Looking for a new bike...
Hello everyone. I'd just like to start by saying I'm new to the boards, but not new to bikes. I'm 33 and been riding for more than a few years.
I currently have an 01 Suzuki Katana 600. (This was my first Sports Bike) I am now in the market for something newer and more powerful. I have a few needs / desires though, so I come to the community for advice.
Please know that I haven't been to a dealer yet, I'm trying to do my research and be proactive and prepared before I hit the dealer.
I am definitely looking for some sort of sports bike. My personal opinion is that I do NOT like the naked bikes. I prefer a full fairing bike. I ride solo 90 percent of the time, but when my girl wants to go, I need to be able to take her! Whatever I get MUST have room to ride 2 up. finally, I take the bike to work a lot in the summer months. I drive 85 miles each direction to work. (Almost all highway miles, not back roads, but still it's fun to ride the bike!
I'm ready for any reccomendations you all might throw out at me. I want something bigger than my 600 Katana, Keep the price under $12,000. (Should give me a wide range of options, although possibly eliminating a few semi exotics...)
Finally, insurance isn't a MAJOR concern, but I know the Katana is considered a sport TOURING bike, and not a true Race bike. If I can keep the insuracne cheaper by having something in the "touring" category it'll be a bonus!