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Mar 2nd 2018, 06:59 AM   #16
 VeritasImageryNW's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Allyn, WA

  '06 HD Street Bob, '85 Yamaha FJ600, '99 Honda CBR600f4
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Originally Posted by MotoDan
BMW R1150 GS Nothing else comes even close.
Not a cruiser.

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Mar 2nd 2018, 07:11 AM   #17
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  Jan 2016
  Allyn, WA

  '06 HD Street Bob, '85 Yamaha FJ600, '99 Honda CBR600f4
I've owned three cruisers. 06 Honda Shadow Spirit (750), 07 Sportster 1200C, and my current 06 HD Street Bob. So here's my take:

I'm 6'1", 210. The Shadow was a nice bike, boringly nice. It was too small, in both engine size and overall size. The Sportster was definitely better, sizewise. But even then it was just slightly too small. I always felt a little cramped, and it had forwards. Plus, the 5 speed tranny hampers it a bit on the highway. The Street Bob is perfect in size. Yes, it's a bit heavy, but that's not something you notice once above parking lot speeds.

I've ridden the Indian Scouts, and they are great bikes, but still have that "just slightly too small" feeling.

Chances are that you will want one of the larger bikes. So with that, you just need to figure out what you want from a cruiser.

The Victorys are good, and will still have dealer support for a few more years.

One thing about Harleys, though, is the vast aftermarket available for them. You can start with a basic Dyna platform and create just about anything you want.

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Mar 2nd 2018, 07:28 AM   #18
 albatrosscafe's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Issaquah

  2015 Yamaha FZ-07
My vote is the Yamaha Raider.

1854cc (113cu in) engine that has plenty of grunt. Awesome sound with aftermarket pipes. Very easy to ride for a bike that is 7 feet long but that doesn't make it boring. I owned one for about a year.

It is probably my favorite looking bike IMO. I love the style of it and got complemented all the time. You don't have to change much about it to make it unique (positive for some, negative for others lol).

I sold it cus I felt bad taking it out in the rain. But if I had the room I would buy mine back. Only problem is that the stock seat is a little hard haha



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Mar 2nd 2018, 09:15 AM   #19
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  Jan 2016
  WA

  Harley Davidson LR-S
If you're talking cruiser then it's important to test ride several and see what you like, they can be quite a bit different with a few small changes. At one point I would go to a Harley dealer and try a few. They'll let you ride a used bike for hours. Even if you go with a different make it will help you see what you'd like in the bike. Changing a few parts can drastically change your fit with them. Between handle bars, foot pegs and a seat you can turn something uncomfortable into the easiest ride you've had. All personal taste, not stuff that usually gets changed on a sportbike.
I figure in those test rides you'll either get what people love about Harley's or you won't. If you find it's just a bike I wouldn't recommend it then, they can be more expensive and if it's not moving your soul more there's no point. A lot of people notice a difference in how they feel (I don't mean just ride) and it changes a few perspectives after that happens. This didn't click for me till I saw the Lowrider S in person. I road several other Harleys first and none of them properly moved me, the LRS though was a completely different story.
They seem to be seen as being on the other side of the fence on this forum, but on the Harley forums most guys own several other bikes including supersports, or Indians or anything else.


I've done a 3000+ mile trip with someone on a Sportster, he was perfectly comfortable. One of the nice things about Harley's is you can changed EVERYTHING on them to suit your needs and preferences. All he changed was the foot pegs, still used stock seat and bars.

I will say the physical size of a cruiser is much more comfortable if you're 6' or above. I'm pretty broad shouldered and my Dyna was the first bike I could easily ride all day, I put several 12 hour riding days in back to back to back last year. Other bikes tended to pull my back muscles more. And I could never get a good seat on one.

Something else to consider is rain tires. They don't make awesome rain tires for cruisers. With a larger V-twin you'll be paying a lot more attention to your gas so you don't break the rear end loose. Never out of control, just spinning your wheels. It's more annoying than a safety concern, and it's mostly annoying because they're a lot of fun to launch hard.


My vote would be a 1200 Sportster. A Dyna if you find you want a physically bigger bike, but the Sportster is not small. You'll be able to find a used one at a good price. They can look drastically different with just a few modifications if you find you like or don't like the look of something. Plus you can sell it for what you bought it for used.

Fyi, Victory was shut down but you should still have no problems finding parts if you need.

Edited by CaptainAwesome on Mar 2nd 2018 at 09:23 AM
Mar 2nd 2018, 09:35 AM   #20
 
  Jan 2016
  Oregon

  2017 Kaw Ninja 1000 ABS (Z1000SX)
Also good prices on used Yamaha Roadliner/Stratoliner...

Same 113 cu. in motor as the Raider. Passenger seat, bags, windshield. Without the faux 'me-too, chopper-look' of the Raider.

Might benefit from Intake mod and Ivan ECU flash.

Guy your size needs a big bike.
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Edited by motoman on Mar 2nd 2018 at 10:39 AM
Mar 2nd 2018, 10:21 AM   #21
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  Jan 2016
  Allyn, WA

  '06 HD Street Bob, '85 Yamaha FJ600, '99 Honda CBR600f4
Quote:
Originally Posted by motoman

Guy your size needs a big bike.
This. At 6'4" the Sportster and Scout are going to feel real small. And at 270, any cruiser twin under 1000cc is going to feel like a dog. So this will be your limiting factors. After that, it's all about what you want from the bike.

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Mar 2nd 2018, 10:38 AM   #22
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  Jan 2018
  near the Socialist Republic of Seattle

  '13 BMW S1000RR
Not a cruiser, but a Tiger 800 would be great for a daily.
Mar 2nd 2018, 10:57 AM   #23
 Skiffman's Avatar
 
  Apr 2016
  Kitsap

  Yamaha Venture --Victory Octane
As mentioned by others the Yamaha line is definitely worth a look. Both the Raider and Stryker are nice riding chopper style cruisers. You either love or hate that style. Both a good fit for a big Guy and both have plenty of power. especially the Raider. The 1300 tour would also be a good fit and have bags for commuting. I had one for a year and loved it but traded it for my Venture as I needed a bigger bike for 2 up riding/touring.
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Mar 2nd 2018, 12:34 PM   #24
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  Jan 2016
  Issaquah

  2015 Yamaha FZ-07
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Originally Posted by Skiffman
Both a good fit for a big Guy and both have plenty of power. especially the Raider.
To go with this, I didn't mention in my post but I am 6'2" 230lb (about 250lb with gear) and the Raider was not cramped at all.

I bought that thing new for around $14k and a year later barely sold it for like $9k. I was getting $6k offered for trade in at a couple places. The Yamaha Star brand makes great motorcycles but the used prices are insanely low making them a good value.
Mar 2nd 2018, 01:05 PM   #25
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  Jan 2016
  here

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here

https://www.facebook.com/OptimumPerf...04726079916748

or

https://www.motointernational.com/catalog
Mar 2nd 2018, 01:42 PM   #26
 Skiffman's Avatar
 
  Apr 2016
  Kitsap

  Yamaha Venture --Victory Octane
Peninsula motogroup in Gorst (close to Gig Harbor) has a number of the suggested bikes on hand. Raider, Stryker, Sportsters, and a bike I've done a long test ride on the Triumph Thunderbird. Good selection of HD's and other cruisers. They let you take anything for a ride. Might help you narrow your search and likes and dislikes.

https://www.peninsulamotogroup.com

PS. I am a close friend of the original owner of the Raider they have. It was a well taken care of bike. He traded it in on a Street Glide.

https://seattle.craigslist.org/see/m...498490120.html


Edited by Skiffman on Mar 2nd 2018 at 01:48 PM
Mar 2nd 2018, 08:23 PM   #27
 TimberMoto's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Salem, Oregon

  Supermoto Dreaming...
I know a guy that has a Yamaha Raider. It's a beast. Lots of power and torque. Destroyed most of the Harleys that he rode with.
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Mar 2nd 2018, 09:06 PM   #28
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  Jan 2016
  Here

  R1200ST, CB350
Not precisely a cruiser but in your position and vital stats I'd consider a vintage Gold Wing standard (not full dress or Interstate), which you can still find in reasonably stock form in the 1000 and 1100 variants and low enough mileage not to need a rebore. Sturdy, comfortable, with a motor which is smooth, willing, strong and all but indestructible, with plenty of aftermarket and service support. At your price range find a decent reasonable mileage one in the $3K range, throw a few more grand at making it really nice and still have change back from your $8K.
Mar 3rd 2018, 05:14 PM   #29
 
  Mar 2018
  Gig Harbor

  2008 BMW R1200GS Adventure
Thanks, guys. You've given me a lot to research. I'm glad you mentioned that the Scout would feel cramped. It was in the lead so far.

For the style, I like the Yamaha Raider the most so far.

More google'ing to do...
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Mar 3rd 2018, 07:46 PM   #30
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  Jan 2016
  Kirkland, WA

  Kawasaki ZX-14
Once you have two (or more) bikes in mind, go to Motorcycle Ergonomics, enter your measurements and desired riding position, and the motorcycles you're comparing, and then use the wheel on your mouse to slowly transfer from one to the other to see how the riding position changes.

Motorcycle Ergonomics
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