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post #1 of 28 (permalink) Old 07-25-2019, 04:31 PM Thread Starter
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2019 Street Twin Advice - Freeway Riding

Howdy,

I'm a relative motorcycle novice, started riding about 8 years ago on a '97 Suzuki GS500 until someone stole it from my driveway

After that, I picked up an '84 Nighthawk 650 for $500 -- serious project bike -- and got in way over my head. Lately it's mostly just been sitting, looking at me with big sad ugly dismembered eyes wondering when I'm finally gonna put her back together...

I've finally decided to go back to the shallow end of the pool and am just about ready to pull the trigger on a new Street Twin. I test rode one and it was great for those 15 min, but it I have a few concerns and I'm hoping the experienced folks on this forum can help me out.

I'm planning on using the bike as a daily commuter. That's mostly in-town riding on surface streets, but a few days a week it will entail about 20 - 50 miles on the freeway. I also plan to ride on the weekends out into the hills which will also entail ~50+ miles of freeway riding.

How does the Twin do on freeways? I'm concerned about the lack of a 6th gear -- is this something I'm going to regret for longer rides? Which parameters in a motorcycle are important for considering this sort of thing? (I'm assuming it's not all about engine displacement)

Secondly, since my experience on bikes is almost entirely at 500cc (I also rode a 250 ninja for a brief period but couldn't handle the whining!) I figured that bumping up to 900cc should be a good size to last me a while...that being said, is this the kind of bike people tend to outgrow quickly? I am not into racing or cruising around at supersonic speeds, and my wife DEFINITELY is not me doing that...I just want an awesome looking, fun bike, high quality, that'll last me forever.

Any advice, tips, etc, that anyone wants to offer me, I will accept with much gratitude!

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Also, to add to this, I have the option of going for a 2018 T120 for $500 more.
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If it were me, I would go with the T120. My wife has a Street Twin which Iíve ridden a few times, and I own a T120. While the Twin very competent on the highway, the extra gear on the T120 is great for droning along. Also, if you ever plan on a passenger, the bigger T120 is much better suited.
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If it were me, I would go with the T120. My wife has a Street Twin which I’ve ridden a few times, and I own a T120. While the Twin very competent on the highway, the extra gear on the T120 is great for droning along. Also, if you ever plan on a passenger, the bigger T120 is much better suited.
I’ll second his recommendation. If it’s that close in price, go for the T120. The T120 is a very approachable bike; there is power there, but not so much so that it is intimidating IMHO.

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What sort of speeds do us highways run at. My ST is quite happy at UK speeds 70 to 80 mph but wind blast is a pain. A good screen would help execept I find them pig ugly. That said as others stated the t120 is most likely the better option. Try both if you can

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2019 Street Twin Advice - Freeway Riding

The Street Twin on highways are fine. Thereís still enough pull for passing when youíre cruising at 75mph. I donít miss a 6th gear although it would lower the revs from 3900 rpm a bit. But 3900 rpm at 75mph is definitely tolerable. And Iím on the 2016 Street Twin.

Depending on your weight and your pillionís weight, you may need to upgrade springs. Iím 175 and my wife is 125 and the rear springs bottomed out a few times.

If you have the opportunity to get a T120 for $500 more, Iíd go with the T120. The only thing that the Street Twin has over the T120 is the lower weight and is more nimble.
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If it were me, I would go with the T120. My wife has a Street Twin which Iíve ridden a few times, and I own a T120. While the Twin very competent on the highway, the extra gear on the T120 is great for droning along. Also, if you ever plan on a passenger, the bigger T120 is much better suited.
Agreed. I had the Street Twin.. it was a 2016.. nice little bike for town and actually would do what you have described you would use it for. However, i spent money on cams, xpipes and such because it used to hit the wall on the freeway/highway/motorway.. and actually those mods made a big difference IMHO. However, However, the money i spent did not make the 900 motor as strong as the 1200 motor in the T120 and there are a few more bells and whistles available on the T120 such as cruise control, fatter seats, more room for pillion that you do not get with Street Twin. Also.. (see how I managed to avoid starting another sentence with "However" )..Also when you are trying to type what sort of bike you have in the forums, or talk about it with other people you will finger or tongue twist and mistakenly call it a Speed twin.... and receive admonishment (albeit gentle) from Speed Twin owners (passing reference to my friend @Hybrid81 here).

In conclusion the extra $500 you are going to spend on your new T120 is the best $500 bucks you ever spent.. trust me I do what I'm knowing.
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Also, to add to this, I have the option of going for a 2018 T120 for $500 more.
Do it.
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The Street Twin on highways are fine. Thereís still enough pull for passing when youíre cruising at 75mph. I donít miss a 6th gear although it would lower the revs from 3900 rpm a bit. But 3900 rpm at 75mph is definitely tolerable. And Iím on the 2016 Street Twin.

Depending on your weight and your pillionís weight, you may need to upgrade springs. Iím 175 and my wife is 125 and the rear springs bottomed out a few times.

If you have the opportunity to get a T120 for $500 more, Iíd go with the T120. The only thing that the Street Twin has over the T120 is the lower weight and is more nimble.
I agree with all of this. The ST does much better on the highway than I expected. The wheels on the ST were a big selling point for me, as Iím not a fan of tubes or spokes.

However, the bigger motor and the ability to add cruise control to the T120 are well worth $500. In my area, used T120ís go for $2k-$3k more then STís.
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Do it.
I've never seen anyone buy a T120 and then write on these pages, "Gee, I bought too much bike. Wish I'd bought a 900 instead."

You won't use the T120's full capabilities on every ride, but the power and gearing are there when you want or need them. The bike is very rider friendly. It's never edgy. Amazingly, the T120 gets the same or better fuel economy as the 900s. I see a consistent 60-65 MPG.

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