Just got on this thread and I'm a recent buyer of a Titanium '05 636. I couldn't see the gauges or the turn signal indicator and the double bubble made a huge difference. Cost: $60 and a monkey could install it.
The going rate for the bike is roughly $4500 near me so they are somewhat expensive. But in light of their age and the low/no maintenance, exactly what I wanted.
But saving money if you want to target it sounds to be the trick. As a penny-pincher, cutting all restaurant meals out and having more than two jobs was how I got through much of college. I suspect that you can find lots of tips online if you really want to.
Your comments tell me you're just ready to move up but lack the dough. That conflicts with comments about being tired of riding. Maybe a misread but my opinion is that if you'd like the glove-like feel of the '05/'06 636s, all you can do is save like mad.
And let me give you kudos on doing your own work. Even if it created problems, you've learned a great deal and probably know more about how bikes work than those who mock you, ironically. The fact that you're female does hurt you in some circles (especially grease monkeys) but IMO only the uneducated would hold that against you.
I understand your concern for cages but that just means you should get out and ride as far from the city as possible. I have never ridden in groups because there are few riders I would trust with my life.
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