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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 07-11-2014, 12:24 AM Thread Starter
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Considering a '04 Drifter 1500 with 20,000 miles, looks good and price seems right but I don't know anything about the model. I'm not sure I like the fact that the rear fender moves with the rear wheel and the fenders may be plastic from what I'm reading in the online reviews. The owner has agreed to $2600.
see it here http://atlanta.craigslist.org/nat/bar/4545610394.html

Is this a good reliable bike for longer trips with lots of curves??? sometimes riding double.

I love my VN750 and plan to keep it but would really prefer a larger bike for the longer trips.

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Looks good, except that's an 800... still a nice bike!

Also, the guy who has it bought in a storage unit auction... be careful!

http://atlanta.craigslist.org/nat/mcy/4532034491.html

And yes, the fenders are plastic... I had a Vulcan Drifter 1500 at one point, and they were plastic on it too...

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Isn't that what Merc has? 800 Drifter?
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Considering a '04 Drifter 1500 with 20,000 miles, looks good and price seems right but I don't know anything about the model. I'm not sure I like the fact that the rear fender moves with the rear wheel and the fenders may be plastic from what I'm reading in the online reviews. The owner has agreed to $2600.
see it here http://atlanta.craigslist.org/nat/bar/4545610394.html

Is this a good reliable bike for longer trips with lots of curves??? sometimes riding double.

I love my VN750 and plan to keep it but would really prefer a larger bike for the longer trips.
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Looks good, except that's an 800... still a nice bike!

Also, the guy who has it bought in a storage unit auction... be careful!

http://atlanta.craigslist.org/nat/mcy/4532034491.html

And yes, the fenders are plastic... I had a Vulcan Drifter 1500 at one point, and they were plastic on it too...

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I think there are a few things you should consider. Did the seller tell you it's a 1500? That's a problem there because it looks like Glory's right, it is an 800. If it's almost half the cc's you were expecting and the seller is touting it as a 1500 AND you still want the bike, you should talk him down off $2600. Also, you're buying a brand new-to-you motorcycle and you already have a Kawasaki 750. You're looking for a larger bike and are ok with a Kawasaki 800? Are you sure you want to spend 2600 dollars on a "larger" bike when it's only 50 cc's larger? I know the adrenalin gets pumpin' and it's easy to make up your mind when that happens but it's 2600 bucks. Make sure it's what you want. Personally I would go with something 1200 cc or bigger if I was coming from a 750 and looking for a "larger" bike.

Also, he "drove" the bike for over an hour? Hmmm...

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I'm not even involved and I already don't like the vibe I'm getting off it. You can get 1100 shadows all day long for around $3000 and they are good bikes.

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Dude, all I can tell ya is I should have let ya ride the 1500 Nomad at Tellico. I wanted a bigger bike when I bought mine. Didn't know how nimble it would be. Love that thang!! On the Dragon, I believe it held the road better than the 750 would have and I dearly love mine. The Nomad was glued to the road. Has move than enough power for any type of riding. Highway speed is 'let her eat'. 80 mph is just so smooth. I rode several of the other 1200+ cc bikes before buying mine. I would buy another 1500 Nomad any day of the week.
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Dude, all I can tell ya is I should have let ya ride the 1500 Nomad at Tellico. I wanted a bigger bike when I bought mine. Didn't know how nimble it would be. Love that thang!! On the Dragon, I believe it held the road better than the 750 would have and I dearly love mine. The Nomad was glued to the road. Has move than enough power for any type of riding. Highway speed is 'let her eat'. 80 mph is just so smooth. I rode several of the other 1200+ cc bikes before buying mine. I would buy another 1500 Nomad any day of the week.
Chuck,,, That's why I tried to call you (busy signal) and Denny (no answer) today. To get your opinion since you've both got similar bikes.
About an hour later GloryRider called me and told me he had spoken to the owner a few days ago and it turns out not only was it a 800 (not the 1500 the owner emailed me) but that there was no title. Now I know why the bike seemed so cheap for a beautiful "1500".

Guess I'll keep lookin'.

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Yah, I probably didn't have signal most of the day. We were at the beach all week but Thursday we rode over the Biloxi Miss. No signal most all day. But man loving loving the Nomad. 940 miles on our trip. 800 miles round trip to the beach in a cage. 280 miles round trip Thursday to let the wife and daughter pull the handles and lose money. Doing a 400 mile trip ride with a group tomorrow. 180 miles of that is just to and from the ride meet up and return home. Monday ain't gonna be good at work!


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Actually I'm now looking at a V65 Magna. I'm not so sure about the higher seat (31") but I've always loved the looks, the reliability, and 117 hp ain't bad either as long as I remember not to rip the throttle in the lower gears. pricing is pretty fair for these bikes, usually less than $2000 which fits my budget perfectly.

My previous bike (450 Nighthawk) had a 31" seat which seemed a bit tall for my 30" inseam.

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