Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Kansas City
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First off I'm close to 200 pounds and like to have sensation in my rump after a day of riding. While i'd love to have a Daytona to dedicate to the track, the comfort of the STR is what I prefer. It's my daily commuter and I usually put 200 + miles on it each weekend. The gel seat is much more durable for my rump, then the flat thin pad on the Daytona.
As far as riding position, you will naturally be more upright on the STR. When I ride on highways, it's naturally at around 75-80 all the time, the bike just seems to cruise at that speed with no effort at all. If the wind isn't a factor, I'm comfortable up to 110ish, then the buffets start.
On windy days, I've never felt unsafe even on 40mph days with the wind coming across me. Never had my bike blown into another lane or anything. The bike does pivot under me in the wind without much effort to maintain balance.
For suspension on the Daytona vs STR, you're getting one extra setting for high/low speed dampening (rear), versus just compression and rebound on the rear of the STR. As far as I can tell the front suspension is pretty much the same.
Just don't get the bike you don't want. If you want a sporty feel to the STR, a quick shifter, clip ons, rear sets, and shorty levers are all available to give you the lean that you want. If you need the protection of the fairings...then the choice is clear.
Best of luck with your decision. Oh, and I have a bunch of cruisers that I ride with and while they may give me some crap about my bike style, I'm still the fastest guy that rides with them, and with the smallest power plant in the bunch.
Enjoy and safe travels.
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