I absolutely LOVE the new Speedmaster. Itís the 14th bike Iíve owned in 30 years of riding and the best daily rider. Itís not perfect of course (nothing with a cat is...) but a few easy mods and I feel itís as close as any bike can get. Iíll address some of the common concerns Iíve heard based on my experience over the last month/1200 miles:
Stock Seat: Personally I love it, but my iron butt has been cross country on sport bikes in the past. The passenger pillion is a different story, we had to swap it immediately for my GF to be comfortable on the bike. I will probably get the Corbin when it comes out though.
Itís small: It is, and thatís a good thing
. Handles great in parking lots and the twisting as long as your prepared for one of the footrests to scrape. Ití handles high speed highway cruising well for a bike itís size too.
Lean angle: Truth is it corners really well. The peg feelers will scrape but there are several ways to fix that; remove the feelers, or cut them down, or get mid sets. The issue is with the feelers, not the lean angle imho.
The bars suck: Yup, they sure do. I replaced mine with Biltwell Chumps. 6Ē rise and stock cables were able to re-route to work.
Itís very easy and inexpensive to de-cat, unlike most other bikes in the category
Tube tires: this bothers me too, but is an issue for a later date.
Power: no one is complaining about the power
Looks: no one is complaining about the looks
I think there arenít a lot in the wild because itís still really new, the ones I see sitting in dealerships seem to be the one with the weird (gold?) striping which might not be to everyoneís tastes. I bought mine because of the HUGE grin on my face after test riding it. When I pulled back into the dealership my GF said she could tell before I turned the bike off that weíd be leaving with it and bid the Diavel weíd rode in on goodbye.
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