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Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Kyle, Texas
I'll echo what LibertyPilot said. Don't get me wrong, I loved the 750 for its nimbleness and quickness, but I personally have always wanted that big bore v-twin feeling and sound. I worked my way up to the larger bike over a several year period, knowing I wasn't yet ready for a bike this large early on in my experience level. I eventually realized that I wanted more comfort for long trips, something the smaller bikes couldn't quite give me. I like the slower cadence of the 1500 engine, especially at the higher speeds. The 750 always seemed like it needed one more gear because of the higher rpms and the sound. I have no problem with the 750, and if I had the money, I would have kept it as a second bike, but it really hits the bumps harder, being lighter, and was always a monkey butt waiting to happen on long rides, even with the better seat, backrest and floorboards, with my 260 lbs riding on it.
The 1500 handles great, not quite to the level of the 750, but really good for a bigger bike, and it eats up the bumps in the roads. My mustang wide touring seat is 16 inches wide and really makes a difference on long stretches.
I've never ridden a VN2000 or VTX 1800 or one of the other huge bikes, but I would imagine the more weight makes them smoother riding, and some folks are really eaten up with having bigger, more powerful engines. My best friend and riding buddy has owned a Goldwing 1800 for several years, and he loves it for some of the 3000+ trips he goes on. He went all the way from Texas to Alaska and back last Summer on it. He's offered to swap bikes with me on some of our rides, but I'm not interested in trying to handle a bike that big. I think it weighs around 900 lbs and has a v-6 in it. I doubt I would ever have a desire to own a bike that large, but they are ridiculously popular, probably one of the better selling bikes in the country.
So, if they build it, there's always someone who will buy it I guess...