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ride quality... Is the meanie the right bike for me?

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Having spent any real time only on a Vulcan 500 before, I don't really know what to compare it to. I've got a few months to figure out what bike I want, and the Meanstreak/Marauder seems the likely choice, but I was wondering from those of you that have ridden a lot of the different cruisers out there what's the smoothest ride?

I'm not that obnoxious neighbor that's gonna wake you up with his pipes. I'll probably never get the bike over 85mph, etc. I'm looking more for a form of meditation: just me and the open road or the backroads without all the traffic... one with the wind, that kind of thing. I don't know much about the different drive mechanisms, but should I maybe be looking instead at a belt drive, etc?

I'm not trying to have the coolest bike. I'm not trying to pick-up chicks. I won't be bragging about my top speed. I just love riding. I like the rumble of a good v-twin, but I prefer a smooth relaxing ride. Maybe there's a smoother drive out there that I should be looking into. Of course, part of the whole vibe you get comes from the aesthetic and the ergonomics of the bike. The meanie's a beaut. I can't see myself going too retro, and I definitely don't want a crotch-rocket. Any thoughts? Maybe something smaller?
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You and I have much in common, ithinktherefore. I also ride for relaxation, escape, etc. I'm middle aged, with kids, have no desire to push my limits, or flirt with a bike.

I chose the Vulcan Classic for its ride comfort, service reliability, and size. A bigger bike is nice for me since I ride 2-up frequently. It is also a bargain in my book.

Whatever you choose, have fun with it. The hunt is one third of the fun. The second third is modifying it to make it "you". And the last third of the fun is ridin! :)
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