A friendly Hello from Austin, TX. Just moved here from Germany in November 2016, and quite frankly I never understood the appeal of cruisers or choppers, but in the last few weeks I came to realize that the motorcycle scene and market in the US is completely different from the motorcycle scene and market in Europe.
But I digress. Like I said, my wife and I have relocated from Germany to Texas in late 2016. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to take my beloved Tenere with me and had to sell it. My previous lineup included a 1987 Yamaha XJ600, a 1989 Yamaha XT600 Tenere, a 2008 BMW R1200GS which I hated and sold after a year, a 2009 Yamaha XT660Z Tenere which I loved and would have kept until it's very last breath, and a 1995 Suzuki DR350S for serious offroading. Now, after having travelled around the world extensively in 2016, we've settled down in Texas and I have finally had time to get a motorcycle again. However, I found it really hard to find anything under $4,000 that wasn't either completely bogged or a cruiser. Which, of course, more often than not was also modified beyond recognition, sanity, and reason.
Either way, after a while of looking and going through different ideas (among others a CB1100, a CB900F, a CB600F, an SV650, a KLR650, a Bonneville, and a NC700X) I realized that the only reasonable and viable option for less than $4,000 would be a small cruiser. So, without further ado, I present to you my very first cruiser: a 2007 Yamaha V-Star 650 Custom with 10,000 miles on the clock, unmodified with only minor additions (grips, saddle bag support rack, crash bars, and a leather protector on the tank) for $3110 OTD.
What it still needs and what I plan to do in the coming months: sissy bar for the wifey, saddle bags, possibly a wind screen, possibly replace the floor boards with pegs, and most importantly make the passanger seat much more comfortable for the wife. I will thus be around for quite a while and rely on this forum's collective expertise.
Since, as you can see from the list above, I have absolutely zero cruiser experience this is definitely going to be interesting. It feels so different from anything that I have ridden before, and cornering seems like I'm violating the bike and forcing it to do something it was never meant to do in the first place. The brakes... well, supposedly it does have brakes but I'm still not convinced they haven't been replace with anal lube dispensers. The levers and everything exist, it's just that I was expecting an actual decrease in momentum when applying them. But, as always, I'm sure it's something I will be able to get used to. Hopefully
I'm really looking forward to this completely new and different riding experience. Even after having done more than 100,000 miles on dual purpose and enduro bikes in Europe, Africa, and Asia this cruiser feels like having to learn how to ride from scratch again