$6k to buy a used mid-sized Cruiser - your choice?

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by The PacRat, Oct 21, 2012.

  1. scapegoat

    scapegoat Pushin forward back

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    Regarding spoked wheels...its sure nice to be able to plug a tubeless on the road if it comes to that. No can do wit dem spokies.
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  2. KingOfFleece

    KingOfFleece SplitWeight(tm) waterproof seat covers

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    Triumph America. Bullet-proof motor and punches WAY above it's weight. Handles like a dream.
    Most will dismiss an 865 air/oil cooled motor. They'd be wrong.
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  3. Dismount

    Dismount Boring bastard

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    I've owned carbed vehicles, and I've now experienced the sweet buttery goodness that is EFI.

    After trying to fit 4 of those little bastards onto the the head with 4 soft rubber boots, while at the same time attaching 4 ports from the air filter onto the OTHER side also with soft rubber boots, down inside a frame of an I-4 bike...

    Fuck carbs. Fuck them long and fuck them hard.
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  4. DannyZRC

    DannyZRC Been here awhile

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    Davevv's pretty Guzzi, or :

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    Maybe the dresser version,
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  5. JPSpen

    JPSpen At Large

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    Keeping up with the Joneses, OK ?
    How about 7 thousand..

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    Probably not what you'd call mid-sized though.

    John
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  6. The PacRat

    The PacRat I'm that other guy

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    That Beemer is a beauty, and thanks to this thread (and a buddy of mine) I am now including the bigger bikes as well. I am pretty damn near settling on a Nomad 1500FI, but the Road Star Silverado is REALLY nice. Decision time will be in a few short weeks, so I guess it is time to see about riding some of them.

    Hmmm....

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  7. Dieselpwr

    Dieselpwr Been here awhile

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    Yamaha Warrior. Had one and loved it.
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  8. vicster

    vicster Long timer

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    Not really a midsize, but 6 grand might put you into early Victory Vegas territory. Underappreciated good quality reliable super low maintenance bikes. Local dealer has a several year old Kingpin with 48,000 miles on it he's offering with a one year unlimited miles warranty. Now that's faith in your product.
    If you don't wantt to "dress" the Vegas, the V92TC (Touring Criuser) is definitely in your price range. Hard bags. shield, qua;ity components, comfortable, stupid reliable.
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  9. rotten

    rotten LOST AGAIN

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    I don't know if this falls into Cruiser category....

    My Vote... Yamaha Vmax 1200

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  10. kraven

    kraven Hegelian Scum

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    The VN900 is a good option. It's pretty sizeable, about as much as a bigger bike, but has more power on tap than the other brands in the mid-sized cruiser market.

    You might also consider the VTX1300, but mostly because there are a lot of accessories out there for fitment. It's not that much larger than the VN900. It does sound good and later models can be had with FI and whatnot.
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  11. Tilter

    Tilter Been here awhile

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    Have you ever ridden a BMW R1200C? Great bikes that are way more fun to ride than you think they would be on paper. And you can find a pristine one for your price. Lots of overvalued ones out there but check out www.chromeheads.org for quite a few great deals.
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  12. Süsser Tod

    Süsser Tod Long timer

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    Can't speak for the C50, as I have no experience with it, but I had a Vulcan 900 Classic and friends have had V-Stars...


    The Vulcan is...


    Downright crappy. The only metalic body part on it is the tank, everything else is painted plastic or plastichrome. The side covers broke just from pressure from my inner thighs when balancing it on stoplights and parking. The paint peels if you stare at it for too long, in general the finish wears too fast. Mine had surface rust spots on the frame, radiator guard and lower triple tree, and the clear coat on the forks peeled. The "hard tail" looks fine, but the ride is awful, stick to nice and smooth pavement.

    Then there are some things, like the air intake, right in between of the two cylinders... WTF? Even when riding on the freeway you can feel the air cleaner (plastichrome) getting really hot, and it is right next to your knee...

    And the crankcase ventilation is connected to the lowest part of the cleaner... Which sometimes may make the air cleaner leak oil... I guess it couldn't be a good cruiser without leaking something, right?

    Then there is the power, or the lack of it. On the specsheet it looks fine, and in theory should be able to hang with, say, a V-Star 1100, but it can't. The engine is uber smooth, at low rpms, and the gearing seems to be too short. So it pulls like a freight train out of stop lights, you shift soon and then "cruise" smoothly at 50mph...

    Try to go faster and it will make a thumper seem smooth.



    Nice boulevard cruiser, but that's about it. If there is a bike I really hated and couldn't wait to get rid of, it was the VN900. I hated it even more because it took me 6 months to find a buyer.
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  13. plugeye

    plugeye mc caregiver

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    dont ask me
    i have a hard time justifying half of that for one 2-wheeler
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  14. Bar None

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    Mag wheels, tubeless tires, shaft drive 1100 Shadow Tourer
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  15. Süsser Tod

    Süsser Tod Long timer

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    Take your Shadow 1100 and raise you a V-Star 1100 Classic. You also get tubeless tires, shaft drive and aircooled engine.
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  16. Bar None

    Bar None Candy Ass

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    Either would be nice, I had the Shadow 1100 Ace Tourer and it was bullet proof. Plenty of juice.
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  17. kraven

    kraven Hegelian Scum

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    and the service issues. (rear tire changes, oil changes, etc)

    The only upside to the vstar is that it sounds like an American vtwin. The shadow does not, so much.
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  18. janeuner

    janeuner Get Some

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    As an owner of a C50, I would probably shop for a VN900. Features of the two are comparable, with one significant exception.

    Despite the low maintenance convenience of a shaft drive, the stock drive ratio in this displacement class is infuriating. Changing that ratio is rather difficult on the C50 - on the VN900, it is as simple as replacing a pulley.
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  19. Bar None

    Bar None Candy Ass

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    kraven,
    What service issues? No big deal to change the rear tire or do an oil change on the Shadow. Don't know about the Vstar but service can't be a big deal either.
    BTW, I don't care for loud bikes.
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  20. kraven

    kraven Hegelian Scum

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    Talking about the vstar. On the 1100 you remove the entire final drive to do a rear tire change. 3x the pain in the ass of changing a Shadow rear tire. And hard as hell to do on the roadside, should you need to pull the tire for a repair or whatever.
    I meant that the shadow is better in every way, except for exhaust note. And some people find air cooled better than water cooled, but that's a matter of opinion.
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