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95 63 7.46%
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They were called "cruiser" bikes due to the stepped, lowered seat and taller, pullback handlebars. I got a set of Suzuki "L" handlebars at a swap meet years ago and put them on my 650 Yamaha S. Then I put the Yamaha "S" bars on my Suz. GS1100GK. The Gk had some really flat straight back handlebars that made it hard to balance at low speed.
My Suzuki GS650 GL had a set of low handlebars almost identical to my standard Sporty's set. The set was almost flat with less than a 2" step and it was the same width from front to back which caused me to almost be on my tiptoes while at a stop with its 30"+ seat height. My daughter used to ride with me for hours at a time in comfort. The bike's profile - other than the engine - was very similar to my Sporty.
I'm pretty sure "naked" was somewhere in the title and it was like an ancestor of the "super" or "muscle" bike like the Honda Magna or Yamaha V-Max which came a few years later. Those bikes, like the Kawasaki Vulcan 750, had the really high stepped seats which I thought looked ridiculous with a passenger on them. The wheelbase was longer on these and the controls started moving forward which was very uncomfortable for me.
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Riding in temperatures of 90 -100 and greater is dangerous as dehydration becomes a serious problem. Frequent stops for rest and hydration becomes mandatory. Woke up once on a desert stretch 6 feet from the back of a semi doing 95 mph. Thank God he was moving on down the road or I would have become a splat on the road. Pulled off the road ahead and took a break. Doused myself down with water - totally wet and jumped back on the bike. 20 minutes later I was dry as a bone. Learned to respect weather conditions and take proper precautions after that.
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Here in Texas it gets HOT. When the summer heat kicks in, I ride early and get back before 2 pm.
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Riding in temperatures of 90 -100 and greater is dangerous as dehydration becomes a serious problem. Frequent stops for rest and hydration becomes mandatory. Woke up once on a desert stretch 6 feet from the back of a semi doing 95 mph. Thank God he was moving on down the road or I would have become a splat on the road. Pulled off the road ahead and took a break. Doused myself down with water - totally wet and jumped back on the bike. 20 minutes later I was dry as a bone. Learned to respect weather conditions and take proper precautions after that.
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I know what you mean. Back in my mountain biking days, I was by myself and over 20 miles away from any water in 98-degree, very humid heat in late July. I seriously didn't think I was going to make it back to my truck with several bottles of water in it. Heat and dehydration can make anybody stupid very quickly. Now when I ride my bike with the motor, I force myself to make frequent stops in hot weather even if I feel I don't need to (that feeling means the stupid part has already kicked in).

By the way, I still love mountain biking but my body can't take the abuse anymore. I would road bike but the texters have tried to kill me several times. I had more respect from drunk drivers.
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