1125r Test Ride Setup

I went back to Biggs Harley today.  I scheduled a test ride on the Buell 1125r for next Saturday.  They did have a sales guy there who is familiar with Buells (he rides a Uly), so I was able to ask him some questions about the bike.

Just sitting on the bike, though, I really do dig the ergos on the 1125r.  They are about the best sportbike ergos I’ve encountered.  When you sit on an R6, for example, you really are stretched out over the tank, your legs are tucked up into your guts, and you are putting a lot of weight on your wrists.  Not comfy at all for anything other than the trackm or for any extended riding.

On the 1125r, the riding position is still relatively aggressive, but while you are leaned forward, it’s not enough to put any weight on your wrists, so you can keep your elbows bent, and your arms loose.  And your shoulders aren’t hunched up.  The footpegs are also slightly lower so that’s more relaxed as well.  It seems like a sportbike that you can actually use as a commuter without discomfort.

Next week, I’ll see how the bike is for things other than sitting.

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