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Old 01-30-2008, 08:55 AM   #1
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Ok, well it is looking like Uncle Sam barrowed WAY too much money of mine last year. I commute 170mi/day currently, and if I change jobs to Austin I will be driving 140mi/day. Currently I drive an '01 sunfire and get 26-28mi/gallon but I want more. I have been thinking hard about getting another CRX (34-40mpg) depending on the model I select, or getting another bike. Naturally I don't want to pay for a 600cc sportbike that I will put 40k miles on in one year. What do you guys recomend. If I had my choice, i would be getting a VRSC Vrod. Harleys are overpriced, but my father is a die hard and it would look better riding next to his '51 panhead, and my mom's harley. If I wanted to use one as a commuter, should I go completely to cruiser, or go with like a Yamaha FZ, or an SV650? I have not had the chance to ride all these bikes. I'm 6' tall so comfort for over 1hr trips is important, not to mention the amount of miles a bike can take. Let me know what your opinions are.
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i'm a little biased, but the busa cruises really well with the heli bars and a double bubble windscreen, and the motor, i've heard, is near bullet proof. you can do a few easy mods to the busa and it makes a of a cruiser, i've never ridden the kawi concours 14, but i would bet it'd be a comfy ride as well and has the zx14 motor
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+1 on the Concours (I would have one right now.. uncle sam) Or the Honda St1300 usually fares rather well, because of it's simplicity, in the comparo tests.
I'm a pretty big dude as well (6'5" 220) and I wouldn't be "cruising" on a rocket
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while a harley would get ok fuel mileage the price of the things would negate the fuel savings. Plus without fairings the commute would be a little tiresome. If your set on a harley and price is no object go with the electra glide.... or like I did .... busa, busa, busa
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while a harley would get ok fuel mileage the price of the things would negate the fuel savings. Plus without fairings the commute would be a little tiresome. If your set on a harley and price is no object go with the electra glide.... or like I did .... busa, busa, busa
Any of the cruiser dudes know how the maintenance is on a harley? A Japanese bike has very easy maintenance intervals.
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Thanks for the input. I'll check those out.
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Any of the cruiser dudes know how the maintenance is on a harley? A Japanese bike has very easy maintenance intervals.
they aren't too bad. 25 k on a harley is a little steep... that is 2 busa's or one really tricked out busa. Yes I am sure you can pick up a used harley for cheaper. My dad bought a used ex police electra glide for 11 K... but the miles on it were kinda high and if the plan is to commute 170+ miles a day then the repair bills would soon start stacking up. Same goes for a goldwing... those things have gotten expensive as well. A vfr, busa, the new kawi and fzr would make more economical sense. Great fuel mileage, provisions for hard luggage, good wind protection, low purchase cost and maint. cost and long drive comfort would be good for folks on a budget. Sure if I had money laying around I would own a harley full dresser for long leisurely drives but alas.... I am but a poor man.
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if your looking to save gas, get yourself a little CRX, and plus i have a B16 swap if you want to put some into that car and still get 30-35mpg...
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they aren't too bad. 25 k on a harley is a little steep... that is 2 busa's or one really tricked out busa. Yes I am sure you can pick up a used harley for cheaper. My dad bought a used ex police electra glide for 11 K... but the miles on it were kinda high and if the plan is to commute 170+ miles a day then the repair bills would soon start stacking up. Same goes for a goldwing... those things have gotten expensive as well. A vfr, busa, the new kawi and fzr would make more economical sense. Great fuel mileage, provisions for hard luggage, good wind protection, low purchase cost and maint. cost and long drive comfort would be good for folks on a budget. Sure if I had money laying around I would own a harley full dresser for long leisurely drives but alas.... I am but a poor man.
Perfect post. The Vrod is the only harley that has my attention. Not a fan of harley cuz of the price and maintenance, but the Vrod has my attention. I have found many of them with 8k miles for 10k and under. But yea, I never thought about having fairings due to wind on a long ride.

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if your looking to save gas, get yourself a little CRX, and plus i have a B16 swap if you want to put some into that car and still get 30-35mpg...
Yea I have owned them. My dad is a master honda tech so I got all the info needed. BTW, B16 is the way to go, but I have beat two of them with my old D16 that still got better mileage. I honestly want to go LS, it is a lighter less expensive motor. And unless you dump a bunch of parts in the B16, it doesn't quite have all that much advantage due to the weight. Not to mention the swap is nearly seamless.
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they aren't too bad. 25 k on a harley is a little steep... that is 2 busa's or one really tricked out busa. Yes I am sure you can pick up a used harley for cheaper. My dad bought a used ex police electra glide for 11 K... but the miles on it were kinda high and if the plan is to commute 170+ miles a day then the repair bills would soon start stacking up. Same goes for a goldwing... those things have gotten expensive as well. A vfr, busa, the new kawi and fzr would make more economical sense. Great fuel mileage, provisions for hard luggage, good wind protection, low purchase cost and maint. cost and long drive comfort would be good for folks on a budget. Sure if I had money laying around I would own a harley full dresser for long leisurely drives but alas.... I am but a poor man.
Actually referring to maintenance cost, intervals, etc. I just don't know.
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I have heard that V-twins are more reliable. Any truth to that?
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I know I should be asking in the moto related area, but I stay in off topic most the time any ways.
v twinsa re definately more torquey, and are typically air cooled. i'd stay with water colled and the smoothness of either a V4 or inline 4
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vfr is v-4 stay away from the rc51 if you are going to commute. not comforable...gets REALLY hot in the summer and poor fuel mileage.
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I would be doing something about that 140 mile commute if it were me.
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