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I went to a shop to chek out the 2010’s in person. I was quite pleased with the feeling of the Gladius, it really surprised me. I agree on the black one.
Man I keep meeting people with sport bikes and am kind of wondering in my mind now……
Hi Susan, I agree with Munch. I have ridden the V-Star 650 and I own a 2007 Vulcan 500. I am 5’5″ so i am not much taller than you. The Vulcan engine is a little smaller than the V-Star but it is liquid cooled and the V-Star is air cooled. Liquid cooled is nice for me being in the Texas heat. Our temps are around 100 this week.
Both are fine choices unless you wanted to go smaller for a wile with a Honda Rebel or 250 V-Star. If you plan on riding 70+ mph soon the 500 and 650 will do fine.
Scotty, how far is your commute to work? I ride fromGrand Prairie to Dallas, 35 and Walnut Hill to work.
saw a DN-01 on the highway this morning. Took me by surprise.
So are most motorcycles odometers and speedomoters off?
I understand what you mean. I have only been up to 80 when wanting to get away from traffic. I kind of want a bigger cruiser but I don’t want to lose out on the gas milage I’m enjoying.
$4,700 out the door is very nice. One positive is that you will know it wasn’t broke in unproperly. But on the other hand you might be able to find a gently used one for around 3k. New or used, you’re going to love this bike.
is that the out the door price? that seem pretty good but what charges will be added. the sensus on this sight seems to be buy used for your first bike. well, I did not find this site in time.
so my fist ever bike was purchased on July 2008. it was a brand new 2007 Vulcan 500. the sticker was $5,000 and it was atotal of $6,000 out the door. i now see Vulcan 500’s for much cheaper on craigslist. o well, live and learn and I love my bike(Tuvoc)March 25, 2010 at 1:35 am in reply to: 108 lb female, new rider, trying to choose between a ninja and suzuki! #25160
I got to test ride the Ninja 250 at a motorcycle show here in Dallas. You do have to shift thru the gears faster but it had no problem getting to highway speeds. It is liquid cooled, better gas savings, looks better than the Ninja 500, and is very light and easier to handle which adds to fun. Oh yes, you should be able to find an affordable one.
Nice to see a post from another Texas rider.
Well as soon as I told him I liked everything but that my boards touched on turns he very quickly said “you need to ride the 950” as if he knew already about what I experienced. Do you experience this with your bike? He did say that the 950 seat is lower so maybe he knows the floorboards are further in front and less under you than the 650, but I am not sure.
Well there were all the brands inside the convention center but out at the demo ride area only Kawasaki, Yamaha, and Spyder were there. I would like to have tried the new Honda NT700 too.
Tara, I am so very happy for you, especially after test riding the 250 this weekend. Be patient with her, you have nothing to prove to anybody.
Nobody has said it but I am sure we all think it. “cute girl like Tara on a hot bike like that is going to have the freshman boys on campus at a loss for words”.
OK on Sunday I test rode cruisers. Again I have a Vulcan 500 so I started by test driving the;
V-Star 650 and I really liked it. Okc I really like your bike. I have read that it does not have as many valves per cylinder as the 500 Vulcan but I thought it felt smooth, great, and light. It did not rev as high on the highway as my bike. I would not mind having one of these at all. The only thing I did not like was it was easy to scrape the floor boards wile leaning. The Yamaha employee said i should ride the V-Star 950 instead. And I later would.
But first was the Kawasaki 900. Munch you are so right to have bought this bike, I absolutely loved it. Great smooth power, well balanced. It is teriffic. I want it.
Then back to the Yamaha tent to ride the V-Star 950. Again great power, I liked it but I like the Vulcan 900 better.
Then just for fun I rode the T-Max scooter from Yamaha. It was fun and with the windshield and comfortable seating it felt like I could ride from state to state on it. It is a little pricey though, so I would use the money on a motorcycle.
So I had a great weekend at the Motorcycle show. See if it is coming your way at http://www.motorcycleshows.com
Monday morning and I am day dreaming of another spin on a FZ6R or Ninja.