Members who have donated towards server costs
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Chandler, Arizona
I have put over 150,000 miles on 2 Vulcan 750s, mostly on the freeway at freeway speeds. I also have a Goldwing, but the Vulcan is a lot more fun to ride. It does not get blown around as much as the GW, probably because it has way less plastic to catch the wind. And it is very heavy for a 750. It is also super comfortable (to me anyway) I have done two Iron Butt Saddlesore 1000s on them, and may do it one more time. I can easily ride 600 mile days for 2 weeks straight, and not be in pain. I cannot say that about many bikes.
The Shadow Spirit 1100 or VTX1300 would be my pick for a bigger cruiser, I found the 1500s just two big and heavy to be much fun. Fine for highway touring, but a lot of work to wrestle around town. The Spirit 1100 and Virago 1100 are two of my favorite bikes, but they don't make either one any more.
If you decide to go with a V-Star or larger Vulcan, beware of the wire spoke wheels, which use tube type tires. These bikes have no centerstand, so when you have a flat out on the road (and you will, I have 3 plugs in the rear tire on my Vulcan after only 10,000 miles) there is no way to fix it, so you are stranded. Nobody seems to think of this when buying the bike, only after they become stranded, by something as simple as a flat tire.
If you want a big bike with actual performance, get a Valkyrie. They are basically a cruiser styled Goldwing without the plastic. I've wanted one ever since I first saw one, but still cannot find a nice one in my price range.
I am a motorcyclist, NOT a biker.
1997 Vulcan 750, purchased about a week ago
2006 Sportster 1200 Low
2013 Royal Enfield Bullet 500, converted to carb
2001 Yamaha XT225, heavily modified
2004 Honda Rebel 250
1979 Vespa P200E
2002 Vulcan 750 parts bike
1994 Yamaha XT225 parts bike