Well, after the big fiasco with the 929, I went against all advice and didn't wait for the "rebound" period to end; on Friday, with my thinking cap on not-so-straight, I plunged in again. This time, it's a new, leftover, black '99 Superhawk.
I'm still in mourning over the loss of the 929, but this bike fills the void in my garage quite nicely, and doesn't hit the ol' wallet much harder than the VFR did on insurance rates. Also, given my skill level, the Superhawk makes more sense. (No, Paul, that was not an admission that the 929 was too much bike for me.
As for it being a Honda, well, nothing that the other mfr's offer in this class appeals to me as much as the VTR. 'Nuff said about that.
The bike came with D204s, but I managed to get a set of D207s thrown in on the deal, so I'll get those mounted this week.
My initial impressions of the bike are very positive. The ergos are good for me at 6'1", 34" inseam. The V-twin engine is loads of fun, talk about engine braking! Not to mention first gear clutchless wheelies without going past the break-in RPM limit.
The suspension is a tad soft at the OEM settings, but I'll get that worked out, and steering feels very neutral. The brakes are good, but not great; stainless lines will help. Fuel range bites.
Taking the 929 out of my bike-owning picture, the VTR rates higher than the VFR, so life is good once again!
"Ultimately, most problems can be solved by applying a large brick to the correct skull. Difficulties arise when you don't have a brick or can't find the the right skull. The Devil is always in the details."