Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Santa Barbara, CA, USA
I am old enough to remember when 750cc's was considered a big bike, 1600 just seems way too big, my last bike was 1500 and I went down to my 13GT, 1600 is a road cruiser, not a sport bike anymore. I got the 13GT because its great on the open road and great on the twisties, the 1600 with its longer wheelbase and heavier weight just can't be as good in the twisties. Also with the heavier weight, it just wont make it a good daily driver in stop/go traffic (happy to say I have daily driven my GT since March, except for 4 days when battery was dead and I was waiting for my new one)
Prior to buying the 13GT I looked at the new Honda that is only 700cc, I think its a NT700, I really liked it, just felt it might be too weak for long distance 2up riding, but I REALLY came close to getting it. Something in the 800-900 range from BMW with a fairing, nice top case and the great GT suspension would be PERFECT.
Oh and I agree with the bikini comment, the smaller the better