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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 01-08-2015, 11:57 PM Thread Starter
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Default Having a XC and a Highball is like having a wife and a girlfriend

Only less dangerous.
Yesterday I put 160 miles on my Highball riding in the country, on the freeway at speed and splitting lanes when the traffic slowed down.
Today I took a similar ride on my XC . Freeway, twisties, and lane splitting.
Here is my take:
I enjoyed them both but for different reasons.
Getting on the freeway was a blast on the Highball. There is nothing like doing 0-60 with your fists in the air! Once on the freeway at speed the XC smoothed out the bumps and made it easy to cruise at speed. The XC won out in the twisties as well. It just flows in and out of the corners and just makes you want to go faster. The Highball was best for lane splitting. (Something you have get good at if you ride during business hours in LA.) The torque allows me to jump when a gap opens up and the lesser weight makes slowing down or braking easier when there is no gap. The fat front tires just eat up the markers in the road to mark the lanes without complaint.
Some would say they could do an all day ride on the Highball no problem. My hats off to them. I did it, had a great time, but needed a nap afterwards. The XC is designed to ride all day and you can tell.
The Highball is seven grain bread. Everything you need. Nothing you don't. The XC is butter.
I am blessed to have both.
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Not certain why you put in the comment about lane splitting unless it was to get this exact response...

A wife and a girlfriend are far SAFER than the practice of lane splitting. Most lane splitters intentionally ignore the "guidelines" for that particular practice (only executed under 30MPH and no more than a 10mph differential between the biker and flowing traffic) and therefore often risk their lives simply to get somewhere....FAsTER.

Good luck and hope that you never become one of the many biker casualties that show up on the hospital gurney during rush hour traffic. Granted the majority of those are the sport bikers but personally.... you'd be FAR safer with the wife and mistress than you are lane splitting.




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I keep a GSXR600 and the XC for similar reasons but more variation in the ride. There is no doubt the GSXR is the faster sleeker model built for the curves(girlfriend) but the XC is the one you can spend all day, take the long haul with and not be totally worn out at the end (wife).

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Not certain why you put in the comment about lane splitting unless it was to get this exact response...

A wife and a girlfriend are far SAFER than the practice of lane splitting. Most lane splitters intentionally ignore the "guidelines" for that particular practice (only executed under 30MPH and no more than a 10mph differential between the biker and flowing traffic) and therefore often risk their lives simply to get somewhere....FAsTER.

Good luck and hope that you never become one of the many biker casualties that show up on the hospital gurney during rush hour traffic. Granted the majority of those are the sport bikers but personally.... you'd be FAR safer with the wife and mistress than you are lane splitting.
It appears that you assume that I am not aware of the guidelines and or do not follow them when "Lane Sharing".
That assumption is without merit. But let's for the sake of argument assume that I am the cliché you speak of. My earlier statement still stands. When you marry someone you commit to them in front of witnesses that you are worthy of her trust beyond simple biological urges.
Having an affair is a betrayal of that trust. It is the ultimate act of selfishness that will cause her pain that never goes away.
My opinion: it's a better idea to crash into the back of a car than cause that kind of pain to someone you love.
Anyway, I digress. The point of the post was to review two bikes with the same motor who could not be more different. Both well suited to its purpose and as a result, fun to ride but very different.
I just wanted to share my thoughts for others who may be considering a two bike ,XC/Highball stable.

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I keep a GSXR600 and the XC for similar reasons but more variation in the ride. There is no doubt the GSXR is the faster sleeker model built for the curves(girlfriend) but the XC is the one you can spend all day, take the long haul with and not be totally worn out at the end (wife).
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A few months ago I was toying with the idea of getting a girlfriend(Yamaha FZ-09). Turns out this is just not a feasible idea, since I spend most of my money on and time with my wife(Victory XC). Plus there's no room in the bed(shed) for anyone else.

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A few months ago I was toying with the idea of getting a girlfriend(Yamaha FZ-09). Turns out this is just not a feasible idea, since I spend most of my money on and time with my wife(Victory XC). Plus there's no room in the bed(shed) for anyone else.
Can't remember the exact quote but somebody once said something to the effect of "I want one women who tolerates me and a garage full of things that love me."

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Bujee.... Ever notice the critics of lane splitting are always from places where it's not practiced. Unless you live in an area that has it for some time you'll never understand. I've known many who moved here bought a bike and said they would never split. It didn't take long and they were learning. Starting off with the the moves at lights. I think you'd be hard pressed to find a rider in ca who doesn't lane spilt to one degree or another.

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Not certain why you put in the comment about lane splitting unless it was to get this exact response...

A wife and a girlfriend are far SAFER than the practice of lane splitting. Most lane splitters intentionally ignore the "guidelines" for that particular practice (only executed under 30MPH and no more than a 10mph differential between the biker and flowing traffic) and therefore often risk their lives simply to get somewhere....FAsTER.

Good luck and hope that you never become one of the many biker casualties that show up on the hospital gurney during rush hour traffic. Granted the majority of those are the sport bikers but personally.... you'd be FAR safer with the wife and mistress than you are lane splitting.


You are just jealous, that your state doesn't allow what is a obvious advantage in high traffic areas. What is even more confusing to me is that Cali, the state with more restrictions and regulations offers this common sense solution.

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Wesdalton....SSSSSHhhhhhhhhhhhhh! Don't mention that or the damn libs in this state will either take it away or tax it.

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