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Hi I live in Honolulu and want to buy a Victory. I currently ride a Honda 1100 shadow, comfortable runs great, but doesn't turn me on when I look at it. I've been considering one of the baggers but my commutes are only 6 to 15 miles. Is it silly to have a bike that large for such short commutes? I'm 62 and into comfort and I ride for transportation daily.
 

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Not at all. The Cross Roads would be perfect for you or the Cross Country if you wanted tunes to listen to on the way to work. I would definitely get the hard bags so you can lock stuff up.

Besides, even if your commute is fairly short, you can still take longer rides after work and on your days off; especially if you take a passenger.

A new bike is great if you can afford it but a good used one can save you money if those come up over there. Plus the stuff most people do, like a Stage 1, mufflers, etc., are usually already done when buying a used bike. Just make sure it isn't a lemon. Haven't heard of many Victory lemons but there have been 2 or 3.

Edit: Even a Vision would be fine. I know I got caught in the rain fairly regularly when I lived there so lowers and some protection from the stinging rain doesn't hurt - so to speak.
 

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If you can afford the bike and can handle the extra weight then by all means go for what thrills you. It's always nice to have saddlebags for carrying stuff even on a short ride. You can easily fit a laptop and jacket in the Cross bike saddles. Life is too short to wonder what if...
 

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Life is NOT short, its the longest thing you do and part of it will be in your retirement years with reduced income. So I will suggest this to mudshark; If you can afford to write a check for the full amount of that bike (or anything you want, in contrast to a need) and that withdraw from your account won't impair your life's requirements, including building for a retirement, then by all means get what you want. Affording something is paying for it at the time of purchase, not going into debt and mortgaging your future. An encumbered vehicle is not yours, it belongs to the lenders who are renting it to you at a premium. Gawd help you if you wreck it and you're upside down.
Lecture over.
 

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thanks for the advice on finances, but what I was really interested in was your opinion on having a big bike for short city commutes. Living in Honolulu the weather makes it great for riding all year long to say nothing about the money in gas I'm saving.
 

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Nothing not to like about the XR...been living with one for over 3 years. Its a great do-it-all bike. BTW, I used to live in Wahiawa and remember the Kau Kau Korner and Gabby. Have a bowl of Saimin at Shiro's in the Pearl for me. Oh, and some malasadas from Art's in the parking lot. :)
 

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First off, one of life's great mysteries to Pop is island living. It's even a little claustrophobic to me here in Colorado where I have to choose from a limited amount of regularly piloted roads to get to roads not yet taken. Just spoiled by New England cow paths I guess. I'm a junkie for little side roads with the GPS turned off.
But, I judge my quality of life through a pair of riding glasses. I imagine Hawaii offers some other enticements.
That said, if riding isn't very near the top of your list of life defining activities, running a heavyweight cruiser on a limited highway system is a lot of output for marginal input.
There are certainly a whole bunch of throw around rides that will get you across an island without the baggage that comes with a big machine.
Even that Shadow is more bike than a six mile commute warrants. Methinks you may have more than just commuting in mind when you consider what your bike brings to the table.
But hey, it's your soap and your shower and you can wash Willie however you want to.
 

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I ride my Vision Tour on short and long trips...it handles better than my old 1100 Shadow. It is a little heavier coming up off the side stand, but not while riding. There it handles like a sport bike. I'd drive mine if I have to go 3 miles to the store 5 time a day.
 

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Pop said what I was thinking, but didn't want to say. I lived on Oahu for a spell and have vacationed there many times on many other islands, using a bike as transport. Early on, I get a bad case of Rock Fever as I'm the kinda guy who wants to go a thousand miles and enjoys knowing I can go another thousand if I like. If mudshark has the sheckles for an XR (as I previously lectured about) its a por que no situation for him. The XR is a bit of overkill as an island bike, especially if only riding solo, but so is a Harley and there are a lot of them over there.
Pop, I don't know if you've ever been to Hawaii, but riding a bike there, no matter which island, is a real treat as each island has its share of twisties and great back roads. Getting with some Locals for a Saturday or Sunday ride is a hoot and done differently than on the Mainland. Yes it rains there, but hey, its warm rain. I can't wait to get back there, I'm long overdue for a Zippy's Loco Moco on Oahu and malasadas at Tex Drive In in Honokaa on the Big Island. And nothing like picking up a Huli Huli Chicken at a fund raiser or farmers market and devouring it back at the lodgings. Aloha Ka Ko.
 

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Thanks for the feedback

Thanks for all the input. Just as I thought some of you think the bike is too big for short rides other don't. I think the best thing to do is rent one for a day and see how I like it. I thought I wanted a Harley test drove one and really disliked the vibration. When I asked the salesman about the vibration he said "It's a Harley man". I ride a lot more than my commute, I ride the bike every opportunity that I have leaving my 15 mile per gallon truck at home and sometimes have a passenger, wife or daughter. As far as living on an island it's not for everyone. I spend a lot of time on the ocean surfing and feel blessed to have spent my adult life in Hawaii. Alohaz
 

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Renting first what you're thinking of buying is an excellent way to go. I thought I wanted a BMW K1200LT back in 2000 and rented one - no way Jose! That saved me a lot of money and grief. Incidentally, for several decades, I have always kept more than one bike in the garage and at least two, one for town and one for the road. With the XR, I'm down to only one as it does everything I need a bike to do so well.
 

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Thanks RICZ I'll think about you the next time I ride around Sandy's and Makapuu on my way to Kailula especially when I see the huli huli chicken guys at Bellows.
 

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Gotta love them local grinds, Brah. Mahalo nui.
 
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