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Old 10-05-2014, 02:37 PM   #1
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I m looking at getting a bagger and was wondering which ones last the longest.
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It's going to be commuting bike 140 miles round trip
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Does it have radio and cruise control
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Old 10-05-2014, 06:31 PM   #6
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Does it have radio and cruise control
For the right price, anything can have radio and cruise control
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Old 10-05-2014, 06:57 PM   #7
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I'm looking for something that has it factory installed
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Old 10-05-2014, 07:52 PM   #8
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Well, there's the harley route for tons of money, the gold wing route for universality but I like the VTX 1800 as far as power cruisers go.
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The Vulcan Vaquero has what you are looking for... I recommend you test ride it first since big vtwins have horrible low speed handling and are thirsty for gas. You can get them brand new otd for around 14k.
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I'm willing to lose 20mpg as long as I'm comfortable
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no need to lose 20+ mpg for comfortability, as long as you keep the exhaust stock(ish)

the first question you need to ask yourself is whether you'd like to go the Sport Tour'er, Cruiser, or Goldwing (dunno what this is classified as)

then narrow down your selection from there.

Personally, if you just need a bagger that will get the job done i'd start looking at the Heritage Classic or whatever its called, or maybe the Ultra Classic. Im a little partial to harleys in this area (admittedly having never owned a bagger tho) because the comfort is superb here. although im sure you'd be just as comfortable on a goldwing or a VTX, you might even consider the new Indian Chieftain bagger, those look real nice and also go buy a few "Bagger" and "Cycleworld" magazines they do many real world comparisons
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I was comparing it to my 250 where I get 60 mpg and where I think baggers average around 40ish. I've ridden a road glide nd it was an awesome machine and extremely comfortable
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I'm looking for something that has it factory installed
I've got an '86 Yamaha Venture for sale, $700. Factory AM/FM/cassette/CB, air suspension, and cruise. About 83k on it right now, my '87 that's my daily driver has well over 100k on it with no real issues (replaced the clutch on both bikes around 75-78k miles).

Just about any of the big touring bikes will last just about forever with maintenance, but it's always hard to go wrong with a Honda for reliability, so long as you're not worried about having a bike with "personality".
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Also check the Victory Cross Country.

Radio, Cruise Control and ABS are standard. Also the biggest hard bags in their class. Way cheaper than a HD and a very reliable engine.
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How many mpg do you get v on your victory
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What about the yamaha 1300 deluxe
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Old 10-07-2014, 10:17 AM   #18
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no need to lose 20+ mpg for comfortability, as long as you keep the exhaust stock(ish)

the first question you need to ask yourself is whether you'd like to go the Sport Tour'er, Cruiser, or Goldwing (dunno what this is classified as)
A Goldwing would be...just a Tourer. Done.

I think the Tourer category is starting to stretch too much. FZ-6 standard with fairings are considered Sporter Tourers. Even if it is a Naked / -R, that's fine. But everything is given a Sport Tourer name now.

Any comfy standard Tourer should get 40 mpg's or more.

My K75C is a Sport Tourer. Don't always understand why it was classified as such ; I'd never take it to the track. It's top heavy and weighs 520 pounds on a 750cc 3-cylinder SSA platform. It IS fun in twisties though. FWIW, I get 40-42 MPG, ragging on it.
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Just in case you are still thinking about it....

I have a '83 GoldWing GL1100 with well over 88k miles on it. Runs like a champ. I've taken it all over the state and it has given me no headaches at all. Super comfortable. Very plush ride, and lots of storage. If you want maximum mileage out of your motorcycle, GoldWing is probably the very best. 36mpg, which isn't bad when you consider it has 4 carbs on it.

If you're looking more cruiser-ish with factory hard saddlebags, take a look at what Victory and Star are doing as well.

Thing is, cruisers are very conservative in their styling. Even bikes like the Star Raider and the Victory line up - they're still very traditional. So, you can shop around the different manufacturers and different model years and get something pretty nice. Large V-Twin in a steel frame - not much that hasn't been figured out long ago. These aren't meant to be on the bleeding edge of technology or anything. That's not the point. It's all about style and comfort.

The older touring bikes (older GoldWings with full bodywork, Kawasaki Voyager, etc...), while still plenty reliable, look very dated today. That might be part of the fun for you, or it might not. But if you want a traditional bagger, just about any Japanese bike will be very reliable. I've heard good things about the newer Harleys and the Victory lineup as well.

That said, I'd probably stay away from the power cruisers. No M109, VTX1800, Rocket3, VMAX, or V-Rod. They tend to be pushed harder by owners and get worse gas mileage and have lower range between gas station stops.
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