Finally have some access to some "extra" funds this year. Like the title says, I'm thinking about upgrading the 2-wheeler (or starting a stable?
Current ride is an '03 Suzuki Intruder 1400. It's pretty nice, it might just be the itch setting in waiting for the season to start in the midwest.
That said, I have spousal approval so hah!
The 'truder is my first Vtwin. First bike was a Honda single, then a Kanatuna/Katana, then a v4 Magna. I've been really digging the V-Twin world. I think I want some sort of "power cruiser" or "muscle cruiser". I've been eyeing a few models and hopefully start sitting on/test riding some soon. I have 0/zip/nada brand loyalty, as far as I can tell all the major brands are good quality outside of specific (usually well-known) issues. I'm 5'10" and find my current Intruder to be pretty comfy as a reference.
In order of none-particular (I've been able to find examples of these in the ~$6k range):
Harley Davidson V-Rod (specifically the "VRSCR/Street Rod" version, or VRSCDX/Night Rod Special for the mid controls)
Victory Vegas (and sub-models, Hammer, Jackpot, etc)
Yamaha Raider (BIG 1900 beastie there)
Styling-wise I favor the Vic, with the V-Rod and 109 tied for 2nd with the Raider then the Honda last. None of them are ugly. Notes: The Vic is just hawt (matter of taste and all), while the V-rod has that near "purposed build to go fast" look, and the big 'Zuk is big and interestingly freakish/brutish. The Raider is maybe a tad overdone, and the Honda looks like...a Honda.
I've actually ridden a V-Rod Muscle before. LOOOVED the engine. HAETED the ergos. I later got to sit on (but not operate) a Streed Rod variant and found its ergos to be MUCH better. I've also ridden a '15 Vegas at a demo day before Victory closed down and found it to be pretty dang nice. My price range is likely to be the Freedom 100" instead of the 106 but I expect it to be a similar experience.
I fully plan to get my keister in as many examples as possible before dropping the dough unless a screaming deal makes my mind up for me. I would appreciate any input/experiences people have had with these machines (bonus if it's been more than 1!).
I've been watching/listening to as many videos as I can find, and it seems (in vids anyway) the Honda sounds awful unless it's stock
, the H-D and Vic both sound great pretty much no matter what, and the 109 and Raider are good w/ the right exhaust. I don't plan on modding to speak of, so whatever it comes with will likely be how it stays in terms of exhaust - unless it's some ridic straight pipe, then I might trade back to OEM.
The right Dyna is a possibility also, but unlikely to be in my budget (Fat Bob or bust!)