^in agreement there. Thats the main thing, road usability. Its not that Id call my 10R uncomfortable. Its not. But low speed, start stop, traffic, it begins to feel cumbersome and fatiguing. Ive ridden it to work half of this week and its been great for traffic above 35 (lane splitting is legal here) and out on the open highway. I dont mind tucking and laying on the tank for commuting down the freeway, so long as the road is somewhat open. I dont mind it for being out on the backroads in the mountains, but not for being behind an SUV doing 30 in a 55. Its brilliantly capable when you find its purpose, be it backroads or track riding or drag racing. Its even comfortable when blasting around on the streets as long as its not stop/start traffic.
It really is and Ive had a blast for about 85% of the riding of been doing this week. The problem is the aggresiveness of the throttle response. Its razor like abilities hinder it for just general day to day commuting, because it always wants to go. Its not happy under 5k. It doesnt like having a lot of fancy clutch work and darting around cars to not be hit doing 11mph. This is where it kind of suffers and I hate dragging it through it because the whole time its just yelling back at me about what kind of moron subjects a SuperBike to this nonsense. And this is where a street tuned SuperNaked comes in. Its not meant to be the end all, be all of performance, that displays its racing pedigree at all times and demands aggression in its ride. Thats great fun, but the idea of something that is more oriented for use in the low and mid range is appealing. Something that can knock heads, but doesnt ask to, doesnt require it. Thats what Im looking for.
These superbikes hate the commutes like that. And thats where I find the flexibility and versatility of a bike like a supernaked to come in. Its not geared long. It doesnt have the biggest cams with the longest duration or a suspension that reports on every imperfectly laid bit of asphalt. Its like buying a luxury sport sedan in a sense. Its comfortable, well appointed, and without being the ultimate performance car, it still delivers a thrilling sensation. Thats what I get from these SuperNakeds.
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