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Old 12-08-2009, 02:13 AM   #1
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Old 12-08-2009, 02:26 AM   #2
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That is a very nice bike man. It looks pretty clean and well taken care of. Obviously you've ridden both cruiser and sportbike. Is there a reason you prefer the cruiser? I have both and I love them both. But if i had to go back and only be able to afford one (or had to sell one now), I would defenitely keep the sportbike.

Just my opinion from someone that owns both. My M50 has no where near the power that this VTX does, but I'm really refering more to the handling aspect.
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Old 12-08-2009, 03:05 AM   #3
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Well, I feel like I will be always tempted to speed on a sportbike. I like the comfort and stability of cruisers. But your right, sportbikes are more practical for every day life.
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yeah, that is like a constant everyday struggle to keep it below 80mph on my Gixxer. If the stability and smoothness of a cruiser is what you like, then go for it. I know your thread wasn't to choose between sports or cruiser, just thought I'd throw that opinion out there. What other bikes had you considered and what was your price range?

18k mi isn't bad at all for an '05. How's the condition of the chrome and hardware? That'll tell you if it was just well taken care of or truly "babied".
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Old 12-08-2009, 03:32 AM   #5
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The other bike i was looking at was a SV650s, so i am still kinda sruck between a sportbike and a cruiser. My price range is around 4,000. They"re asking $3999, but It's at a dealership. I asked one of the workers after seeing it. He said Thery're trying to move it by the end of the year, and if I offer 3000 they will probably take it or at least drop the price a bit.
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The other bike i was looking at was a SV650s, so i am still kinda sruck between a sportbike and a cruiser. My price range is around 4,000. They"re asking $3999, but It's at a dealership. I asked one of the workers after seeing it. He said Thery're trying to move it by the end of the year, and if I offer 3000 they will probably take it or at least drop the price a bit.
Do it then, give them a legit offer ($3K is prob too low, IMO) and ride it home. They've got 3 weeks before the end of the year. Good time to haggle them down. This isn't a big "cruiser" forum, but there should be some other's chiming in with their opinions here shortly in the morning. Either way, nice bike, good price!
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Old 12-08-2009, 07:07 AM   #7
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It really is a toss up. To me i have a cruiser and a sportbike as well. What do you like better? What do you like riding more? Are more comfortable on the cruiser after a couple hours of riding? I like both. I like to ride my cruiser as much as i like to ride my ninja. jus my .2
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Old 12-08-2009, 07:25 AM   #8
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Old 12-08-2009, 07:34 AM   #9
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Just think of rocking the HOV lane while traffic is gridlock. mmmmmyeah.

I had an M50 until last week, that thing kicked I would recommend it to anyone but I dont know much about other cruisers. It had 18k when i sold it and was running like I still had just bought it. I'm losing my marbles right now not having a bike to ride..
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Old 12-08-2009, 08:41 AM   #10
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I owned an 05 VTX before the m109 and loved it. Extreemly reliable and comfy. If you plan on doing long trips. Has plenty of power to get out of its own way even riding 2 up. I had 17000 miles on mine when I traded it and never had a single problem with it.

From the photo...I'm a little confused on that bike....engine covers are missing and the back fender doesn't look like its suppose to. Maybe its just the angle of the photo.

$3999 is a bad azz deal for that bike...sister just bought one for 6500.

The VTX has more aftermarket parts than just about any other metric bike out there so making it "yours" is left completely up to your imagination and wallet!

I've had the chance to ride a SV650 and the riding position wasn't for me....but I'm a big guy.

GL on picking up your new addiction!......whichever one that might be!
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Old 12-08-2009, 09:04 AM   #11
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the only kind of bike you should ride is the kind you want to ride. Nobody can really help with that decision.
Cruisers are easy to ride. Most are pretty comfortable for modest length trips. They don't lend themselves well to haulin' , but offer a relaxed ride.
Sportbikes are just the opposite.
Maybe you should consider something with broader application, like a naked. FZ1, FZ6, ZRX1200 or something like that. They are sporty without the extreme position and comfortable for reasonable distances.

Now stop analyzing and go buy a bike!
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Old 12-08-2009, 09:52 AM   #12
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i agree with bumblebee here as far as what type of bike to ride. I love my sport bike and as of right now will not change to a cruiser. I have ridden them and do enjoy them and hope to get one in the future for some cross country rides but for right now i enjoy my sports bike 2 much.

IMO the first thing you need to look at is why did you not keep the bikes you were riding for longer than a few months. One was a project bike, ok the other was a friends 600 buy why did u stop riding it???

If your only gonna keep this buy for a few months i would say dont bother unless you have the money to just throw away, but if your gonna keep it for a few years then get what ever makes you happy the most. understand you can do twisties on a cruiser (i have seen it) but no your can lean them as much unless you wanna scrape chrome.
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Old 12-08-2009, 11:41 AM   #13
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IMO the first thing you need to look at is why did you not keep the bikes you were riding for longer than a few months. One was a project bike, ok the other was a friends 600 buy why did u stop riding it???

If your only gonna keep this buy for a few months i would say dont bother unless you have the money to just throw away, but if your gonna keep it for a few years then get what ever makes you happy the most. understand you can do twisties on a cruiser (i have seen it) but no your can lean them as much unless you wanna scrape chrome.

Well, never really stopped riding it. It was an extra bike because he was storing it for a friend who was out of the country for the summer. I was given permission to ride it whenever I wanted. At the end of summer the guy came back and took the bike with him.


I guess the problem is I haven't really spent much time on a cruiser. I was thinking about renting a sportster 1200 for a day, maybe ride to Galveston, just to get a better feel. I will probably go test ride the VTX next week. I will see how comfortable I am with it, if theres any doubt I will probably wait on an SV650.
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From the photo...I'm a little confused on that bike....engine covers are missing and the back fender doesn't look like its suppose to. Maybe its just the angle of the photo.

$3999 is a bad azz deal for that bike...sister just bought one for 6500.
I could tell the bike has had a few add-ons. The rear shocks are progressives, the pipes are bub jug's, and the air filters are not oem.
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Old 12-08-2009, 11:51 AM   #15
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I could tell the bike has had a few add-ons. The rear shocks are progressives, the pipes are bub jug's, and the air filters are not oem.
Yeah...noticed those along with the grips, levers and mirrors




Again...nice bike for the price!
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Still have the question as to where the engine covers are?.....looks odd with out them
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What I'm getting is you like a bit of both worlds. I'd say get the cruiser, or go with a standard motorcycle. Honestly you want cruiser comfortable but then the ability to hit the twisties? Triumph Bonneville, tons of aftermarket to make it as racy or relaxed as you want. Good inbetween and good linear power delivery.
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just my personal preference, but my bandit is more comfortable than my cruiser, even on long highway stretches. i wouldn't feel comfortable hauling the amount of stuff i took on my florida trip, or on a long two-up ride though.
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That is a very nice bike man. It looks pretty clean and well taken care of. Obviously you've ridden both cruiser and sportbike. Is there a reason you prefer the cruiser? I have both and I love them both. But if i had to go back and only be able to afford one (or had to sell one now), I would defenitely keep the sportbike.

Just my opinion from someone that owns both. My M50 has no where near the power that this VTX does, but I'm really refering more to the handling aspect.
Helios is a monkey on his sport bike...and he can ride with the best of them.

I have an Suzuki M109R and I love her....

I had an ZX-10 several years ago and started riding again about a year ago. I have enjoyed every minute of my rides with the cruiser and would not trade this bike for a sport bike.

That being said, I am now in the process of finding a sport bike to ride as my second bike. As Helios has said...for handeling, a sport bike is it. Although if you are planing long rides then the cruiser is the bike you will want to ride.

That is why I am going to have two bikes, I like being comfortable on those long rides and not have my legs and cramps.

That my 2 cents...

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