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Old 02-19-2010, 02:30 PM   #11
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I had a 95 Vulcan 800 (A model) bought it new & just let it go last August, I diddnt think it was hard to ride, but I can pull double the miles on my tourer. I wish I cold've kept the 800 great arround town & short trips, but not great for long days.

good to know about it not being good for long rides...we like to take long rides
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Old 02-19-2010, 02:40 PM   #12
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At 5'6", I echo what Pushrod and Seru said. Look at the Triumph Bonneville SE or their cruisers. Here's the link:

Triumph Motorcycles - Bonneville SE
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Triumph Motorcycles - Speedmaster

Are you into any sportier types of bikes, or just cruisers?
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Old 02-19-2010, 02:44 PM   #13
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i like the look of the triumphs...but one problem---not many here in Alberta Canada--which means it's hard to find

i don't like sportier types much..i know i should at my age, but i just dont
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Old 02-19-2010, 02:47 PM   #14
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good to know about it not being good for long rides...we like to take long rides
Especially 2 up I wouldnt think many bikes under 1000 cc are suitable for too long of a trip. Everyone has different expectation.
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Old 02-19-2010, 02:53 PM   #15
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i like the look of the triumphs...but one problem---not many here in Alberta Canada--which means it's hard to find

i don't like sportier types much..i know i should at my age, but i just dont
As far as cruisers go, generally speaking, wider front tires mean slower handling and turning. These wider front tires can mean the bike seems to react slowly to your turning input. Longer wheelbases result in slower turning. The old Yamaha Virago's were decent handling cruisers, and used ones can be had pretty cheap.

Try looking at the Suzuki S50. It's a little more narrow than you mom's bike. Perhaps the Harley-Davidson Nightster. I'll warn you, the Harleys are a little top-heavy, which also can be unnerving to new riders. The Harley definitely gets marks for coolness.

I looked it up. There is a Triumph dealer in Edmonton. How far from you is that?
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Old 02-19-2010, 02:57 PM   #16
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is there???? hmmm that's only 4 hours away and we have family there....i will have to look into it...thanks
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Old 02-19-2010, 03:05 PM   #17
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just found one in Calgary, thats only 2 hours away
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Old 02-19-2010, 03:05 PM   #18
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i think out of my price range though
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Old 02-19-2010, 03:07 PM   #19
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just found one in Calgary, thats only 2 hours away
Are you looking strictly used? What's you price range? What brand dealers are near you (because even once you buy it, you're going to have to get it serviced, unless your husband can do it for you).
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well i have $5000 to work with...so used is probably my only option....and yes, Bill can service it, so that's not a problem there...the victory dealer he uses (for parts and warranty) for his bike is up by edmonton, so it's not a big deal to go there if i need to
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