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Old 03-09-2007, 11:31 AM   #31
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No, not "any." There are always customs...



I speak of feel and enjoyment. You can also feel the power in an old, big-block heavy car, but it ain't fast. Work w/me, Bubba. Different tastes for different moods.
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Old 03-09-2007, 11:38 AM   #32
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As above, how bout the Rocket III
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Old 03-09-2007, 12:14 PM   #33
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I had a Mean Streak for about 30,000 miles. Never noticed a power deficit--it was quicker than any normal car so was great for the daily race. Great handling, great brakes, low maintenance (shaft drive, self-adjusting valves), easy to work on. Lots of bike for the money. I really liked the riding position, not all stretched out. With your size and your sons riding along, you'd need a better seat than the stocker. Plenty of windscreen choices.



I too like the look and motor of the M109R. But it's not that comfortable (30" inseam) with the forward controls and the bar position. Puts more weight on your tail and might be tough for those long trips. Maintenance is not as easy as on the Mean Streak (e.g., tire changes and working around all that plastic).



I'm not big on the Warrior's ergos, either, although it is a nice looking ride.



I agree with almost everything said about the Honda.



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Old 03-09-2007, 12:15 PM   #34
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Neither should be a problem - 28.7" for Star and 27.6" for Vulcan... so go for whichever looks cooler to you.
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Old 03-09-2007, 12:30 PM   #35
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I keep hearing mentions of the Rocket III. Does anyone know of any afermarket exhausts for these things? My one complaint aobut the bike is the ugly three into one into two on one side and one on the other exhaust.
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Old 03-09-2007, 12:31 PM   #36
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I'm biased, but I say go for the Warrior. The VTX is powerful but handles awkwardly IMO. And it has shaft drive. I have not ridden the M109, but it has a lot of plastic, and shaft drive. I'm not sure what you've heard about the Warriors handling, but it's the best handling cruiser I've ever ridden, only limited by the footpeg clearance, which is better than most cruisers.

Check out rswarrior.com for a great website, another good reason to buy a Warrior IMO.
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Old 03-09-2007, 12:37 PM   #37
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MATT DAMON!
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Old 03-09-2007, 12:48 PM   #38
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No way! The most important thing about a motorcycle is how fast it goes! The faster the better!



See, the faster you go, the quicker your ride is over. Then you can put the bike in the garage for another six months until your next 50-mile blast.



Pure adrenaline, baby! Livin' life a quarter-mile at a time and 100 miles a year!
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Old 03-09-2007, 12:49 PM   #39
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Way to go, F.A.G.!
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Old 03-09-2007, 12:59 PM   #40
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When a certain bike tugs hard at your heart strings - you owe it to yourself to test ride one. If it continues to tug at your heart strings buy the damn thing and live happily for a while until something else comes along that pulls you off your current ride.
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