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Old 08-30-2014, 02:23 PM   #21
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Originally Posted by Shelnutt View Post
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
My friend I ride with has a M50 and its good Bike!

Originally Posted by pinball View Post
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.
Well said!!!

Me Myself, I rode for a while on a shadow 750 Before I upgraded to My VTX and I Honestly think the Shadow would be great for someone new wanting to ride!
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Old 08-30-2014, 04:50 PM   #22
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Looking at it, you can't go wrong with the one pinball listed. The Sabre 1100 is solid, as are the vtx's. I started on a 750 Shadow and within a year or so wanted more power. I tried a Sportster 1200 and at 6'+ I think you'll be really uncomfortable on it.
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Old 08-30-2014, 06:18 PM   #23
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Vulcan classic 1600. You'll adjust for its size and it's really comfortable. You get something small you'll get tired of it. That's my opinion.
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Old 08-31-2014, 08:54 AM   #24
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I started with a cruiser myself and changed over to a CBR1100.

I actually have my cruiser for sale...

Best of luck to you and your search! And good luck finding a reason NOT to ride. lol

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Originally Posted by Jae View Post
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.
I have looked at them..... Didn't Honda make the same bikes back in the mid-80's....?????
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