I just bought my first bike at age 47. A 2000 Roadstar Silverado. It's my first bike so I have nothing to compare it to. Call it crazy or call it mid-life crisis, I have to say it's probably the best thing I've ever done. Go big or stay home!!
Having a blast on it, and I must say was pleasantly surprised at how easy it was to ride. Still a cautious beginner, but I expect and hope I'll be a cautious novice for years to come. What a sweet ride!!!
I bought a 2002 Road Star (my first bike) at age 56. Why? Because I spent 2 years researching everything I could, and the Road Star turned out to be the best buy for the money ($6100).
Bought mine used with 14K on it. I put 8K on it the first year I owned it. Now at 22K it's just getting started and broken in good. Expect to put well over 100k on it before I even consider another bike.
You really should take a look at a Road Star if you're at all attracted to the older cruiser styles.
I bought my first cruiser at age 45, this past December 2008. I grew up on smaller bikes. I have no comparison to the Harley's of the world, but I do love this bike. I overpaid due to lack of research. This 2000 version had 57,000 with lots of extras, highway bar, seats, CB radio, XM radio and head sets, and numerous other add ons.
I paid $6,000 for it. I should have paid no more than $5,000, but I just fell in love with it and I don't regret buying it at all. Great bike, plenty of power. I plan on cherishing this thing for years to come.
I bought a 2001 Roadstar in 02. Still have it. Would not have anything else. Great bike!
2001 Roadstar Silverado - I love passing the HD guys on RT 66 in New Mexico. I stripped all the badging, had some pinstriping done, added a set of Vance and Hines Longshots, and replaced the stock tires with Metzlers - Can't beat it - walked off from a newer streetglide today.
Bought my 2001 Roadstar Silverado 1600 from its original and only owner a couple of months ago. Only has 21k on it. Aftermarket Long Shots, and Metzler 880 tires.
I have had cruiser style bikes all my adult life, and I am pushing 50. This is the BEST cruiser I have ever ridden. Comfort, power, looks, sound, performance, handling, it's all here. Wouldn't trade it. Better than an HD and far less money!!!
This is my third bike that I have ever owned. The first was a 80's model GS550L, sold it and got a Yamaha V-Star 650, now I have a Midnight Star 1600 that I LOVE! I took it on long rides, and it has the comfort, and power of a big touring bike, but the looks of a classic cruiser. Not a day goes by that I don't get looks, and it doesn't have as much chrome as I have seen on others, but I am still adding. Great bike; recommend it to anyone.
Bought a 2001 Roady in 2007. Found out after I bought it, that it had been bored out to a 1770cc and fitted with a 42mm Mikuni and 30 tooth front pulley. It buffets horribly (even with wind deflectors), and along with the vibration, it's miserable to ride for more than 30 minutes. The motor is mounted to frame with no rubber gaskets (like Harley), and while it looks and sounds "bad", it's very temperamental and unreliable (most likely due to the upgrade to 108 cubic inches). Have finally decided after four years and many headaches (literally) it's time to sell. Will definitely buy another Yamaha however...