Good day all,
After owning a Honda VLX for a year now I have decided I would like to upgrade to a bigger bike and pass the VLX on to my 16 yr old son. After many trips to the two dealerships we have here in Sheridan, Wyoming I think I am most interested in the Vulcan 1500. It actually came down to the VTX 1300 and the Vulcan 1500 but after a closer look at the two bikes yesterday I think the Vulcan 1500 is the better choice. The VTX has so much plastic chrome that it turned me off.
The reason for the upgrade -- My other half wanted nothing to do with the motorcycle life when I first got the VLX. After finally going on some rides with me this last summer she really enjoys it. So that said I want a bike that really handles the 2 up riding well, is realiable and loves the open roads, which we have plenty of here in Wyoming. There is the possibility a trailer may be in tow at some point so that is a factor as well.
My big decision is this -- To buy used or to buy new. The Kawasaki dealer has a 2001 1500 classic FI with only 7000 miles on her. Upgrades are V & H pipes, Mustang seat, sissy bar, highway bars and windshield. This is just about everything I would want to put on a new one. price $5700 and my choice of tires put on, it needs new tires. The family knows the previous owner (small town) and he took very good care of the bike, it was his baby.
So should I buy new or go for this used one. I am not sure what kind of deal I can get new yet. If need be I can go to another town to get a better deal but I have to make sure it's worth the 150 mile trip each way.
Thanks in advance for all the input.