Originally Posted by Mogan
I know a fella that uses his Blackbird for Ironbutt. It's outfitted with necessary gear for distance riding and is a formidable platform for high speed distance riding. Interestingly, the power envelope of the K12S is almost identicle to the Blackbird.
I probably won't opt for it, but was curious if anyone has gone down this road with the S.
I say get a GT or similar. Hell, a Goldwing has a fantastic and powerful motor and is much better suited to that type of riding.
I guess my point was that these mods (i.e. bar backs, peg lowering kits, aux fuel cell, etc...) modify the character and performance attributes of the bike in an adverse manner. While these mods may make the bike more comfortable for some, they generally impose a negitive effect on the handling, ground clearance, appearance, and or overall "performance feel" of the bike.
It just seems silly to me to purchase a bike thats designed for specific performance then spend a bunch of cash and energy dulling those performance characteristics just to own one and be able to tolerate riding it.
I'm not trying to say what I think people should or shouldn't do. I'm simply saying I don't get it. Never the less, it's a wonderful thing living in a free country. We can all spend our money and time as the heart desires. Some people actually like Ketchup on hot dogs too and I don't get that either. Still, If you roll up to my place in the sweltering heat with all those misunderstood farkles on your KS, I'll be happy to offer you a cold drink of water, ice-tea, beer, etc., a spot to cool your heals and if you must put Ketchup on your hot dog, I have that too.
Maybe while you're relaxing and drinking your cool beverage you'll offer some insight as to why you didn't just purchase a bike that was a better fit for your needs in the first place.