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Old 02-26-2006, 09:22 AM   #11
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Thanks, I appreciate all of the comments and opinions, unfortunately I am in Maine and test driving anything right now isn't going to happen, so I'm just reading reviews and going to the dealers to check them out. I haven't ruled out Buells either, there just aren't any dealers in my local area.
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Old 02-26-2006, 09:26 AM   #12
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as bmwdude said, getting an s2r is effectively handing yourself over to the cult of ducati...



but it sure is a fun cult!



that said, they're all (reputadly) good bikes. haven't ridden any of them, but i do know that my '00 900 monster is fun.



*shrugs*



try and ride 'em all before you do anything.



(and blah blah blah repeating what everyone else has said....)
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Old 02-26-2006, 09:51 AM   #13
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My choice would be the Triple...The Triumph dealers here in the Seattle area give test drives. A friend of mine bought a big Daytona and loves it, no problems or issues. Triumph also has a two year warranty. Ducati does too I think, but the maintenance costs could be a concern. SV1000 you couldn't go wrong with. May not have the sex appeal as the Triumph and Ducati though...

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Old 02-26-2006, 09:53 AM   #14
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I would stay away from the Buells if you don't have a dealer near by. I have read way too many posts about little things going wrong with the new ones. i.e. nagging items. Unlike big things going wrong with the old ones...
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Old 02-26-2006, 09:54 AM   #15
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Didn't you own a Trophy before your turn to the dark side (HD and GPTB)? I remember you loved it.
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Old 02-26-2006, 10:06 AM   #16
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Vlad gave the best advice - at least from my perspective.



If you want more fun and need to feed the inner cheapskate, why not look at a low miles, late model Superhawk. Use only a portion of your saving to update the suspension, tires, handlebars & go have fun. Lots of fun.
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Old 02-26-2006, 10:43 AM   #17
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That'll quickly narrow the field.
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Old 02-26-2006, 11:32 AM   #18
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If you have a V-Rod you aren't cheap. Why look to save money to have fun? Life is too short. Work the extra hours, beg, borrow, steal and get the Ducati. Most people want to minimize the cost for their first bike. But that's not what you're talkin' about. Fun can be measured by what it looks like standing still in your garage, the odd looks of "what is that?" when pulling up to your favorite joint. The smile factor as you rumble along. And don't forget the hooligan wheelie that we all need in this politically correct world we live in. All the bikes mentioned above are good choices. The Suzuki will run forever and you'll change the rear fender as soon as you get it. The triumph is a wheelie bike too. Superhawk was fun a couple years ago but is now long in the tooth. Don't wait to eventually get your dream bike. Do it now and tell your wife that it was on sale.. Happy Riding
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Old 02-26-2006, 11:45 AM   #19
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My ST2 has been pretty bullet-proof, but you'll want to junk the stock clutch slave in favour of a Yoyodyne or other unit right from the start. Apart from that, Ducati's 2-valve motors are particularly reliable. The Duck is a bit fussy under 3000rpm but then cleans right up. I have a VStrom 1000 too which has the SV motor. The VStrom is smooth except at 3800rpm where it stumbles a bit. Annoying, but if you like to keep the revs high not a problem. If you'd like to become addicted to adorning your bike with exotic machined bits and pieces, sign your soul away for the S2R.
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Old 02-26-2006, 12:07 PM   #20
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Duc! But maybe not the 1000cc.



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