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View Poll Results: What size cruiser is best? (cc's)
500 and below 1 3.03%
650 - 900 5 15.15%
1000 - 1300 19 57.58%
1400 - 2300 8 24.24%
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post #1 of 24 Old 06-04-2007, 04:04 PM Thread Starter
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Best Cruiser Size?

What size is the most pleasant?

I'm thinking right now of either a Shadow 650 or a cheap 883HD would be fun to play American Chopper with as a project that I can putt around town on. They seem more fun than the big ones but I don't have a lot of experiance with them.

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cant vote man don't have no stinking cruiser!! and you left the 9er out of your ranges!!

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After riding the Moto Guzzi Nevada 750, I never would have thought a small cruiser would be fun. It was more solid and roadworthy than the California vintage 1100.

I have ridden a Vulcan 1500, and it was a buttload of torque but it had one fatal flaw. No Tach! What good does all that power do you if you don't know where it is at any given moment?

The mega cruisers (VTX1800, M109R) are all flash and no go for my limited taste in cruisers. They have massive curb appeal, and you could double them as megaship anchors. No thanks.

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I really like the VTX1300 as far as cruisers go - nice power and good luck. That said, I had a VN1500 and a Magna 750 and the Magna was a lot of fun. Great little power cruiser.

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Don't own any cruisers, nor do I want to, but I would love to have any 1980's japanese "standard" 500cc or less. Great nimble little bikes to thrash about town on and easy on the insurance $$$ and I don't think you would get hassled by too many cops on something with a giant bananna seat and one of those cool chrome (heatshield with holes) exhausts!

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I spent some time on a friend's 750 Shadow and liked it. I wouldn't want it as a primary ride, and it doesn't have brute force power, but it was a nice bike to take a nice relaxed ride on.

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Personally, If I wanted something with less that one-and-a-half liters, I'd ride a sportbike, or a modern standard with hanlebars..................wait............I do ride a 919!

But if I were to get into a chrome, long forks, fat butt tire, grow my whiskers bike, I think I'd be inclined to gravitate toward some serious cubic inches to back up the look, no?

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If I were in the market I would probably lean towards the VTX1300, though I do also kind of like the 2007 Victory Hammer S at 1600cc (never rode one though).




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I'd get a sportster 883.
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Couldn't say that with a straight face! Seriously, though, I kinda like the Shadow 750.

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find a used Honda Valkyrie great bike ...

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If I was fat and bald with a possible goatee... a gray Honda VTX1800

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I've ridden both the shadow 600 and 1100 quite a bit. The 600 had really crappy power, bad enought that my brothers 81 yamaha 400 special would pass it up like a dirty shirt. If is was going to use either of these, it would the be 1100 hands down.

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He's right about that. Smooth, powerful, and you aren't likely to see another coming your way. They handle much better than you think, too.

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If I was fat and bald with a possible goatee... a gray Honda VTX1800
Save for the future!

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dont git the sportster, incredibly under powered and it vibrates like your girlfriend wants it to... i had a 82 nighthawk 450 and could smoke my brothers 04 883 low, the shadow 650 is just as bad i hear....

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If I was fat and bald with a possible goatee... a gray Honda VTX1800
So when are you starting the Goatee

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WOW, y'all are being so harsh with the cruiser crowd here. I know it's all in good fun, well most of it.

Just remember one thing. It's called a "CRUISER" for a good reason. Scrapping floorboards is fun, but gets old fast and you really won't keep up with a decent group of sportbike rides on the twisties. But, it is fun to embarass dumba$$ squids on a big fat cruiser!

I need more info on what you want? Funds you want to part with? Will you be doing 2-up riding? Any long distances? etc.

Best bang for the buck. You can get a used 750 Star cheap. It has become the entry-level of choice of alot of old first-timers that move up to a bigger bike within the first year.

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Hey now, the real cool guys wear Tommy Bahama silk there young'n.

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Shoowt... I'd drive a cruiser and I'm younger than all you farts. Just have to get the one that fits your liking... with that said, go find your own bike. Every bike is the best bike ever made, just ask everyone.

I'd get something a little bigger just because cruisers are so underpowered off the floor and I'd go crazy if I had it pinned and I was just hanging with cars.

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I was thinking about a cheap bike that I could bob the rear fender, take the motor out, paint the frame and body work and just ride around.

I'm keeping the 9'er so performance isn't an issue. I just want something different and fun to tinker with. If I ever did get a nice bike I'd be too afraid to strip the paint or cut into it.

I acutally had fun on my friends Honda Rebel just going up and down the street.

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I'm going to go out on a limb here...

The HD V-Rod is actually pretty cool, for a cruiser. I've also be told I'm pretty fly for a white guy.

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I just picked up a little 883L. It is the antithesis of a 919, which I still have.
It's a hoot to ride. It's like seeing the world at half speed. I prefer sport bikes, but a little strange don't hurt....

Oh yeah, some Vance and Hines headers are on the way....

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There's such a thing as too big. I had a VTX 1300C and sold it for a VTX 1800C. While I liked the locomotive torque of the 1800, it was just so bulky I really had to muscle it around. The 1300 is a big bike too, but much more balanced overall than the 1800 in my opinion. If I were to buy another cruiser I'd seriously consider the 1300 (unless I found a great deal on a V rod or Victory Vegas).

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I use fit as a first guide. Were I to do the cruiser thing, it'd have to be at least 900 cc. Vulcan custom, Shadow 1100 spirit, H/D sporty 1200 c. I'm not a Harley guy but I respect where the company has been.

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