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Old 03-11-2013, 10:14 PM   #16
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Location: Chandler, AZ
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It's a cruiser. Way to go. It will take you just about anywhere you want to go.
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Old 03-12-2013, 04:55 AM   #17
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Location: Asheville NC
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Look into some progressive fork springs and shocks. That'll take the pogo out of it.
Mid controls are around, but you also might want to change the seat as well so it's a bit higher to ease the hip/femur angle a little if you move the foot backward.
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Old 03-12-2013, 09:28 AM   #18
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Congrats - all the best and be safe. Watch out for the "tar & gravel" spring paving events about to head our way. Other than that, have fun -

I had a Spirit 1100 and it was a good fun bike.
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Old 03-12-2013, 12:39 PM   #19
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Location: Ontario, Ca
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I've had mine for about 2 weeks now and have put around 150 miles on it. I like the bike and the ride but I cannot get a comfortable right foot placement while cruising. I usually place it off to the side of the peg away from the brake lever but it feels like it will slip off.

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Old 03-12-2013, 12:53 PM   #20
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Location: Roswell, GA
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I had a Shadow Aero for 4 years. Bought it as my 3rd bike to take my girlfriend riding as I am short and my other two bikes were tall. She took one ride on it and said that was enough for her, I kept the bike anyway because I liked the looks, the laid back riding position and the exhaust note. I never got below 60 mpg - incredible gas mileage. Cruisers are fun but not the best bike to have as your only bike. They lack cornering clearance. I never spent one penny on my Shadow, nothing ever went wrong and I sold it to make room for my T-Max (which corners like a sportbike). Didn't lose much money when I sold it, they hold their value well if you buy them used. Enjoy it.
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Old 03-12-2013, 12:55 PM   #21
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IF you can find one, a riders backrest will make all the difference in comfort with forward controls. Makes it like riding a recliner. I got mine from Protac, I don't know if they are still in business or not. Their site is still up, but I heard a long time ago the guy that ran the place retired. If all else fails, bungee a duffle bag or sleeping bag to the back seat to lean back against.
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