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    How many different cruisers have you taken for a test ride?

    Here's the ones I've ridden;

    Honda VTX 1800C

    Kawasaki Vulcan 2000

    Yamaha Road Warrior

    Harley V-Rod

    I can't wait to get my grubby mitts on a Suzuki M109R!

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    In the SF Bay area, they don't let you take test rides.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Uechi Kid
    In the SF Bay area, they don't let you take test rides.
    In this day and age of $10K+ bikes, I'll be damned if I'm gonna plop down that much green on a bike I've never ridden. I told several salesmen that and that's how I got to ride a couple of the bikes I've ridden. Many times they can't let you ride a new one, but they'll call you when they get a used one or a demo.

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    Only bike I couldn't test ride was Suzuki's. I test road the Harleys (Sportster, Screaming Eagle Fatboy) and the V-Star and V-Star1100. But I liked the C50 so much and the price was right that chanced it and I lucked out, great bike for the money.

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    Not many, I gues I should have looked at more:

    The S Boulevard S50, the K Vulcan 750, and the one I bought the Mighty Mighty M50.

    I admired a couple other bikes and sat on them in the showroom: Honda Shadow, S Boulevard S83, and Triumph Thruxton 900, but I never did ride them. I regret not riding the TT900, just to see what it was like.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grampi
    Here's the ones I've ridden;

    Honda VTX 1800C

    Kawasaki Vulcan 2000

    Yamaha Road Warrior

    Harley V-Rod

    I can't wait to get my grubby mitts on a Suzuki M109R!
    So of those 4 which one came out on top?

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    Road Star
    VTX 1300
    HD Road King
    Victory Vegas
    Victory King PIn
    HD Soft Tail Deluxe
    Kawasaki Mean Streak
    Suzuki C90

    Even though I bought The Star, My local Suzuki dealer has given me an open invitation to ride the Triumph Rocket Three, and the M109R when they get one. I can't say enough great things about my Suzuki dealer. I may have bought the Star, but it had nothing to do with any negatives about my dealer. I just saw and rode the Star, and it was the best bike for my style of riding and my personal tastes!
    Last edited by Bowtie18; 01-29-2006 at 09:48 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BillyBumbler
    So of those 4 which one came out on top?
    VTX

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    the dealers here looked at me as if i was on crank when I asked to test ride. Only company I know of that lets people was HD but for that kinda cash they should throw in a free.. ummm yeah. It was even worse when I asked the dealer "so have you ridden it?" and the kid was like "ummm no.. i dont ride"
    Got myself a one way ticket. Going the wrong way. ~~AC/DC "Ride On"

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    What's a good deal?

    I haven't ridden since college (I'm old, but not too old). I have been bike shopping and have settled on a Suzuki S83 or a Yamaha V Star 1100. The dealer has 2005 and 2006. What would be a fair price for either of these bikes? I have seen listing on the internet for the 2005 S83's around $7000. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks

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    Only 1, C50
    I was fixed on the C50 because of the price, looks, and all the good things I read about them. The test ride sealed the deal.

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    Too many to count! I have a friend who owns a Suzuki/ Yamaha/ BMW dealer, and another that owns a high-volume used bike dealer. If they have one, I get to ride it!

    Loved the M109, by the way. Plenty fast, that's for sure.

    It's good to have friends!
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    I only rode the C50 for my first purchase after doing a lot of leg work to find the right bike. Since then I've only ridden a C90 and Roadliner. In a couple of weeks I'm test riding a Wild West Vigilante and Victory Kingpin. I haven't decided if I'll move up but the "test" shopping is great fun.

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