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Old 05-24-2007, 03:54 PM   #1
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Beginner's cruiser?

Hello,
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I am looking to take a motorcycle safty class this weekend and probably purchase my 1st cruiser by next week.
Last time I rode was over 15 yrs ago when I was in college...

I was looking '2000 Yamaha V-Star 650' as my starter cruiser and was hoping to get some input from you more experienced guys.

I am about 5' 10" tall average built guy.
I don't need anything powerful or big, just looking for an easy handling bike which will cruise me through this or next year till I'm comfortable riding.

Thanks for your input. :notworthy
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Old 05-24-2007, 03:58 PM   #2
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Old 05-24-2007, 04:00 PM   #3
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Not a bad bike, sound engine. Comfortable too. I was looking into those for long rides.
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Old 05-24-2007, 04:52 PM   #5
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Thanks for your input

I was also looking 2002 Honda Shawdow 600.

Do dealers let you test ride before purchasing?

Are there things I should look for, things to avoid before purchasing a cruiser?
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hmm i dont' know if this is a beginner cruiser but i like the new kawi 900 custom.

http://kawasaki.com/Products/Detail.aspx?id=214
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Old 05-24-2007, 05:19 PM   #7
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Heh, it looks very nice... but,

900cc scares me... maybe later... AND

The cost, gotta keep it under 5G... within WAF (wife approval factor:eh: ).
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try craigslist , they usually have a bunch of older and newer crusiers for sale. GL.
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you rode before, can you still ride?

Those bikes would be good starter bikes, but do you think you need a starter bike. If you can ride then go for something bigger, you have to be honest with yourself are you ready.
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I have always like the Yamaha 650 but jack says it is a pain to change a tire on.

PS I hate cruisers but that Yamaha I hate least.
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I had a shadow 600 vlx years ago and it was a solid cruiser. After that one I moved up to a 1100 shadow spirit. Both were great bikes with great reliability and good handling characteristics for a newer rider. I prefered the 1100 because it was shaft driven and there was little maintenance to be done.
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vtx 1300 if your not a new rider (1800 is much better though)
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95% of dealerships do not let you test ride - they only let you sit on the bikes which I understand but is really crappy when you are a serious customer ready to buy.

I would recommend you check out British USA on College Avenue East of I45 South SIMPLY because they DO let you test ride. All you need is your M class license and vehicle insurance.

Ask for Jon (friend of mine)- tell him Jamie sent you and he will be sure to get the best deal he can. I am by no means saying you should buy from there but they have a small selection of used bikes to test and there not all Triumphs. At least this way you can feel for what you like/dislike.

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Jon rocks! I was there last week and they have a large selection of used bikes there...even a harley dyna glide. Check em out
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AJ offered to let me test drive my bike I purchased this last April. I could have test drove anything in there I was interested in actually. Don't know if this is a recent change.


If you have not rode in a while and feel your on the novice end I would suggest purchasing a beater (used), something cheap you won't get too upset over if you drop it. The MSF class is a good place to get your feet wet as well, again, if you drop it no biggie. Once your comfortable go get something you really want. I started off with a 750 learner bike and went up to a 1800 after the BRC and once I felt comfortable on a bike.

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Thanks for your input

I was also looking 2002 Honda Shawdow 600.

Do dealers let you test ride before purchasing?

Are there things I should look for, things to avoid before purchasing a cruiser?

Get the one of the 750's rather than the 600. Better parts and you won't outgrow it quite as fast. They are docile 38hp bikes but have very high fun factor. Very Affordable bikes. I love running around town on mine. Spirit's are a bit more performance oriented than the Aero. Dual carbs vs single chain vs Shaft and the 07 added a "Spaero" version with 21 inch front rim Spirit styling and shaft drive.
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I was also looking 2002 Honda Shawdow 600.
the shadow 600 isnt a bad bike, but imo it has a couple shortcomings. the capacity of the tank (2.something gallons) is significantly smaller than that of the shadow 750. one customers complaint was that when going on rides with other riders, he always had to fill up first, and the other bikes still alot of mileage left before a fillup.

its also a little underpowered and a bit small.

just $0.02 to help you out.
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Even the 750 is hitting reserve at 110 miles. It's only got about 2.5 gal before reserve.
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