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jon
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   Posted 12/12/2011 11:58 AM (GMT -7)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
martin,
 
make it an apple vs. apple comparison and the bike will come out on top every time. from the initial cost of purchase to overall ownership cost (insurance, maintenance, etc). just do the math. if fact if i was using a car that's more comparable to a ninja 650r say, a mustang instead of a fuel efficient compact car, that $16k will be closer to $20k which widens the gap even more as well as the money save from the wider mpg differences. in most cases, the insurance rate difference is huge when it's an apple vs. apple comparison meaning a $20k hd fatboy vs. $16k honda civic comparison is not accurate.
 
comparing a mid-size sportbike to a compact car is not accurate. that's like comparing a ninja 250 to a heavy duty truck and claim the ninja the winner in overall cost, well duh!!!
 
also not assuming "that a car is equal to a bike for general transportation" because it's not. that's like saying a mazda miata will be equal to a suburban in all aspects. there will be pros and cons of each type of vehicle. therefore, in some instances, the car will not be adequate, in others, the bike will not be adequate.
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   Posted 12/12/2011 12:57 PM (GMT -7)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
The times of year you are planning on making this trip by motorcycle would mean you would encounter some awfully cold weather.

I wouldn't recommend riding a motorcycle up the eastern seaboard at Thanksgiving or Christmas!



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   Posted 12/12/2011 1:19 PM (GMT -7)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
vspartan5 said...
 but on the topic of Standard bikes, specifically what kind would be able to make a 1000 mile trip?
Any/all of them.  All the light cruisers too.
It is the RIDER that will give out before the bike does.
 


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   Posted 12/12/2011 1:26 PM (GMT -7)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
jon said...
 
make it an apple vs. apple comparison and the bike will come out on top every time.
No it won't but you seem to have blinders on AND this "discussion" isn't really accomplishing anything useful anyway...........so how about we just drop it.
 
 


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   Posted 12/12/2011 1:47 PM (GMT -7)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
Doesn't pay to be more specific than what we have all contributed. I have toured two up with camping gear on a Honda CB350-4. People have toured across the USA on 250cc bikes. Touring in Europe is very common on bikes much smaller than 750cc. Like said above, its more the rider than the bike. Smaller bikes have less load capacity and have to work harder to cover the same distances, touring wise. But that doesn't mean they can't do it. Bigger bikes do it more comfortably.

If you find a bike you are interested in, ask us about it and you'll get TONS of information about riding and living with that specific bike. Beyond that any list of bikes simply makes this discussion longer.


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   Posted 12/12/2011 3:38 PM (GMT -7)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
Easy Rider 2 said...
jon said...




make it an apple vs. apple comparison and the bike will come out on top every time.
No it won't but you seem to have blinders on AND this "discussion" isn't really accomplishing anything useful anyway...........so how about we just drop it.


typical "tird" response from a wannabee "tird".
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   Posted 12/12/2011 8:38 PM (GMT -7)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
Cold tires and ice do not mix on a heavy machine. That definition is bikes above 250 lbs wet. In cruel winter conditions the CM-91 Honda step through was a blast in those conditions. Not for the Freeway however. Buy a beater car and stay alive. A snowmobile suit and studded tires would be exciting for sure on the right machine.


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