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Old 04-27-2009, 11:24 PM   #1
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Seeking New Cruiser - Need Advice

I currently own a 2008 Yamaha R6s (which I plan to keep), but I'm looking for a bike that my wife and I can ride 2-up comfortably. We have been looking at the Yamaha V-Star line and compaing the V-Star Custom (650 cc) and the V-Star 950. We are looking to spend about $8,000 or less. I also want a bike that my wife can learn on (she has some riding experience but not much). Any suggestions ???
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Old 04-27-2009, 11:41 PM   #2
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Opinions are like... Everybody has one - they all stink.

Mine is this:

Get an older Yamaha Virago 750. Good for short trips double up riding and not so big the wife will feel unsafe on by herself. Plus the price will be much less than $8k. Use the extra money to upgrade the stock seat and get a sissy bar if not included.

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Old 04-27-2009, 11:43 PM   #3
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v-max are always sweet.. That would be the only cruiser id ride right now of course untill im not as young and this laying over the gas tank kills my back
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Old 04-27-2009, 11:46 PM   #4
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v-max are always sweet.. That would be the only cruiser id ride right now of course untill im not as young and this laying over the gas tank kills my back


I own a V-Max - It's a very heavy bike, very powerful bike and if the wife doesn't ride much or isn't confident, she may not like riding the Max by herself. That is the only reason I suggested the Virago.
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Old 04-27-2009, 11:49 PM   #5
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I learned to ride when I was 17 on my Mom's Virago 750. It was a nice little bike and very easy to learn on. It was also my Mom's first bike. It will work just fine for short trips riding 2up and you can find a nice one for much less then 8k like meaner said.
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my dad had a virago 1100 great bike. He has a goldwing now but always wishes he didnt sell the virago for it.. just a good all around bike and yamaha produced the virago forever!!!
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Honda Magna is getting a little dated, but is a nice bike and you can pick up a really nice one with low miles cheap. V4 power. Fun bike
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Suzuki M50 (preferably silver!)

Stylish, inexpensive, nimble and lotsa fun.
I love mine, it's not too "chopper-y".
I'm 5'5" and 170lbs and it fits me perfect.
I've taken my ex around cruising and to racers road comfortably.

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I currently own a 2008 Yamaha R6s (which I plan to keep), but I'm looking for a bike that my wife and I can ride 2-up comfortably. We have been looking at the Yamaha V-Star line and compaing the V-Star Custom (650 cc) and the V-Star 950. We are looking to spend about $8,000 or less. I also want a bike that my wife can learn on (she has some riding experience but not much). Any suggestions ???

Your choice in bikes in on point man..The V-Star makes a killer line of bikes. I would suggest the 950 V-Star. Smooth bike, Belt Drive, Bags, Windshield, Floor Boards, very comfortable bike to ride and learn on. Not too heavy and 7900--8900 is not bad at all for a cruiser. Just my .2

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Old 04-28-2009, 08:13 AM   #11
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v-max are always sweet.. That would be the only cruiser id ride right now of course untill im not as young and this laying over the gas tank kills my back
Did you miss that whole 8K max thing? Would you REALLY suggest a V-Max of any year as a bike for his wife to learn how to ride?

Vmax is a nice bike - no question - but it is NOT a beginner machine.
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With some very careful looking you might be able to manage the VStar 1300. Its not uncommon to find one on Ebay - brand new - that some dealer is dumping for below 8K.

The 950 is its baby brother. Excellent bike - incredibly well made, and a very worthy successor to the 1100.

The 650? Well your wife may be fine with it, but you would be bored with it about 10 seconds after you got it and as a 2-up? Forget it. Great as a customization platform, not so much for a bike to ride. Its just gutless.

Whichever you get, especially since its going to be a 2-up, I'd seriously suggest the touring models. Momma will be a LOT happier with bags, windshield and a backrest. Oh yeah - spend the extra $200 and get the floorboards for the passenger. Seriously.
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A Honda nighthawk would flip the bill.
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Here's a VStar 1300 Tourer for under 8K. Personally? I'd jump all over that if i was in the market:

V-Star 1300 Tourer on E-Bay
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I own a 1300 Vstar, which I like a lot.
I am 5ft. 6 in. & weight 148lbs & have no problem with the bike.
I have had Cobra full exhaust & power commander added for wome extra power.
I think your wife would have no trouble riding the bike, it sits pretty low.
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I own a 1300 Vstar, which I like a lot.
I am 5ft. 6 in. & weight 148lbs & have no problem with the bike.
I have had Cobra full exhaust & power commander added for wome extra power.
I think your wife would have no trouble riding the bike, it sits pretty low.
We love ours too. Have you changed out the bars or do you still have the factory ones on there?
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We love ours too. Have you changed out the bars or do you still have the factory ones on there?
I still have the stock bars, didn't get the tour model, but I got my own saddle bags & backrest, no windshield either.
The bike is long ,but handles well & is well balanced to me.
It is my first cruiser & I love it.
Hope you are enjoying your as well.
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I still have the stock bars, didn't get the tour model, but I got my own saddle bags & backrest, no windshield either.
The bike is long ,but handles well & is well balanced to me.
It is my first cruiser & I love it.
Hope you are enjoying your as well.
Oh yeah - love it.

Changed the bars out to the ones off the Royal Star Tour Deluxe and it became a brand new bike. If you're ever on the SW side of town, and we run into each other - have a seat and see what you think. Makes a WORLD of difference.
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a brand new harley sportster 883 is only like 6k
Yes but he obviously is interested in a bike made with 21st century technology rather than 19th....heheheh
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