Not everyone wants every ride to be a knife-edge, knee down thriller. I certainly don’t.
Maybe its old age creeping up on me, or having a girlfriend who only loves the occasional thrills of speed. So i bought myself a cruiser , my very first . A 1997 Yamaha Virago 535 XV .
Compared to the plastic pocket rocket super bikes everyone wants to buy these days its a bit bland, middle weight and average. But boy does it sound good , basically its great. Easy and very forgiving to ride,
comfortable on long trips ,plenty of stuff to polish and bling to add if you want to.
And yes i will be looked down on by the super bike riders but i will live a lot longer and with fewer broken bones.
It’s not to everyone’s tastes, but that’s why companies make different bikes. Its a perfect bike for a new rider , a genuine big bike and a proper cruiser , plus It is affordable, and good enough to hold its resale value .
The negatives are that the fuel tank is woefully small and any long trip requires several stops. Others are ones that come with it being a pre 2000 bike, such as in my case a petcock issue, which thanks to the viragotechforum are easily resolved.
Oh and my virago has very loud pipes ….awesome sound , sets off car alarms 🙂