The decision has been made. She went to another dealer today up by where she works and sat on just about everything- the Honda 1100 series, Vulcan 1500, various Yamaha's. Narrowed it down to 2- V Star 1100, and Vulcan 1500.
Tonight we went to the closer dealer who had a used V Star 1100 we had been checking out, and a used Vulcan 1500 we could test ride.
My wife REALLY liked the 1100. We were thinking, forget about the used one, the new one isn't that much more and has much better financing. Until she rode it! I was amazed when we got back from the ride (I rode the 1100 1st, her on the 1500, then we swapped) and she said she liked the 1500 better. Which was great for me, as that's the bike I wanted all along! She said she was worried it'd be too big, but it felt great. I didn't say anything to her till we got back from riding both, but to me, the V Star felt like a toy. I ride a Suzuki C50, which is an 805cc bike, and it feels like a much bigger bike than the 1100. I tried a full lock, low speed turn, and the handlebar hit my knee before full lock. You felt like you sat on top of it, not in it like the C50. I can't imagine a 500 mile cruise on it.
On the 1500, we got out to the main highway, I hit 3rd gear, nailed the throttle, and blew by her like she was standing still. 30 to 70 in the blink of an eye, and the bike felt like it was not even breathing hard.
The dealer didn't have the color we want (the '07 blue/titanium), so they are procuring one for us and it should be in by Saturday. They gave us $4200 for her 06 VN750. Not the best price, but not bad compared to blue book trade in. We'll be able to pay off the financing on that and have an out the door price of right around 10k on the 1500. I can't wait to ride it. She has to have a windshield and wants handlebar risers. I think those will take several months to come in!
In the meantime she can ride my C50....
I'm going to strip down a lot of the aftermarket mods we did on her bike, I'll offer them up for sale here. Tank bib, Willie and Max black and red saddle bags, custom bag brackets, Brooklyn Butt Buster pad which is pretty much brand new. I will try and get the highway/crash bars we had put on taken off before we turn it in as well. They have some custom brackets to allow the bars to attach to lower frame holes, and the top goes in where the top radiator bolt attaches. I'll list all that in the proper forum, and it will all be priced reasonably.