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Old 05-23-2011, 01:36 AM   #1
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On the fence: Magna, Vulcan, or Virago?

Howdy y'all.

Just sold my Kawasaki 454ltd I picked up a month or two ago as a 1st bike. Rode several other bikes, and really started eyeballing and listening for things that I saw ride by and thought were cool.

I've come to the conclusion that I am an American, an want a v-twin....made in...Japan.

Anyways, Trying to keep budget between free and 2k, and am down to these bikes. Probably going to get something in the 750-1000cc range, I just like riding around on it. I'm 6'3 and skinnyish, so that comes into the equation too. Have little to no desire to ever modify the thing, other than make sure the exhaust is loud enough to where cars that don't see me can at least hear me.

Any input/thoughts?
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Old 05-23-2011, 02:23 AM   #2
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The Japs bake a great Vtwin hehe Way better then we make... well anything..

I've never seen someone hate on a Honda cruiser but the Vstars and Kawasaki's are pretty nice too..

Never seen someone ride a Suzuki vtwin and enjoy it.
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magnas are not v-twins. they are v-4's.
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I would shy away from anything less than Vulcan 900. You already have some time on a starter bike, which is what the smaller ones would be, and they don't have any top end power. A friend had a Shadow 750 that topped out around 90...less with a windshield.
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VMAX! Oh, that wasn't on your list.

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magnas are not v-twins. they are v-4's.
What he said.
Of the bikes you listed I would choose the Magna (got one in the garage). I like it because the engine is more performance oriented and faster than many V-twin cruisers. I don't ride it much but it's comfy and nice for riding 2 up.
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was a cold natured . If you didn't it started on the first or second try, walk off and
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I would shy away from anything less than Vulcan 900. You already have some time on a starter bike, which is what the smaller ones would be, and they don't have any top end power. A friend had a Shadow 750 that topped out around 90...less with a windshield.
I really don't have a need to go faster than 90, so I'm fine with that.








I didn't include VMax's on the list because they're more than I wanna spend. Just looking for a cheap cool cruiser to play around on for a wile. When I have money to blow the endgoal is the ultra-fanboy status Ducati Monster.
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Vulcan 750 is a great bike that can be had on the cheap. Fairly reliable, easy to maintain, been around long enough that you can find mods and fixes for just about anything that may pop up. Oh, they are also quicker than most other cruisers up to the 1100 range.
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Old 05-24-2011, 03:09 AM   #11
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I'm going to go check out a Vulcan that just popped up Manana.

Was hoping a clean one would pop up, just checked and think I found a *seemingly* no hassle winner. Have full intentions of walking away tomorrow if I need to , but think I may be riding again tomorrow night.
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Old 05-26-2011, 04:06 AM   #12
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Bought a bike today.

86 Yamaha Virago1100. Previous owner killed the battery bringing it to his work with the key in the ignition, and it has some goofy handlebars, and had no gas in it and I already ran out of gas on it trying to find a gas station open (I live in a college town, and as of this week everything closes at 4 in the afternoon or something dumb).

But I did ride it around for about 45 minutes and I love this bike. Its super easy to ride, sounds cool, and has plenty of power for cruising around town.

Heres a pic I took and one I ripped from the CL ad.

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Just got home and am so excited I'm telling the internet about it.
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looks like the factory bars but they are tilted up. loosten the bar clamp and rotate them down more and they'll feel better
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Bought a bike today.

86 Yamaha Virago1100. Previous owner killed the battery bringing it to his work with the key in the ignition, and it has some goofy handlebars, and had no gas in it and I already ran out of gas on it trying to find a gas station open (I live in a college town, and as of this week everything closes at 4 in the afternoon or something dumb).

But I did ride it around for about 45 minutes and I love this bike. Its super easy to ride, sounds cool, and has plenty of power for cruising around town.

Heres a pic I took and one I ripped from the CL ad.

247379 10100905271550434 8356319 73330762 3875923 n

248521 10100905999142334 8356319 73344965 924281 n

Just got home and am so excited I'm telling the internet about it.
Sweet ride - i'd rock it...
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looks like the factory bars but they are tilted up. loosten the bar clamp and rotate them down more and they'll feel better
I was thinking about it, but the P/O said to text him if I had any questions at all, and they are aftermarket bars. The point back too much with the angle of the grips.

I'm gonna give it a couple days see if i get used to it.
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Old 05-26-2011, 05:31 PM   #16
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congrats on the bike, looks well kept.
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