Join Date: Sep 2001
Location: Aurora, CO USA 80013
An $8000 budget will buy all kinds of different V-twin sportbikes.
However, I'm with you on the SV-1000. I really like them and they are very affordable. Heck, a brand new one rings in at just about $8500. There's plenty of mint used ones out there in the $6000 range.
You are right about the Buell's- cool styling, but less reliability than the Japanese brands. And I have heard really bad things about dealer service. Apparantly, Buell's are the red-headed stepchild of the Harley world and are often treated as such by their service departments.
Other possiblities are are the aforementioned RC-51's and TL-1000S/TL-1000R. A really cheap alternative is Honda's Superhawk. (996cc) You can pick those up for $4000.
$8000 would even get you into a variety of Ducati's. I've seen 916's priced at $7000-$7500, but they are quite a bit older than a comparably priced SV-1000. (not to mention the expensive parts and maintenance costs that Ducati's bring) If you don't mind an old-school air cooled motor- a late model Ducati SS-1000-DS should be under that budget too.
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