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Re: New Bikes
- Subject: Re: New Bikes
- From: "Kevin Kerr" <chromed@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Fri, 11 Mar 2005 23:04:32 -0500
I got a chance to view and sit on the new RT and ST at the local dealer.
Like most everyone else, I was not sure of the styling looking at the pics
and was reserving my judgement until I saw one in the flesh.
The RT's bodywork was indeed a bunch of panels slapped together. Looked like
crystals had grown somehow. Did someone mention Superman's Fortress of
Solitude? (Or was it Krypton self-destructing?) I can't see how it can be
more aerodynamic than the 1100 or 1150. Would be interesting to know the
coefficient of drag for each of these models. I thought that if you could
order the bike with all fairing parts painted the same colour, it would make
the bike more whole, not pieced together. Would the design prevent me from
buying it? Probably not, but it sure wouldn't cause me to buy it. Now the
extra ponies and all the other technical goodies, well, that's a different
The model I sat on had the low seat option, and I could flat foot it. I have
a 30" inseam. It felt like I was *in* the bike rather than *on* it. This
could be largely be because the tank is higher than on the earlier RT's.
I thought the ST looked pretty good, with the exception of that headlight.
Hideous in my opinion. Looked like some crystal on steroids.
Rolling Broccoli Rider
Ottawa, ON Canada
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