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Old 02-17-2009, 12:31 AM   #16 (permalink)
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Wow, thanks for all the replys I will have to put some consideration into this one... Is a Mastiff hard or soft?
Soft. Will you be riding at all with a partner? Something to consider, I know I'm an old fart but I like my bride with me.
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Old 02-17-2009, 06:31 AM   #17 (permalink)
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Good call, I plan to ride with multiple partners ;) so I guess a hardtail would be even harder for her ass huh? May have to look into the Bulldogs and Mastiffs
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Old 02-17-2009, 08:11 AM   #18 (permalink)
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Hitting a good bump sucks but for the most part I have had no trouble with my pit. The 250 rear tire absorbs a lot of the impact but you still know your on a rigid
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i have had a 02 pitbull, a 03 chopper, and an 08 ridgeback. the pitbull was the worse riding of the bunch. the chopper was decent as it was a soft tail. the new ridgeback with its overall length of about 9ft really helps smooth the bumps out. the short pitbull hardtail beats you up considerably more than the ridgeback. you wont be sorry with a new ridgeback....
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Old 02-19-2009, 01:32 AM   #20 (permalink)
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You can definatly tell the difference in a rigid and a softail by riding both down a rough road.You get used to the rigid tho..I've got to where I just kinda hang loose and relax on my ridgeback.Its kinda like gettin a tattoo.If you tense up its more painful, you gotta relax and soak up the road.
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Old 02-20-2009, 02:16 AM   #21 (permalink)
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Rode My '04 Ridgeback from Pa to Witchita for the last Tornado Rally.
Rode both the chopper and RB before purchase.
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Go Rigid or Go Home! er... that's what my girlfreind says anyway
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Hard tail is usually a firm younger ride and a softtail tends to be a softer and a little older ride…
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Old 02-20-2009, 07:43 PM   #23 (permalink)
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The 2009 Mastiff is basically a crack jumper. It's quite uncomfortable on some of the roads that you would not have a problem on a soft suspension bike.

However, it's still nothing like a rigid. This is a big decision, and you really need to ride a hard tail before you take the plunge.

If your BDM dealer will not let you ride one (the models you are interested in), you need to go to a different dealer.

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Old 02-20-2009, 09:04 PM   #25 (permalink)
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i had vtx c model and my 08 pitbull rides just as good but it does not like bridges i guss cause its like it 2 bounces at once and rider will not like cause she or he (HA HA) is above center of gravity i rode 350 miles 2 sundays ago and it didnt bother me
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My sissy ass needs shocks,,,, I tried the ridgeback but these shitty roads in Ok suck.
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i have a 2005 ridgeback. the main factor that pushed me away from the softtail was that fact that the rear fender sat so high off the tire. i understand suspension travel, but the look just turned me off. in 05, the hardtail is 6 inches longer than the softtail. and the rear tire was a 300 versus the softtails 250. but now you can get the best of both worlds with a K9 (softtail with a 300 rear tire). as for the ride quality of a hardtail...yea, it hurts sometimes, but i just read the road and the vehicles in front of me. personally, i wouldnt trade for a softtail. i love the look and especially the ride. i had stiff suspension on my Ninja and my low rider truck. i feel im more in tune with the rode and the bike from the feedback i get due to the lack of suspension.
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Old 03-01-2009, 06:55 PM   #28 (permalink)
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I have had both, a Ridgeback and now a Chopper. Long miles on the hardtail are brutal. The softail is a big improvement if you plan on much riding.
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