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Old 04-25-2006, 07:44 AM   #31
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A Daytona 955i can double as a sport tourer, if you can handle the riding position. I would go for two bikes with the remaining money. Maybe a new DL650, and a used 600.
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Old 04-25-2006, 08:04 AM   #32
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Seriously?



Get a mid-90s Harley FLH or FLT (Electraglide)



It's a perfect complement to your Triumph. You can take your lovely wife with you. They're in your price range.

You have to ride a Harley to experience the ride and I can't believe you'd regret it.

You can sell it for what you paid for it.

They're as reliable as a stone ax.

Easy to work on and cheap to operate.

Insurance is next to nothing.

They can be hopped up to whatever power you think you need.

They are comfortable at speed and the FLs handle remarkably well - try one - you'll be surprised.

You'll have lots of friends, everyone admires them and you'll be accepted by the non-motorcycling public - if you don't run it with straight pipes.
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Old 04-25-2006, 08:29 AM   #33
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Whne you're a stud, you're a stud Buz!
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Old 04-25-2006, 08:31 AM   #34
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Husqvarna TE250, 450 or 510. Serious moto but street legal, complete with Made by MV Agusta factory sticker...
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Old 04-25-2006, 08:39 AM   #35
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I'd go with an SV650, Used VFR or a Concours myself..Can't go wrong there..
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Old 04-25-2006, 08:47 AM   #36
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Not a SV fan, I've had 3 VFRs and the Kawi is the VW van of bikes.
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Old 04-25-2006, 08:49 AM   #37
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Get a certified sporty tourer that the frau will like as much as you do. The short list needs to contain a VFR, a Buell Ulysses, and a Ducati ST3. If you want an adventure tourer, or prefer the seating position, go for the DL1000. My personal choice is the Buell or the Ducati, though you need to check on what the dealer will charge for valve adjustments. Ride 'em both.



I think the air head beemers are OK for the older rider who has no need of power. The new ones are OK for those with large bank accounts.



The Buell will return the best mileage. Both the Buell and the Ducati have stunnning handling, gobs of torque, and class, though the Duc has the Buell beat in that category.



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Old 04-25-2006, 08:51 AM   #38
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Had a 92 FXR-sp & 94 Fat Boy. Don't know if that's the way to go. Good point for a second bike though. Stone axe is a good description.
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Old 04-25-2006, 08:58 AM   #39
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>They can be hopped up to whatever power

>you think you need.



Oh yeah baby. With enough time and money everything is possible.



To "hop up" evolution harley with 52 hp on the rear wheel to the same level as, say, Valk (95 hp at the rubber) is within the limits of possible. But if any practicalities are thought at all, such as time, cost, effort, risk, usability, reliability and the quality of the end product, the whole project is compelete nonsense.



Hey, you can hop up Yugo to 250hp why to buy a BMW?



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Old 04-25-2006, 09:56 AM   #40
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"But if any practicalities are thought at all, such as time, cost, effort, risk, usability, reliability and the quality of the end product, the whole project is compelete nonsense. "



You seem to be the expert on Harleys. Tell me how much it costs and how hard it is to get 100hp/100tq from a Harley TwinCam. Since I already know, I guess you won't be telling me much except that it really isn't much of an effort, risky, unreliable, costly, or time comsuming. What's really nonsense is which junkyard that wonderful Valk will end up.
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