Old 10-07-18, 12:04 PM
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Originally Posted by jitenshajin View Post
Try bending aluminium back into shape without it fracturing. You can't. Try finding someone who can weld aluminium in a far flung place. You won't. The same applies to new-fangled materials like carbon fibre. Try repairing that if it fails.

You can't beat the "feel of steel." Remember only "steel is real", especially in a touring bike. Where reliability and durability, are more important than anything else.
All true. However when you hit XL sizing the criteria the OP asked for "ain't gonna happen in off the peg steel."

Recently I was chatting with a 50+ gentleman riding a 25in mid 80's lugged Japanese bike showing a lot of seat and stem length. He had down sized in his 50's due to flexibility issues and was surprised how much stiffer the bike was compared to larger sizes in the same genre.

Total bikes = N+1- wife aggro; Always the answer.
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