Join Date: Dec 1999
Location: Genoa, Nevada, USA 89411
Help Me Pick My Next Bike
I know it's tough for you all to truly voice your opinions and share a few pennies worth of advice, but I would like your input on my upcoming choice.
The Harley's on the market and getting a few nibbles, so I expect to see it head down the driveway within a few weeks. I have a replacement budget of somewhere in the $7,500-9,000 range. I want to put the balance into investments.
I figure I might find a killer deal on a new bike, but more likely, I'm looking at something a year or three old with low mileage. We all know that a LOT of bikes get a few thousand miles on them, then start collecting dust in the garage. That's what I want.
I've eliminated a number of machines for various reasons. I was seriously considering spending the whole Harley wad on a new Ducati ST4S or Aprilia Futura, but figured that I could get a heck of a bike for a lot less $$$.
So here's my list of bike's I'm considering at this point. I know they'll need some tweeking to be just right for me as I lean more towards the sport-touring flavor of riding, rather than canyon carver. Ergo, helibars, dbl bubble windscreens, better seat and some kind of bags as needed.
BMW: K1200RS (might not find one in my budget though)
Honda: 00-01 VFR or XX
Kawasaki: ZX-11 or ZX9R
Suzuki: 'Busa (maybe) TL (maybe)
Triumph: 00-01 Daytona or ST (really like that triple!)
Yamaha: 99-00 R1 (maybe with mods???)
Ducati's scare me a bit concerning parts and service, same with Aprilia, but I won't pass on a great deal if I find one. (ST2 is a likely candidate in my budget)
OK, so fire away with your opinions, suggestions, critiques...
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