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post #21 of 43 (permalink) Old 06-27-2019, 12:29 AM
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They remind me of Katanas without bags. Kind of dorky looking and trying to be a sport bike when it's just too large.

I enjoyed the weight loss the handful of times I've ridden it without bags but that defeats the purpose (to me) of a sport tourer. Otherwise I would've just gotten a smaller and more agile motorcycle.

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post #22 of 43 (permalink) Old 06-27-2019, 06:12 AM
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The FJR has it's own "looks." Just like any other bike. It is usually viewed from the rear by other bikes...
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It is your bike so ride how you like - top-case only makes me ask where the pizza delivery sign is?

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That is a good point. But the handle bars are higher - above fender level of most cars - while the bags are down around the widest part of the cages.

Advantage: bags off. IMO.
A car is more then a fender and most fenders are taller then the handle bars. 50% of the cars out there are either SUVs or trucks. I live in the land of lane splitting. I generally run without the panniers as I have a top case but when I do have the panniers on, I have no trouble lane splitting. If my handle bar can fit, the bike will fit.

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It is your bike so ride how you like - top-case only makes me ask where the pizza delivery sign is?
Exactly!
I was just thinking that there's a lot of opinions but no one has pointed out what I thought was obvious...until now.

It looks great with side bags on or off. But if you're going to use a top case, put the side bags on! Just one (no, two) mans opinion.
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A car is more then a fender and most fenders are taller then the handle bars. 50% of the cars out there are either SUVs or trucks. I live in the land of lane splitting. I generally run without the panniers as I have a top case but when I do have the panniers on, I have no trouble lane splitting. If my handle bar can fit, the bike will fit.
That's good to know.

I admit that I have no lane splitting experience. And if Texas made lane splitting legal, I probably still wouldn't participate, Because making it legal wouldn't make it any safer. I don't see many of my Texan brethren being 'cool' with it. Fortunately, my work/daily travel schedule doesn't make it an issue.

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I've got T-Rex bag guards mounted and it looks silly as heck without the bags on. Two big ol "ears" sticking out.

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It is your bike so ride how you like - top-case only makes me ask where the pizza delivery sign is?
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Ya I thought about getting a set but im sure I would catch a car with one of those rather quickly.


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I've got T-Rex bag guards mounted and it looks silly as heck without the bags on. Two big ol "ears" sticking out.
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The handle bars are wider then the cases.
I like vanilla.
Not according to the "birdseye view" drawing ?
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