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|That is an inside joke from a thread where a bunch of people were ranting that an I4 600cc is just unbearably too underpowered to ride comfortably on the street. LOL|
That is an inside joke from a thread where a bunch of people were ranting that an I4 600cc is just unbearably too underpowered to ride comfortably on the street. LOL
A fun commuter bike is whatever sparks that fire in you. Be it a 600cc SuperSport, supermoto, or even a harley. It's all personal preference.
Technically, anything less than a hypersport doesn't make enough HP, Torque and comfort for street, city, highway and freeway use.
Unless they start making hover bikes...
So you're saying a 600cc I4(a mere Middleweight) doesn't make enough HP or torque for street, city, hwy or freeway use.
Uh yeah, I'm gonna need you to extrapolate on that.
I guess I should be thankful my <1000cc bikes have been able to merge on to freeways...whew!
How do you define a "good commuter bike"? mpg? Hard bags? Freeway comfort?
My opinion of good commuter bike is reasonable insurance rates, low theft appeal, great gas mileage. For example, a ninja 500 is not high on the list of bikes to steal, soft bags abound and great gas mileage. And low maintenance costs.
Bikes like a zx14 are wonderful to ride, including long distance (I know, I have one), but I don't like it topping the stolen bike list when it comes to commuting and leaving it out. And even older models are above the $4500 budget.
I didn't find my naked bike was bad on the freeways, but if I had to pick one for commuting and had one bike, I wouldn't pick something like a monster or triple. Bags were horribly annoying for my speed triple and I have other bikes that are more comfortable on the freeways.
Honda VFRs are decent (since I have one, i am a fan of the 5th gen). Hard and soft bags, decent mileage, sporty yet comfortable. And definitely within your price range.
The two you listed would be good choices, at least the 650 for your price range, maybe increase the distance you are willing to travel to find a bike, too?
Hm, f4is were discontinued in 2006? Did honda make another bike from there on out that was pretty much = to the f4i?
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