head to head
Saw a head to head road test a while back comparing the '03 models of Suzuki, Kawasaki, HD, & Honda cruisers priced at $6000 or less.
The HD Sportster has been considerably improved in the last year but would no longer fit the price criteria.
Anyway, the Honda Shadow & Suzuki Marauder finished neck & neck for 1st place with a slight edge given to the Suzuki for being better-looking. (I agree)
Now I realize that such tests are subjective, but I've heard nothing but good things from Marauder owners. Heck, I even went by the local Suzuki shop myself but they didn't have any in stock. End of the model year I guess. Will have to check back.
So...are you still looking?