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Old 06-11-2008, 04:51 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Best used cruiser under $3k?

I am looking to buy a cruiser, thinking I will skip buying a V-Max and want a fairly modern 900cc plus bike. Love the Valk, but it's a bit high. This is for second bike, so I am not in a hurry. Already had a 1986 Shadow VT70C - would like some more modern technology and a larger displacement engine (want a V-Twin, unlike the inline 4 in my yammie.

Trying to spend less than $3k.

What do you think? Do any of you have suggestions as to what is the best cruiser or what I should be looking for in a cruiser as a 2nd bike? I want torque, I want comfort (forward controls OK, but would prefer closer to mid controls and highway pegs... Also would like to have a luggage rack so as to have a place fro my computer/briefcase while riding, and a trunk (or ability to add one) if at all possible (without having to machine it...)



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Old 06-11-2008, 05:20 PM   #2 (permalink)
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And you come to a Honda Shadow forum and ask what kind of cruiser to buy? What kind of answer do you expect to get?

Seriously, I'm seeing a fair number of early '90s VT1100s on Craigslist for around $3k. Might be worth looking into.

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I paid $1950 for a 1996 Shadol VLX with only 12k miles
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Old 06-12-2008, 12:52 AM   #4 (permalink)
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You can get a Nice 1100 ace for between 3 and 4 grand easy. I payed 4 grand for my 97 and I shopped, looked at about 8 bikes (new I wanted ace 1100) and found a mint condition low milage one in one of my two favorite colors. I have seen them for low as 3200 bucks once in a while. I love mine and am glad I got the 1100 instead of 750, I know now I would have wanted to change up. I love my bike, I took my time and got the right bike the first time, I love it.
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I just picked my Honda Shadow 1100 spirit. 2002, 5k miles for $2000. I really like it. I found it on craigslist after about 2 weeks of looking.
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I just picked my Honda Shadow 1100 spirit. 2002, 5k miles for $2000. I really like it. I found it on craigslist after about 2 weeks of looking.
Did you have him sign the title at gun point?

I bought my '99 1100 Spirit with 31K on it (very good conditition) for $3K in April and I thought I got a good deal.
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"would like some more modern technology" -- That's funny

A few years from now the Vulcan 900 will be *exactly* what you're looking for. For now, it's still a bit new to fit that price point. Shame... great little bike.

Vulcan 750 LTD <-- very cool bike
V-Star 1100 <-- very pedestrian, but seriously good bike
Sportster 1200 <-- no, seriously. I'd AIM for this, personally.
Buff the bank a little and look for a used Mean Streak
1987 SuperMagna <-- this vies for first/second choice with the Sportster 1200

(the '87 SuperMagna)


(the Vulcan 750)



Personally, after already owning a Shadow, I can't think of a Shadow I'd re-buy, except *maybe* the 750 Spirit, but that's an aesthetics thing more than a "great bike" thing (and yes, I know its' a great bike. They're ALL great bikes these days).
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"would like some more modern technology" -- That's funny

A few years from now the Vulcan 900 will be *exactly* what you're looking for. For now, it's still a bit new to fit that price point. Shame... great little bike.

Vulcan 750 LTD <-- very cool bike
V-Star 1100 <-- very pedestrian, but seriously good bike
Sportster 1200 <-- no, seriously. I'd AIM for this, personally.
Buff the bank a little and look for a used Mean Streak
1987 SuperMagna <-- this vies for first/second choice with the Sportster 1200

(the '87 SuperMagna)


(the Vulcan 750)



Personally, after already owning a Shadow, I can't think of a Shadow I'd re-buy, except *maybe* the 750 Spirit, but that's an aesthetics thing more than a "great bike" thing (and yes, I know its' a great bike. They're ALL great bikes these days).
I like that Vulcan 900.... a bit out of my range. Read a review on the 2002 Mean Streak - compared it to the Yamaha Warrior, which I know nothing about, but apparently was well received.

As for the SuperMagna, isn't that the 700cc version of the biger V65? What makes it a better buy than its bigger brother? Although it looks pretty cool...

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The more I hear and read, the more convinced I am that the Vulcan 900 is one hell of a great (much more than $3k unfortunately) bike in many regards. Really too bad the model isn't a bit older to fit into your price range.

Have no fear, here's an alternative, and you can buy her brand new with less than 3k and still have a little extra for sundries.

I got you covered, hoss.
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As for the SuperMagna, isn't that the 700cc version of the biger V65? What makes it a better buy than its bigger brother? Although it looks pretty cool...

- Dan
That SuperMagna is slick indeed - looks good even by today's standards. I wonder how plentiful they are in the used market?
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