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Have you looked at Indian?If I was going to buy a cruiser cruiser, I'd think about the new Rebel 1100 as well.
Keep em coming guy and gals, great feedback
If possible, take lengthy test rides on prospective cruiser bikes if you have not owned one before. I bought a Bonneville America that was in very nice shape to alleviate leg pain on longer rides. I found that riding style to be comfortable ONLY when moving in a fairly straight line on flat terrain. Yes, my legs felt better, but the bike felt like it was 'falling" into turns. Red lights and stop signs became a game of either leave the bike in gear, or do an awkward dance to put the bike into gear. No biggie for some folks, but not confidence inspiring for me. I gladly sold it after a few months. Do your homework.
I like my 2011 Triumph Rocket III Touring.Very comfortable for 300- 400 mile days.Stable as hell, even among trucks and with heavy crosswinds.And the massive torque is addicting! No need for downshiftsto pass on the highway - even loaded and 2 up. The California1400 - while no slouch - is wimpy by comparison. 'Course the Cali has better handling and better brakes. The Rocket is finewhen it's cranked over, but yer certainly not gonna do anythingheroic mid-corner. Definitely a case of set things up and drive itthrough.Against this, the Rocket is a bit top-heavy at parking lot speeds,and requires that one pay attention - more so than the California. -Stretch
None of the above.. I'm just not a cruiser kind of guy, I guess. Had one. Hated it.
The only thing I couldn't get over is it burnt my inner thighs in the summer time.
So I wasn't going to reply because I don't know either of those bikes well enough and you already said no Harley.But here's how I would go about considering them both:* FIRST - plain and simple - find and ride them see which one fits best. The aftermarket is smaller for both and you don't have nearly the options to make it fit better that you do on Harleys. Both sound pretty big and I might lean toward the Vstar just because it's less "excessive" in engine size (but I don't know actual mass of both so that is probably more important).* NEXT - find out about maintenance. Valve adjustments or hydro? (I'd go hydro unless the adjustments are easy). Belt/shaft/Chain? Some of the Yamaha cruisers had stupid design issues, like exhausts in the way of the oil filter so you'd have to remove part of the exhaust to change the oil. Hopefully that's a thing of the past on these.
Ironically, the VStar 1100 and VStar 1300 you favor DOES have the design issue of the exhaust blocking the oil filter removal. There is an oil filter relocation kit available.
You mentioned the triumph being prone to a chirpy belt. Having had a Victory V92 with a squealing belt issue Iíd say avoid that one if you dislike irritating high pitched noises. One of the reasons I traded my V92 for a Trophy 900.
Moto-unoThatís interesting. So the 1900 was that much more bike or was the 1300 just not that much of a bike?inditx
JEEEZ really? God that problem goes back to the friggin Virago in the 90s. For gawd's sake. So stupid.
JEEEZ really? God that problem goes back to the friggin Virago in the 90s. For gawd's sake. So stupid.And this is one of the many reasons why my "cruiser" looks like this!
Nice King Kev! I really hope Inditx gives HD a look, especially if looking at heavy cruisers in the first place. My neighbor had a black 03 King with low mileage and immaculate and can be had for around 6k. It is carbureted but that would be my first choice anyway.
Ohh Man, i admit that I'm not Harley Material,but yours Kev m ,well colour ,That Seat , hmmmm . Lol still not a cali 1400 Cheers
We have owned three Yamaha VStar 1300 motorcycles, including one "tour" model with the fairing and hard bags - and currently still own one. We're mostly 2-up on this one.No issues.After owning more than 100 motorcycles, this is one that we are rather fond of.
Nice!What year is this one?inditx
The VStar 1300 is an overhead cam design with shaft drive. The Roadliner and Raider using the 1900 V-Twin is a pushrod belt drive design. Very different performance characteristics. Of the two, I chose the Raider as I preferred the styling and I already had experience with Yamaha's predecessor to the 1900 engine, their 1600 V-Twin used in the Road Star.That said, both the VStar 1300 and the 1600/1700/1900 V-Twins are all exceptionally reliable and easy to maintain (with the exception of the 1300 oil filter "snafu".).
Nice kballowe!Did you own either of the 1700 or 1900ís?If so, how did they compare?My pillion is growing fonder of the idea of a fairing and some type of queen type seat or at least arm rests of a comfy seat.Now Iíve gone and done it ay?!inditx
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