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post #1 of 13 Old 01-25-2008, 09:34 PM Thread Starter
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Recommend a cruiser for a KLR lover.

I love my KLR but am also interested in a cruiser. The KLR is the right size for me and most of the bikes I sit on feel too little. I am 6'2. Looking for something under 1000 cc. Comfort nd mileage are more important than performance to me. thanks for your help.
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post #2 of 13 Old 01-25-2008, 10:44 PM
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Check out the Yamaha V star 600 or 650, not sure of the engine size, however I recall riding with a couple guys in the past who had them and really enjoyed the "Big Bike Feel". (a 99 or 2000 model.... not sure if they were available in the US)
From what I could see the handle bars are spread out nicley and your legs are extended some what to give the Low Rider look. Nice sounding engine, shot gun pipes, after market, really give curb appeal.

I had an 84, 750 Virago, which I had forward controls custom built to allow me to stretch out my legs...other wise I do not recommend this bike or it's big brothers, the 1000 and 1100. At 6'2" you would look a little silly.

Let me know how you make out.

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post #5 of 13 Old 02-07-2008, 06:54 PM
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A really nice bike!

Check out the Star Raider S, by Yamaha. In a shoot out recently, it took top honors. Cycle World - March issue I am thinking.
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I ride a 2005 Yamaha RoadStar 1700. IMHO they don't come much better than this. Afew little tweaks and you've got a powerhouse that gets around 48-50 mpg. A really great feeling machine. Pretty well bullet-proof.

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post #7 of 13 Old 02-13-2008, 01:34 AM
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I don't think it's possible for anyone to recommend a specific cruiser. Too many different personal decisions that only you can make for yourself.

You mentioned under 1000cc, but a good cruiser needs more power. I had a Sabre 1100 that could have used the 1300 motor easily. Yes, you can go less power, but cruisers are powered differently which means you need more power to get solid performance. A 750cc cruiser motor isn't anything like a 750cc sport motor. Cruiser motors have more of a lug to them where sport motors have pep. You will outgrow anything under 1000cc easily and resale isn't very good on them because they are entry level and mostly beginners with very little money are looking for a deal.

The Honda VTX 1300 Line is probably the most versatile line on the market and a great mid level cruiser. You can get many different styles to fit your preferences. 1312cc Liquid Cooled.

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Don't Get a VMAX

No shit !!!

A VMAX comes with a trigger, not a throttle.
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post #10 of 13 Old 02-13-2008, 01:24 PM
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Ackkk and I was falling in love with those VMax's. May just stay with original intentions of getting a Mean Streak, fits my body style better anyway. LMAOO

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