I know it may be hard to beleive since I know you came from a M50 but after an hour on the road without stopping the XR starts to cramp my hands and bother my upper back. I don't have those problems on my M50. I think it is the combination of forward controls with a mini floorboard and leaning toward the tank on the M50 that makes it more comfortable for me. I am not saying my XR is all that uncomfortable but I think getting some handlebars that come back a couple of inches will probably solve the problem. As far as 2up goes the M50 treated me well and I can not tell a difference in handeling but you could tell a big difference in braking and power in the mountain twisties. The power of the 106 and the addition of two extra brake discs took all of those problems away.
Oh i see, that makes sense. I think the 2in pullback bars is probably one of the first mods many xr owners do anyway. Its likely to solve most of that issue for ya.
You can get the Honda Shadow 1100s for cheap. I had a Shadow Sabre years ago - very solid, fast and reliable. Plenty of after market stuff to make it what ever you want.
You can find them in great shape going for $4000.
Enjoy the miles....we only get so many!
I would hold out for a older Vic if your spending around 6000 their out there, I found this 04 Vic TC for only 4000 bucks it only had 2500 miles on it. I've always promised myself I would never become a brand loyalist but the longer I ride this bike the harder it is to keep that promise.
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2004 TC, 05 Vegas 8Ball, 09 Yamaha FZ6R
Lake Havasu City AZ.
Well, maybe you should look at an 07 or 08 Kingpin.......after all, some vendors mix Victory under the Metric banner for parts..... So you would be true to,your search for a bike...... A metric cruiser = Victory Kingpin.
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Debadged tank, 12" Gustafsson dark smoke Euro Flip
Ma Vic (Black Tri-Ovals/Stage1, XC pull backs, HID,
XC/XR heated seat & bag bars, shorty antennae)
Ness derby covers & Rad III mirrors
Avon heated grips, air horn, RICZ lay down plate bracket and lotsa blacked out stuff.
Artificial intelligence is absolutely 100% NO match for natural stupidity!
If EFI is a requirement, those c50s and vulcans are exceptional values. The clutch is easy on them and there is absolutely nothing wrong with those bikes.
I rode the wife's c50 for 20k miles before I picked up the XCT this year. I liked that bike!
NADA for a 2005 c90 is $5600, but you'll find the clutch-pull on them is harder.
I'd seriously recommend c50 or vulcan 900 since you plan on moving to american made when your health and finances iimprove. The c50 has FAR superior stock seat by the way. The Mrs will appreciate that.
+1 on the boulevards. I've got nearly 20k on my M50 and never a problem out of it. Actually left the XR in the garage today and put 75 miles on the m50, it was looking lonely.
2011 Cross Roads Sunset Red
OEM short windshield, passenger backrest, crash bars, saddle bag bars, heated grips, vinyl closeouts, tachometer, ambient temp. WD lay down licence plate.
Take a look at the V Star 1300. I sold my 2007 for $5,000 setup with a fairing and bags. They are a very dependable bike. Sold mine with 38K on it and never had a problem. I think Star will be using the same V Twin in the Royal Star and Venture when they finally update them after 12 years. The 1300 is a very good long range bike like the CC is.
Word to the wise about a MS Batwing fairing. Save your money and buy a Med height windshield with lowers. Batwing looks cool but beats the crap out of you at higher speeds.
A freind of mine actually has his for sale in Ames, IA. It is setup for solo if your interested.
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im another vtx 130C convert. bought new in 04. best overall bike
i ever had. we rode 2 up all the time. put on an ultimate seat for comfort. and easier clutch pull is available.smoth,quiet,good
power, and good mileage.32000 trouble free miles. new owner
loves it. we wanted more carrying room and the dealer also
2011 cross roads, crimson red, speedo reflash,
forged bars,bag bars,tach,driver and pass backrest[vic]
vic luggage rack and lowers,iso grips,2" pullbacks
hard bags,xc adj pass footrests, color keyed side
chin fairings. 7 jurock custom made windshield.
ultimate seat, hid low beams,
and of course, a ric z laydown license bracket.