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Old 07-06-2007, 02:01 PM   #11
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Get a big standard Jap liter bike, put on a flyscreen, and ride it for zillions of miles before you have to do anything to it.

The rest are neat, but who needs the headaches like goofy dealers/high maintenance costs/etc...and in the case of the Buell, strange motor issues.
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Old 07-06-2007, 02:13 PM   #12
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If he's looking to replace the Virago with something comperable, than a sportster would be it.

As a side note, do most people get the smaller or larger tanked sportsters?
I have no idea what size tank they usually get. The standard one is 3 1/2 gals. At over 50 mpg, it'll get you far enough.
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Old 07-06-2007, 02:36 PM   #13
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ZRX1100/1200. Do it.
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Old 07-06-2007, 06:33 PM   #14
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If he's looking to replace the Virago with something comperable, than a sportster would be it.

As a side note, do most people get the smaller or larger tanked sportsters?
With mid controls, a Sportster's seating position would be closer to the BMW than it is to a Virago.

How about a Yamaha FZ6? Looks more like a sportbike than a standard, but it has a fairly standard riding position.
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Old 07-06-2007, 06:56 PM   #15
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"I'm 5'7" with a 27.5" inseam"
--Seat height on an FZ6 is 31.6". Also, it doesn't seem like he is going for the sportsbike look. He's looking for a naked standard based on his list with a low seat height.

Seat height on the Bandit 1250 is 31.1". So, that might not be an option either.

The monster 695 is 30.3". So that seams promising. The 800 monster is 31.5"

The Ninja 500R comes in at 30.5".

The sportster is around 26-26.5".
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Old 07-06-2007, 07:16 PM   #16
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It's my parents fault and I'm taller than them. With the money you'll save, even if you buy new, you can build a sweet front end with some springs and emulators. It'll power electric gloves. If you don't mind spending Euro's you can hard bag it out. If you over ride it you need to be on the track. With some risers and a laminar lip it's a great commuter/sport tourer. Once you take the stickers off it people may even say it looks nice. Maybe some heavy bar ends? If money isn't an issue a custom rear shock, but only if you think you need it. You can run at 80(indicated) and still make 50 + mpg. And if you baby it you'll have to take fuel out at night so it doesn't over flow.
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Old 07-06-2007, 10:48 PM   #17
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Nevermind the man behind the curtain...get thee to the nearest Buell dealer and be done with it. There, problem solved.

(Or do what Cuddy says and get one of those stupid old super-reliable-comfortable-powerful-worry free Jap bikes...any of those would probably work too).
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