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im looking at getting the bike stated above. im about 5'4", 155lbs. is the bike capable of taking interstate rides (upwards of 75mph)? i wont be hitting the interstate right off the bat, but im hoping to make the bike last me at least 3 or 4 years before an upgrade, and i know im going to want to do group rides that involve the interstate at some point.
 

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im looking at getting the bike stated above. im about 5'4", 155lbs. is the bike capable of taking interstate rides (upwards of 75mph)? i wont be hitting the interstate right off the bat, but im hoping to make the bike last me at least 3 or 4 years before an upgrade, and i know im going to want to do group rides that involve the interstate at some point.
That would be a great bike. And yes, it will work on the interstate. The only issue that I can see is that bike is 23 years old. Those Hondas are not very expensive, you could probably find a much, much newer motorcycle probably not much more money.

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problem is, im doing a trade plus cash. unfortunately, i dont have the funds to straight up buy the bike with cash unless my trade gets sold first. and i havent found many takers on the trade. its a gun. so cash that im paying at most, is 600. the trade is valued at 900. so really, i think im getting a pretty fair deal out of it. ....IF the bike is in as good of condition that the guy says it is.
 

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problem is, im doing a trade plus cash. unfortunately, i dont have the funds to straight up buy the bike with cash unless my trade gets sold first. and i havent found many takers on the trade. its a gun. so cash that im paying at most, is 600. the trade is valued at 900. so really, i think im getting a pretty fair deal out of it. ....IF the bike is in as good of condition that the guy says it is.
Ah - then go for it. Sounds like a great deal.

How did you find someone to do a trade? I have a few firearms - maybe I can use a couple to find a '16-'17 Triumph T120
 

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Hi Sterling...I saw your post on another thread about helmets. This bike is a good starter, if it has been properly maintained then you should have a good dependable bike to get started on.

Just know that there will be unexpected expenses coming. I have found that the only thing that is less expensive in the world of motorcycling is gas and insurance. Everything else costs more.
 

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im looking at getting the bike stated above. im about 5'4", 155lbs. is the bike capable of taking interstate rides (upwards of 75mph)? i wont be hitting the interstate right off the bat, but im hoping to make the bike last me at least 3 or 4 years before an upgrade, and i know im going to want to do group rides that involve the interstate at some point.
I have a 1988 VLX 600 which is the first gen and it has two carbs and a fuel pump. Supposedly, it is faster but I don't know. It runs perfectly but when I go over 65 mph, I feel like I'm riding paint can shaker. The engine can handle it with no problem but I can't. This is OK with me because I've always avoided the interstate except as a last resort.
Some VLX owners have gone to a smaller rear sprocket for better gas mileage but that reduces low end power. I understand the European version (Steed instead of Shadow) has a 5-speed -- this would be the best solution.

For a small bike with excellent power and speed with great gas mileage, try to find a Kawasaki Vulcan 500 which has vertical/parallel twin cylinders, 10 more horsepower and 6 speeds. I had one and regret selling it. It sat just as low as the VLX 600 and ran perfectly. The engine and drivetrain are supposedly the same as the Ninja 500.
 
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