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leopardprey 28 August 2015 10:48

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Originally Posted by sarc88 (Post 1058503441)
I just did an all-day benefit ride for Habitat, and in my group of 20 was an old Swabbie who was a die-hard HD guy from the 60s. He's on a cane full time, but can't give up riding. He tried the HD trikes and hated them, one ride on the CanAm, and he was back in the saddle. When we had a battery prob in the group, he reached into his side bag and pulled out cables. When someone ran out of gas, he pulled out a gallon container. This guy had his tunes, his coffee, and his knees in the breeze.

Its not for me (yet), but seeing the smile on that old busted up brother's face cured my doubts . Very viable option IMHO.

I think they are the coolest thing out there. Looks like something out of a sic-fi movie or Batman comic. If I had unlimited funds, I would buy one to cruise around with myself. The Polaris Slingshot is pretty cool as well, but I would take the Spyder over it.

KidA 28 August 2015 10:51

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Originally Posted by leopardprey (Post 1058503489)
I think they are the coolest thing out there. Looks like something out of a sic-fi movie or Batman comic. If I had unlimited funds, I would buy one to cruise around with myself. The Polaris Slingshot is pretty cool as well, but I would take the Spyder over it.

I saw a great big fat bull dyke riding one in Ramsay, MT the other day, pulling out of a gas station, smoking a cigar, no helmet.

leopardprey 28 August 2015 10:54

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Originally Posted by KidA (Post 1058503492)
..... no helmet.


Dumb ass.

sarc88 28 August 2015 11:08

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Originally Posted by EightyDeuce (Post 1058503449)
I'm hoping to stay around $5k for the bike but have a little extra I can throw at it if I find one I can't walk away from.

I definitely like the look of the Victory cruisers, the Vegas, Gunner and the Hammer. There is a victory dealer near me where I can sit on some and hopefully get a test ride if I find something that feels right.

Anyone have experience with the Yamaha Star Bolt? It has a similar look as the Sportster.

I've got quite a few to actually sit on and see how that goes, based solely on looks. I'm hoping this will narrow the field down to 1-2 and then I can shop in my $5k range.

HD: Sportster, Low Rider to give a dyna model a shot as recommended
Victory: Vegas, Gunner, Hammer
Triumph: Bonneville, Speedmaster, America
Honda: Shadow

The only thing that's even close to $5K is the Shadow, and you're going used. I sold my VERY low mileage Shadow Spirit for $5500 back in 08, and I took low money to move it. The good news: I reiterate my earlier comments on total cost of ownership. That bike will rarely, if ever, cost you a dime more outside oil/tires/brakes.

EightyDeuce 28 August 2015 11:33

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Originally Posted by sarc88 (Post 1058503501)
The only thing that's even close to $5K is the Shadow, and you're going used. I sold my VERY low mileage Shadow Spirit for $5500 back in 08, and I took low money to move it. The good news: I reiterate my earlier comments on total cost of ownership. That bike will rarely, if ever, cost you a dime more outside oil/tires/brakes.

Definitely going the used route here. Looking on cycle-trader for an idea on price, I have seen multiple 2009+ Sportsters in the $5k range. Just trying to stay away from chrome as much as possible.

SOTB 28 August 2015 12:25

Yup, go used, don't worry too much about how the bike looks (customization), rather just focus on the milage and the maintenance. Then -- no matter what -- don't do a fucking thing custom-wise to that bike for a solid year. Just engine mods, if you want.

After a year, you will have a much better grasp of the direction you want to go for the look of your bike, and you'll spend far less money on it....

BOFH 28 August 2015 12:27

I've ridden coast to coast, more than once, on a 750 Honda Shadow. I now own a vintage Harley. My first 'real' bike was a Sporty I built from a rolling frame.

Simple answer to 'what kind of bike should I ride?' is this:

A reliable, comfortable motorcycle I like the style of.

RangerCharlie 28 August 2015 12:44

Harley Chrome is not the best, so it's good to stay away from.
My bike is garaged, other than wash and a few rain rides, never been wet. The chrome is showing tiny rust spots.

EightyDeuce 28 August 2015 13:13

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Originally Posted by SOTB (Post 1058503519)
Yup, go used, don't worry too much about how the bike looks (customization), rather just focus on the milage and the maintenance. Then -- no matter what -- don't do a fucking thing custom-wise to that bike for a solid year. Just engine mods, if you want.

After a year, you will have a much better grasp of the direction you want to go for the look of your bike, and you'll spend far less money on it....

Good thought.

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Originally Posted by BOFH (Post 1058503522)
I've ridden coast to coast, more than once, on a 750 Honda Shadow. I now own a vintage Harley. My first 'real' bike was a Sporty I built from a rolling frame.

Simple answer to 'what kind of bike should I ride?' is this:

A reliable, comfortable motorcycle I like the style of.

I definitely wouldn't pick a bike that I didn't fit right on just because I thought it looked cool. When I was riding sportbikes I was dead set on getting an RC51 because I thought it was the sweetest looking rocket of all time. After riding my brother in laws I hated it. The seat was basically a mouse pad and the ergonomics for me was like being on a torture rack. The R6 fit me like a glove and that's what I ultimately ended up with.

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Originally Posted by RangerCharlie (Post 1058503529)
Harley Chrome is not the best, so it's good to stay away from.
My bike is garaged, other than wash and a few rain rides, never been wet. The chrome is showing tiny rust spots.

That's exactly what I want to avoid. I don't want to spend time polishing chrome when I could just wipe the thing down, and go. I know some guys like to spend hours polishing exhausts and every inch of their bike, it's just not something I'm in to. Plus I think blacked out stuff looks cooler :cool:

Hot Mess 28 August 2015 17:17

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Originally Posted by KidA (Post 1058503492)
no helmet.

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Originally Posted by leopardprey (Post 1058503495)
Dumb ass.

This week Mixed Load and I saw a guy that had just gone down (he was still under the bike but people had stopped and were rendering aid), no helmet. Made me rethink putting a new battery in my bike.

Bushmaster 31 August 2015 09:07

Harley has a blacked out bike. Looks pretty cool when you put a ton of chrome on it!!

I had a Fatboy and tricked it out and loved it, until I started getting a little older. I sold it and am buying an Ultra Classic this week. I like the bagger style bikes a lot better. More confortable and they have a cool holder for my coffee.

I am not a motorcycle snob, but I would stick with HD for no other reason than resale value. You can get used ones in the $10k range, ride them a few years, and sell them for $10k. Don't let the chrome scare you away. I find the HD chrome to be the best there is. The bike I am getting (from a family member) is chromed out and has been for 7-8 years and still looks new. What a LOT of people do is buy the cheaper chrome accessories from Japanese manufacturers like Kuryakn. You can hold a Japanese piece of chrome in one hand and an HD piece in the other and even a novice can tell the difference in quality.

I am not an HD spokesman and have a strong dislike for the company as a whole, but their resale bikes hold their value really well.

RangerCharlie 31 August 2015 09:42

Maybe so, this is my first "Chrome" plated bike so I have no comparison other than what I expected it to do.

My bike was backed into and the fenders & tank had to be replaced. They came direct from HD as it had special factory paint that only they could reproduce. Got it back and rode it for a year and all the decals started peeling off. They forgot to clear coat it.... guess what, HD nor the dealer would cover the cost to fix it as I had signed for it when I got it back and did not note the issue then.
So I don't hold HD high on my list.

But I digress. I do like the blacked out bikes.

Ole crusty bastard 31 August 2015 09:51

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Originally Posted by paramedic68whiskey (Post 1058503307)
A bike is a personal thing though, I just would hate to see someone buy something and a year later not like it.

Isn't that what most of people do?

After a year or so IMO, it's only natural to see shortcomings in what ever you have.

If you buy right and keep it shiny, you should be able to trade without losing your ass.

Be safe.

JoeArmyNCO 31 August 2015 10:44

Lots of good advice. For your first one, buy a used one for sure. Most likely, that bike will not be your dream bike anyway. Always buy from an individual too. That way you can see their garage and how well they take care of their toys. If they don't have maintenance records, run.
I've got a binder with document protectors with every single receipt and service record.

Hotmike 31 August 2015 10:53

I've always recommended that new riders start out on a Honda Shadow 750 to see if they "enjoy" riding as much as they think they will...

The Shadow is probably the cheapest, most reliable bike I've ever owned (as my first bike), and everything after that has been "labor intensive" in comparison...

I rode the Shadow for my first year in the military, and with my second promotion, bought my first HD as I had a much better idea of what I was looking for...

Old age and a misspent youth have relegated me to the Cruiser world now, but I remember those 600 mile days on brutal bikes... I couldn't hack it anymore. Heck, the arthritis in the hands makes a two hour ride difficult these days, but I still enjoy burning the forearms...

Whatever you end up going with, be sure to share!
HK

JoeArmyNCO 31 August 2015 10:56

Honda Shadow engines are bomb proof. They will run forever with just fresh oil and routine upkeep. Honestly I've never heard of anyone having any issues with one.

Hot Mess 31 August 2015 11:41

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Originally Posted by JoeArmyNCO (Post 1058504279)
Lots of good advice. For your first one, buy a used one for sure. Most likely, that bike will not be your dream bike anyway. Always buy from an individual too. That way you can see their garage and how well they take care of their toys. If they don't have maintenance records, run.
I've got a binder with document protectors with every single receipt and service record.

Not so much. I still have my first bike, 2006 Heritage Softail:cool: Bought brand new from HD and I'll I've done is added apes, exhaust, and lowered it. Nothing more nothing less. I say if you know what you want go for it.

RangerCharlie 31 August 2015 15:46

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Originally Posted by Hot Mess (Post 1058504300)
I've done is added apes, .

Please don't tell me you have the mirrors under them....

Hot Mess 31 August 2015 16:21

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Originally Posted by RangerCharlie (Post 1058504428)
Please don't tell me you have the mirrors under them....

That would be ghey. They are on top and 100% totally useless:biggrin:

sellie2013 31 August 2015 16:25

I agree with alot of the posts to go used, inexpensive, and reliable. I am on my fourth bike now, a 2015 Indian Chief Vintage and love it! But i started out with a lemon then gradually bought my way to my dream bike. When you start out cheaper to build your interest in riding and end up at a newer and nicer ride you gain alot more respect for the hobby and will have more pride in your ride.

EightyDeuce 2 September 2015 15:47

I was able to get out and sit on a few of these bikes but still have a few more to try out.

Victory: Vegas, Gunner, Hammer - These bikes were the coolest looking of the bunch I sat on yesterday, especially the Hammer. Unfortunately my 29" inseam made it so I would be using my tip toe to hit the rear brake and shift up and down.

Star:
- vstar custom 900, tank felt very wide and made reaching the rear brake and shift lever similar to the Victory models.

- Bolt: This bike felt great all around, easily flat foot and reach the shift lever and rear brake. The "R-Spec" has an adjustable rear shock and felt comfortable all around compared to everything else I sat on.

HD:
- Sportster, Low Rider to give a dyna model a shot as recommended. Haven't had a chance to get to the Harley shop yet

Triumph:
- haven't made it to the shop that sells these yet.

Xenonburnout 2 September 2015 17:12

EightyDeuce,
I know how time consuming test riding and sitting on bikes can be. But, the end game will be you on a bike that feels comfortable and that equates to years of enjoyment... Good luck finding your ride.

Local 2 September 2015 17:28

EightyDeuce

I know you're looking for a cruiser, but have you considered a Super Moto? Something in between sport bike and cruiser?

I've ridden crotch rockets my whole life. I've been looking for my next bike - if I was thinking a harley I would look at their XR1200

http://moto.zombdrive.com/images/har...n-xr1200-5.jpg

Its got more of a flat track type look to it.

That being said if I could have anything right now...

http://www.motorcyclespecs.co.za/Gal...014%20%201.jpg

Ducati Hypermotard SP.

Boom

(drops mike)

- Local

CAP MARINE 2 September 2015 19:20

Indian Scout-69ci, water cooled,3.3 ga tank,100hp

Fox33C1 2 September 2015 22:44

if you have any kind of impulse control issues do not buy a hypermotard

I took one for a test ride and within 2 miles..2 wheelies...jumping curbs and using speedbumps as ramps...

I took it back in like 10 minutes and said "I'm gonna goto jail on that"

Local 3 September 2015 03:04

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Originally Posted by Fox33C1 (Post 1058505144)
if you have any kind of impulse control issues do not buy a hypermotard

I took one for a test ride and within 2 miles..2 wheelies...jumping curbs and using speedbumps as ramps...

I took it back in like 10 minutes and said "I'm gonna goto jail on that"

But...... the feeling when you twist that throttle...

EightyDeuce 3 September 2015 08:46

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Originally Posted by Local (Post 1058505054)
EightyDeuce
That being said if I could have anything right now...

Ducati Hypermotard SP.

Boom

(drops mike)

- Local

I rode an Aprilia Shiver last year that I really liked but they are about as rare as can be around my parts. I also heard that the maintenance is more costly and some things need to be done by a dealer. Don't know if that's true or not but it kept me away.

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Originally Posted by Fox33C1 (Post 1058505144)
if you have any kind of impulse control issues do not buy a hypermotard

I took one for a test ride and within 2 miles..2 wheelies...jumping curbs and using speedbumps as ramps...

I took it back in like 10 minutes and said "I'm gonna goto jail on that"

I have impulse control which is why I'm trying to stay out of the triple digits on a sportbike.

I was watching some YouTube videos last night and one thing led to another and I found myself watching Yamaha FZ-07 videos. I'm really digging that bike, a lot. I saw it at the dealership I checked all the Victory's out at but stayed away because it was sitting next to new R6's, R1's, and R1 M's. I'm going back today.

forward to 1:15 for the good stuff, amazing sound.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=quTMCIAQW2Y

sf-doc 7 September 2015 10:03

I just bought a 2015 Road Glide. I am loving this thing.

19MIKE 12 September 2015 11:37

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Saw this today in a parking lot...over 1000 H.P.....nitrous tanks on the back

Dude said it does 195!! :eek:

sarc88 15 September 2015 10:55

Not sure I'm straddling anything that runs N02!

JoeArmyNCO 21 September 2015 16:26

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Originally Posted by bugeater (Post 1058489852)
Fox those are a couple SEXY Ducs!

Ever since I was a kid and tagged along to my uncle's Ducati Owners Group meeting, I've wanted a Duc. A lot of rides, searching, and finally found her.

Picked up the rental truck here in Charleston, drove the 8.5ish hrs to Pensacola to have a beer w old buddies, went to Fort Walton Beach to check out the bike, and was sold. Loaded her, was at home by 0630 next day. Super stoked!

http://i132.photobucket.com/albums/q...pseyfttd6o.jpg

I F'ing hate you......Just kidding....That is a beauty right there....And they are nasty bitches too.....

DOCFLACO 22 September 2015 09:52

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Here is my 2014 MV Agusta F4 ABS....truly "motorcycle art" as they say.

JoeArmyNCO 22 September 2015 10:39

DAMN!

JoeArmyNCO 24 September 2015 10:07

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Just scored a sweet Titanium Remus Exhaust for my VFR on Ebay last week. $700+ retail. $249 shipped! Install was a breeze. Boy does it sound good. Nice low baritone thump.

Maverick 14 May 2017 07:27

I wanted to revive this thread since I'm currently shopping for my first bike. EightyDeuce, what did you end up going with?

CAP MARINE 14 May 2017 09:46

I have an Indian Scout. Great bike
Water cooled, 6 sp, ABS,bags, windshield, 3.3ga tank
All the power I need
In the past I have owed- sportster-883/1200;soft tail, Indian Classic( traded because of knee)and Switchback HD

B 2/75 14 May 2017 09:54

Best cruiser ever... 91 FXSTS, rather radically updated

Wish I still had her...

http://socnet.com/attachment.php?att...1&d=1378439111

Paul85 14 May 2017 10:09

These fenders are a thing of absolute beauty.

twinfist 14 May 2017 13:50

I have had 3 bikes:
https://scontent-ord1-1.xx.fbcdn.net...b6&oe=5973E8BB
Vstar 650-great first cruiser, but the small engine limits your passing ability

https://scontent-ord1-1.xx.fbcdn.net...7f&oe=59A9632A
Kawasaki Nomad 1600, the kawa version of a Road King. LOVED it. Did an Iron Butt run on that bike (Iron Butt is 100 miles in 24 hours)

http://images.motorradonline.de/sixc...pg.1712652.jpg
HD Electra Glide FLHTCI- got the fairing, got the trunk and the hard bags, stereo. Mine only has the 88ci engine, which I find a little lacking. Plus, HD ought to stand for "Hundred Dollars" because damned near anything you need to buy for it will cost you at least a C Note.

Of the 3? the Kawasaki Nomad had BY FAR the best ride. Japanese bikes are bullit proof, almost never break down, and parts/upgrades are a LOT cheaper than anything made for a Harley

B 2/75 14 May 2017 13:57

If I'd ever get another bike (rate that as pretty damn unlikely) it would either be a small dirt bike, or a big-ass GoldWing dresser.


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