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    Senior Member Mark In WA's Avatar
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    I've been distracted lately.



    It's a fuel injected, water cooled, 750cc V-twin. 56 mpg. Said to be slighly faster than an 883 Sportster in a drag race.



    Give me some reasons not to want this.



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    They're good bikes, a friend of mine has one and uses it as his daily-rider most of time and uses it for longer trips (500 miles I think is his longest trip so far) on the weekends. I think his bikes is an '08 but looks just like that one. The only thing I don't like about it is the rear drum brake, I prefer disc brakes. Parked side-by-side with my wife's Sportster 883 the bikes seem to be comparable sizes, though the H-D seems heavier (probably is). Can't speak to performance as we've never raced.



    I can't give too many reasons for not wanting a Honda cruiser although some Harley guys say Harley's hold their re-sale values better than the imports, though our Sportster is so old ('94) I doubt it will depreciate very much more in value. A benefit of owning a Harley, which I really didn't understand until after we bought our's is you sort of feel like you've joined a brotherhood of sorts, weird I know but when I'm riding around town I get more waves from people, more stares and more people coming-up to talk about the bike than I ever do when I ride my TW. It's like it adds 10 points to your coolness factor (not that I care about such things, if I did we'd have a new H-D and we don't).



    All-in all I think their both pretty good bikes, the Honda will argurably be more reliable though even your neighbors eight year old kid will know what it is if you ride-up on a Harley.



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    I know all about the Harley thing. When I got my TW the first thing everyone said was, "Why didn't you get a Harley?" How does Harley enter someones mind when they are looking at a 200cc Japanese dual-sport? One of my good friends actually made fun of me, asking if I was going to take it to Sturgis. BTW, these are all people who don't own any kind of motorcycle at all.



    Although it shares the Shadow name, this bike is actually brand new this year. Honda classifies it as a cruiser because it is made from the same components, but it has a higher seat, less rake, and is shorter than your typical cruiser. I would call it a "standard" bike.



    This is why it appeals to me so much. I don't want a cruiser or a sportbike so here in the U.S. my choices are basically nil. In my opinion, the design of this bike is function over form and the power curve of a v-twin would suit my riding style better than a Japanese I-4.



    My main concern is that since it is not a cruiser or sportbike, it won't sell well enough in the U.S. and Honda will drop it before I can convince my wife to let me buy one.



    Mark
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    Mark,

    There are many reliable standard bikes out there. I have a Triumph Bonneville. It is an excellent machine and looks the same as it did in the 1960's. The Moto Guzzi V7 Classic is another standard that still looks like it did in the seventies. Also, there is the Royal Enfield, but I do not know much about it except that it looks GREAT! That Honda that you are looking at is a beauty will probably be running long after you can.
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    Mine is faster than an 883. It cost $2600 less new than a two year old 883 and has provided me with a trouble free, great riding experience for 13k+ miles.

    Bought late 07 with .3 miles on it. I've changed the oil every 5k after the initial 500 and replaced the rear tire at 11500 miles.

    The ONLY problem I had was a 4 month period where I was unable to ride due to a leg injury and the battery died.

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    I have a 1999 Honda Shadow 750. Was going to sell it when I bought my TW, but it doesn't even have 9,000 miles and the bike is great. So now I have 2 bikes You won't go wrong with that bike and the new style looks very cool!!



    Tom

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    Rusty, I did look hard at Bonnevilles a while back. I'm just a big fan of Japanese reliability so it would take a lot for me to make that leap. I might do it for a Ducati Monster 695 though.



    Mike, Like I said I'm not really into cruisers, but damn, that is nice. The RS would look better with silver cylinders. Did you make the taillight yourself? How well does the electrical system handle auxillary lighting? Or was that your way of disguising your front turn signals?



    Tom, I'm hoping that by the time I can buy another bike, the TW will have enough miles on it that it won't be worth it to sell it.



    Mark
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    No front signals. Electrical works just fine with the auxiliary lights down low and the LED's in the back.

    I am like you about the cruisers, but I like what I have. I really like the RS though, there have been many

    times that I would prefer a standard over a cruiser, but having had to add the extended forward controls

    to the shadow, I'm not sure I would be as comfortable on the RS. I haven't had the chance to sit on one

    though.



    I will say this, the stock seat blows tremendously! I did 408 miles in a day (home to tampa) and two days

    later came back. My ass was sore for 3 days! So if you plan on doing any extended riding, you may be

    looking at an aftermarket seat purchase.



    mike



    oh, and as far as the chicken strips go on the rear tire... that's as far as I can lean before grinding shiny

    parts

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    I didn't think people cared about chicken strips on a cruiser!



    Sitting on it, it feels a bit bigger than I expected. Probably because I am used to the TW. It is heavy at 500 lbs wet.



    The passenger position is pretty much useless. It feels like you are going to slide right off the back and the footpegs are too high. I suppose it will take a bit of time before seats are available. Honda doesn't have any optional seats for it. They do have a passenger backrest which would help but I wouldn't want it on when riding solo.



    Mark
    '10 Truimph Bonneville Std.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark In WA View Post
    I didn't think people cared about chicken strips on a cruiser!



    Mark


    Apparently, around here they do Then I show them how ground down the bolts are under my footpegs, and they say... ahhhh, okay. Hehe



    With mine lowered, passenger is not going to happen that's for sure. It took almost a year before any aftermarket showed up for the C2 (shaft Drive).

    Whereas, the DC (chain) had plenty.

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