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Old 01-03-2013, 05:22 PM   #1 (permalink)
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A few months back i purchased my first bike, an 05 VLX 600. I absolutely love it. However, I am considering upgrading now to a bigger bike, not necessarily my final bike as I'm OK going up in steps. I am pretty sure i want to stay in the Honda line. I definitely want to stay in the cruiser style.

I'm interested in hearing opinions on what a good size for my next bike would be.
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A few months back i purchased my first bike, an 05 VLX 600. I absolutely love it. However, I am considering upgrading now to a bigger bike, not necessarily my final bike as I'm OK going up in steps. I am pretty sure i want to stay in the Honda line. I definitely want to stay in the cruiser style.
Well first off, you'e only been riding for a few months, and on only one scooter.....how do you know you won't like some other style bike? Cruisers handle poorly compared to many other styles, and VTwin engines are notoriously under powered for their displacement. An inline configuration in the 600cc range can easily put out more than twice the horsepower of your engine. Different rake/trail steering geometries can allow you to do some really amazing things with a motorcycle.

Why get hung up on one genre. Variety is the spice of life. There is Sport, Dual Sport, Sport Touring, standard/naked, Touring bikes. Lots of other tastes out there to try. For that matter, being stuck on Honda removes about 90% of the available bikes out there from your choices.

As you said, you're looing for your next ride not your last. Broaden your horizons.
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What gat said. Go forth and look at/sit on/test ride as many motorbikes as you can. Take your time. Scope out the whole field. A revelation will come.

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Well first off, you'e only been riding for a few months, and on only one scooter.....how do you know you won't like some other style bike? Cruisers handle poorly compared to many other styles, and VTwin engines are notoriously under powered for their displacement. An inline configuration in the 600cc range can easily put out more than twice the horsepower of your engine. Different rake/trail steering geometries can allow you to do some really amazing things with a motorcycle.

Why get hung up on one genre. Variety is the spice of life. There is Sport, Dual Sport, Sport Touring, standard/naked, Touring bikes. Lots of other tastes out there to try. For that matter, being stuck on Honda removes about 90% of the available bikes out there from your choices.

As you said, you're looing for your next ride not your last. Broaden your horizons.
Makes a great deal of sense. Thanks for the valuable input.
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Go to a bike show and sit on a few. Look for a good deal if it's not going to be your final bike. The honda 1300 line is good. A Yamaha Royal Star is a fun cruiser. Balance wise, the yamaha raider tops the list, and it's a 1800cc!

You can also get something fun. Lot's of bobbers for sale out there....
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Agreed that you should ride more and try to sit on a variety of different bikes. As to your wanting to stay with Honda line, the VT1100's are great mid size bikes and plentiful on CL/E-Bay. I don't think you should make the leap to anything new for a bit yet. The more time in the saddle the more you'll learn what you do and don't like about your current bike and will be a better judge of the step up.
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A few months back i purchased my first bike, an 05 VLX 600. I absolutely love it. However, I am considering upgrading now to a bigger bike, not necessarily my final bike as I'm OK going up in steps. I am pretty sure i want to stay in the Honda line. I definitely want to stay in the cruiser style.

I'm interested in hearing opinions on what a good size for my next bike would be.
Two things: The VLX 600 is an awesome bike, and the bigger Shadows are just as awesome, but more powerful. I went from a 750 Shadow to an 1100 Shadow. I loved the 750 and I love the 1100. If you're happy with your 600, you can't go wrong with the same thing only bigger.
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I'm on about my 20th bike but my first cruiser. I loved them all. You can't go wrong - whatever you get will be an experience and then you will move on to something else. Personally I think all riders should spend some time on a dirt bike as the experience is invaluable. I rode the Sabre through a severe storm last week in the mountains and the bike was sliding a fair bit. I was glad of my other experiences to help me through. I think variety is the key - just have to convince the wife now
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I think all riders should spend some time on a dirt bike as the experience is invaluable......I think variety is the key - just have to convince the wife now

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Whatever you do, think it through! Sit on bikes ask a lot of questions but make sure what you want. Enjoy the 600 for now, if you stay with a cruiser you probably will want a 1100+, if you plan on hwy or a lot of two up riding. Or if you are a bigger person you can stretch out a little more.
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