Join Date: Apr 2016
Location: Northern New Jersey
I hadn't had a bike in 19yrs, and was a sportbike rider back in the day ('90 Kaw EX500). Never would have considered a cruiser until an old friend offered to sell me his '95 VN750 for a price I couldn't refuse. 2 years and 12,000 miles later - I love this bike!
Admittedly, it is a bit challenged for seating room when riding 2-up, and we do a lot of that. I'm going to be looking for a nice used V-Star 950 Tourer over the winter/spring to make our weekend rides more comfortable. We've sat on a few together at dealers and shows, and we both really like the seating room for 2.
But I have no plans to sell the VN. It's just too damn much fun to ride solo! Plus, the woman is considering taking the MSF courses and getting her own license, the VN would be a great first ride for her...
As for New Jersey roads, I feel very lucky to live where I do. I'm in the northwestern part of the state, and I've got phenomenal riding all around me. North through Sussex County into NY State towards either Hawks Nest or Bear Mountain. West through Warren County and into the PA Poconos. South through Hunterdon County and into Bucks County PA. And even after living in this area for my entire life, I still have a lot of "never been on this road before" moments. The Harley dealer out here (Tramontin in Hope, NJ) runs a lot of escorted group rides through the area that are a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon.
1995 VN750 bought used @ 6K miles (sold @ 20K miles)
2007 VN1600D bought used @ 40K miles