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post #1 of 40 Old 06-14-2019, 08:29 AM Thread Starter
 
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Looking for recommendation for a larger cruiser

So I am looking to buy a larger cruiser to replace my Rebel, I have posted this question on a Facebook motorcycle group as well.
I am looking for a cruiser type motorcycle, 600 or larger cc'c, low seat height to fit someone with a 28-29 inch inseam. Yes I am short.
I want a low center of gravity and a bike that easy easy to handle.
Primary use of this bike will be commuting to and from work and some camping, mostly a few days a few times a year.
Looking for a used bike, between $2000 and $3000.
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post #2 of 40 Old 06-14-2019, 09:00 AM
 
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The Shadow VLX fits that bill. Like the Rebel it was available in two generations, Gen-1 had dual carbs and a 27.2" seat height and Gen-2 was a single carb with a lower-than-the-Rebel 25.6" seat. Naturally the Gen-1 with the extra carb was faster, the single offers similar performance in town but you notice the (lacking) single carb difference at freeway speeds.
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The Shadow VLX fits that bill.
This is one of MANY Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki and Kawasaki models mentioned in my post to the Facebook group.
Another Honda that came up was the models from the Shadow line. Yamaha Star line was recommended a lot too.
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Vulcan 800 classic is another good option. Seat height is about 27.5, easy to work on, and well built.
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I know you specified 600 CCs or more, but have you considered the Vulcan 500 (EN500)? Top speed 100 mph, does the 1/4 mile in just under 15 seconds, seat height 28 inches and dry weight of 440 lbs. Usually common on craigslist, and well within your desired budget.
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Vulcan 500 (EN500)?
One word of warning...first gen EN500 Vulcans had a belt drive. While that may be desirable
over chain maintenance, Kawasaki stopped making those pre-96 belts long ago. Since the Gen-1 wheels are different, you'll need a Gen-2 rear wheel for the sprocket swap.

Back to the 600 Shadow VLX...like the 250 Rebel pretty much 95% of the Gen-1 to Gen-2 bits are compatible. The 500 Vulcan pretty much carried only the engine over to the Gen-2 bike. The upside is Kawi made more Gen-2 models than Gen-1 bikes. The Shadow on the other hand saw a generous 20 year production run and is still readily available on the market. It was named best worldwide model in 2000...Honda belted out a lot of them.
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There are compatible HD belts readily available for the A models. I believe the part number is 4001-85 but wouldn't swear to it.

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I know you specified 600 CCs or more, but have you considered the Vulcan 500 (EN500)? Top speed 100 mph, does the 1/4 mile in just under 15 seconds, seat height 28 inches and dry weight of 440 lbs. Usually common on craigslist, and well within your desired budget.
Well I guess if it were in nice condition and the price was right I might go for a 500, but on the other hand I don't really want to upgrade in size again anytime soon. I do want to be able to cruise on the interstates with camping gear loaded onto what ever I choose, so I am really leaning toward a 600+ bike. Right now I am leaning toward a member of the Shadow line of bikes, or a VStar.
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One word of warning...first gen EN500 Vulcans had a belt drive. While that may be desirable
over chain maintenance, Kawasaki stopped making those pre-96 belts long ago. Since the Gen-1 wheels are different, you'll need a Gen-2 rear wheel for the sprocket swap.

Back to the 600 Shadow VLX...like the 250 Rebel pretty much 95% of the Gen-1 to Gen-2 bits are compatible. The 500 Vulcan pretty much carried only the engine over to the Gen-2 bike. The upside is Kawi made more Gen-2 models than Gen-1 bikes. The Shadow on the other hand saw a generous 20 year production run and is still readily available on the market. It was named best worldwide model in 2000...Honda belted out a lot of them.
I ran into a guy working behind the counter of a local auto parts store that had a 600 VLX, he seemed to really like it and said if I ever had the chance to buy 1 I would definitely like it coming from my Rebel.
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I also suggest the Kawasaki Vulcan 500, 1996 model or later, chain drive, six speed transmission...
It is a marvelous bike.
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