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Mar 1st 2018, 04:16 PM   #1
  Mar 2018
  Gig Harbor

  2008 BMW R1200GS Adventure
Help me Choose a Cruiser

I'm looking for a daily ride for work. I'm interested in a reasonably comfortable ride and am looking at cruisers.

All of my riding experience has been on sport bikes (600RR and Hayabusa), so I'm not as well-versed in what is available in terms of cruisers.

Looking for a used bike in perfect running condition. I'd like to spend around $8000 or less. I don't have any brand loyalties; just interested best bang for my buck.

I like the look of the Victory and Indian models. Also, it's probably relevant that I'm 6'4 and around 270 lbs.

Doing a lot of research on my own, but figured it would be good to hear your experiences and suggestions as well.
Mar 1st 2018, 04:24 PM   #2
 Chrishil54's Avatar
  Jan 2016

  2009 V-Star 1100 Custom
Do you want a full dress or naked cruiser? How about displacement, 500, 650, 750, 900 or ??
Mar 1st 2018, 04:37 PM   #3
  Mar 2018
  Gig Harbor

  2008 BMW R1200GS Adventure
Originally Posted by Chrishil54
Do you want a full dress or naked cruiser? How about displacement, 500, 650, 750, 900 or ??
A naked cruiser with 650+. I don't need anything monstrous, but I do like to know there is power there when I need it.
Mar 1st 2018, 06:26 PM   #4
 Sentinel's Avatar
  Jun 2016
  Poor Tortured

  2019 Nada
you want a Sportster 1200.


Mar 1st 2018, 07:00 PM   #5
 alienbogey's Avatar
  Feb 2016
  Gig Harbor

I happen to have one (a 2007 Sportster 1200c) that I'll be putting up for sale soon. PM me if interested. [And I'm also in Gig Harbor]
Mar 1st 2018, 07:38 PM   #6
 SilvieFox's Avatar
  Jan 2016
  welches, Oregon

  08Kawasaki Versys(Sylvester),72Suzuki RV90(vanvan),81Honda TwinStar(Bobber),Yamaha225,Honda Shadow
honda shadow phantom
Mar 1st 2018, 07:51 PM   #7
 Skiffman's Avatar
  Apr 2016

  Yamaha Venture --Victory Octane
The Victories fit tall guys best. You'll love the 106 motor. I have a Octane that you can get extended reach pegs and bars for. But the bigger 106 motor cruisers would suit you better. Especially the models with floorboards.

Heres one in Lynwood in your price range

Cliffs in Bremerton has a number of Victories in stock

Edited by Skiffman on Mar 1st 2018 at 07:55 PM
Mar 1st 2018, 07:54 PM   #8
 Skiffman's Avatar
  Apr 2016

  Yamaha Venture --Victory Octane
Originally Posted by Sentinel
you want a Sportster 1200.


He said he wanted a comfortable ride......,lol Sportys dont meet that requirement in my experience.
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Mar 1st 2018, 08:55 PM   #9
 liberpolly's Avatar
  Jan 2016

  Ducati Diavel, Aprilia Scarabeo
Ducati Diavel.
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Mar 1st 2018, 09:11 PM   #10
  Jan 2016

I really like my Yamaha Fjr, 1300 cc of smooth power, bags if you want them and if you want sport cruiser bags come of in about one minute, it makes one hell of a sport cruiser, very comfortable and you can buy them very reasonable, tons of accessories available, should take one for a ride they fit large guys as well.
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Mar 1st 2018, 11:55 PM   #11
  Mar 2016
  Redmond, WA

  2016 FJR1300A
^^^ The FJR is a sport tourer, not a cruiser. I came from a long line of cruisers, and now ride a FJR...very little in common between the two different styles of bikes.

To the OP: Check out the Kawasaki Vulcan 900, either the Custom 900 or the Classic 900, depending on your styling preferences. Good power, long wheelbase so is ideal for taller riders, and is $8000 for brand-new 2017s.
Mar 2nd 2018, 03:39 AM   #12
 ZXtasy's Avatar
  Jan 2016
  Moses Lake, WA

  2013 Kawasaki Concours C-14, 2005 ZX-10R Kawasaki (Nekkid), '99 Yamaha TW-200
Honda Trail it!!
Mar 2nd 2018, 04:12 AM   #13
 Texasl's Avatar
  Jan 2016
  Northeast Olalla

  07 Guzzi, 20 MT-07
Originally Posted by ZXtasy
Honda Trail it!!
That's a lot of bike for a guy who has only ridden a busa.

My brother in law is "large framed and fluffy" and he loves his Victory bagger, both for local operations and long distance.
Mar 2nd 2018, 04:38 AM   #14
 Suzuki Stevo's Avatar
  Jan 2016
  Seattle ,Wa

  Burgman 400, TW200, Boulevard M50, 2018 Indian Scout 1131, 2018 Indian Chieftain Classic
Totally enjoying my Indian Scout...

The Suzuki Boulevard's are rock solid and reliable also....

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Mar 2nd 2018, 06:50 AM   #15
 MotoDan's Avatar
  Apr 2016

  2014 KTM 690 / BMW R1150 GS
BMW R1150 GS Nothing else comes even close.
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