Thanks a lot, that's really helpful info. I was just going to post about the difference in power, that hadn't been answered yet...whether the extra weight would be worth the extra power, how it feels on the road, etc.pseudopod wrote:I don't know if you've been to this place yet, but it's the most information on magnas in one place.
I recently got a '85 V45 Magna as my 2nd bike and I am very happy with it. I would suggest getting an '85 or '86 V45 Magna or a V65 only if you reeeallly want power. The reason I chose the 1st gen over 3rd gen was the shaft drive, 6th gear, larger tank, and styling. I'm planning on going on several longer trips and it seemed more ready for them.
However, if you don't like wrenching, get a 3rd gen. A 20 year old bike is going to require more maintenance than a 10 year old bike, and the lesser availability of parts and age of the bike will make repairs more expensive.
I'll check out the site.
Anybody know if you can put the 90s version pipes on with the older 80s frames/engines? I love the newer pipes.