Go Back   Motorcycle Forum > Motorcycle.Com General Discussion > Motorcycle News > Old News > Misc News

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 04-01-2003, 05:31 AM   #11
ValkBandit
Registered Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2001
Posts: 473
Default A Valkyrie ...

get a used valk. you will not be sorry. anything else just trundles.
ValkBandit is offline   Reply With Quote

Sponsored Links Remove Advertisements
Motorcycle Forum
Advertisement
Old 04-01-2003, 05:34 AM   #12
bhiley
Founding Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Posts: 30
Default Re: I need MOpinions on what cruiser to buy

I second the opinion about considering the VS1400. As a new rider, I was looking for an affordable used cruiser a year ago and liked the "chopper" look of the Honda Spirit, Kawi Vulcan, and Suzuki Intruder. I started looking at the 750-800cc sizes thinking it would be better to go smaller for a first bike. Ended up deciding to go for more power (1100-1400cc) so I wouldn't outgrow it so soon and since I weigh 240lb. Saw many nice, low-mileage used bikes in the $3,500-$4,800 price range for a '95 or '96. Ended up with a '95 VS1400 because I liked the "look" and at approx 530lb dry it had the best power/weight ratio (only 90cc less than a "big" Harley, but about 100lb less weight. I can vouch for the roll-on power. Even with my big butt on it, it will about jerk my arms off if I really let it out. Good luck with the search.
bhiley is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-01-2003, 05:51 AM   #13
nweaver
Founding Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2001
Posts: 458
Default Two options...

1: Used Magna. ~75 hp (high for a cruiser, especially a lower displacement one), and a V4 to boot.



2: OLD sportster. Get the genu-wyne article: An old paint-rattling, bone-chatterin Harrrley Davidson. Crap suspension, crud handling, but at least you look really REALLY cool, without breaking the bank.

nweaver is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-01-2003, 08:11 AM   #14
ValknMag
Founding Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2001
Posts: 107
Default Re: I need MOpinions on what cruiser to buy

August 2002 Motorcycle Cruiser magazine's Muscle Cruiser shootout results :

1) V-Max (duh!)

2) Valkyrie (have one. Unique look. Motor? Accelerates well from 25 mph in fifth gear.)

3) V-Rod (probably not in the price range)

4) Magna (have one. Not a monster off the line, but I think it's closer to 84 hp above 5000. Below 4000, it's just a nice V4.)

5) Honda VTX-C (price point, again)

6) Yamaha Warrior

7) Kawasaki Mean Streak
ValknMag is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-01-2003, 08:23 AM   #15
Buzglyd
Founding Member
 
Buzglyd's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2001
Posts: 10,904
Default Re: I need MOpinions on what cruiser to buy

Since he's talking 4-5 grand I don't think any of the bikes you mention (other than a used V max) would be affordable.



Are used Valkyries already that cheap?
Buzglyd is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-01-2003, 09:02 AM   #16
captainwhoopass
Founding Member
 
captainwhoopass's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2001
Posts: 1,670
Default Re: I need MOpinions on what cruiser to buy

"4-5 grand isn't going to get you much power, at least in the metric cruiser world."



Sure it will. See the posts below about the V-max.
__________________
<blockquote>
\"I knew it. I\'m surrounded by a$$holes.\" [b][i]Lord Helmet, Spaceballs
captainwhoopass is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-01-2003, 09:05 AM   #17
captainwhoopass
Founding Member
 
captainwhoopass's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2001
Posts: 1,670
Default Re: 4-5 G's V-Max Rules!

Ditto on that. The V-Max is absolutely guaranteed to put a smile one your face. I also couldn't think of a more reliable (or more powerful) motor that's ever been used in a cruiser.
__________________
<blockquote>
\"I knew it. I\'m surrounded by a$$holes.\" [b][i]Lord Helmet, Spaceballs
captainwhoopass is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-01-2003, 10:17 AM   #18
sjriott
Founding Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Posts: 71
Default Re: I need MOpinions on what cruiser to buy

I'd get the Vmax. You should have no problem finding one in your price range. Buy a 1994 or newer if possible since the forks and brakes are upgraded.



There are cheap upgrades that you need to do. One is called the Furbur fix which replaces a rubber washer in the headset with a steel one. The other is to buy some stiffer front fork springs from Race Tech for about $80.



You'll have an extremely fun bike that has tons of hop up potential should you decide to do so in the future. Mine has a Corbin seat which helps on the long rides, a Stage 1 jet kit from Dynojet, K&N filter and a Hindle 4-1 exhaust and it sounds badass when you wick the throttle open.



The only downside is the fact that they chew rear tires up like crazy if you're heavy with the throttle but you said you wanted power.



There's nothing like feeding tailights to a brand new Vrod!
__________________
CBR900RR, WR426, XR50 & PW50
sjriott is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-01-2003, 10:36 AM   #19
tumbler
Founding Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Posts: 289
Default Re: I need MOpinions on what cruiser to buy

What's a RSW?
tumbler is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-01-2003, 10:39 AM   #20
captainwhoopass
Founding Member
 
captainwhoopass's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2001
Posts: 1,670
Default Re: I need MOpinions on what cruiser to buy

Road Star Warrior, I think.
__________________
<blockquote>
\"I knew it. I\'m surrounded by a$$holes.\" [b][i]Lord Helmet, Spaceballs
captainwhoopass is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off