Join Date: Jan 2002
Location: Auburn, WA 98401
I like cruisers
I like cruisers. I had a full dress tourer and loved it. I have friends who ride Harleys. Most ride for riding, not for "stopping". I agree that the perception of cruiser riders can be mistaken by observing some who seem to "stop more than they ride", but most of the friends of mine who have Harleys or other cruisers do like to ride with friends and will use any excuse to use their bike. I see them riding in weather that sport bike riders generally avoid, so although one of the writers here seems to dislike cruisers for personal reasons, I disagree with his perceptions about cruiser riders in general, as my experience is completely opposite to his.
In any event, it seems to me that such negative commentary on cruisers is irrelevant to the question of this thread and does not assist this person in resolving their dilemma.
My choice would be the Mean Streak. Rider Magazine tested that bike last year and they loved it. As I recall they compared it to the Warrior and even the Harley whatchamacallitV1000POS and they picked the Mean Streak over all the other competitors. One reason was the suspension. Another was the brakes. Another was the motor. Although the motor is not as "powerful" as the VRodPOS or the Warrior, it has a flat powerband that is useable over a good rpm range, and the shaft drive means no drive line maintenance. This year they made the motor bigger and changed the cam and intake for even more power. The brakes are sportbike brakes and the fork tubes are what you see on sportbikes, not cruisers. You can lean it over farther than any other cruiser before the fireworks start.
I like the Vulcan 2000. I want one but I would like to have a cross country tourer like my old Venture Royale, and I am expecting Kawasaki to turn out one with the Vulcan 2000 mill since they got rid of the Voyager the same year they introduced the Vulcan 2000. And right now I have only one arm due to major surgery on the other one so I can't ride until next year sometime anyway.
"...If you can meet with triumph and disaster, and treat those two imposters the same....you'll be a Man, my Son!"
- Rudyard Kipling
Last edited by fuster; 07-11-2004 at 10:09 PM.