Hi guys and gals,
I have a "newbie" question. While I really don't intend to upgrade just yet, (I've only been riding a few months), I am starting to "explore my options" a little. Ok, ok, the bug has bitten BAD and I really want to run down and get something bigger but I'll control myself for now... <*thinks to himself* - ahh...go ahead and buy it! You klnow you want it! Then I think - no, no...control yourself...you need more experience first!> So far, I'm sticking to the later, but it's been a tough battle!
Anyway, on to my question - I'm about 6' tall and have "butt tested" my friends Harley 883 many times and have no problem flat footing it. It fit rather nicely! So that got me to thinking. I looked on the Honda site and found this wonderful looking bike - The Honda VLX. Just under 600cc's so it shouldn't be a bad first full size bike. Just about $5,400 brand new - so deals on used should be nice.
The question I have is that it is a "Wide-ratio four-speed" and I'm wondering about how this would be on the interstate. Is the fact that it's only a 4-speed going to really work the motor to high RPM's and decrease engine life? I'm a bit concerned about this and can't seem to get past it...so I leave it up to you experts to tell me the pro's and con's of this. If a 4-speed is out, the what recommendations to you have for a similar sized/style bike.
I really like the Shadow Spirit 750 also but that's more bike and more dough.
(Side note - I still can't figure out the difference between the VLX and the VLX Deluxe...other than the Deluxe is a few hunder more.)
VLX Deluxe Info
Thanks in advance for your input.