearance.

5.9" on the RSTD

Here are a few cruiser comparisons:

4.9" on the Yamaha Transcontinental/Eluder
5.7" on the Yamaha Roadstar
5.1" on the Indian Chieftan
5.3 " on the Harley Street Glide
5.5" on the Harley Road Glide
 

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one of the things that works out well for cruiser bikes, if you do the math, with good tires on a clear road a motorcycle will not be able to slip out from under you until you lean the bike more than 45°.

If you google this you can find some websites and a few youtube videos that explain the math and physics behind it.

I dont think any cruiser bike will lean more than 45° before the pegs or something else starts scraping. The good part of this is you will always get a warning that you have reached the limit of the bike (the scraping), and you will never be able to lean the bike so far that it will slide out on you (unless you ignore the scraping and lean it further till the frame is hitting, or unless you hit sand, gravel, oil puddle....).

On a sports bike that is not true - you can lean them over far enough for the tires to lose their grip and slide out, with nothing scraping to give you any warning that you have gone too far.
 

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Well said! I appreciate that info. I know I really just need to ride some bikes to see how they corner for me. Thanks!
 
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