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Old 06-29-2005, 10:44 AM   #11
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Looks like you like the 8-ball too.
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Old 06-29-2005, 10:45 AM   #12
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If you're after a "do it all" v-twin, you may also want to consider a Suzuki VX800. Built from 90-93, it's a tweaked Intruder motor w/shaft drive in a standard layout. They live forever and prices range between $1K - $2K. It's bigger than a Hawk GT (which I've owned) and is more at home on the open road. Think naked sport-tourer and you'll be pretty close. There's also an avid rider community like the Hawk GT that offers all sorts of help (www.vx800.net)
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Old 06-29-2005, 10:48 AM   #13
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Can't we edit our own posts? Jesus, I look like a moron!
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Old 06-29-2005, 10:53 AM   #14
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Wouldn't you need plastic surgery for that?
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Old 06-29-2005, 10:54 AM   #15
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i would not hit my dog in the butt with a moto guzzi.
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Old 06-29-2005, 10:55 AM   #16
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Damn! I suffer from the I remember when I had one of those...(sob)



A grey '88... I miss that bike and you are making it worse. Please stop...



Another quote I heard, "Is that one of those new Buell's" Hah NO!
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Old 06-29-2005, 10:58 AM   #17
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Easy answer, SV650, 2002 or older. Take the plastic off and make it nekid if you don't like the looks. Great street bike and great track bike. Lots of parts and accessories still available!
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Old 06-29-2005, 11:05 AM   #18
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Heck you can get a used Monster 900 for around $3.5k if you look around a while. And it sitll wouldn't be as cool and distinctive as a Hawk.
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Old 06-29-2005, 11:31 AM   #19
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This is beginning to sound like Blasphemy. There are only two beliefs around here:



You either worship the great and powerfull

Harrr Leeee Davids son



Or you follow the Triumvirate



Lay down your heathen Hawks and convert now!!!
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Old 06-29-2005, 11:33 AM   #20
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I just went through the exact same process as you! Those are all great bikes but the 599 looks sexy, is as mashupable as a hawk - hell, the thing is steel-framed and carburated. Not too long ago I picked up an 04 with 350 miles for $4900. As you say, they are rare! Rare is good. I've seen 25 ducs (and 100 sv's) for every 599 I see. Everybody wants to know what it is and how it goes and I like the conversation. And the lack of plastic goes a long way toward keeping the rice jokes at bay.



I had an older, hawk-like honda and it was absolutely bullet proof and amazing but in the end, I didn't want a collectable, I didn't want to think about cold weather starting problems, or less than very modern brakes or weighting and suspension. The first time I was involved in a near accident on the old honda I started thinking - there is no substitute for modern. Cars stop faster now than then and I want a bike that can too.



I put 700 miles on it in the first four days and it was all grin all the time.



The owner support for old Hondas is absolutely amazing.



New honda might not need it as much, though.



Sounds like you can't make a mistake - they're all good choices.
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