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Old 06-07-2009, 11:51 PM   #1
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Default Need help... the UNIVERSE wont let me pick a bike I like

I can't find a bike for me ... Here's why. I ride daily, all year round and go 2-up occasionaly. I love the look and sound of italian bikes like the Aprilia and Ducati but I hear that they really suck when it comes to maintenance. That simply wont work since my bike is my main form of transportation. I know I dont want a Harley, and I know I definitely HATE the styling on nearly all jap bikes. Triumph has good maintenance but The Triple's aren't any good for commuting and comfort.

.......to break it down, and maybe help some...

I'm a BIG fan of:
comfortable ergo's
naked bikes
lightweight cruisers
750-1200cc's of power
not terrible maintenance

I'm NOT a fan of:
jap styling and sound
bikes that come with windshields and alot of fairing
really hunched over racing ergonomics

what the hell should I get? I originally wanted the aprilia shiver before I heard they are nightmarish for maintenance. Ducati I hear isn't much better. harleys xr1200 is close but I read its vibrates like hell.

am I picky or WHAT!! haha. any help is greatly appreciated, if you think you might know a bike, or better yet convince me out of something, let me know. thx

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Old 06-08-2009, 03:35 AM   #2
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I can't find a bike for me ... Here's why. I ride daily, all year round and go 2-up occasionaly. I love the look and sound of italian bikes like the Aprilia and Ducati but I hear that they really suck when it comes to maintenance. That simply wont work since my bike is my main form of transportation. I know I dont want a Harley, and I know I definitely HATE the styling on nearly all jap bikes. Triumph has good maintenance but The Triple's aren't any good for commuting and comfort.

.......to break it down, and maybe help some...

I'm a BIG fan of:
comfortable ergo's
naked bikes
lightweight cruisers
750-1200cc's of power
not terrible maintenance

I'm NOT a fan of:
jap styling and sound
bikes that come with windshields and alot of fairing
really hunched over racing ergonomics

what the hell should I get? I originally wanted the aprilia shiver before I heard they are nightmarish for maintenance. Ducati I hear isn't much better. harleys xr1200 is close but I read its vibrates like hell.

am I picky or WHAT!! haha. any help is greatly appreciated, if you think you might know a bike, or better yet convince me out of something, let me know. thx
There is one bike that will fit your needs:
BUELL - Low maintenance, nimble, good for two-up touring, v-twin character and grunt
Myth: "They vibrate like hell." Fact: They vibrate a lot at idle, smooth out as the revs pick up.
Check out the Ulysses. If that's too tall, try to find and TT model and throw some saddle bags on it.
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Old 06-08-2009, 04:37 AM   #3
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You could buy a Sportster to address most of your criteria, but you sound too young to fit the marketing image of Harley-Davidson.
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Old 06-08-2009, 05:10 AM   #4
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How about this.

Find a used 2003 SV1000. The naked one.

It'll be cheap, so you can customize it to your heart's content.

90 degree v-twin sound: Check
"Interesting" styling: Check
Japanese reliability: Check

Or, just buy a Speed Triple.
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Old 06-08-2009, 05:42 AM   #5
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I can't find a bike for me ... Here's why. I ride daily, all year round and go 2-up occasionaly. I love the look and sound of italian bikes like the Aprilia and Ducati but I hear that they really suck when it comes to maintenance. That simply wont work since my bike is my main form of transportation. I know I dont want a Harley, and I know I definitely HATE the styling on nearly all jap bikes. Triumph has good maintenance but The Triple's aren't any good for commuting and comfort.

.......to break it down, and maybe help some...

I'm a BIG fan of:
comfortable ergo's
naked bikes
lightweight cruisers
750-1200cc's of power
not terrible maintenance

I'm NOT a fan of:
jap styling and sound
bikes that come with windshields and alot of fairing
really hunched over racing ergonomics

what the hell should I get? I originally wanted the aprilia shiver before I heard they are nightmarish for maintenance. Ducati I hear isn't much better. harleys xr1200 is close but I read its vibrates like hell.

am I picky or WHAT!! haha. any help is greatly appreciated, if you think you might know a bike, or better yet convince me out of something, let me know. thx
You sound very closed minded, which will have you passing multiple Japanese dealers to get your parts for service. Once their you'll also find you'll probably have to order some obscure part they never have instock. This obviously is excluding the Harley and Japanese Dealers.

Ducatis, Triumphs, and Aprilli's ARE great bikes but you'll pass several Harley and Japanese dealers on the way. Besides not all Japanese bikes are "hunched over racing ergos"? FZ1, SV650,DL650,SV1000,DL1000The list goes on,......
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Old 06-08-2009, 05:52 AM   #6
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Triumph has good maintenance but The Triple's aren't any good for commuting and comfort.

.......to break it down, and maybe help some...

I'm a BIG fan of:
comfortable ergo's
naked bikes
lightweight cruisers
750-1200cc's of power
not terrible maintenance

I'm NOT a fan of:
jap styling and sound
bikes that come with windshields and alot of fairing
really hunched over racing ergonomics

what the hell should I get? I originally wanted the aprilia shiver before I heard they are nightmarish for maintenance. Ducati I hear isn't much better. harleys xr1200 is close but I read its vibrates like hell.

am I picky or WHAT!! haha. any help is greatly appreciated, if you think you might know a bike, or better yet convince me out of something, let me know. thx

What's wrong with Triumph triples?!
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Old 06-08-2009, 05:53 AM   #7
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After reading through all your posts so far Roadkill, maybe a 800cc V-four sportbike may be more to your liking? What do you think? I know what I am beginning to think.
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Old 06-08-2009, 06:38 AM   #8
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What's wrong with Triumph triples?!

Maybe he got confused with the older crowd, and those big, lumbering, shiny bagger kinda bikes.

I know my '03 Triple commutes well. It cross-country's well, it seems to take what few corners I encounter well. Sounds great; it's as reliable as a hammer. Mid 30's in town, 50+ on the road. Late model used ones go for good deal kind of money...

Yeh. Pass on the Triples. They're crap.
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Old 06-08-2009, 07:05 AM   #9
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Tiger, dude, Tiger.
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Old 06-08-2009, 09:33 AM   #10
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Triumph Tiger 2008-2009. Previous generation was their "Adventure" bike. The Sprint is a great bike but the underseat exhaust won't make the passenger happy at stop lights. The new Aprilia Shiver will not cost you any more in service than you're usual Suzuki SV. They are about to release a "R" version with fairing. MotoGuzzi Griso is a good choice. An older BMW R1100/1200R would be a smoking choice. You're not limited- You're just too narrow in what you think is good.
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