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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 03-26-2019, 03:13 PM Thread Starter
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VZ 800 or VS 800

Hi all. Sort of have a dilemma. I have a 2003 Marauder VZ800 with 7200 miles on it. My wife has a 2006 S50 VS800. She has been slowly getting away from riding and has talked about selling her bike. I enjoy riding both of these bikes so the dilemma is...which one do I keep. I know it's going to come down to personal choice but I would like to get pros and cons on both as well as personal opinion.
Chain drive vs shaft drive, ignition systems, reliability, parts availability, repair costs if I can't fix it and it has to go to a dealer or whatever else you all can think of. Any and all thoughts greatly appreciated.
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Neither one is worth very much, so keep the second machine as a spare.
Just be sure to maintain the 2nd machine.

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Both machines have carbs, which means you have to be careful about what fuel you use and how you store them. Neither has an inherent advantage over the other, as they produce about the same power, though the VZ800 has a larger fuel tank. The riding position between the VS800 and VZ800 is completely different, so the decision should really come down to which is more comfortable. I think the styling of the VS800 is to 1980s and would expect to see Prince riding it through some purple rain, but that's just me.

Both bikes are only going to bring around $1500-$2000 each on the open market, so it would be enough to pay for another hobby or a vacation.

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