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1985 Yamaha Virago 1000
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I actually loved the first time I rode sport bikes and supersports. I still do, the inline 4 engine and the way they're built just makes my soul want to nail ever corner going 100+. Though the very first time I rode a supersport I remember the ergonomics feeling pretty damn weird coming off of a cruiser, took me a few times to remember where the brakes and shifters were at with muscle memory. I feel like what "feels weird" on motorcycles heavily depends on what your first bike was. Imagine a new rider who started on a 450 pound sport bike or maybe an even lighter supermoto. There's no way in hell they'd be able to hop on a 700+ pound cruiser and feel comfortable handling it at first. To me, supermotos, motocross and ADV bikes feel odd because their seating position and how light the handlebars often are, but bikes over 800 pounds usually feel odd to me because the handlebars will take too much effort to balance, and I won't have lots of room to lean before I get past the point of no return. It's all perspective but it kinda blends together in the end.
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