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Post  grahame on Mon 07 May 2012, 7:38 pm

Did a 700 k trip on the vt 750 last friday was very impressed. Have any of you blokes owned a cruiser before ? I could only imagine how good a vtx 1300 would be. Have not even thought of owning a cruiser until now
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Post  Ewok1958 on Mon 07 May 2012, 8:04 pm

I owned a Vz800 for 3 years and traded it in on the Bandit. Not that I didn't like the VZ but it was my 'learner' bike return to motorcycling, ie to get L's and P's. It was a bit of a wind-sock at higher speeds, which would be tiring over a day and I have to say I'm a bit prone to liking to get a few k's under the belt when the road is boring! Wink At normal speeds though, it was a good ride but the seat wasn't great for all-day riding. I liked it a lot and would have kept it if I could have.

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Post  gus on Mon 07 May 2012, 9:00 pm

Not in this lifetime thanks .I'll ride the Bonnie for that type of ride .
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Post  holdenman on Mon 07 May 2012, 9:53 pm

As a cruise bike for me i couldnt go past a m109r


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Post  Hammy on Tue 08 May 2012, 4:57 am

No thanks. Ever tried to corner sharp on one ? Embarassed
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Post  sb1250 on Tue 08 May 2012, 5:57 am

I had thought about the M109R before the Bandit. Just that rear tyre as a daily commute, tooooo expensive to replace on a regular basis.
As for sharp corners.......turn in until the peg touches! Shocked Laughing Laughing

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Post  grahame on Tue 08 May 2012, 10:53 am

Yeah that m109r does look sleek.. Geez ewok learner bikes have come a long way. Mine was a cb250n superhawk,,,, you would pass the cars down the hill then they would pass you going up the hill
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Post  b12mick on Tue 08 May 2012, 11:45 am

grahame wrote:Did a 700 k trip on the vt 750 last friday was very impressed. Have any of you blokes owned a cruiser before ? I could only imagine how good a vtx 1300 would be. Have not even thought of owning a cruiser until now

I haven't owned a cruiser, but I've ridden quite a few from different manufacturers. I'm yet to find one that I like.

A mate of mine has a VT750 and we've bike swapped a couple of times. All I can say is that if that's what you find comfortable and enjoyable then fair enough.
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Post  grahame on Tue 08 May 2012, 12:09 pm

Different i spose you could say,, maybe a few years down the track something to think about
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Post  madmax on Tue 08 May 2012, 4:39 pm

On my bucket list is to hire a Harley for an across the states trip. Other than that I doubt very much I'd own one. I wouldn't say never though.

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Post  grahame on Tue 08 May 2012, 5:12 pm

Yeah max , funnily enough i didnt look at them as a motorcycle.... Does that make sense? No,, but the idea seems to be growing on me. F#%£ it may as well go all the way and buy a harley Laughing
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Post  Kiwisteve on Tue 08 May 2012, 8:15 pm

madmax wrote:On my bucket list is to hire a Harley for an across the states trip. Other than that I doubt very much I'd own one. I wouldn't say never though.

I jumped on my bro's tractor (Harley) while I was in un zud at easter, was rather supprised how comfy it was Shocked . Still not for me tho.
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Post  madmax on Tue 08 May 2012, 9:11 pm

Kiwisteve wrote:
madmax wrote:On my bucket list is to hire a Harley for an across the states trip. Other than that I doubt very much I'd own one. I wouldn't say never though.

I jumped on my bro's tractor (Harley) while I was in un zud at easter, was rather supprised how comfy it was Shocked . Still not for me tho.

That's why I only want to hire one

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Post  b12mick on Wed 09 May 2012, 11:49 am

madmax wrote:On my bucket list is to hire a Harley for an across the states trip. Other than that I doubt very much I'd own one. I wouldn't say never though.

When my wife worked for the local HD dealer her boss tried to convince me to buy a Harley. I told him that when Harley make a reliable 1000cc+ in-line 4 that goes round corners properly then I'd consider it, until then, sorry but no.
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Post  Four40 on Wed 09 May 2012, 12:12 pm

Harleys are reliable.

98% of Harleys made are still on the road





2% made it home Very Happy
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Post  grahame on Wed 09 May 2012, 1:54 pm

Four40 wrote:Harleys are reliable.

98% of Harleys made are still on the road





2% made it home Very Happy

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Post  kewwig on Wed 09 May 2012, 6:30 pm

I went through a cruiser phase a few years back and bought a Suzuki VS1400 Intruder new. Looked OK, great roll on torque at lower speeds, but useless brakes, awful flop steering at low speeds around roundabouts, struggled 2-up and I didn't like it.

I have tried a few cruisers since, and 5 years ago on a trip to the USA rented a HD Fat Boy and rode around Michigan and a bit of Route 66 back to Chicago. I enjoyed it, but it wasn't much chop on corners (not that we had many.) The sound and presence is good, but the Bandit is far better in many ways.

I'd have a cruiser if I could have a lazy Sunday bike, but for my daily commute in rain and crap weather and the odd weekend blast away, a cruiser just doesn't cut it.

I tried an M109R a couple of weeks back and loved the sheer size and presence of the thing, but terrible in corners and not practicable for the riding I do. Great acceleration for a cruiser, though.

Having said all that, it's all about what makes you happy and our tastes change over time.
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Post  BanditDave on Wed 09 May 2012, 7:41 pm

Like Ewok, I had a VZ800 for around 3 years then the 2006 Bandit and now the 2009 Bandit.

I did some 600Km days on the VZ800 and found difficulty walking afterwards.

Both Bandits have been ridden for up to 900Km a day and I didn't find it uncomfortable afterwards.

I consider the reason is that bikes with forward controls put all of your body weight onto your back whereas the Bandit has some of your bodyweight on your legs.

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Post  Grover on Sun 20 May 2012, 8:37 am

I wouldn't mind a cruiser down the track, but not as my only bike. I love corners too much.

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