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post #1 of 28 (permalink) Old 08-12-2013, 01:50 PM Thread Starter
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smaller cruiser for long trips

What would be a good cruiser for longer trips with a passenger I'm not looking for a touring bike mainly because I'm not going to do a lot of long trips but I want one that I could. I have looked into the Kawasaki Vulcan and the Honda shadow I really want one around 750 to 1100cc I like the Kawasaki kz 750 and 1000 I just just love the look of the older Kawasaki thanks
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I, Too am a fan to the older street bike styling. Have you considered a Triumph Bonnie?
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I really like the them but they are really hard to find around here. I like the Kawasaki because my Ltd 440 is a lot like the 750 and 1000 because its a lot Like my Ltd thanks
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A Honda Shadow 750 isn't a bad choice. I had one for about a year and was comfortable for the long haul or short commute with or without a passenger.
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Have a look at The Suzuki boulevard C50 or C90, very comfy and it will humm along nicely.
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Have a look at The Suzuki boulevard C50 or C90, very comfy and it will humm along nicely.
I am actually currently riding a S50 Boulevard and am finding it quite a nice cruiser. Solid but not bulky, not buzzy...
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The C50 is a great medium size bike that is good for trips.

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might also check Yamaha Stryker.

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I think you would be fine on either the Shadow 750 or 1100. The 750 will do 2up just fine, though the 1100 might serve you a bit better there.

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I took my 94 magna 750 from central Missouri to Sturgis last year and it did just fine, my butt on the other hand, well that's a different story
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Yamahas V-stars come in 650 950 1100 (discontinued now) 1300 & even bigger models in other divisions.

If you want to tour 2-up (with some luggage & a windhield?) I'd probably suggest the V-star 950 might be a good starting size
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You think riding to Sturgis of a Magma is tuff on your butt? I live in SD and I rode all the way from NY to SD on a 1955 Harley PanHead....sore butt...sore back...sore kidneys....sore balls....sore hands....you get my drift
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I agree on the C50. I have an '09 that I've owned for about 3-1/2 years now and it's a great bike! It's smooth, comfortable, and hauls my 280 lb. self around just fine.
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Don't if this thread is still going but I have a 01 Honda Shadow 750 spirit. and I ride it every day I live in south Texas so I can ride pretty much all year round. I've not gone on any really long trips but I did ride a little over 150 miles the other day and was very comfy the hole trip. The only thing about the Shadow is your passenger can't be very tall. the pegs don't have the best placement.
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The Suzuki C50-T Boulevard will do nicely. Fuel injected, Shaft drive, Liquid cooled and comes set-up for touring. That said, with the factory seat your rear will be numb after 200 miles or so. My 2008 gets a solid 55 mpg at 70-75 and the 4.1 gallon tank means only stopping for fuel at around 200 miles using regular 87 octane gas.
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Vstar 950 tourer was a great mid size cruiser for long trips
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The V-star is a decent enough cruiser for trips with a nice large engine. This gives you the highway power and space to do what you want. You can add some saddlebags on there and instantly have a nice cruiser for wekeend getaway trips. It's always been kinda like a dream of mine to do something like that, but still saving up.

You don't want to go too small because you wont really have the cruiser capability that you want. Vstar is great, Shadow 750 is good too..
Throw on these bags http://www.vikingbags.com/yamaha-v-s...saddlebags.htm you're golden
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Most metric mid size cruisers will do the trick...happy hunting for a bike that fits you

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The only motorcycle ever designed to haul two, is the 1981 Yamaha XS1100H, and it is not supposed to have a side car attached to it either....
get something that has handgrips for the passenger to hold onto.


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quite some yrs back i had a 750 shadow. was a great bike but left much to be desired when riding 2 up, rear drum brake being the problem. from that i went to the 900 vulcan and that was my gem for quite a few yrs. it had a rear disc brake for the 2 up riding an it did have some nice get up an go. also nice for taking trips. for a low budget imo you can't beat it.
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quite some yrs back i had a 750 shadow. was a great bike but left much to be desired when riding 2 up, rear drum brake being the problem. from that i went to the 900 vulcan and that was my gem for quite a few yrs. it had a rear disc brake for the 2 up riding an it did have some nice get up an go. also nice for taking trips. for a low budget imo you can't beat it.
I had a Shadow 750 for a while, and the ONLY time it had any issue with doing 2-up was when the passenger I had stood 6'8" and weighed in at 350+ lbs. But with someone a little more normal size, (225lbs @5'6") my ACE had zero problems. The Shadow is surprisingly capable for it's size.

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Go ride some used bikes at a dealer. If you can sneak out 20 miles on each bike you will find out which one you like. 800 - 1100 cc bikes can be buzzy compared to a 1300 cc bike. You can tour on any size bike. The biggest difference is at the end of the day and how many miles you are able to go and how tired you are. Bigger bikes tend to have less vibration and ride smoother. V Star 1300 is a good mid size bike for all around riding and longer trips. You will however need to buy a good seat. Yamaha doesn't have a clue on how to make a comfortable seat on anything but their Venture touring bike.

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Im on board with Suzuki Intruder Volusia (800cc) I have had bike across country - PA to Calif. & back several times - a great bike. I have 128,000 miles on it - my clutch just started slipping end of last year. Comfortable 2 up or 1.
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I'm a bit late to this thread, but if you are still thinking about this you might want to consider the Triumph America or Speedmaster. I used to have an America, and with its 865cc engine and cruiser styling it was an excellent bike. Small enough at 550 pounds to use as an everyday bike, and powerful enough to take across the country if you wanted to (I would recommend adding a windscreen and saddle bags as a minimum). The only real reason I traded my America in for my current ride, a Triumph Thunderbird, is that I frequently ride two-up and the larger engine on the T-bird (1600 cc) handles that job nicely, plus the T-bird has a lot of extras not found on the America (ABS, a 6th gear, better instrumentation, etc.).

Personally I used to consider myself a Honda guy, and I've had a few Honda cruisers. While the 750 Aero and Shadow have their supporters, I found this bike very underpowered for a 750. And relatively, the newer 1300cc cruisers from Honda also seem underpowered in real world use, in my opinion.

You mentioned the Bonneville as a choice, and maybe you were referring to what once was called the Bonneville America. The current Bonneville, while it has the same 865 engine as the America, is a very different bike. It is a cafe racer style bike, not a cruiser, and in opinion less suited for all day riding and touring.

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You will get all kinds of opinions. I have had a Yamaha Vstar 1100, a Honda VTX 1800, and now have a Honda Stateline 1300. IMO, for not a lot more money it is worth it to get into the 1300 range, especially as you say if you will be doing some longer trips and have a passenger.

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I just realized that this thread is 2 years old, hopefully he's found what he wanted by now, but if anybody else is looking there's a couple of nice looking older but great condition V65 magnas here and here. There are a lot of sweet deals around on VTX 1300's as well and a 1300 whether it be a VTX, VSTAR, Stateline would be a lot better suited for any kind of traveling with a passenger.
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You mean I am 2 years older?

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For two up on longer trips I say get enough power. For a Vtwin a 750 is bare minimum I think.
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