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Starter bike I just purchased a 2003 supermotored and I am really glad I did. I really didn't care for the Rebel's they had in MSF class bought the logical side of me had me considering it as my first bike. I ended up going with the 750 and I am really glad I did. I actually test rode a rebel the same day as I test rode the shadow I ultimately bought. So much smoother and more comfortable. The shadow has surpassed all my expectations thus far.

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Congrats & Happy Bike Day! They let you test ride them both? How lucky!!

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