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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 11-03-2012, 12:15 PM Thread Starter
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I just got married and now I'm going to start looking at bikes because I no longer have a wedding to pay for. I live in Central Texas and am looking for a used Shadow. I don't have alot of experience and was hoping for some tips, gotchas, etc...

I was thinking a used 2009+ around $5K. I love the classic look so the aero appeals to me but I'm open to advice.

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What's your riding experience, height, and weight? It's my humble opinion that the bike should fit the rider. I'm only 5'7" so I'm quite happy with my Aero 750, but for someone closer to 6', the 1100 size and up seams to fit better. My wife at 5'3" chose the Spirit 750, and I had to push that so she would get bike with more common parts than the VLX 600.


Just to make sure, are you aware that cruisers will not win any races?
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And wait till you have a couple years expereince before heading out to Hill Country.


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The Aero is a great bike. I'm 6'1" and loved the low to the ground profile. I'll admit I enjoy the ride on my Spirit better with forward controls, but i think they might mess with the retro feel of an aero. i live in north central ( Texas wichita falls) and based on my shopping, your wants/budget are entirely reasonable. Good luck, and ride hard.


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I got my 09 Aero for $5400 with a lot of add-ons andd just 10,000 miles on it... I'm happy with it and have put over 5000 on it since April. Ride baby, ride!
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I'm 6'1" 265 lbs. I just picked up my 06 Sabre 1100 with 9000 miles for around $4800. Seems like your budget is about right if the market there is close to here in Atlanta area.

Congrats on the wedding.
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What's your riding experience, height, and weight? It's my humble opinion that the bike should fit the rider. I'm only 5'7" so I'm quite happy with my Aero 750, but for someone closer to 6', the 1100 size and up seams to fit better. My wife at 5'3" chose the Spirit 750, and I had to push that so she would get bike with more common parts than the VLX 600.


Just to make sure, are you aware that cruisers will not win any races?
I'm 6'3 and ~190lb. Also, I have minimal riding experience with the exception of the MSF course and some joy rides on friends bikes through out the years.
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Yeah with a lanky form like yours, you might feel a little cramped on a 750. You could get extended foot controls to help fit. Then again, in the used range, the bigger bikes are often the same price as the mid-range ones.

As others have said, don't buy anything you have any doubts about. If the bike don't fit, you're better off to keep looking.

Make sure you hear it running, and test drive if possible. You'll soon notice the difference between a smooth purr and an iffy whine or grind. The bike in good condition will just sound quieter, cleaner, and "right".

Be aware that wheels often need changed on used bikes. And have it serviced ASAP by a dealer or a reputable repair shop.
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i just started parting out my 84 vt 700 today. Im looking at a 1100 sabre or spirit and budget is bought the same. The 700 gave me some great riding experience. I was a little shaky at first but now Im ready to upsize. Congrats on the wedding and have fun. CU
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