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My Second Cruiser Ride

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By Wom Battle

OK, riding the Rocket III and liking it allowed me to completely review the inventory at the local bike shops.  On hand at the BMW dealership was a 1300cc 2004 Yamaha Royal Star with 58,000ks on the clock for 14k.  In the budget and I haven't got any prejudices against jap bikes, so I took it for a ride.

It's a V4, was very smooth and other than the style of bike the jap 4 reminded me distantly of the sound and feel of the bikes I'd owned in the past.  The bike was in good nick, had panniers and a screen.

This was the first time I'd ridden a bike with plates instead of pegs and a heel and toe gear changing mechanism.  My feet got caught up a little in the gear levers and I had to lift my foot off the plate to put the rear brake on.  I also whacked my shins against something each time I stopped and put a foot down.  Overall though it was pretty good and these things I would be able to work around with familiarity.

When I dropped it off and was walking through the shop, I saw a bright shiny chromed new looking blue/silver two toned Harley-Davidson with retro while wall tyres through my new cruiser opened eyes and dismissed it as too expensive.  Nice bike though, for a Harley.

OK, now I had some serious research to do, what cruisers were in my budget.

 

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