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Old 06-19-2015, 06:23 PM   #1
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Does such a cruiser exist?

I am rounding out my collection of bikes with a cruiser, scooter and a dual sport bike.

I know what I want for the latter two.

I've never owned a cruiser.

I would prefer a Harley or Victory, but not entirely opposed to a Japanese model.

I want a quick convert naked to touring. Meaning quick release hard bags and quick release batwing type fairing. I would also prefer out of the box adequate suspension.

Does this exist?
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Old 06-19-2015, 06:32 PM   #2
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For quick convert, buy a naked cruiser and put after market bags, shield, etc. You'll be able to get a setup you like that way. Factory parts are typically difficult to remove.

Only down side to after market bags and such is that you won't be paint matched unless you want to spend big money.

Suspension wise.... hard to find anything with decent shocks. Even if you find one with a smooth factory ride, they'll probably wear out by 20K miles.
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Old 06-19-2015, 06:48 PM   #3
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Old 06-19-2015, 07:07 PM   #4
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As Carl Childers said, uh hum.
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Old 06-19-2015, 07:09 PM   #5
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For a cruiser, the first thing that comes to mind is the Harley davidson swtchback. Its a road king lite, which gets naked quick, so they call it a road queen.
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Old 06-19-2015, 10:43 PM   #6
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The trouble with the Road King is it looks horrible without bags on it. Bloody good bike though.
The Indian Chief Vintage is worth a look.
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Old 06-20-2015, 06:11 AM   #7
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Flstse

Here is a FLSTSE naked

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Here is the same bike with quick disconnect windshield, bags, passenger seat and backrest installed. It takes a couple of minutes and no tools to install or remove them all.

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Old 06-20-2015, 06:41 AM   #8
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I am rounding out my collection of bikes with a cruiser, scooter and a dual sport bike.

I know what I want for the latter two...
What did you have in mind for the scoot & DS?
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Old 06-20-2015, 07:17 AM   #9
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Road King or Switchback. Windshields though, not bat wings. I haven't ridden a Switchback, but they appeal to me, except for the lack of cruise control.
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Older Honda Valkyries are very adaptable to whatever your mood is.....And it has that MOTOR! Also made in the USA.


Mine's for sale.
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Old 06-20-2015, 07:46 AM   #11
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The trouble with the Road King is it looks horrible without bags on it. Horrible? My wife loves the RK sans bags and windshield, I think it looks OK Bloody good bike though.
The Indian Chief Vintage is worth a look.
The Valkyries have a good following, dunno about the batwing fairing though. But there's a club in Colorado I think, I see them at least once a summer and they have some gorgeous machines, I was surprised by the amount of chrome you can get on a Honda!

I wasn't impressed by the handling of the Valkyrie, and the engine didn't do that much for me either. It's fine, comes on very strong at higher rpm but just doesn't have the low end grunt of a stage I 103 or even my '93 80" Evo (stage II) My buddy Scott has one and top gear roll ons from 70 mph are just no contest until his valkyrie get's up in RPM's. THEN it's no contest the other way... If I rode a lot of interstate I might feel differently but on winding two lane blacktop I much prefer the low end torque and handling of the Harley. Both bikes are fine from the factory but do benefit from suspension and braking upgrades.
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Old 06-20-2015, 07:50 AM   #12
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Older Honda Valkyries are very adaptable to whatever your mood is.....And it has that MOTOR! Also made in the USA.


Mine's for sale.
And it is a great, classic looking motorcycle. Everything you need, nothing you don't...
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Old 06-20-2015, 08:02 AM   #13
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Old 06-20-2015, 08:29 AM   #14
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Older Honda Valkyries are very adaptable to whatever your mood is.....And it has that MOTOR! Also made in the USA.


Mine's for sale.
I tried one a couple of years ago. I was surprised at how much I disliked it. I couldn't wait to get off.
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Old 06-20-2015, 08:30 AM   #15
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What did you have in mind for the scoot & DS?
Scoot will be an SH150i or an Elite 110.

I've had a number of DS bikes, but I am interested primarily in smaller and lighter at this time. I am thinking something along the lines of a YZ250 or XR400 plated for the street.
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