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Old 05-07-2015, 01:27 PM   #1
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vn 900 classic and c800

Hi,

What do you think will happen to suzuki c800 and vn 900 classic?

Next year all new bikes has to equipped with ABS.

Do you think suzuki and kawasaki will be keeping this bikes on their list?

When it comes to the kawasaki, I think they will uppgrade it with ABS and hopefully a sixth gear.

Kawasaki has newly detuned the engine to 48 hp to suit the european driving licence law. Due to that I have a hard time to think they will drop it from their list.

The suzuki has 5 hp to much for the european driving license system.


I have shorten my list to this four bikes.

The v-star 1100 classic, vtx 1300, vn 900 classic and the suzuki c800.

If the vn 900 classic would appear with a six speed tranny and ABS that would be my final choise.

I am mainly a long distance rider.

I like the v-star 1100 classic but I think the honda has better quality.
The smaller, I like them two but I think they are to week for long distance riding. I have testdriven all except the honda.

The c800 I have only driven it inside the city. I got the impression that it might be buzzy on the freeway.

I would like to buy a road king but that is out of question for me. It is to expensive.

I know I have asked this question earlier but I feel that I still new your advices.
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Old 05-07-2015, 06:49 PM   #2
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ABS is mandatory for the ECE, not the USA which is the most important market for those bikes. I really doubt they will bother adding ABS to them.
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Old 05-07-2015, 09:05 PM   #3
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Well then it will vanish from the european market.

I am still stuck between the smaller cruiser and the bigger on.
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Old 05-08-2015, 04:31 AM   #4
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Iranian, when will you buy a bike? Last week you wanted a Sportster, before that you wanted a VN1700, before that you wanted an SR400. Every week it's a new bike. I think you need to just buy one.
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Old 05-08-2015, 12:58 PM   #5
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Well it is a long story. I bought my cbf 500 brand new in 2008. Ever since I have been looking for a onother bike.

I have had this bike for 7 years and the next I want to keep even longer so that is why I am careful with my choise.

I have been testing harleys whenever harley have had a roadshow in my town and kind I liked the road king.

I have step for step eliminated bikes from my list.


My dad use to have electra glide and duo glide with foot clutch and hand shift. Him telling that he used to smoke fat cigarrs and pipe while riding his bike has made that I have a thing for harley and foot clutch.

I have had four bike.

To semi cruisers, yamaha sr 250 special and honda cm 400 t.
I have had two street bikes, honda cbf 500 and cb400N.

Sportsbike I don't like it at all and offroad I can't ride due to physical condition.

It leaves me with cruiser bikes and I also want to have ABS.

The vn 1700 classic, has almost al that I want but the 2011 model is little bit to expensive.

I have a budget of 5-6000 euro.

Experience I done under my 100 000 km on motorcycle is to keep it simple and keep the cost low.

The dragstar 1100 classic, suzuki c800 and vtx 1300 has lower cost then the vn 900 classic.

The vn 900 classic has belt and shim adjusted valves.

I think the honda has better quality.
dragstar 1100 classic, I think it is the one who looks similar to the elctra glides from seventies.

The c800 and vn 900 classic, I think I will get bored very fast with them. I will though rent a vn 900 classic.

I have testdriven all this bikes except the vtx 1300.

If I could afford I would by a early 2000 model harley and convert it foot clutch and hand shift.

A early 2000 model does not differ that much from the elctra glides from seventies.


I think also that v-star 1100 classic has engine from early 80ties. You have to have in mind that bikes at that time, I think it was not expected to do more 100 000 km trouble free riding. VTX 1300 is a bike that is build during 2000 century and from a time that people expect that the bike willl role 200 000 km without troublel.

So what is your advice?

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Old 05-08-2015, 02:59 PM   #6
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I will take a stab at this

buy the vtx1300

Why? Because what you really want is a Harley - but you can't afford it. The VTX is comes closest to having some real character, like a Harley. You will bond with it. You will come to love it. You will not tire of it. You will not out live it.
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Old 05-08-2015, 06:51 PM   #7
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Old 05-09-2015, 12:11 AM   #8
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Mr Breeze, thanks for stabing me will I have two further steps to go.
I will rent a vn 900 classic and testdrive a vtx 1300.

I would say that it is a race between the v-star 1100 classic and the vtx 1300.

The vtx 1300 is the better choise but I like the v-star 1100 classic more then the vtx 1300.

I like harley but I also like japanese bikes.
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Old 05-09-2015, 05:23 AM   #9
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Look into the Vstar's service procedures, Iranian.

Specifically: oil change and rear tire changes/rear wheel removal.
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Old 05-09-2015, 05:26 AM   #10
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I am a wear of the oil story but not the tire story. What do you mean with the tire story?

http://www.blocket.se/gavleborg/Hond...=14&w=3&last=1

http://www.blocket.se/vasternorrland....htm?ca=14&w=3

Look at this two bikes and tell me that it easy to choose.
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