Cruisers for Traveling (not touring)

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by vicmitch, Jul 5, 2013.

  1. vicmitch

    vicmitch Been here awhile

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    How many of you all travel on cruisers, I don't mean hopping on the interstate with the wife and your stuff in the tour pac. I mean the stuff you find in the "Ride Reports" section. Not off road, but on road international adventures.

    Lets see some pictures and opinions on what works and what doesn't.

    I just got back from Mexico on my Victory Sport Cruiser and was surprised at how competent it was. I would have liked to have a way to raise the suspenion without increasing the preload as I banged the engine on topes (speedbumps) way to many times. I have mid controls and I think they are a must, especially when you miss seeing a speedbump and have to stand up real quick.

    I also think tubless tires are a must, for obvious reasons.

    Not having valves to adjust and a chain to maintain are also pluses.

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  2. mogwai

    mogwai humorless prick

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    The round the world crew doesn't seem to worry about tubeless tires.
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  3. JerryH

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    That V92SC is a nice bike. Good luck finding parts. Victory abandoned it. Sure was a nice way to treat their first customers who took a chance investing in a then totally new brand.

    I have put 160,000+ miles on 2 Kawasaki Vulcan 750s (a '93 and an '02, still have the '02, with 83,000 miles on it) riding all over the U.S., parts of Canada, and Mexico. A few smooth dirt roads but mostly asphalt. Did everything from overnighters to 2 week trips, but nothing epic. I have a few digital pictures on CDs buried in a closet somewhere. Tubeless tires are an absolute must if you don't have a centerstand or a support crew.

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  4. Murphy Slaw

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    Man, that building would make a great saloon / cathouse.

    Whoops.

    Did I say that outloud?
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  5. vicmitch

    vicmitch Been here awhile

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    Seems like for some, taking the rear half of your bike apart every time you have a flat is part of the adventure, some , like me would rather be riding or seeing cool stuff and meeting cool people. The GS bikes have tubeless tires as well. Back to the idea of cruisers for RTW on road travel. Anybody but RTWdoug and Roadhd doing it?
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  6. vicmitch

    vicmitch Been here awhile

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    Not so bad, Jerry, brakes are Brembo, forks Marzocci, starters and other stuff compatible with the later Vics. They do build well put together bike but they seem not to be a good company when it comes to customer relations.

    What about other cruisers that would be good to take on overland journeys. I saw this on Ebay, I think 3k would be a good offer for a pre dented overland cruiser http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/2001...8?pt=US_motorcycles&hash=item232cac5cfa#v4-42

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    get a couple of Dry bags for cloths and camping gear and go.
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  7. luckychucky

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    I followed alot of your other report. I would worry about the radiator part of my VTX, as it too is low. Nice the way you rigged up a trans cooler. Look like you did fine touring with a cruiser. Thanks for taking us along.
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  8. vicster

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    Love your SC. I'd like to find a good one at some point. After I find a good TC that is.

    Regarding your question, how about an inch longer shock in the back, having someone like Forking by Frank make up some longer front tubes, and putting a skid pan on the bottom? Don't laugh, my '54 Pan had one stock. Victorys especially need this since the crankcase extends below the frame rails. Might be the cheapest way to go and you get to keep the good basics of your Vic'.

    I test rode one of those BMW cruisers when new and liked it.
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  9. JerryH

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    The R1200C is the only BMW I actually like. They are comfortable, but it looks like it might be a problem loading enough stuff on it for a long trip. BMW abandoned this model too, but parts are probably still available. The spoke wheeled version of this bike is proof positive you can put tubeless tires on wire spoke wheels. When they were still selling it, I heard it was doing great, then all of a sudden it was gone. The magazines constantly put it down when comparing it to the Japanese v-twin Harley copies, but it was functionally a very good bike. I don't believe they have the final drive issues the GS does.
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  10. Rollin'

    Rollin' does it come in black?

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    My Vision 8-Ball is an inch lower than a standard Vision so a skid plate does help.

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  11. Hoodcounty

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    We ride a BMW 1200LT for those eat up the road miles trips.

    Bought this guy in February of this year for the more relaxed days;
    Beemer is extremely maintenance intensive while Suzuki would like you to consider changing the oil every 6,000 miles, and if you'd be so considerate as to change the filter every 11,000 miles they'd really appreciate it.

    Has all the power we need for day long comfortable rides and all the cargo space needed for a casual weekend trip.
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  12. Dkitt10

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    This thread is right up my alley

    Right now I have a shadow vlx 600 saddle bags, rear fender bag for storage. Only get 200 km to a tank and lack of any decent power over 100 kph (60mph)

    Looking to upgrade for next year and want to head up to Alaska camping along the way

    What bikes would you guys recommend. I have been looking at

    Vtx 1300/1800
    Meanstreak 1600
    V star 1100/1300
    Honda sabre/spirit 1100

    Or keep using my 600 and grab maybe a centre stand for it and pack fuel
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  13. vicmitch

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    People think they need more stuff than they do. I went for 2 months with a medium dry bag for my clothes a duffel for my camping equipment and a tank bag for my toiletries, map and paperwork,. Wickers makes clothes that you wash in the eve in your motel or hostel sink and they are dry by morning.


    Bungies and dry bags, all you need.
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  14. vicmitch

    vicmitch Been here awhile

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    Is it a small tank or bad fuel mileage that limits your range? I'm guessing that it will cruise at 75 but takes a while to get there. If you have a bike, might as well use it.
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    2 gallon main 0.9 reserve

    I am using the bike I got :D

    Going for a couple day camping trip weekend after next

    But am looking to upgrade for next year regardless. I do like how light and nimble my bike is for going to work as my commuter. But also want to do some serious miles next year. And my little 4 speed just doesn't go far and buzzes like no tomorrow on highway

    Unless I look at doing sprocket change for better highway power
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  16. Vertical C

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    My honda vt1100 ace which is similar to the Spirit only gets just more than 200km, the 15L tank limits it.

    Going up in size rarely improves mileage so if you want range look at the tank sizes. Or get a jerry can.
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    Kawasaki Vulcan 1500cc, FI, Liquid cooled. Nothing fancy, gets the job done with zero issues. Pikes Peak, Northern CA, Calgary & Vancouver down highway one through the redwoods. Just did Yosemite (again) and Sequoia Nat'l Park 6/1/13. Not a burp.

    Usually go 150 miles or so between fill ups but could go 220 in an emergency.
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  18. vicmitch

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    That's pretty good mileage your getting, would be even better with a sprocket change. That seems like a good overland bike if you got s bigger tank or carried extra fuel. Gas is a major expense on any long trip and getting 50+mpg is a good thing.
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  19. vicmitch

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    Can someone identify this cruiser?

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