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2006 Suzuki Boulevard C50, 11456 miles, $3250 3 7.50%
2007 Yamaha V-Star 1100, 4313 miles, $4200 25 62.50%
2004 Yamaha VStar 650, 2,250 miles, $2999 0 0%
2006 Yamaha VStar 1100 Silverado, 40,000 miles, $3500 2 5.00%
2007 Honda Shadow VT750, no listed miles, $3999 10 25.00%
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post #1 of 21 Old 10-08-2014, 03:45 AM Thread Starter
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Which should I buy???????

Give me your opinion...

I want something to do weekend trips with, and maybe occasionally a longer one. It would mostly be for commuting. I live in SoCal, so freeway power is a must.

2006 Suzuki Boulevard C50, 11456 miles, $3250

2007 Yamaha V-Star 1100, 4313 miles, $4200

2004 Yamaha VStar 650, 2,250 miles, $2999

2006 Yamaha VStar 1100 Silverado, 40,000 miles, $3500

2007 Honda Shadow VT750, no listed miles, $3999

Let me know what is the best bang for the buck. I'm leaning towards the 2007 vstar, but I'm just not sure.

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post #2 of 21 Old 10-08-2014, 03:59 AM
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- 2006 Suzuki Boulevard C50

- 2004 Yamaha VStar 650

- 2007 Honda Shadow VT750


None of these will give you jaw dropping power, but will get the job done .... I drove a co-workers Suzuki M50 and I found it was really underwhelming.


Do you plan on riding 2-up? What other bikes have you owned and whats your riding experience?

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VStar 1100 is hard to beat, out of those listed. I'd look for the one in the best condition and one that had the external oil filter mod performed, although that can be done later.

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If you must get a V twin, buy low mileage. They're not known for their longevity generally speaking. Neighbor bought a Star 1100 with 55k and engine blew in less than 24 hours. Won't find many fans here of V twins unless its an SV 650 which is a much better bike and more powerful than the anemic v twin cruisers.

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I think vtwins will last just fine.

If you need a cruiser with an oomph, stay above 1200cc's. I rode a Sportster 1200, which was probably not enough to merge on some highways.

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The 07 V-Star 1100. I had a v-star 650 that I had pipes, pod filters, jetted, barnett clutch, and bobbed the bike that kept up with the 1100. I can definitely say it was quicker than a Sportster 883. Very reliable, as long as you don't mind the usual pre-ride warm-up on carb bikes. You wouldn't like the 650's higher rpm on the freeway at all.

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VStar 1100 is hard to beat, out of those listed. I'd look for the one in the best condition and one that had the external oil filter mod performed, although that can be done later.
He actually has done that mod.

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- 2006 Suzuki Boulevard C50

- 2004 Yamaha VStar 650

- 2007 Honda Shadow VT750


None of these will give you jaw dropping power, but will get the job done .... I drove a co-workers Suzuki M50 and I found it was really underwhelming.


Do you plan on riding 2-up? What other bikes have you owned and whats your riding experience?
Probably very little 2-up riding, but yes, some. I owned a 82 Honda twinnie, and I need something with power now.

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Don't know much about cruisers. I understand the 750 shadow has a tiny tank / short range. I rode a 650 v-star and 1100 shadow and they did nothing for me. I don't the way a raked fork handles I suppose. Of all the cruisers I guess the only one I've admired is the Valkyrie.
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Don't know much about cruisers. I understand the 750 shadow has a tiny tank / short range. I rode a 650 v-star and 1100 shadow and they did nothing for me. I don't the way a raked fork handles I suppose. Of all the cruisers I guess the only one I've admired is the Valkyrie.
Ken I get about 140 miles a tank from my shadow 750. That being said, it is almost useless for two up for me personally since I weigh about 270. .02

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My friend had a honda vt 750 and never changed or added oil for 7 years he put 38000km's and the bike ran fine it was a long time running joke with a bunch of us in a local riding club we offered to pitch in and get it changed but he never would. He eventually traded it in and bought a Harley and now he's to good to ride with us, oh well!!!

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one YOU like the most. None on my list to own but I'd ride any of those. See where I'm going with this? In any event, hope you will be happy with what ever you pick.

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one YOU like the most. None on my list to own but I'd ride any of those. See where I'm going with this? In any event, hope you will be happy with what ever you pick.
Good point, different strokers for different folks. It's whatever lights your fire.

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My friend had a honda vt 750 and never changed or added oil for 7 years he put 38000km's and the bike ran fine it was a long time running joke with a bunch of us in a local riding club we offered to pitch in and get it changed but he never would. He eventually traded it in and bought a Harley and now he's to good to ride with us, oh well!!!


Your friend does not sound very responsible, only lucky.

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Your friend does not sound very responsible, only lucky.
I was thinking the friend was full of shit and changed the oil without telling anyone.

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I would never wish a V-Star 1100 on anyone, and I can't imagine the 650 being any better. I started out on a 2003 Shadow 750 ACE and LOVED that bike. I thought for sure I'd like to get an 1100 one day, until I rode my neighbor's 2002 Star-1100. It was a joke. To me, it's the Pontiac G6 of motorcycles. NOTHING special, gets the job done, and lacks character. I specifically recall telling a friend, "I didn't think my Shadow sucked this bad, and it was a smaller bike." Even with drag pipes the Star still sounded like a turd. The single-pin crank on the Shadow produced a nice note with an aftermarket system.

Keep in mind, the 2002 V-Star 1100 is shaft drive, air cooled, turd-bucket on two wheels. It's probably the last bike on my list of bikes to own one day.

The Shadow 750 Ace, however, is a cruiser I wouldn't mind owning again, even though it has that silly chain that needs maintenance.

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kaw vulcan 900 an option?

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All the listed bikes do not fit your criteria. The Vulcan 900 IS the bike you want.

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All the listed bikes do not fit your criteria. The Vulcan 900 IS the bike you want.
I bought a 2002 Ninja ZX7R in 2011; my 2nd season riding. Originally I had a lady-wood for the Shadow Phantom (750cc) but my Ninja was a great cash deal. I never stopped thinking about that Phantom UNTIL I saw and sat on the Vulcan. Last May I came home from work to find a brand new Vulcan 900 Custom SE in the driveway with a big purple bow. My hubby bought it for me. I love riding it!! It's a smooth ride, nice handling, LOVE the fuel gauge and digital clock on the tank. My ONLY complaint is that (for me) the stock seat isn't comfortable for a long distance ride. I'd actually prefer my Ninja. Oh yes....I kept that. I'd never get rid of her unless the extreme happened.
Good luck with your decision and purchase! ! :-)

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