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Old 06-01-2005, 05:03 AM   #11
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The styling is "controversial?" So is Sandra Bernhard's face!
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Old 06-01-2005, 05:11 AM   #12
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A guy I know has a 650 V-Strom that he uses for long distance touring two-up with his wife and luggage. He loves it. I wouldn't sell the DL650 short for touring at all.
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Old 06-01-2005, 05:22 AM   #13
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The Suzuki DL650 and 1000 seem to be getting a lot of good press these days. It is a shame they go ignored by most riders.
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Old 06-01-2005, 05:23 AM   #14
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Take a Buell CityX for a test spin. Sporty, cheapish and will keep you on real 'merican hardware. Just don't try riding cross country. You won't believe how much better it is than your old Sporty.
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Old 06-01-2005, 05:45 AM   #15
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Sounds like you enjoy the torquier sound of twins, by your prior bikes. I would suggest the Suzook SV650 (not the S - with mini fairing) since I found it a good commuter, and with a Memphis windscreen, a good sport touring rig. Plus, TwoBros makes a nice slip-on pipe for it.
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Old 06-01-2005, 05:55 AM   #16
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I have a 2002 Futura. Easily the most comfortable "sporty" bike I have ridden. The seat is great. The pegs give you 3+ inches more than a VFR. The service at 5k ran me $209 and that included de-restricting the airbox, remapping the FI & a new t-shirt. Next service is an oil change and inspection at 9500. Then a valve check at 12k. All in all, the motor is under-taxed in the Futura state of tune and should prove to be quite dependable.

I'm a big fan of "twin" motors in general. The inlines can easily intimidate riders try to access the upper regions of the power band. It's hard to pick a "bad" bike these days. You can even pick some UGLY good ones. Buy the one you are passionate about.(It won't be your last)
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Old 06-01-2005, 06:10 AM   #17
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Went from a Harley FXR to a 2000 Sprint ST. Couldn't believe how much better it was (afa riding dynamics).



Also, the Sprint has hard bags. They were included in the price for the '03 and '04 models.



There are quite a few folks that prefer the pre-'02 model engine performance and EFI system. I went from the Y2K to an '03 model, and they both run great. I'd love to try out the new one, but my wallet starts to smoke every time I think too long about it.



The Triumphs are damn near bulletproof (touch wood). I've not heard of anyone having problems with any of the models. Sure, there was a recall for plastic fuel fittings, but otherwise I've had the bike at the Dealership only for the 12,000 mile valve adjustment.



Lastly, that Triple sure sounds sweet when "ya gitonit!"
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Old 06-01-2005, 06:17 AM   #18
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......and so, since the VFR (older one) and SV650 have already been recommended you should also be sure to check out a Concours.
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Old 06-01-2005, 06:33 AM   #19
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Seruzawa you are headed for sainthood in the Church of the Holy Motorcycle Trinity (HMT). Isn't the GPTB associated with HMT? Like the Knights of Columbus with the Roman Catholic Church.
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Old 06-01-2005, 07:10 AM   #20
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More like the Masons and the Roman Catholic Church.
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