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Hello all. My name is James. I live in the Tampa Bay area. I have been riding Sportbikes for 11+ years, but a bad back led me to finally try out a more relaxed ride. I always said if I went to a cruiser, I was going all the way. Full fairing, speakers, and bags. I did that 9 days ago when I picked up 2014 Yamaha Vstar 1300 Deluxe. This has led to some ridicule from my Sportbike friends, but I have to laugh when I see them hunched over while I kick back, light a smoke and jam out to Octane. >:)
 

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Hi James, welcome to the forum. Nice intro and pic! Love the Tampa area, lots of great places to ride there. We're glad you joined us, and ride safely!

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Hey there James - welcome to cruiser land ! ! Like you, I am also a converted sportbike rider whose back just couldn't take it anymore. I found a 2008 Roadliner just over a year ago and glad to make the switch and rotate my riding position to something a lot more comfortable. Enjoy your cruiser ! ! !
 

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Welcome James! As with arsey I'm also a former sportbike rider. I just wanted to travel without being pushed all over the road. An extra 12 inches of length and a few hundred pounds did the trick. Insurance savings was worth the switch by itself, but I do miss the speed :)
 

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How old was it Triple? The old Kawi ninjas are not so aggressive as the new ones - I went looking for an old one for just that reason. Just like my roadstar, I found an older one (03) with 1,029 miles on it. Gotta love them peeps that buy new and don't ride *G*. Fun to ride the Kawi short distances, makes a good commuter bike. For all day riding it's the roadie all the way...
 

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