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Old 10-04-2006, 11:49 AM   #21
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I know a lot about what you DON'T want, but I can't figure out what it is you DO want. I would second the VFR suggestion, except I have no idea how much power you think is enough. I will tell you that any of these, bikes (VFR included) will be WAY faster than you are. Or me. If you are confining your riding to street, and like the RC 51 type bikes, then you should be looking at the other end of the sport touring spectrum. Bikes like the Triumph ST, Ducati ST3 and 4, and, yes, the VFR.
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Old 10-04-2006, 11:56 AM   #22
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Well, if you like nakeds and want something bigger than a 919 you might check out Zooker's new 1250 Bandit.



Expect nothing from MBA run Honda.....the except weird looking and insanely overpriced Big Ruckus.
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Old 10-04-2006, 12:08 PM   #23
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No, there's only ONE company that makes Motorcycles - the rest make kiddie-toys......



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Old 10-04-2006, 12:14 PM   #24
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Nothing wrong with more power and torque, but I'd like to see a smaller-displacement motor for a lighter bike.
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Old 10-04-2006, 12:15 PM   #25
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Sorry, I went to "Bikes, Blues, and BBQ" in Fayetteville, AR this week - I was asked by no less than 3 redneck, full-dress, 55hp, 875lb-Three-Asterisk-Jewelry riders if I thought I could handle a "real bike", or why don't I "get rid of that Japcrap Toy".



Four-Asterisk You, you Three-Asterisk-holes! (not *You* - you, but the general rednex-You)
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Old 10-04-2006, 12:20 PM   #26
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I figured after the Sportster, he'd join the H-A; as riding the Epitome of motorcycle-dom, there'd be nothing else to do BUT become a moto-outlaw.



(what with as FINE a piece of machinery, like everything that ever rolled out of The Motor Company's front door..........)



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Old 10-04-2006, 12:22 PM   #27
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Only if they smooth-out that damn VTEC step in the curve - make it more like the S-2000, rather than the VFR-800.
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Old 10-04-2006, 12:34 PM   #28
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Get a used Aprilia Falco or Futura. Honda reliability, goes like stink, and you won't have to wonder which one is yours at the burger stand. My Falco will run with an RC51, is better looking, and about 7000% more comfortable to tour on. I had a SuperHawk and loved it, but the 100 mile range is completely bogus if you intend to do any riding. I had an Interceptor, which looked good on paper but had all the personality of an appliance. There are a lot of good bikes out there-- have fun.
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Old 10-04-2006, 12:37 PM   #29
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Have you ever taken a look at the bikes Honda offers in other countries like the UK. If you like naked bikes, go to their UK website, then beg them to bring them over here!
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Old 10-04-2006, 12:46 PM   #30
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PS: If you want an inexpensive naked bike that is pretty fast, looks great, and will run forever, I can very highly recommend the Kawasaki ZRX1100/ 1200. I tend to like the 1100's better because the all black motor looks better than the funky gold-painted motor on the 1200. I had one which I absolutely loved, but I got rid of it because it was just a little too "naked" for me-- I was doing a lot of fast touring and getting beaten senseless by the 120MPH breeze. No problem on the Falco-- now the challenge is keeping my license.
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