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I currently own an '02 1800C, have 20k miles on it,love it, wondering if I should make the switch to a 109.  Mod's to my X: 200 tire,Pro Hypercharger, pwr cmdr, D&D pipe. I'm in a quandry if I would like the 109 as much as my X. I like the ride and the power,and the fit of the X, wondering if it would be worth the trade, mines paid for , I'm not sure the new payments would justify the switch. I have just read the whole board and am sitting here wondering. Got the X so my wife could ride with me, had a '98 ZX9 and she didn't fit it to well.I also have had a '94 ZX9, '89 GSXR 1100, and an '84 VF 1000F Interceptor, so speed and handling I like (I know crusiers ain't no rockets) and the 109 seems nice from what you guys have posted. Any feedback would be appreciated. I have to admit that 240 back tire does appeal to me.                                                                                     Thanks, Ride Safe, smoke'em if ya gottem, XRR
 
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In all honesty, I think you should keep your VTX. It sounds as if you have invested a lot of time, money, and effort into making her the bike of your dreams. Uh, what am I saying. The bike of your dreams is the M109R. If it wasn't, you wouldn't be posting here. It doesn't matter what you ride, just so long as you ride.
 

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This bike will fit you to a T.Power ride and stile.They are making accessories as we speak.You won't be sorry.Ride one if you can.I took Lamont word,been one of his followers for 8 years.You should get big buck for the X good luck . Dewey
 

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i don't know about comfort for the wife, my vtx with mustang seat spoiled mine, as far as for you you will love it, it is a little wider and more stretched out, power and handling is awesome... you wont be disappointed
 

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All I can say is that a few months ago I was set on trading my Shadow for a VTX, but once I saw and test rode the M109R, there was no looking back, specially when I lloked at the rear tire, even though you can put it in a VTX, the conversion will run you a few thousand$$ but it is already there on the Suzuki from the factory.
 

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Hey, the wife may have to go, but the 109 is a heck of a nice trade. Just joking of course, but actually I think the X might make a better 2up bike in some ways, but if power is your bag, the 109 is loaded and I got rid of my X because of all that power. Add in the style, the price, and that massive rear tire and I was sold. I haven't been sorry.
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In all honesty, I think you should keep your VTX. It sounds as if you have invested a lot of time, money, and effort into making her the bike of your dreams. Uh, what am I saying. The bike of your dreams is the M109R. If it wasn't, you wouldn't be posting here. It doesn't matter what you ride, just so long as you ride.Â
I have to agree with Toneout....it sounds like the VTX is the way you want it. The "paid off" part would be the kicker for me. :)
 

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I currently own an '02 1800C, have 20k miles on it,love it, wondering if I should make the switch to a 109. Mod's to my X: 200 tire,Pro Hypercharger, pwr cmdr, D&D pipe. I'm in a quandry if I would like the 109 as much as my X. I like the ride and the power,and the fit of the X, wondering if it would be worth the trade, mines paid for , I'm not sure the new payments would justify the switch. I have just read the whole board and am sitting here wondering. Got the X so my wife could ride with me, had a '98 ZX9 and she didn't fit it to well.I also have had a '94 ZX9, '89 GSXR 1100, and an '84 VF 1000F Interceptor, so speed and handling I like (I know crusiers ain't no rockets) and the 109 seems nice from what you guys have posted. Any feedback would be appreciated. I have to admit that 240 back tire does appeal to me. Thanks, Ride Safe, smoke'em if ya gottem, XRR
Sounds like you would be better off keeping the X. My wife won't ride with me (something about riding too fast) ::) and I don't think the 109 is going to be a good fit for two up. I already pulled the passenger pegs off of mine. It will be a solo HotRod and that's it. :evil:
 

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Tough call. If you do most of your riding 2-up, I'd suggest sticking with the X. I had a 1300c before i got my 109, and it was alot of fun, but absolutely no comparason.

HEY! Since the X is paid for, why not keep it for sake of the wife and the $$$ you have in it, and get a 109 to park next to it in the garage?

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Thanks for all the replys. I saw the 109 in the flesh at a dealer Mon. I liked it, but I think I'm gonna keep my wife and the X. I'm gonna try to find one to test ride anyway just for funzzies. If the X needs a little oomph, $700 gets a nitrous kit to give me the edge if I need it. OK so I'm cheep. As luck would have it just when I thought the need for speed was sleeping in me head, I read the latest Cycle World writeup on the ZX-14, I hate bike rags, 187 ponies low nines with just a pipe, I'll just slowcruise with the X, and hope I can shake the 187 pony boogieman........anyone know where I can get a radar jammer that covers the front and rear????? I would be interested if anyone has ridden their '09 in the rain, how's that big tire handle on water? Ride safe, smoke 'em if ya got'em....Ripper
 

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After riding the 109 that is the bike of all bikes. My advice to you is if you are gonna keep the X don't test drive a 109 because you will buy it. It is more addicting than cigarettes and that is pretty addicting
 

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Extreme I road mine home in the rain from the dealer when I bought it. The rear tire did go all snake on me on one set of s curves ,but I figure the tire still had that (new tire) slime on it so I'll forgive it. Also I was doing almost 100 MPH ...for these curves in the rain ....well I know better but it's fun.
 

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After riding the 109 that is the bike of all bikes. My advice to you is if you are gonna keep the X don't test drive a 109 because you will buy it. It is more addicting than cigarettes and that is pretty addicting
v Thanks for the comeback Big Z. All in all the 100 mph test ride sounds like it does good in the rain. I doubt if I'll find a dealer here that would offer a test ride so, I might be safe. I'm still not up to take the plung for anotherbike payment, but there's always next year. I am glad to hear all you guys that bought 109's love 'em. Hope this finally starts the needed trend to power in the cruiser market. XRR
 

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After riding the 109 that is the bike of all bikes. My advice to you is if you are gonna keep the X don't test drive a 109 because you will buy it. It is more addicting than cigarettes and that is pretty addicting
This dude is exactly right. If you've decided on keeping the X, do yourself a favor -- do NOT swing your leg over an 109, because if you do, you WILL buy it. I'd hate to see our first M109-caused divorce.
 

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I traded a 5 year old 2002 Black VTX1800C (~27K miles) for my 2006 Black M109R on May 3rd. I still have a one year old 2003 Candy Red VTX1800C (~8.5K miles) and I have to agree with LaMonster that the 109 is a great single seater but I'll take my X for two up riding.

Carl (VTX1652 on the VTX Board)
 

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My Bro In Law works at a Honda dealership. The whole family is giving me so much crap for not buying a VTX from him.

I bought my 109 and he rides it and gets all misty eyed. He was currently bikeless. So he buys a VTX 1800 F Type 3. He pipes it and throws on a power commander and spends like 3 grand in mods. I am feeling guilty for not buying from him so he and I visit a few of my neighbors on our bikes so he can sell them a VTX. They won't even look at or ride his bike. They just keep staring at mine. Pretty funny.

Even with his mods I can still spank his bike bad. We will have to switch riders and see if it holds true. I am looking for the airfilter mods, the FI2000r from Cobra and a small 25-35 hp nitrous shot. Seems like the most oomph for the least cash.

My wife is 5'4" and fits the back of mine okay. His wife is 6' and seems to fit the back of the VTX better than my wife fits the 109, I would say the VTX is a better 2 up bike.

I have owned Cruisers from 750 on up and Sport Bikes from 600's to my last heavily modified XX. I like the power on the M109 but 40 more horses in the straightline would be nice.
 

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Hey thanks for the reply. Glad to hear you love the 109. Just looking at it in the showroom I could tell my wife would be uncomfortable on it I really think it's best as a solo bike, looks better too with the pass. seat off. I still think I have the powerbug so if I buy something, I'll keep the X I think and get me a ZX-14, hard to beat 187 ponies and low nines with just a pipe, Ride safe, smoke'em if, cause, you gotte 'em. XRR
 
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