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Old 03-11-2013, 01:11 AM   #1
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Cruiser advise

So, I've owned a ZX6R and I currently ride a ZX10R, but the wife refuses to get behind anything she can't chill on... which leads to cruisers. I'd like something good for distance (say, San Antonio in 2-3.5hrs) and reliable. My first thoughts were Victory, since I have yet to see a negative review regarding reliability, but (as you can tell), I'm a Kawi fan and their Vulcans don't look all that bad.

Comfort is priority #1 and fuel economy a close 2nd. I'm just looking for advice and opinions on which cruisers best fit those criteria and any input is appreciated. Thanks, guys!
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Old 03-11-2013, 05:23 AM   #2
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Any cruiser can be a comfortable two up bike. At most you might need to tweak the bars with risers and/or upgrade the seats. I bought my VTX in Tucson, factory stock set-up and rode it 1,100 miles non-stop back to Houston. My got numb but otherwise a nice ride. Reliability is good on all, be it a Big 4 bike, Victory or Harley. ~35-45mpg range but depends on your wrist. Used late model cruisers can be had for a good price also.

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I like the looks of victory, but don't have much information on reliability.
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Old 03-11-2013, 08:03 AM   #4
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Have you checked out the brand new Moto Guzzi California? It is a of a bike, and priced very competitively.
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I got a vstar for the same reasons reliability, comfort 2up, and mileage, the wife loves it. I really enjoy it.

I got a vstar due to my allegiance to Yamaha. Probably.won't do that again. Weird valve adjustment intervals and horrible location of fuel filter.
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Just about any of the big baggers will do what you need. I wouldn't get a barebones cruiser, if you are going to ride some distance. You are gonna need some storage capacity, even if is a ride to San Antonio. Since pillion comfort is priority #1, the only way to know for sure is to bring her along for test rides. Who knows, she may not settle for anything less than a Vision Tour. Most cruisers do quite well with MPG. V-twins loping at low RPMs tend to sip fuel compared to high-strung high-RPM sportbikes. Friend of mine gets 40mpg with his VTX1800 on hwy cruising. My S83 got about the same.

While you are at the candy store, don't overlook the touring and sport touring rigs, many of which rival cruiser for pillion comfort.
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Victory is a pain to getarts and accessories for.
Any V Star has goofy maintenance intervals, the Stratoliner/Roadliner series are pretty good.
The 1500 Vulcans are nice bikes with minimal issues, as are the 1500 and 1800 Suzukis.
Hondas VTX1300 and 1800 line have also been good bikes.
HD offers a ton of options, from the Dyna all the way to a Street Glide.
Are you looking at new or used.
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Preferably new and financing wouldn't be an issue since I'm in it for the long haul. I did like the Victory Judge's low center of gravity but, since their target market on it is guys coming off sportbikes, it handles more like a sportbike... which defeats the purpose of a more laid-back ride. Plus, it's on the minimal side of passenger comfort.

I like the look of a lot of the HDs, but their reputation for maintenance issues and springing leaks for the price they're asking is leading me towards other manufacturers. I've also heard it said that most mechanics won't even bother with a Honda that's over 10yrs old. Granted, that's a fair amount of time, but it will come around eventually. I know most of what I've just said is hearsay and there's always smack talking between brands and fans, but those claims start somewhere
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