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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 11-22-2010, 09:10 PM Thread Starter
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My 2006 VN 750 has 25K original miles on it. I've taken good care of it (especially when I've kept the shiny side up), so I can surely more than double the current odometer reading.

But... I've begun looking around for a possible replacement. What I really like is the new Concours 14. But, practically speaking, I need something smaller and more nimble (and closer to the ground). Yes, I take one, maybe two longer trips a year, but most of my rides are much shorter (and I commute a lot, a 20-mile round trip).

The Vulcan 750 is often compared to the Honda Shadow. But what I'm looking at is the new Honda NT700V.

http://www.motorcycle.com/manufactur...iew-89047.html

As you can see, it is kind of a hybrid between a commuting bike and a small sport tourer.

What do you think?

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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 11-23-2010, 12:15 AM
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I like the shaft drive and the fact that it's a Honda. But why do you need to replace your 750? Why go to the expense of replacing something that's running well and looking good, is economical to run and maintain and will likely last many more years to come? Perhaps the urge to get a shining new motorcycle is tugging at your heart, but you know deep down inside that your 750 really is a cool looking, fun riding classic motorcycle. You already own it and it's proven to be mechanically sound. Fight that devilish urge to spend! Be content with the beautiful ride you have. Of course, that's just my practical side maintaining it's grip on me. I hate to spend $$ on things I don't really need, and I can't bring myself to take on debt. But you probably have more fun in life than I do!

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I like it! I wouldn't mind owning one of those
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I bought an 84? 700 Shadow and put 23k on it in about a year, and the only problem I ever had was the rectifier went out about 3 times, that is why I sold it, other than that it seemed to be as good as when it was new...
I have a friend that loves the Honda 650 Silverwings, or whatever they are, they look very simuliar to the NT700 you show... Thats about all I can say, good, bad, or ugly...
If I cared for that style of bike I would not be afraid of the Honda NT700... On the other hand I agree with what rubyrick said above...
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That's a way cool bike! I like the 5.2 gallon gas tank. You won't be stopping at every gas station like the VN750, and the pass-through saddlebags are cool as well. Oh, and the quick adjust windshield is another fantastic feature. I just wonder how it fairs under lots of adjusting up and down. All in all, it looks like a great, lightweight sport-touring bike. I bet if you drive it conservatively, you'll get way better mileage than with the Vulcan.

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It looks like an apples to oranges comparison.
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Grass is greener man, keep the Vulcan. Even if it didn't seem like you were looking for something you already have, that bike is wicked fugly. It looks like a 2 wheeled alien insect with pipes. Just my .02 though...
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That's a way cool bike! I like the 5.2 gallon gas tank. You won't be stopping at every gas station like the VN750, and the pass-through saddlebags are cool as well. Oh, and the quick adjust windshield is another fantastic feature. I just wonder how it fairs under lots of adjusting up and down. All in all, it looks like a great, lightweight sport-touring bike. I bet if you drive it conservatively, you'll get way better mileage than with the Vulcan.
im digging the nt look but it needs more power...for touring

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im digging the nt look but it needs more power...for touring
I was seriously considering this bike myself ,but price and it appearing to be a little underpowered compared to the VN750 ,caused me to look longer and harder at it.

At the time there was a leftover VFR800 for about the same money,which was still more than I wanted to spend at the time,that was a lot closer to being a smaller version of the ST1300 to me,and factory hard bads are an option on it too.

I like it but I didn't want to go any slower with out a bunch more comfort.
her's a link you may still find a leftover 08 or o9 for cheap if you like 'em
http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=...ed=0CDgQ9QEwAw

here's a link to e bay with some new ones for sale if interested

http://motors.shop.ebay.com/i.html?_...506.m270.l1311




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....The Vulcan 750 is often compared to the Honda Shadow. But what I'm looking at is the new Honda NT700V.

http://www.motorcycle.com/manufactur...iew-89047.html

As you can see, it is kind of a hybrid between a commuting bike and a small sport tourer.

What do you think?
If they had offered that bike back when I was looking, I quite possibly would have bought it instead of the Vulcan. It has been available in Europe for several years, and was just brought into this country last year. My only quip is the high asking price, but now that it has been here for a year you might find a used one at a better deal.

I of course would reccomend a Yamaha FJR1300 , which I like alot more than the new Concours.


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