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1-st cruiser?

Since I sold my Ninja I am sick of being bikeless.
Wife did approved cruiser so she can enjoy it too.
I was looking at Yamaha warrior but those are too much money, so I looked at Yamaha VStar custom 650. What to you guys think?
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My first bike was a Kawasaki Vulcan 800 Classic... it's a good, solid bike. If you're riding 2-up, I'd suggest at least 800cc's, since cruisers are such a different kind of ride than sportbikes.
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I'd go with the warrior first. That 650 is a slug, I doubt you'd like it for too long, especially two up. Warrior seat is pretty cozy, but rear accomidations are rough. Anybody taller than around 5"2 would get uncomfortable quickly.

I think the Yamaha line is probably closest to the H-D lineup in terms of feel. The air cooled, big pushrod engines are fun.

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I'd go with the warrior first. That 650 is a slug, I doubt you'd like it for too long, especially two up. Warrior seat is pretty cozy, but rear accomidations are rough. Anybody taller than around 5"2 would get uncomfortable quickly.

I think the Yamaha line is probably closest to the H-D lineup in terms of feel. The air cooled, big pushrod engines are fun.
My wife is 5.1 so that would be a perfect fit

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What about a budget used cruiser for someone who likes sportbikes? I'd luv something like a Vmax, but I guess the chassis is kinda floopy.

The current crop of sporty cruiser rock, but are way too pricey for me.

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That's why I looked at Vstar 650, I can get new one for 6k, and it look cool too.

I'm just scared I'll be always comparing that thing to my old Ninja.

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That's why I looked at Vstar 650, I can get new one for 6k, and it look cool too.

I'm just scared I'll be always comparing that thing to my old Ninja.
Oh you would be... I've been riding a Vulcan for 5 years and picked up the FZ6 in March, and have barely touched the Vulcan since. It's such a day and night comparison!

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I vote a Boulevard.

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V-star 1100 - I had it - it was a blast for a cruiser - some rejeting and K&N air pods instead of airbox - and it was good for 120 mph downhill and about 68-70 hp. much better brakes and engine than 650 and lots of cheap aftermarket..

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VTX1300? solid bike, comes in a few styles.
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Personally I do not like VTX, I looked at them before and I didn't fall love.
All those nice bikes are damn pricey. There is Kawi Mean streak which I like but to much $$$.

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Since I sold my Ninja I am sick of being bikeless.
Wife did approved cruiser so she can enjoy it too.
I was looking at Yamaha warrior but those are too much money, so I looked at Yamaha VStar custom 650. What to you guys think?
Good/bad? Any other ideas?
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I like the yam's more than almost any other cruiser out there right now. My buddy has a v-star 1100 custom and a friend of his has the same in the 650. I've ridden both and if you are going to get a v-star, get the 1100. Especially if you are going to be riding 2up. The 650 just didn't have enough there in any aspect and the 1100 has some nice featres you can't get on the 650 like dual front disks.

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i would suggest going used. I rode a suzuki small cruiser one time and didn't like the power at all. It was like a heavy ninja 250. I couldn't see myself being happy on a small cube cruiser for very long.

For $6k, you can probably pick up a nice 1100 or used vtx, or something in that size catagory with resonable miles.

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i would suggest going used. I rode a suzuki small cruiser one time and didn't like the power at all. It was like a heavy ninja 250. I couldn't see myself being happy on a small cube cruiser for very long.

For $6k, you can probably pick up a nice 1100 or used vtx, or something in that size catagory with resonable miles.
you nailed it. my buddy picked up his 05 (?) yamaha v-star 1100 custom this march-april with ~5000 miles for 6k. Not a scratch on it.

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I vote a Boulevard.
i like these alot too. or a shadow those are pretty nice looking as well. what were those white bikes up at the planetarium last night, didn't really take the time to check em out but they seemed pretty sweet.

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i like these alot too. or a shadow those are pretty nice looking as well. what were those white bikes up at the planetarium last night, didn't really take the time to check em out but they seemed pretty sweet.
expensive, thats what they were.

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That Vulcan doesn't look that bad.
Do I might go and look at it.
Do you guys know where I can go to get a demo ride on those Vstars?

Only cruiser I ever driven was old Yamaha 500 or something like that & it was ok, but that was before I got my ZX6R.

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Well I can second the M109R. Its an awesome bike! The power of the bike is just unreal for a cruiser. Theres a local guy selling a used 06 with around 3000 miles for like 9k. It has lots of mods already also. You will have the best of both worlds on the 109, cruiser ride and feel with damn near sport bike power and speed. Mind you it is capable of reaching 150mph!!!!!
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Harley people are to cocky.
My friend has a Vrod and he said nice bike but Harley service is ridicules
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VTX1300? solid bike, comes in a few styles.
That was going to be my suggestion. I know you said you were not to fond of them, but you could pick up a used one cheap. Just like people always say with first bikes, this is your first, not your last. Ride it for a year and sell it. I don't really see how you are going to fall in love with any of the Japanese cruisers. The M109R might be the exception.
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Harley people are to cocky.
My friend has a Vrod and he said nice bike but Harley service is ridicules
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Harley people are cocky until your ON a harley.




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That was going to be my suggestion. I know you said you were not to fond of them, but you could pick up a used one cheap. Just like people always say with first bikes, this is your first, not your last. Ride it for a year and sell it. I don't really see how you are going to fall in love with any of the Japanese cruisers. The M109R might be the exception.
I fall in love with Midnight Warrior, just little too much $$$.

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Warriors are nice, I think Jim is selling one if your interested.




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Another vote for a Warrior. You could pick up a good used one for about 6-7K.

I think Jim sold his Midnight Warrior to Jack.

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