Okay...I know some of you know my father-in-law is trying to get me to help him find a motorcycle. He hasn't had one in almost 30 years and wants a cruiser. I'm not totally sold on helping him get one. I actually have several reservations here...
1) he's not the most coordinated person I know
2) he only had 1 motorcycle and had it for like 3 weeks before his mom and wife talked him into getting rid of it.
3) He wants to go riding with us after he gets on (this is more of a gripe than anything)
4) If/when he hurts himself badly on it, I'm sure I'll be taking part of the fall for helping him and will be pressured to get rid of my 919
So...he asked me (and his other son-in-law motorcyclist, Drew) to go look at bikes Saturday. I know absolutely nothing mechanically about v-twins other than they seem to take a while to warm up. Why? I don't know. Basically, all we told him were, we like the way that one looks, sit on it and see if you like the way it sits. Then, I'd use my phone to look up the values and make a judgment call on a good deal or not. I offered to do test rides since he has no gear or even a permit.
Anyway...after looking ALL DAY last weekend. He found two that he liked. One was a 1999 Virago 535 for $2299 and the other was a 2005 V-Star 650 Custom for $3999. Both had right at 8000 miles on them and both were extremely clean. I recommended the V-Star because I liked the way it looked better, it say more comfortably, it had a larger front end that didn't feel quite as squishy, and figured the technology had to improve over 6 years.
Although I recommended it, neither Drew or I pushed. He didn't get anything that day, but I get the feeling his is just bored and wants something. Maybe a motorcycle, maybe a sports car. Midlife crisis possibly? The comment he made was something to the tune of '$4000 is a lot to spend on something I won't ride very much.' I told him if he wasn't going to ride a bike, he needed to find another toy (hoping he would forget about the motorcycle thing).
Anyway, just thought I'd vent here and at least educate myself enough to give him decent advice.
Any advice on what to recommend to him if he DOES decide to get one? Is the V-Star 650 a good bike for someone to start off on?