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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 06-18-2009, 03:56 AM Thread Starter
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Angry Replacment for "Clyde"--???

I hate to say it, but it looks like I may have to replace "Clyde" if they total him out, so since the VN750 is no longer made help me pick a new simuliar back roads bike, as at my age I don't want to wait toooo long...lol...
So lets see what are my thoughts so far...

200 mi. range gas tank...
Cast wheels...
Not too heavy, or no big bulky lookin classic style...
Enough power for 2 up but, +/-1200cc Max...
Must handle good on the back roads & twisties...

Here is a start on the ones I have sorta picked to sorta pick from...
Vulcan 900 Custom... +/- 611#
Suzuki S83... +/- 560#
HD xl1200L... +/- 581#

Help please......
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Unless the frames bent everything else is fixable, so why give up hope on Clyde? Unless youre looking forward to a spanken "New" shiney bike, if thats the case the Vulcan 900 S.E. would be my 1st choice.


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Tough set of requirements, 200 mile tank is hard no matter what bike.
Comfy for two up and good on the twisties is tough too.

If you change the seat on a Meanie like mine, two up is good, twisties are great, 700# but feels and handles like the 750, 42 - 43 mpg. 4.5 gal tank.

Great deals on low mileage ones around.

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I know we are biased, (Jon & I) but there's definitely a lot of truth in what he said. The smaller, lighter bike will be better in the twisties, but will be cramped for the 2 up riding. Something comfy 2 up will be a lot more to handle in the twisties. The big fuel tank is also hard to find on a smaller bike. My bike has a 4.2 gallon tank, but the newer ones they put a 5 gal on. I wish we were closer so you could take mine for a ride. Wet, it weighs closer to 700 but with the lower center of gravity, it doesn't feel "that" much heavier than the 750. Seat height makes so much difference to me with the stubs God gave me for legs!

It's surprising how well it handles, but its not a fast bike, of course Jon's is quicker than mine and the 750's, but if speed is what you want.... It ain't slow by any means, just not as fast as the 750 and it does have a rev limiter...

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I hate to go against the Kawi name, cause I've heard great things about the VUlcan 900 (except that ridiculously skinny front tire). But the new V-Star 900 is a great bike. I know a couple guys that ride them and it's all positive. PLenty of giddyup, good level of comfrot, and you can get the tour package for not a lot more than the base price from the dealer. I think stock she runs about 8K, so not too spendy either.

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Update--Ins. is offering $4,061 after my $500 deductable and they get the bike, or $2,023 and I keep the bike... Sooo I don't know which I will do, it will take a good bit of checking and estimating, but I may take the $4K and add $4-7K and buy another bike...
My shoulder which was giving me a good bit of trouble is better, so things are starting to look up, just wish it hadn't happened though...
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They will throw your arse... I think I was very lucky...
Thanks and have a good one...Old Dog...

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MicroTach +, Higher wider H-bars, GPS Mt., Mustach bar Hwy. pegs...
Viking Shock cutout Saddlebags, Rear Mt. Signal Lt. Kit, Fork Brace...
RoadKing Air Shocks, Mustang Seat, Progressive Fork Springs...
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Olddog, I hate going against kawy too, but the boulavards look darn good. imo

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Olddog, I hate going against kawy too, but the boulavards look darn good. imo
I know what y'all are sayin, but I just hate the old Classic look, I love the 80s styles much more...
Have a good one...Old Dog...

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Girl's Bike 09 Sporty xl 1200 Custom...33k + & clickin......
Sportster Owner/Rider since age 72...lol... Rider since Simplex...???
09-xl1200 "C" Vivid Black, Cast wheels w/19" Frt., SE-Stage 1+, X14iEDs...
MicroTach +, Higher wider H-bars, GPS Mt., Mustach bar Hwy. pegs...
Viking Shock cutout Saddlebags, Rear Mt. Signal Lt. Kit, Fork Brace...
RoadKing Air Shocks, Mustang Seat, Progressive Fork Springs...
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My husband recommends the HD 883 Sportster standard height with the larger tank and touring seat. He says the performance isn't much different from the 1200 but has better gas mileage. The low cuts your lean angle so won't handle as well in twisties. He says this is probably closest you'll come to the performance of the Vulcan. (He rides a Kawasaki Versys)

My two cents worth:

I just bought a HD XL1200L Monday, because my VN 750 is on vacation for a while (stator). I have only put about 400 miles on it, but like the ride so far. It came with a larger tank, windshield, and touring seat. It's getting just over 50 MPG so far. I haven't really pushed it in twisties yet, but will get the chance to do so on the Pig Trail Byway tomorrow. (Last week on the same road, I drug parts on my Vulcan.)

I have a VStar 650- terrible in twisties- too low.

I test rode the VStar 950- drug parts turning at a red light twice during the test run. It is scary low.

I also test rode the Vulcan 900 Custom and Classic. I liked them both, but since I am vertically challenged had a bit of a problem reaching the pegs. They are also pretty low to the ground and might not do so well in the twisties. (The pegs on my Sportster are mid-set, not forward set. It rides more like a standard than a cruiser.)

Sorry so long winded- hope this helps.

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My vote goes to the Vulcan 900 CUSTOM...

Damn nice looking bike, I don't care what they say....

(You might have to go for another seat if you do alot of two up riding) But still , it looks good and don't drag parts.

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