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Old 08-10-2003, 06:05 AM   #11
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...or Cagiva Gran Canyon -- same designer, different interpretation of the concept. The Gran Canyon is more comfortable and a better mount for when the pavement gets "dicey".



If I had to cut down on just one bike in my garage, it would be the Cagiva. I've gone from humbling sport bikes on the back roads in the morning to picking up groceries in the afternoon. It's a machine with the desmo exhaust note, ride all day comfort, and great handling regardless what the road throws at you.

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Old 08-10-2003, 06:15 AM   #12
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My '98 Daytona 955i has bar risers and is comfy enough for commuting. The main neg is its tendency to run hot in stop n go traffic, which is not much fun. Not an issue with you Calif lane splitters! I think the 2003 Daytona's plastic isn't nearly as sexy as 955 line (esp with underseat exhaust). C'mon Triumph, get it together!

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Old 08-10-2003, 06:59 AM   #13
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I'm a huge fan of Ducati's ST line. Locking hardbags beat softbags any day plus you can remove the bags and raise the pipes if you want to go out peg scratching.



Just add Helibars and a Sargeant seat and you'll see several 600 plus mile days as I have.



I've got 18,000 miles on my ST4 and it has been totally reliable.
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Old 08-10-2003, 09:07 AM   #14
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What about a KTM 950 Adventure? 100hp, tall and slender for splitting and more lean angle than you can handle...
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Old 08-10-2003, 10:44 AM   #15
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The multistrada can be fitted with two different higher screens straight from the factory ... I'm tempted to get one myself - it seems just the thing to replace my F650GS.
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Old 08-10-2003, 11:47 AM   #16
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Well, if you're looking for something interesting just go for the Benelli Toronado. Get a big backpack to carry your gear.



Maybe the MV Agusta Brutale. Add a windshield. At least you won't see yourself on every corner.
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Old 08-10-2003, 12:20 PM   #17
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Default "nuisance fees"? WTF?

Do you think Aprilia ships bikes to their dealers for free? Or that Scuderia's mechanics do vehicle set-ups for free?



Also, Aprilia has the crummiest (for the dealer)dealer mark-up of all the OEM's. They are probably losing money on that Capo Nord.



Maybe you should work for free, too!
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Old 08-10-2003, 12:23 PM   #18
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Get an Ural with a side car and be done with it, you will not see yourself on every corner, as a matter of fact, you will not see yourself anywhere for that matter
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Old 08-10-2003, 12:42 PM   #19
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I rode a 1998 VFR800 for 30,000+ miles, mostly on SF bay area freeways. A new VFR would serve you well, but they're underpowered compared to your RS and not exotic.



I have to second the vote above for a giant trailie. Being up high makes lanesplitting a (relative) breeze, and the wind protection will support superslab riding with no problems. That leaves you with Suzuki VStrom, Aprilia CapoNord, BMW R1150GS, or Triumph Tiger.



Think twice about reliability and shop support, however. I had a BMW R1100S for 7 months and I had to give up on it as a daily commuter. It went into the shop 6 times for some serious warrantee work (oil leaks, bad gaskets, etc.). I felt pretty let down by the whole "BMW reliability" thing, and the local shop had long wait times before they could look at the bike when it had problems.
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Old 08-10-2003, 02:05 PM   #20
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I gotta agree w/ the folks suggesting the Multistrada. What an interesting machine! You certainly won't see it round every corner, and I'll bet it'll rail much better then the other "trailies", if you can call the MS that...
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