Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: West Palm Beach, FLorida
I'm 63 years old and stand 5'8" with a 29" inseam. My bike is stock with no height modifications. I can barely flat foot both feet at a stop. In the early days with this bike I did manage to mishandle the top heaviness and drop it while stopped more than once. There was a learning curve with respect to stopping. I've become very aware of things like surface firmness and inclines, paying close attention has helped dramatically, no mishaps in a long while.
Yes, there are many ways to lower the bike. Lowering links, smaller tires, seat mods, etc... I like things stock and haven't changed anything.
I'm perfectly happy with my Venture. Reliable smooth running 4 cylinder, water cooled with 98 horse power. It's a detuned V Max engine. Speed isn't what I'm into now days but wind it up and shift points are 30 mph, 60 mph and 90 mph. Around town there's no need for 4th or 5th gear. It's very comfortable on the highway at 85 mph or so, downshift to 4th, a simple twist of the wrist, triple digits. I average about 37 mpg, with a best of 45 on a speed managed trip.
Hope this helps. Look around there are plenty of low mileage well kept Ventures priced under $10K. I have the "S" model with additional chrome and get complements on its looks often. The bike is relatively unchanged throughout its life cycle, 1999 till 2013. Yes, it's true, every single one has a high performance cassette deck. Have you researched the Venture Forum? Venturerider.org
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