At the top of our five-bike food chain is Kawasaki's new-for-2000 Vulcan 1500 Classic FI, pushing its 727 pounds (wet) with the latest iteration of Kawasaki's highly-regarded counterbalanced, 1470cc, tandem V-twin. Next is Honda's $8299 Shadow Spirit, moved by a judiciously-enhanced, five-speed version of the firm's venerable 1099cc, offset-crankpin V-twin and weighing in at 592 pounds (wet). Moving toward the middleweight arena, the Marauder is a retuned version of Suzuki's familiar Intruder 800 engine with chain final drive in place of the Intruder's shaft, and semi-menacing drag bike looks deposing the Intruder's cleaner lines. More attractive still is the Marauder's $5949 price tag. Although impersonating a bigger twin from a distance, Yamaha's $5899 V-Star Classic pushes its 530 pound (wet) weight with a 649cc, 70 degree V-twin, which sends power through a five-speed gearbox and shaft final drive. Representing the less-is-more faction, Kawasaki's Vulcan 500 Ltd. is the lightest bike here at 477 pounds (wet)the lightest and least expensive at $4699. It's also the only cruiser here with cylinders parked next door to each other instead of the fashionably charismatic V formation.