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Talking Picked up my first cruiser today

I have been looking around at what kinda cruiser I wanted, and finally found a good bike for a good deal...

I had an r6 for a couple of months, and never liked riding it. It just wasnt comfortable, and I only had it because I inherited it. I have never riden a cruiser more than around the block, so I consider myself a newb still.

Here she is, 08 V Star 1300. She has been down before, thus a rebuilt title, but with only a few scuffs and 7k on the odo, I still thought $4900 was a good price.



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I'd be in for a ride Sun. I was just talking with 5111 about it. We both have M109s.
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I'd be in for a ride Sun. I was just talking with 5111 about it. We both have M109s.
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Yeah, as excited as I am to take off and go, I think a few trips around local to get used to the feel and calm my nerves is in order. It may be just me being paranoid, but I dont know if I am yet ready to take off to lewisville from Mansfield sunday. Plus I want to get the MSR course done and get my licence out of the way before I go very far from home.

Give me a couple weeks and a trip to Glen Rose or somewhere with a nice view will be perfect.

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Well i think I'm about to head out for this morning. If any of you guys want to go, I'm up to ride tomorrow. Anywhere works for me as long as it's out in the country! I am in Flower Mound, but will head towards Stephenville, Palestine, Oklahoma.....doesn't matter.
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Yeah, as excited as I am to take off and go, I think a few trips around local to get used to the feel and calm my nerves is in order. It may be just me being paranoid, but I dont know if I am yet ready to take off to lewisville from Mansfield sunday. Plus I want to get the MSR course done and get my licence out of the way before I go very far from home.

Give me a couple weeks and a trip to Glen Rose or somewhere with a nice view will be perfect.
Do you think that you could do the ride to Glen Rose? Mike and I could meet at your house and ride with you if you're worried. I know how you feel as I am still somewhat there. Mike is great to ride with though. He will go your pace and watch out for you, at least he does for me!

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Do you think that you could do the ride to Glen Rose? Mike and I could meet at your house and ride with you if you're worried. I know how you feel as I am still somewhat there. Mike is great to ride with though. He will go your pace and watch out for you, at least he does for me!
I want to really damned bad. Once I get going, I dont feel nervous or like I am in over my head, though I have yet to hit the highway around cars. As soon as Kim calls me back and I get it insured, I am going to grab a helmat and go ride around the backroads for an hour or two. I will let you guys know tonight.

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lets go run some back roads on sun morning. meet somewhere around arlington/mansfield head down thru venus, may pearl, and then on out to glen rose. i'd like to try the coyote restraunt out there for lunch. I think 5111 is good to go, any other takers. I just cruise by the way. I'm not trying to race this big ass 109.
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lets go run some back roads on sun morning. meet somewhere around arlington/mansfield head down thru venus, may pearl, and then on out to glen rose. i'd like to try the coyote restraunt out there for lunch. I think 5111 is good to go, any other takers. I just cruise by the way. I'm not trying to race this big ass 109.
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I'm on my way out for the evening, hit up 5111 and just post up where to meet and what time. earlier the better for me. Dee, call me later if you need to. 817-528-9405
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I'm on my way out for the evening, hit up 5111 and just post up where to meet and what time. earlier the better for me. Dee, call me later if you need to. 817-528-9405
We can meet in the Kohl's parking lot on 287 and Broad St. in Mansfield at 7:45 and leave by 8:00.

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We can meet in the Kohl's parking lot on 287 and Broad St. in Mansfield at 7:45 and leave by 8:00.
I'm in on this deal!

I guess I will see you guys in the morning.

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that's a lot different than a R6
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that's a lot different than a R6
Very much so. It is a couple to a few hundred pounds heavier, takes twice as long to stop, requires a bit more concentration on takeoffs with the loads of low end torque to do it smoothly.

All of that is not an issue with the comfort in positioning and ride quality. It may not be THAT fast, but it has more power than I need, and I have even been able to convice my wife to hop on the back and see if she likes it. She even bought a helmet today that has pink pinstipes on it.

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I guess I will see you guys in the morning.
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It was a pleasure meeting and riding with you guys. Lets do it again in a few weeks.

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dam i missed out..woke up a bit late and i had no way of letting ya know i was not going to make it by 830.
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Eh, 511111 checked his PM's and this thread before we rolled out at 8:36. Come out on the next ride.

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Eh, 511111 checked his PM's and this thread before we rolled out at 8:36. Come out on the next ride.
i had mail him last nit and didnt get a response..and it was 730 when i woke up.. have the bike at my bro and would of been 9 before i got there....dam should of pm him when i woke up..............poor bike is collecting dust.................
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I had a good time on the ride today. We went from Mansfield to Venus to Maypearl to Grandview to Cleburne to Granbury to Glen Rose and then back home up 67 for me. I think it was about 180ish miles. We had 5 bikes show up, a 2007 blue M109R LE, a 2008 orange M109R, my yellow 2008 M109R LE, a 2007 ZX14R, and a 2008 Vstar 1300.

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These first two are at the Kohl's while we waited for two more.



We ended up eating at Loco Coyote. Everyone got the small (normal sized) burger so I decided to try the large. Here is a picture of the regular burgers and the large burger. It is twice as long as the width that you see.


Of course I finished it and got a free T-shirt (I left the fries so I could ride home in comfort).


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Yeah, as excited as I am to take off and go, I think a few trips around local to get used to the feel and calm my nerves is in order. It may be just me being paranoid, but I dont know if I am yet ready to take off to lewisville from Mansfield sunday. Plus I want to get the MSR course done and get my licence out of the way before I go very far from home.

Give me a couple weeks and a trip to Glen Rose or somewhere with a nice view will be perfect.
Just read the Novice motorcycle guide sticky and your good to go!



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Just read the Novice motorcycle guide sticky and your good to go!
Yeah, I ate my words and went down to Glen Rose today. It was a good ride, I only made a couple newb mistakes, and am a lot more comfortable after I have put a couple hundred miles on the bike.

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Yeah, I ate my words and went down to Glen Rose today. It was a good ride, I only made a couple newb mistakes, and am a lot more comfortable after I have put a couple hundred miles on the bike.
Next time you wanna go for a ride hit me up. I am in South Arlington and always looking for somebody to ride with. All my good buddies that had bikes have since gotten rid of them. I would be down for a short ride around town or even to Granbury/Glen Rose or something like that.

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Next time you wanna go for a ride hit me up. I am in South Arlington and always looking for somebody to ride with. All my good buddies that had bikes have since gotten rid of them. I would be down for a short ride around town or even to Granbury/Glen Rose or something like that.
hit me up tooim irving and always looking for a reason to ride... ive got a cruiser that other friend dont have and hate riding with them on it....they got sportbike and when i ride with them i use my sportbike.....
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didnt know m109 could look so good...i wont miss out on the next one.........

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Thanks guys for a fun day. brent and i hauled ass home. it was a solid 100 miles from glenrose.
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Next time you wanna go for a ride hit me up. I am in South Arlington and always looking for somebody to ride with. All my good buddies that had bikes have since gotten rid of them. I would be down for a short ride around town or even to Granbury/Glen Rose or something like that.
Also in S Arlington and looking for someone to ride with, Sunday morning was perfect weather too...
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yeah, we will have to do a ride in a couple weeks. I will post up in advance, and in a new thread to make it more visible.

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hit me up tooim irving and always looking for a reason to ride... ive got a cruiser that other friend dont have and hate riding with them on it....they got sportbike and when i ride with them i use my sportbike.....
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yeah, we will have to do a ride in a couple weeks. I will post up in advance, and in a new thread to make it more visible.
Sounds good guys! I wouldn't mind getting out during the week to and just going for an evening ride too. Just PM me if you want to go and I am down for whenever.

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didnt know m109 could look so good...i wont miss out on the next one.........
I only wish that mine looks as good as those!

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Ehh, their wheels are probably just chromed, not the lovely 2 tone your rockin.
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Question for all you expierenced riders.

I've been reading through this forum and noticed that alot of you have been in some serious wrecks.

Forgive my ignorance, but is this a sportbike thing or is it just inevitable if you ride that you are going to get hurt?

I really have had my interest in riding in the countryside out here in sparked and just only started thinking about maybe getting a chopper to cruise the backroads on. With the market the way it is, a really nice bike can be had for relatively cheap these days and it's hard to ignore.

Again, just my ignorance to the bike hobby and I'm not picking on the sportbike guys.

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Inevitable my ass. I started riding street bikes when I got my license in 1978. I've had 20 or 30 bikes since then, running the gamut from regular old Honda CB's, through sportbikes and Harleys, and I've logged over 400,000 miles on 2 wheels and have never been down (unless you count the time I dropped my then new Sportster chopper at the redlight at Renfro and 174 in Burleson. Pulled up and literally forgot to put a foot down, we'd been riding all day, I was tired. What can I say?).

If you ride smart and safe, you will be. It's as simple as that. If you ride like an idiot, you're much more likely to go down.
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Inevitable my ass. I started riding street bikes when I got my license in 1978. I've had 20 or 30 bikes since then, running the gamut from regular old Honda CB's, through sportbikes and Harleys, and I've logged over 400,000 miles on 2 wheels and have never been down (unless you count the time I dropped my then new Sportster chopper at the redlight at Renfro and 174 in Burleson. Pulled up and literally forgot to put a foot down, we'd been riding all day, I was tired. What can I say?).

If you ride smart and safe, you will be. It's as simple as that. If you ride like an idiot, you're much more likely to go down.
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My only serious crash came when I wasn't screwing around and someone made an illegal u-turn in front of me. Was a hit & run - that was over 10 years ago. I was a newb and I now think I could have avoided the car if I was to be in the EXACT same situation again.

Most fatal accidents occur in speedzones of 45mph or less when someone making a left turn doesn't yield the right of way to the motorcycle at an intersection, IIRC.

Think about it like this, we all have momentary lapses of concentration and nearly get ourselves into trouble in cars. You're a lot more likely to be the victim of someone else's lapse as you're less visible AND your own lapses are more likely to result in a crash simple because you're on two wheels.

It's not just a sportbike thing. Although, younger ridres (sportbike crowd) pushing their limits (again, sportbike crowd) are more likely to crash IMO. However, a lot of the cruiser crowd drinks/rides. Fuck a buncha that. Bikes are dangerous enough as is. I have no intent of drinking/riding. I've ridden under the influence twice in 10+ years. Once was at the ROT ralley in Austin. We were all on sportbikes, all tend to fuck off on them now and then, and we all just cruised back to the hotel. No wheelies, no ripping it, etc. I figured someone would get stupid, but it just didn't happen.

Can it happen, yeah, will it happen, maybe. Always gear up, stay sober, and don't be a jack ass. You have to ride much more defensively/conservatively than you drive a car. Also you'll want to be looking EVERYWHERE for idiots. Just put your vision on a swivel so to speak. I remember being a bit overwhelmed by that as a newb, but it becomes second nature. I believe it makes me more aware in a car as well and a safer driver.



A lot of people don't gear up. Remember, no one leaves the house knowing they are going to crash. If you did, you wouldn't ride that day. It can happen anytime anywhere.

I admit I might not wear a jacket when I run down to the store etc. and that's not a good idea, but I do that sometimes. Just gloves/jeans/helmet. I guess I accept that I might slide down the pavement at 45mph. I've never ridden without a helmet since I've owned bikes. In my hit and run my head nailed a curb at 50mph or so. Do I know I would have died if I hadn't been wearing a helmet, no, but I'm sure it would have hurt a lot worse.

If I'm going more than a few miles or getting on the highway I wear helmet, jacket, gloves, jeans, riding boots.

I've also got full leathers for dedicated rides.

You know the old saying, an oz. of prevention is worth a lb. of cure blah blah blah.

EDIT - I've ridden over 100K miles if it matters. People will change lanes into your lane, swerve across the freeway to exit (I rarely ride in the right lane for that specific reason), turn in front of you, pull out in front of you, go when it's "your" turn, and just fail to yield to you in general because the don't know your there. Shit, they might even know you're there and do it anyway as they know you are going to do everything you can to keep from hitting them. Just pretend to be invisible, funny though, the cops always know you're there and speeding! LOL

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Inevitable my ass. I started riding street bikes when I got my license in 1978. I've had 20 or 30 bikes since then, running the gamut from regular old Honda CB's, through sportbikes and Harleys, and I've logged over 400,000 miles on 2 wheels and have never been down (unless you count the time I dropped my then new Sportster chopper at the redlight at Renfro and 174 in Burleson. Pulled up and literally forgot to put a foot down, we'd been riding all day, I was tired. What can I say?).

If you ride smart and safe, you will be. It's as simple as that. If you ride like an idiot, you're much more likely to go down.
kUDOS to your many years of accident free riding. (no sarcasm intended). But its not as simple as that. You may be one of the few exceptions that have just been extremely lucky. I havent been riding as long as you i suppose. However, i am in my 30's and been riding bikes since i was 6 years old. But even when your riding safe shit happens. Just this past december, if some of you recall i was in a turn lane at a stop light the guy next to me in the far left turn lane decided he wanted to go straight and hit me in the rear left of the bike. Shit happens at times regardless of how safe you are riding and regardless of what type of bike you are on.

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My only serious crash came when I wasn't screwing around and someone made an illegal u-turn in front of me. Was a hit & run - that was over 10 years ago. I was a newb and I now think I could have avoided the car if I was to be in the EXACT same situation again.

Most fatal accidents occur in speedzones of 45mph or less when someone making a left turn doesn't yield the right of way to the motorcycle at an intersection, IIRC.

Think about it like this, we all have momentary lapses of concentration and nearly get ourselves into trouble in cars. You're a lot more likely to be the victim of someone else's lapse as you're less visible AND your own lapses are more likely to result in a crash simple because you're on two wheels.

It's not just a sportbike thing. Although, younger ridres (sportbike crowd) pushing their limits (again, sportbike crowd) are more likely to crash IMO. However, a lot of the cruiser crowd drinks/rides. Fuck a buncha that. Bikes are dangerous enough as is. I have no intent of drinking/riding. I've ridden under the influence twice in 10+ years. Once was at the ROT ralley in Austin. We were all on sportbikes, all tend to fuck off on them now and then, and we all just cruised back to the hotel. No wheelies, no ripping it, etc. I figured someone would get stupid, but it just didn't happen.

Can it happen, yeah, will it happen, maybe. Always gear up, stay sober, and don't be a jack ass. You have to ride much more defensively/conservatively than you drive a car. Also you'll want to be looking EVERYWHERE for idiots. Just put your vision on a swivel so to speak. I remember being a bit overwhelmed by that as a newb, but it becomes second nature. I believe it makes me more aware in a car as well and a safer driver.



A lot of people don't gear up. Remember, no one leaves the house knowing they are going to crash. If you did, you wouldn't ride that day. It can happen anytime anywhere.

I admit I might not wear a jacket when I run down to the store etc. and that's not a good idea, but I do that sometimes. Just gloves/jeans/helmet. I guess I accept that I might slide down the pavement at 45mph. I've never ridden without a helmet since I've owned bikes. In my hit and run my head nailed a curb at 50mph or so. Do I know I would have died if I hadn't been wearing a helmet, no, but I'm sure it would have hurt a lot worse.

If I'm going more than a few miles or getting on the highway I wear helmet, jacket, gloves, jeans, riding boots.

I've also got full leathers for dedicated rides.

You know the old saying, an oz. of prevention is worth a lb. of cure blah blah blah.
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kUDOS to your many years of accident free riding. (no sarcasm intended). But its not as simple as that. You may be one of the few exceptions that have just been extremely lucky. I havent been riding as long as you i suppose. However, i am in my 30's and been riding bikes since i was 6 years old. But even when your riding safe shit happens. Just this past december, if some of you recall i was in a turn lane at a stop light the guy next to me in the far left turn lane decided he wanted to go straight and hit me in the rear left of the bike. Shit happens at times regardless of how safe you are riding and regardless of what type of bike you are on.
Yeah, I try to avoid the outside of double turn lanes too, even in my car, lol. Sometimes the line is MUCH shorter though. In that case I might rev the bike like a faggot just to make it clear I'm there.

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Its not a question of IF..its WHEN. And it may not be your fault but 99% of riders go down at some point in time. Just be careful and watch everyone around you.

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We all go down. Sometimes from our own stupidity and sometimes thanks to someone else's. There are a few exceptions to the norm though. You might be lucky but don't count on it.

Simply put, the odds are that you will go down at some point in time.

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I think that for the most part you can bet that you will go down at some point. I went down once when I first started riding, and it was 100% my fault, and I was riding through my neighborhood at 30mph. I hit a bit of loose gravel at an intersection that I should have been watching for and avoided. I haven't done that again.

I will say I feel much "safer" on a cruiser than I ever did on a sportbike. In fact, I had an r6 that I rarely rode due to that. I have put more miles on my v star than either of my sportbikes put together. I dont bar hop on the bike.

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I talked to Adam (ThreeFingerPete) earlier and he suggested taking a riding course to see if I will even like riding since I haven't done it before.


Can anyone suggest a good riders education course that will supply a bike?

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I talked to Adam (ThreeFingerPete) earlier and he suggested taking a riding course to see if I will even like riding since I haven't done it before.


Can anyone suggest a good riders education course that will supply a bike?
They all supply. I wouldn't say it's inevitable, but the odds are against you.
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