I recently purchased my first bike. I bought a CF Moto (QLink) Legacy primarily to commute 20 miles to my shop in Midland, MI. Tonight, while doing some surfing I stumbled upon an RE link and immediately fell in love with the design of the Classic. In fact I sent the link to my brother soon after. I've always had a soft spot for the vintage bikes. I typically take a scenic route along a river most of the way to the shop. The remaining 10 minutes is split at the end of a busy state highway (speeds average 65) and finally on city streets. While I expect the bike to perform well in this routine, at least, will it also hold up to longer rides with my friends with bigger bikes on the freeway (i.e.Victory 8-Ball and bikes in the 1600 cc range)? Cruising speeds at 70 on I-75 from Bay City to Alpena, Tawas and Mackinac wouldn't be out of the question. Those destinations are an hour and a half to three and a half hours from home...maybe four. I know that a 70mph cruising speed would be fine with them but, can this bike handle that type of punishment? I'd love to know more about any rider's experiences that deal with this situation. Advice from anyone that owns this bike would be greatly appreciated. I love my Legacy for the looks, comfort and gas mileage but I think I found the bike that suits my personality. I fell in love with it as soon as I saw it and found a dealer within an hour from home, near Mt. Pleasant, in Reese which is in the Tri-City area near Saginaw.. I can't wait to see this bike in person or believe I just found a true obsession of this nature!
I'm in the Grand Rapids area, and my Bullet goes as long as I need it to on any of the two-lanes. Expecially when commuting, I have more fun at 45 - 60 on the two lanes and I escape the daily slowdowns on the expressway. Wouldn't think of taking it out on the superslab - the bike is light and I'm sorta "lean" (six-foot, 145lbs) and the airblast from a VW at 75mph would likely blow me into the ditch...Mike and Stumpy in Michigan
As far as the "what if I had too" scenario, here's a little trick I use sometimes when I use the interstate for a short cut to better roads: There will always be a knot of traffic cruising at 60-65 instead of 80. These are usually a loaded down pick up, or a station wagon full of kids, or a camper/motorhome. Tuck in behind and cruise. Although motorcycles are invisible to some drivers, being with another vehicle that is visible keeps you safe, and allows you to cruise at RE speeds while doing it.
Dude, I have the utmost respect for anyone who had the cajones to go with one of the Chinese bikes. That is what you bought , isn't it ? Those are going to be everywhere soon and I have a feeling it is going to be like jap/bike vs. brit/bike alover again only this time it will be Chinese vs. japanese. (c'mon, does anyone think yanks figure in this is deluded) If you you like cruisung around then come with us! These bikes are more maintenance but the connection you build with your bike and the new friends you make cannot be measured! Common, Be A Bulleteer!
Brian:You mentioned you like the green. When I saw my future bike I liked the style, but the green just seemed to go w/the bike and sidecar rig. The RE folks say the color is green velvet, I prefer British racing green. Sort of reminds mine of the ol' Spitfire of WW2. THere are plenty of folks here that like the military bike and OD color. I spent most of my adult life wearing OD colors so I like the bright dark green. Also highlights the nose art on my Cozy sidecar. Great for carrying fishing gear, a fishing buddy and or wife. I have a couple of pics in the members rides photo gallery. Welcome on board.
"What type of garb would you wear on this kind of bike? What comes to mind is goggles, brown or black leather bomber jacket (depending on the bike color) and a long scarf!"Belstaff Waxed Cotton (jacket and overtrousers and mitts!). Possibly full length gaberdine trench coat. Goggles - if you like. Bomber jacket - no, No, NO! Wrong period, wrong sub-culture. SHORT white silk scarf - if you like, but really only if a cafe racer model. And if you want the true period appearance....smoking a pipe while you ride (that's why designed to go quite sedately!
I ran across some lids and goggles while looking at Enfield inventory on this dealers page...http://store.uncommonmotorcycles.com/davida-helmets.html