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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 11-13-2009, 12:06 PM Thread Starter
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I know a lot of you have a second bike and I'm thinking about doing the same. I want something larger that is capable of comfortably doing long road trips (Colorado to NY State... to visit family) any suggestions? I have a lot of faith in the opinions of the great people on this site.
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In the used market may I suggest...

A used Goldwing, Vulcan 1500 or similar model. How about a big 4 or 6: Voyager XII or XIII if you can find one, very collectible. Concours 12 if you riding solo and have long legs. Then if you like Euro: BMW & Guzzi both make nimble sport touring big twins that can be found used for a good price with the econ down. People need to sell.

If you're on a tight budget, look for a Kawa 1100 LTD (big 4 with shaft for touring then make it yours). I've seen them in the $800 - $1k price range.

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I second bike is a great idea and something that I am considering lately.
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It totally depends on what style you are looking for. Not much out there can beat the Goldwing for it's cruising comfort, or for it's weight. If you're looking to stay in the v-twin cruiser line, the Vulcan 1500 is a good bike and can be really comfortable for long trips, especially if you find one with the mustang touring seats on it. Relatively inexpensive too. I'd be looking in the 2001+ year range. I'm of course biased, but I have ridden several of the large v-twins and my choice was the 1500 Vulcan. Even better, if you're wanting a long trip cruiser, the Nomad is really hard to beat, same comfort, but with the luggage built on.

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Thanks... I was tossing around the Nomad, Mean Streak and the 1500 in my head. I like the Nomad for it's electrical advantage but I keep going back to the Meanie for some reason. They are all in the right weight and power range that I was looking for. I would never abandon my 750 though, it's perfect as a commuting bike and it's just plain fun!!!!
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