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post #1 of 34 (permalink) Old 08-07-2010, 07:29 PM Thread Starter
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looked at two bikes.

I looked at one. It is a 99 883 up graded to 1200cc conversion. Has 13,000 miles. The price is 3,450$.

And I looked at a 1100 honda an 02 8200 miles. Price on it is 3800. It felt a bit big, but it handles really good.

I am trying to get the rpms lower at highway speed. I think the sporty will be much the same as our vulcan. The honda will bring down the rpms but will not have the low end power that the sporty or the vulcan will have.

Any input.

And I am not tring to impress anyone but myself here.lol

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post #2 of 34 (permalink) Old 08-07-2010, 07:54 PM
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I would go with the Honda, as you said it handles a lot better then the other. I am sure after a few rides the bigness of it will disappear and it will feel comfortable.

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I rode an 1100 Shadow (not sure of model, but same custom style as vn750) about a year before I got my Vulcan, and I think it felt a little more stable to me at 85 mph than my 750 does. I think it is because the 1100 has a bit longer wheelbase and is heavier. I want to take the Shadow for another ride next year after riding my bike again for awhile, and see what I think about it then.

I know I am a few inches taller than you niterider, and a lot bigger. If you get the seat foam shaved thinner at the front, the 1100 may not feel so big.

I was looking at a 1200 Sporty at last night and really like it. I`m envious of you for either of them.

Here is a link with an equation to figure out rpm vs. velocity, if you know the gear ratios, final drive ratios and rear tire sizes of the bikes.
http://www.msgroup.org/Tip.aspx?Num=094&Set=

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I agree with Weh44att. I remember the first time I climbed on my VN. After having ridden nothing but small dirt bikes it seemed imposing. After I lived with it for a couple of weeks it seemed like jumping on my old Honda dirt bike.

I'd go with the Honda also. Half the cost of a Harley is buying the name and I'd just be a little cautious about buying a bike with any kind of engine conversion (factory authorized or not). Unless you know the guy that did it you can't tell what kind of a job he did and that could come back to bite you.

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I'd go with the Honda. It will not seem too big in a couple weeks, and you can't beat them for reliability and they are tough to kill, even when neglected. I have a honda as a 2nd bike, and it never fails to start with a touch of the button, even if left a couple weeks. It's a 1984 with 23,000 miles, and runs like new.

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The conversion was done by Short Block Charlie in Phoenix AZ. Not that that says anything to me. Does it to anyone out there?

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I just Googled the name and got a lot of hits here. I only read one of them though. Looks like you might want to research them some.
http://www.google.ca/search?sourceid...CsH6lwePrvCWCA

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Personaly I would jump on the Honda, when I get the money together that is gonna be my next bike. I have ridden a few Harleys and I would much rather own a Honda any day. just my opinion

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I am leaning towards the honda. I would like to add that I do flat foot the honda. The sporty is a bit taller.

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if you go for the honda and dont like it i will take full responsiblity and you can drop it off at my house, no questions asked. sound good?

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V&H Cruzer Pipes
Luggage Rack
Lo-Jack
Intact Toolbox
Avon Venom Tires
Tour Master Cruiser II Slant Bags
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Forward Controls
New Grips
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