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post #1 of 4 Old 09-30-2016, 11:24 AM Thread Starter
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My wife and I decided to pursue our dream of riding motorcycles. By March of 2016 we both completed the Motorcycle rider's course and gotten our licenses. I purchased an 04 sporty and my wife bought a new 2016 XG 750. For our level of experience and budget we decided these two were the best for us. My wife has logged in 1400 miles on the Street and I have logged in 2400 on the sporty. This is our assessment on the 750:

It's a great bike to learn on! It's a Harley! We added the following mods-- we dropped the headlight faring and added the wind screen. Added the factory extended mirrors so she could see behind her, replaced stock exhaust with the Firebrand loose cannon, added cheap saddle bags from wal-mart (will eventually get the bags from Viking)KnN high performance air filter, and the Vance and Hines EFI fuel tuner.

The Loose Cannon adds a respectable deep growl and a distinct rumble that's a vast improvement over the stock exhaust. The tuner and air cleaner brings a noticeable upgrade to her performance.

Recently we rode 214 miles for a charity run with other bikers. The 750 had no problems keeping up with the group. My wife says the 750 runs best from 0-60 but can do interstate speeds when needed. Her only complaints after 1400 miles is that on summer days it gets hot on the inner thighs at stop lights, the seat can get uncomfortable after 2 hours of riding, and it vibrates a lot more at 60 to 70 (although not as much since the tuner and exhaust was changed).

It's been an excellent first bike for her and hasn't been too hard on the budget. Even after 1400 miles though, we haven't seen another Street 750 on the road yet. I was glad to see the 750 in the 2017 line up. I noticed ABS is an option now on the 2017, but I don't think they changed the useless stock mirrors!

With these few mods we made, my wife is comfortable riding the bike mostly at speeds up to 60. The 200 mile trip has been our longest daytrip, but we are planning some longer ones in the near future. It's a great starter bike that has given her room to grow. It's plenty quick from 0-60, but still has enough torque to switch lanes and pass a vehicle on the interstate.

Overall she is very happy with her street 750 and in a few years hopes to get her dream bike-- a HD Softail Deluxe.
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Welcome to the group. Glad you're enjoying your 750. I have a 500. I regularly do 75mph on mine, there's a 70mph zone on the freeway where I live. I find that the best thing for getting it over 60mph is earplugs. The engine RPM is ludicrous at 75mph, but it does it without a problem, even with a passenger (it's way up in the powerband, the passenger doesn't phase it at all, nor do hills). I've done 400 mile trips on mine, the seat definitely becomes a real PITA after 100 miles, and by 400 it takes a good day before I can sit comfortably again. A cruiser this thing is not, but others have reported great success by simply changing the seat out.
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Thanks for the info! Glad to hear your experiences are similar to ours-- I'm checking into getting her a tuffside seat cover-- the sportster is a little rough on my tailbone too, so i'm looking at a couple options.
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Nice rides

I like blue finish. If local dealer had a blue 750in stock the day I stopped I would have bought it on the spot. Now I am waiting to see if ABS becomes standard equipment.

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