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Old January 15th, 2013, 07:16 PM   #1
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Kicking the idea around of getting one this year, whats a good bike to look for so far I've been looking at shadows. Looking to spend under $3500. Will drive it to work 40 miles both ways highway every now and again or just puts around on the weekends.
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Old January 15th, 2013, 08:22 PM   #2
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Nothing wrong with a shadow. I like 4cyl personally like the (now discontinued) Magnas. How tall/heavy are you? Any experience on bikes?
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Old January 16th, 2013, 06:25 AM   #3
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Do you want a cruiser for "classic styling" or for the ergos that replicate a visit to the OBGYN, with feet in the stirrups?

If going for the classic styling, I would probably go for a Harley Sportster with mid controls. I really like the R (Roadster) model. Dual discs in the front and longer travel suspension.



They are belt drive, so they have no chain maintenance required. They also have hydraulic valves, so no need to have them checked or adjusted. There are solid mount engines pre- 04 and rubber mounted engines 04-up. The rubber mounted ones are heavier but have less vibrations. After 06 you can get them with fuel injection. Right now, being winter you could probably pick up a decent example for around 3500. More likely a carbed model, though. Good fuel economy, as well.

You can also get the 1200 model, however they will run a little more $$.

Hope that helps. I was interested in a Sportster for a while, however, I ended up with an FZ6 because it just made more sense for longer distance riding and carrying gear for trips. It also has a center stand which makes maintenance much easier.

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Old January 16th, 2013, 06:48 PM   #4
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I'm 6'0" 180 lbs, i had a 83 night hawk 650 i used to ride 120 miles a day on but it sucked on the highway, then i got a 02 gsxr 600 but the ex told me to sell it after i went for a little "joy" ride with her on it lol. I would do a harley but don't think i can find a sportster in my price range, i just want a relaxed ride, don't care about speed just want a good looking reliable bike that i can depend on. The sportster is a cool looking bike but id rather have a v rod as far as looks.
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Old January 16th, 2013, 07:14 PM   #5
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Older nighthawks, maxum's, magnas are nice relaxed rides. Newer bikes look, well, newer. You can get a virago 750, shadow 1100 in that range without issue I'd expect which offer decent rides. Newer magnas are nice (I believe they made them til '04) as well. Lots to choose from. Pick up a buyers' guide and drool.
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Old January 18th, 2013, 05:21 PM   #6
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Reliable Sleeper

Or, some of the custom goldwings are actually pretty sweet...but you'll far surpass your budget I would imagine:

Custom GL1000

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My good freind bought a low milage yamaha vstar 1100 last spring and loves it for a $3500 bike. He put over 8,000 miles on it last summer including a trip to barstow california and back with his wife on the back. He has had no problems or complaints with it. You could spend a lot more money on a harley and it wont be nearly as smooth or refined. But harleys are assembled in the usa, for now.
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thought about a triumph? much cheaper than a harley, and look pretty cool.
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thought about a triumph? much cheaper than a harley, and look pretty cool.
I second that! I ride a Triumph Rocket III-clearly not a beginner bike at 2300cc but they make some fantastic 1liter and under bikes. Nimble, quick and economic.
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Old January 19th, 2013, 08:55 AM   #10
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Don't see any reasonable priced triumphs in my area, the vstar looks nice tho.
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If you don't need anything huge, I'd recommend a Virago 535. Looks good, shaft drive, pegs aren't insanely forward. Looks like a sportster at a fraction of the price.

Here's my project that I have about 1200$ into with parts.

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also the kawasaki vulcan series is a great bike and you should be able to find lots of them in that price range.

they have 800,900 and 1500cc models that look sportster-ish

they also have the same motors in a "classic" cruiser style.

lots of aftermarket parts available and overall they are pretty darn good bikes.
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