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Old 05-23-2009, 07:11 AM   #1
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I've been riding a Shadow 600 for one year and have recently been shopping to upgrade to a bigger bike. I've found two bikes for sale by private individuals near where I live and having trouble deciding which one to make an offer on:

2002 Shadow ACE 750 - 15K miles, tons of accessories (windshield, light bar and spotlights, cobra exhaust, cobra jet kit, driver floor boards, mustang seat, lockable bags), awesome custom paint job and 2 matching helmets. Some rust here and there on the heads of some bolts, some rust spots on the kuryakyn grips, and generally a bit dirty. Very comfortable ride. Some engine sputtering - the seller said it had been parked for 2-3 weeks.

2002 Suzuki Volusia 800 - 16 K miles, windshield, floor boards, lockable bags). Immaculate condition. The only two things of note on the ride were it felt like the brakes needed some attention and the seat was not comfortable.

Any advice on which one might be the best choice? Both are asking $3500. The Shadow is chain driven and the Volusia is shaft driven. How much weight should that have on the decision?

Any advice or hints would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks for reading and ride safe!
J

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Old 05-23-2009, 07:36 AM   #2
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I like the VL800 Suzuki. Both bikes are carburated. The shaft will be less maintanance? I d go for the one thats in the best shape, simply because they have around the same milage? Both great bikes.Good luck!
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Old 05-23-2009, 08:57 AM   #3
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I would avoid anything that has obvious carb issues, unless you like working on them.

Not that it's really all that complicated - but it's usually a PITA and can overwhelm an aspiring home-mechanic. And if you're wrenching, you're not riding.
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Old 05-23-2009, 08:57 AM   #4
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From what I've seen I think the Suzuki has more oomph than the Honda. Better on the freeways.
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Old 05-23-2009, 06:14 PM   #5
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I like the look of the Honda A.C.E better than the Suzuki. However, I would chose the bike in the best physical condition, given that they have roughly the same mileage. Good luck with the decision!
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Old 05-23-2009, 07:55 PM   #6
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I'm Honda. Honda's have a track record of being able to "go a lifetime". The Suzuki is not bad, but the Honda would be a better deal. Either way, pick the best condition, but the Honda is gonna be cheaper, easier and will last longer.
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Old 05-23-2009, 09:13 PM   #7
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Wait, what??
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Old 05-24-2009, 10:27 AM   #8
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Thank you all very much for your input. I went with the Volusia and am very pleased. I love my little Shadow, but I'm very excited about my new ride!
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Old 05-24-2009, 06:28 PM   #9
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Thank you all very much for your input. I went with the Volusia and am very pleased. I love my little Shadow, but I'm very excited about my new ride!
Good call. You gotta figure if the Honda guy wouldn't bother to clean up his bike to sell it, he probably treated it like crap overall.

My neighbor got a brand new Volusia a couple of months ago. It's a decent looking cruiser, except for an extremely wide rear fender. I mean a like 240 tire sized rear fender, with a 160 that looks really weird in there. Wonder why they did that...
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