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HONDA STEED v YAMAHA VIRAGO

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opinions please, thinking of getting a small cruiser in the new year, i see plenty of STEEDS about but no VIRAGOS, (anyone got one or the other)? always been a sport bike rider so know jack <deleted> about these bikes, guy in our condo got a 200 ? i think but must be grossly underpowered was thinking a 400 steed or a 535 Virago thanks in advance KC.  when i get the 100,00 that <deleted> bar owes me ha ha

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Virago frame is more suited for small persons & ladies, the seat very low to the ground.

I had the 1100cc Bulldog sports version of the bike, which was massive, back in the UK.

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34 minutes ago, mercman24 said:

STEEDS about but no VIRAGOS

Better to look up on "youtube" imo.

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... they are all good man....

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Steeds are more available, check out Kaidee.com lots of steeds for sale.

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3 hours ago, ballpoint said:

It's threads like this that I miss thaiguzzi.

I concur wholeheartedly

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Unless you can maintain yourself or already have a reliable bike mechanic, don't bother with either as older bikes constantly require repairs. 130,000 will get you a three year old Vulcan 650, far better and a lot less hassle.

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nothing changes on this site when one asks a  reasonable question, still this is thaivisa, thanks for the helpful replies,. why do you even bother,  

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On 12/6/2019 at 10:41 AM, ballpoint said:

It's threads like this that I miss thaiguzzi.

What happened to thaiguzzi? Please send me a message if it's not for everybody. 

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As baansgr says, a kawa Vulcan 650 would be the better choice, excellent reviews 

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On 12/4/2019 at 1:38 PM, BritManToo said:

Virago frame is more suited for small persons & ladies, the seat very low to the ground.

I had the 1100cc Bulldog sports version of the bike, which was massive, back in the UK.

I'm not a little gnom and riding an 1100 is great. It's too big for my wife, she could ride my Intruder, but not the Virago. 

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Honda Steed ceased production - 400 in 2001 600 in 1995

If you can do your own maintenance and overhauls, or have a shop which can, you should be OK. Both very popular in LOS

Parts availability sure to become an issue at some point.

Virago 1981 - 2007 will suffer from the same parts problems. altho a custom shop can overcome this by junking the old carb setup and going with a single carb and removing all the mess of vacuum hoses the stock bike has.

Very likely to both need new wiring harness as people over the years messed with the stocker. But look on this as a good thing as you then enjoy modern wire and connectors and can remove some of the factory faults inherent in the design.

Do not let the age scare you off if you want one, just be aware of what you are getting into and be prepared to fix problems on old bikes - or have it done.

Good Luck

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12 hours ago, Isaanbiker said:

What happened to thaiguzzi? Please send me a message if it's not for everybody. 

Chose to go elsewhere.  Papa al has more details.

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