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Bigrnm,

The EFI will do one thing for you that you'll notice. It'll start much easier when it's cold (the engine, that is.)

Sure, maybe you'll get a bit better fuel economy, but unless you live in the Rockies, you'll not notice the difference in the ol' fuel/air mixer.

Shaft drive is a lot of technology applied to a simple problem. It is complex, weighs a good bit, and WYSIWYG. No changing its looks or performance.

Belt drive is fairly mainstream now, and is proven technology. It weighs quite a bit less than the other options, and as noted above, can last for ages. You can change 'gearing' and put a custom pulley on the back, if that's your thing.

Chains are probably not even available on cruisers anymore. However, they are also very reliable, but they are heavier than a belt, and require maintenance. And, they need replacement (along with the sprockets) every 20K or so.

The more important consideration for you is whether you would ever haul a passenger, and how often. If you'd do it often, you are looking at a true 'cruiser' or 'touring' bike. If not, then you could look at the sport-tourers and standards.

Also, the bike'll have to fit you.

Good luck!
 

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Hauling a passenger for any distance, and trailering especially mean you are looking for a largish rig. So cruisers are it. Or, maybe a nice convertible.

Dealerships vary, but in my experience there are not many that have 'Demo' bikes. Two of the few are Harley and Triumph. You may have different luck wherever it is you live.

Failing that, you might make an event that features Factory Demo's, like VMD at Mid-Ohio or another big 'rally'.

Tally-ho!
 
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