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Old 08-13-2014, 02:16 PM   #1
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Smile New Rider Looking for a Good "Beginner" Cruiser

I say "beginner" because I have experience on bikes from childhood (BMX, minibikes, dirt bikes) and have ridden occasionally (once a year or so) since then. Just never owned my own bike or had my license.

So I'm taking MSF in a few weeks (September) and have been saving for my first cruiser/tour bike. What should I get??

I don't want to end up buying "too much" bike, but I don't want to buy something too small that I "outgrow" quickly, either. I am planning to buy used, and I am looking to spend under $5000.

Will you guys please let me know what you think a good first cruiser would be for me? I am 6'4'' and 200 pounds, too...so there's that.

Oh, and: what are some good resources (other than mh.com/craigslist) you use to find well-priced used bikes?

Thanks, in advance.

I can't wait to hear y'all's opinions!
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Old 08-13-2014, 02:20 PM   #2
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Old 08-13-2014, 02:37 PM   #4
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I was thinking sportster, too. I just wasn't sure if that was going to be my best bet price-wise. I also heard that a lot of people prefer water cooled engines, and sportsters (or most sportsters) aren't water-cooled.

Is that true/even a big deal? What is the problem with non-water-cooled? Harder to fix?

I know that there are a lot of different sportsters, too. Are some water-cooled and others not?
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Old 08-13-2014, 02:38 PM   #5
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thx rod and tmax!
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Old 08-13-2014, 02:40 PM   #6
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Here is a good medium bike

http://collegestation.craigslist.org...616027837.html

Here is a harley 888 : http://collegestation.craigslist.org...615193377.html
Asking 5k, sweet cruiser
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Old 08-13-2014, 03:18 PM   #7
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Kawasaki Vulcan 900 and Yamaha Bolt are both worth looking into.
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Old 08-13-2014, 04:53 PM   #8
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Thx, Jae.
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Look into the Vulcan 900 or Star 950
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Old 08-27-2014, 02:41 PM   #10
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Agree with Jae.

Water cooled engines are more efficient and have more power. See the links:

http://spectator.org/articles/58066/...s-water-cooled

http://www.youmotorcycle.com/air-coo...e-engines.html

HD Sportsters are fine and the Evolution engine (883cc & 1200cc) is the most reliable from the HD line. Sportsters have plenty of options to be easily modified.

Do your research. plenty of information about beginners bikes. I will advice a Sportster 1200, Vulcan 900 or the new Yamaha Bolt (Improved copy of the Sportster).

Whatever you get always wear your whole gear. Good luck.
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Personally, I'm interested to check out both HD's new "street" series (500cc & 750cc watercooled cruisers) as well as Indian's new Scout. However, they're way too new to be able to recommend them, as I've yet to ride them or see any reliability data.
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Old 08-27-2014, 04:09 PM   #12
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I have a 2008 vulcan 900. Paid 4500. It's my first bike. Been riding for 2months now. Love it. Not to big or to small of a bike. You should really look into them.
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Can't really go wrong with these as long as you run full synthetic in them. Lots of grunt, even power, and reliable as heck. If you're short, you'd probably want to look into floorboards for it. Stock, these get around 46 mpg. With pipes and jetting (like this one), you'd be looking at around 40 mpg.

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I'm also 6'4" and I found the sportster extremely uncomfortable.

I'd have to say look into a suzuki M800. 800cc is good because it can easily cruise at HWY speeds, but it's not too big and heavy either.

other pro's of this bike are:

-Fuel injection(don't have to worry about the new ethanol infused gas gunking up the carbs)
-Watercooled, which is good if you'll be sitting in traffic, plus the engines tend to last longer)
-can't remember if it is shaft or belt drive, but either is much less maintenance than a chain.
-affordable. You can easily find one for less than 5k

Edit: I forgot to mention the valves are hydraulic and rarely need inspection, which is one of the most expensive/tedious maintenance tasks

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Honda magna. Older bike but V4 and runs strong, especially with pipe and jetting
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^another excellent choice that I didn't think of. That V4 has good power for a cruiser, but it's still a relatively smaller engine, so the bike isn't too heavy.

You can also get them for pretty cheap
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I'd have to say look into a suzuki M50. 800cc is good because it can easily cruise at HWY speeds, but it's not too big and heavy either.
Fixed that for ya. There's also a C50 that uses the same drivetrain, just with a more classic cruiser look. The M50 is more of a modern "power cruiser" look, akin to the vrod.

The M50 was originally my first choice for a cruiser and a buddy had one. I ended up coming across a Hyosung dealer and rode the GV650, as did my buddy. His confirmation that they Hyo was "way faster" was all it took for me to get the Hyo. 65 rear wheel hp as opposed to the roughly 45 for the M50 is noticeable on a bike that size. As much as I like that Hyosung (and still have 4 in my garage), I don't know that I'd recommend it as a first bike unless you're already pretty mechanically inclined and willing to do your own maintenance/repairs, as I don't know if there's still a dealer any closer than Austin.
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Old 08-28-2014, 07:00 PM   #18
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Truth is, it's very hard to go wrong with any cruiser for a beginner bike. Most come off the line quick, but taper off on speed around 90. A Ninja 250 has a higher top speed than a VTX1300. The bonus of a cruiser is that it has low end torque in almost any gear, so you're not always fighting to downshift for power.

If you were looking for a sportbike, I'd say start small. For a cruiser, I say no less than a 900. A 600cc cruiser is going to top out around 75-80, which means you'll have nothing left if you need acceleration for evasive action.

Sit on bikes, decide what's comfortable, and pull the trigger. The shorter the rake, the better it will handle, and vice-versa, so keep that in mind.
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