I own a 2004 CLC and I have to agree and disagee with some of the statements. It is a heavy bike, over 700 lbs. and is not the easiest to handle slow speed unless you are used to it. That being said, with a little practice, it's no different than any other bike.
Yep, I agree, the tank is kinda small. I get about 45 mpg, so at 150 miles I'm ready to find a gas station. Probably a good time to stretch the legs anyway.
I don't think seating position is all that bad, maybe a little awkward, I wish I had some hi-way pegs to stretch out. I think they were going for cruiser type position, but stopped short. Germans don't really understand the American consumer. I find myself leaning over the tank a little bit when into the twisties, and the seating position is pretty good then, but for cruising I want to throw my legs forward and can't (right now anyway).
I've never understood why people down the power, it has plenty of umph. Yeah, it's detuned from the other oilheads, but it has a good amount of torque, more than most Harley's. I've never had to row down through the gears to pass somebody, downshift one gear and I'm around. Cruises at 60-75mph with zero effort.
Looks are love it or hate it. I happen to love it, if others hate it, that's cool too. At least it doesn't look like the many throngs of Harley's and their Japanese twins. No problems with the chrome bubbling or flaking on my bike. I think they had pretty much figured out most of the issues by 2004. But evidently some issues were still lingering. The biggest issue with 2004 model year was the sub frame not holding up the side stand, and the bike sitting way too far over. No center stand, btw.
There is a definate market out there for these bikes. But they are not nearly as in demand as others. The CLC was only made for 2 years, they are quite exclusive, and the demand is bound to increase in the future.
I wouldn't really recommend it for a lady, but there are plenty that pilot this particular bike very well. Visit www.chromeheads.org
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