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03ozwhip
06-29-2020, 08:14 PM
that is comfortable, with lots of power that can handle passengers, what would you look at? Ive always been a crotch rocket guy, but now thinking about a cruiser...yamaha roadstar has come up alot, but i know nothing about cruisers.

cjblair
06-29-2020, 08:51 PM
Get a power cruiser like a vmax or something. Fits your criteria, not slow as balls like a normal cruiser will be, and a little different.

Like this
https://www.kijiji.ca/v-sport-bikes/edmonton/2005-yamaha-vmax/1508234109?utm_campaign=socialbuttons&utm_content=app_ios&utm_medium=social&utm_source=ios_social

Road stars are for grey haired trailer trash. :rofl:

Edit: or an older sport tourer like an fjr1300 or st1100. They might not look like much, but great for a passenger, still quick, and 10x better in corners than a cruiser.

03ozwhip
06-29-2020, 09:20 PM
I am an old grey haired trailer trash type lol im looking more at what can be made into a bit of a bagger. I'm not looking to go real fast, my kid will be on it with me.

That being said, its still gotta be over 1300cc.

dirtsniffer
06-29-2020, 09:39 PM
A couple friends have victory bikes. Seem nice.

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cjblair
06-30-2020, 07:39 AM
I am an old grey haired trailer trash type lol im looking more at what can be made into a bit of a bagger. I'm not looking to go real fast, my kid will be on it with me.

That being said, its still gotta be over 1300cc.

Yeah that makes sense. I’ve had lots of bikes over the years (and ridden bitch on a bunch of my dads as a child)... you’ll probably wanna go faster than you think (im sure you know how this works if you’ve had a sport bike) Its easy to be a passenger on a sport tourer going quickly; I haven’t ridden on the back of a cruiser being ridden in anger, but I guarantee it’s not easy/fun.

Skrilla
06-30-2020, 09:58 AM
Honda VTX1800, Suzuki M109R both are rock solid, make great road bikes and you can go hard bags and a wing if you wanted that look. Yamaha Roadstar would be another one I would look into for under $5000 if you want that style. If you would like to stick to sport id go ZX14 or Busa. My favorite touring bike is my ZX14, comfortable, fast, lots of room for side bags/storage etc.

EDIT: forgot about the Vulcan as well, I believe you can get them in 1500-1700cc choices.

revelations
06-30-2020, 11:06 AM
Why not try a sport touring bike? These can be had for very cheap and are very nice for longer rides.

https://bikez.com/pictures/honda/2018/st1300%20abs.jpg

https://www.kijiji.ca/v-sport-touring/calgary/2006-honda-st1300a/1507650605 (one example)

Skrilla
06-30-2020, 11:10 AM
Why not try a sport touring bike? These can be had for very cheap and are very nice for longer rides.

https://bikez.com/pictures/honda/2018/st1300%20abs.jpg

https://www.kijiji.ca/v-sport-touring/calgary/2006-honda-st1300a/1507650605 (one example)

The FJR and Concours would be some other great ones in this segment. Very common to have over 200k miles easily.

revelations
06-30-2020, 11:17 AM
The FJR and Concours would be some other great ones in this segment. Very common to have over 200k miles easily.

Great bikes all around. The windshield just makes so much sense. Good passenger comfort as well. ABS is a plus too.

A790
06-30-2020, 11:36 AM
Buy my Fz6 :)

Andy643
06-30-2020, 11:40 AM
Honda VTX1800, Suzuki M109R are both great bikes. Own a 109 myself.
Also look into the Yamaha Raider or Stratoliner. Both are 1900cc. Just not sure if you'll find one in that price range...


I do ride with a guy that has an FJR and he's always much more comfortable than me and others on our cruisers. That bike seems fantastic if you're into sport touring models.

03ozwhip
06-30-2020, 11:56 AM
Why not try a sport touring bike? These can be had for very cheap and are very nice for longer rides.

https://bikez.com/pictures/honda/2018/st1300%20abs.jpg

https://www.kijiji.ca/v-sport-touring/calgary/2006-honda-st1300a/1507650605 (one example)

I couldn't. Theyre so ugly. Thanks for all the replies, ill take a look at some other ones.

revelations
06-30-2020, 12:08 PM
I couldn't. Theyre so ugly.

LOL ok - cruiser it is!

e31
06-30-2020, 12:28 PM
Personal experience FJ09, or FZ1. With a top case for pillion back-rest, these bikes are plenty comfortable and have power for overtaking or wheelies. Also extremely reliable and relatively cheap to mod. Worth the step up for adjustable suspension.

shakalaka
06-30-2020, 12:35 PM
Considered older Harley's? Can they be had for under $5K?

Skrilla
06-30-2020, 04:29 PM
Considered older Harley's? Can they be had for under $5K?

Not one you'd have much faith in. A sporty can be had for that but it’s small for 2 and only a 883 or 1200cc. Any Softail or Dyna would be a basket case or tons of miles.

03ozwhip
06-30-2020, 05:56 PM
Considered older Harley's? Can they be had for under $5K?

Ya just not big enough.

cjblair
07-01-2020, 07:08 AM
Well, if the objectively best choice of a sport tourer is out, I still think a power cruiser is worth taking into consideration.

ercchry
07-01-2020, 08:23 AM
Adventure bike? I think they make the most sense in this province, gravel opens up way more fun rides

shakalaka
07-01-2020, 09:33 AM
You dead set on a bike with 1300CC or more? I think that narrows down the options quite a bit.

My bike is 750CC and I've never thought it to be slow or not powerful enough. But then again I am a very casual rider.

Toilet_X
07-01-2020, 09:48 AM
Always been a sport bike fella. Im currently keepin my eyes open for an 03-05 gsxr 600-750.

03ozwhip
07-01-2020, 11:13 AM
I can't do a sport bike anymore. I wanna take my kid and wife around sometimes. 759 on a sport bike is alot, not on a cruiser that weighs double or more.

ercchry
07-01-2020, 03:17 PM
I can't do a sport bike anymore. I wanna take my kid and wife around sometimes. 759 on a sport bike is alot, not on a cruiser that weighs double or more.

It’s not a weight thing most of the time but an inefficient Harley motor that causes the need for all that displacement... to make a whopping 65hp :rofl:

But seriously... adventure bike... BMW or KTM

https://www.kijiji.ca/v-touring/calgary/2005-bmw-r1200gs/1506803475?utm_campaign=socialbuttons&utm_content=app_ios&utm_medium=social&utm_source=ios_social

https://www.kijiji.ca/v-sport-touring/calgary/2013-triumph-tiger-abs/1507330412?utm_campaign=socialbuttons&utm_content=app_ios&utm_medium=social&utm_source=ios_social

revelations
07-01-2020, 03:20 PM
It’s not a weight thing most of the time but an inefficient Harley motor that causes the need for all that displacement... to make a whopping 65hp :rofl:




They are called HARDLYS for a reason. Bikes meant for a specific image (sport bikes have their own specific image).

03ozwhip
07-01-2020, 03:35 PM
It’s not a weight thing most of the time but an inefficient Harley motor that causes the need for all that displacement... to make a whopping 65hp :rofl:

But seriously... adventure bike... BMW or KTM

https://www.kijiji.ca/v-touring/calgary/2005-bmw-r1200gs/1506803475?utm_campaign=socialbuttons&utm_content=app_ios&utm_medium=social&utm_source=ios_social

https://www.kijiji.ca/v-sport-touring/calgary/2013-triumph-tiger-abs/1507330412?utm_campaign=socialbuttons&utm_content=app_ios&utm_medium=social&utm_source=ios_social

Not my thing. Again, comfy for 2. Anyways, tomorrow I'm going to check out a bike. If it goes through, I'll throw up some pics.

ercchry
07-01-2020, 03:42 PM
Not my thing. Again, comfy for 2. Anyways, tomorrow I'm going to check out a bike. If it goes through, I'll throw up some pics.

Wtf isn’t comfy for two on those?? They’re even well over 1000cc :rofl:

03ozwhip
07-01-2020, 04:10 PM
Wtf isn’t comfy for two on those?? They’re even well over 1000cc :rofl:

I've never found them that comfortable for one. Plus I think they're ugly lol im a cruiser or sport bike guy, nothing else, they've just never been my thing.

shakalaka
07-01-2020, 08:21 PM
Not my thing. Again, comfy for 2. Anyways, tomorrow I'm going to check out a bike. If it goes through, I'll throw up some pics.

Holy freaking smokes. That BMW has 172K+ kms?! I don't think I've ever seen a bike with that much mileage. That shit was definitely used properly - unlike my 200 (if that) km's a season.

ercchry
07-01-2020, 08:24 PM
Holy freaking smokes. That BMW has 172K+ kms?! I don't think I've ever seen a bike with that much mileage. That shit was definitely used properly - unlike my 200 (if that) km's a season.

They’re design for the big road trips, hit the highway or the forestry roads... spend all day on em and not be (that) sore! An adventure is on my list... but I kinda want something more in the dual sport realm... thinking the KTM 790 adventure R might be the ticket

revelations
07-01-2020, 09:24 PM
Holy freaking smokes. That BMW has 172K+ kms?! I don't think I've ever seen a bike with that much mileage. That shit was definitely used properly - unlike my 200 (if that) km's a season.

Ill bet that bike like that has seen most of North America.

I read the book by Neil Peart (Rush drummer) - Ghostrider - and he had one of these models that he took all the way up to Alaska if memory serves (and toured around most of North America as well).

shakalaka
07-01-2020, 10:07 PM
I envy the people that can just hop on their bikes and do massive tours on the regular or drives in vehicle I guess. Just people that have the time and financial freedom I guess..I kinda envy.

cjblair
07-02-2020, 03:23 PM
Mod should change the title to "If you had 5k for a cruiser", since nothing else is getting any consideration haha.

TurboMedic
07-02-2020, 06:46 PM
Adventure bike? I think they make the most sense in this province, gravel opens up way more fun rides

This. I'm on an adventure bike now after a couple super sports, a bobbed kawi, and now a triumph tiger. Its amazing for distance and versatility. I went with the Triumph because I had a Daytona and I love the engine. So this has a sport bike feel on power delivery and smoothness, heated seats, grips, cruise control, ABS, trac control, I get 350+km per tank, and they look badass. Riding gravel and backroads is fun, you can ride out some where, have some real fun, and ride home with no issues

03ozwhip
07-02-2020, 08:51 PM
Mod should change the title to "If you had 5k for a cruiser", since nothing else is getting any consideration haha.

Ya i guess. I found one anyways. Be riding tomorrow.

Power_Of_Rotary
07-02-2020, 10:03 PM
Why do you need such a big CC bike? Ive had crotch rocket and cruiser. The point of a cruiser is comfort, stability and long rides. If its speed you want, a 1000cc R1 would be much better anyways.

03ozwhip
07-02-2020, 10:29 PM
Why do you need such a big CC bike? Ive had crotch rocket and cruiser. The point of a cruiser is comfort, stability and long rides. If its speed you want, a 1000cc R1 would be much better anyways.

I've ridden an 1100 and it was lacking any real punch. Just the same as wanting the m3 instead if the 328i. I dont want to have to upgrade.

speedog
07-02-2020, 10:31 PM
Why do you need such a big CC bike? Ive had crotch rocket and cruiser. The point of a cruiser is comfort, stability and long rides. If its speed you want, a 1000cc R1 would be much better anyways.

Odd, I've had both a cruiser and a sport bike and I found the sport bike to be way more comfortable for long highway mileage days.

Power_Of_Rotary
07-02-2020, 11:47 PM
Odd, I've had both a cruiser and a sport bike and I found the sport bike to be way more comfortable for long highway mileage days.

Which bike? I cannot stand my balls pressed up against the gas tank for even 30 minutes. #bigballsproblem Neck pain after 20 minutes of riding. While on my cruiser, I can sit on it for a long time with no balls or neck pain. However, the droning exhaust on my cruiser can cause long term hearing loss lol.

Oh keep in mind traffic jams too. Going and stopping on a sport bike is much more tiring.

speedog
07-03-2020, 12:33 AM
Which bike? I cannot stand my balls pressed up against the gas tank for even 30 minutes. #bigballsproblem Neck pain after 20 minutes of riding. While on my cruiser, I can sit on it for a long time with no balls or neck pain. However, the droning exhaust on my cruiser can cause long term hearing loss lol.

Oh keep in mind traffic jams too. Going and stopping on a sport bike is much more tiring.

You have to realize that my motorbiking days were over 3 decades ago, a sport bike back then would probably be a sport tourer these days. 1983 XJ750MK and 1985 FZ750N for reference.

Power_Of_Rotary
07-03-2020, 01:41 AM
You have to realize that my motorbiking days were over 3 decades ago, a sport bike back then would probably be a sport tourer these days. 1983 XJ750MK and 1985 FZ750N for reference.

Lol those are def quite different than the modern day crotch rockets. Those feel more like a street bike in todays standard.

speedog
07-03-2020, 06:08 AM
Lol those are def quite different than the modern day crotch rockets. Those feel more like a street bike in todays standard.

I know but in those days the FZ was the sport bike that Yamaha had for the masses.

revelations
07-03-2020, 10:52 AM
You have to realize that my motorbiking days were over 3 decades ago, a sport bike back then would probably be a sport tourer these days. 1983 XJ750MK and 1985 FZ750N for reference.

Oh good lord - even a bike from the 90s in no way compares to whats avail now in terms of performance, safety (if there is such a thing on a bike) and comfort from the various models out now.

A last gen Honda Viffer was on my short list for a while - VTEC yo, ABS, linked brakes, etc.

blubs
07-06-2020, 02:40 PM
I'll throw a wildcard in here. Buell XB12. Saw one of those the other day and just made me remember how badass they looked. Oil in the swingarm and all.

D'z Nutz
07-06-2020, 02:43 PM
I'll throw a wildcard in here. Buell XB12. Saw one of those the other day and just made me remember how badass they looked. Oil in the swingarm and all.

It's almost like you didn't even read a single post from the OP; just the title and replied.

blubs
07-06-2020, 02:46 PM
I'll just leave it. Fuck it.

Skrilla
07-06-2020, 02:49 PM
What did you end up getting?

03ozwhip
07-14-2020, 04:33 PM
What did you end up getting?

The day i picked it up, 2000 Roadstar Millenium.
https://i.imgur.com/326bFxt.jpg

Started tearing it down already there are a whole lot of things I'm gonna do to it. Maybe ill make a thread eventually.
https://i.imgur.com/dcooADv.jpg

Skrilla
07-15-2020, 08:55 AM
The day i picked it up, 2000 Roadstar Millenium.
https://i.imgur.com/326bFxt.jpg

Started tearing it down already there are a whole lot of things I'm gonna do to it. Maybe ill make a thread eventually.
https://i.imgur.com/dcooADv.jpg

nice bike!

03ozwhip
07-15-2020, 10:43 AM
nice bike!

Thanks Skrilla, few things I have planned, LED head/fogs, new head unit, integrated tail light, rear seat/bracket and passenger foot peg delete, 21" front wheel, shorty exhaust and hard bags.

I already have hard bags, but the bracket is modified to sit quite low, so the long shots have to get replaced with shortys.

Skrilla
07-15-2020, 10:46 AM
Thanks Skrilla, few things I have planned, LED head/fogs, new head unit, integrated tail light, rear seat/bracket and passenger foot peg delete, 21" front wheel, shorty exhaust and hard bags.

I already have hard bags, but the bracket is modified to sit quite low, so the long shots have to get replaced with shortys.

Don't know if you're familiar with them but check out Fortnine for your parts first. Canadian, fast shipping and easy returns. I use them a lot, never had any issues. They may not have all that you need but worth a check! Post up your progress, would love to see how it turns out!

03ozwhip
07-15-2020, 10:54 AM
Don't know if you're familiar with them but check out Fortnine for your parts first. Canadian, fast shipping and easy returns. I use them a lot, never had any issues. They may not have all that you need but worth a check! Post up your progress, would love to see how it turns out!

Ya i took a look at fortnine, they seem to have decent prices. I used to work for Parts Canada years ago and I still have some contacts there, so im able to get a few things a year through them for really cheap.

Graham_A_M
07-15-2020, 09:08 PM
Probably a yamaha Raider, or a Suzuki M109. Those two are muscle cruisers, and quite, quite fast for what they are. Very very comfortable bikes too. Look them up on YouTube.

Edit, whoops. Congrats on the purchase, killer bike!

03ozwhip
07-16-2020, 10:23 AM
Probably a yamaha Raider, or a Suzuki M109. Those two are muscle cruisers, and quite, quite fast for what they are. Very very comfortable bikes too. Look them up on YouTube.

Edit, whoops. Congrats on the purchase, killer bike!

LOL little slow on the draw Graham_A_M . I thought about both of those bikes, but I wanted something better suited for touring.

Ironically, my wife has now said, she may never get on it with me, so i could have bought one of them lol either way, im going to switch it to a solo bike and if she wants to get on, I can still throw everything on.