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Old 04-13-2006, 09:54 AM   #11
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Oh, Yeah.... Look at Progressive for insurance on the little beastie. Shop around for motorcycle insurance, as different companies score bikes differently. ALL my other stuff, (house, 2 cars, live insurance, windstorm, flood, etc, etc.) I have with State Farm, and I REALLY wanted to hook up with them, but they were about 3 TIMES what Progressive was.



I picked up a new stock, 2004 Lightning XB12 for $1500 off the sticker. They are not the cheapest out there, but I could not be happier after gettig thru the break in period.



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Old 04-13-2006, 09:56 AM   #12
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Ducati ST3.. I'm waiting for my wife to go out of town so I can bring another Duc home to roost in my stable..
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Old 04-13-2006, 10:51 AM   #13
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Buell Uly or Buell XB12SS Long with soft bags
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Old 04-13-2006, 11:49 AM   #14
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sprint st fits your specs perfectly- ~450 lbs, lower than a tiger but not quite a sportbike, bags available, 3-cyl 955cc engine has character and is reliable, cheap insurance despite being very very fast, great for (sport) touring or weekend scratching or riding around town...
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Old 04-13-2006, 11:59 AM   #15
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Agreed. Plus the 3 cylinder Triumphs have character galore...
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Old 04-13-2006, 01:14 PM   #16
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VFR, by all means. I like the ones with the gear drive for the cams, and they have an exhaust note that's a bit different from the herd, if that's what you mean by 'character'. If it's quirks, look elsewhere. A friend has an ST4 and loves it, but he's also got a Monster and doesn' think the maintenance is all that high on it. He is a bit more enthusiastic about getting his hands dirty than I am, however. ST3's are all pretty new, I think.
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Old 04-13-2006, 01:22 PM   #17
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I really like the 2005 era triumph speed triple
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Old 04-13-2006, 02:26 PM   #18
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I hear good things about progressive but they wanted $3000 a year for my KLR 650 (web quote), I found $250 a year elsewhere. Same thing with my BMW, their site scared me away twice with outragous quotes.
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Old 04-13-2006, 02:31 PM   #19
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Check out the Trumpet Sprint ST.
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Old 04-13-2006, 02:35 PM   #20
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I would just "update" your Lightning with an electronic ignition, new carb etc. No one will notice you on a new bike.
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