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Old 10-18-2007, 12:27 PM   #1
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Default What to buy? Advice please!

Alright motoheads I need some advice for my next set of 2 wheels. About 1 year ago I sold my 2002 Honda VFR (bought new in Jan 2002) and have been bikeless since. Now that a few nasty expenses (re: wedding and house purchase) are out of the way i'm back in the market for a bike.

- I live in Northern Ohio and ride 9 months a year, usually 2-3 days a week to work and a couple weekend day trips a month.

- I also make at least 1 long haul each year (I've gone from OH to the four corners area, Florida, Canadian rockies, etc.)

- I liked the VFR for what I do but always wanted a little more on the performance end of the spectrum.

- NO cruisers!

- Probably be picking something up 1-2 years old, used, and I want to keep the $ under $10K

- Seat height - this is a biggie for me.... I'm all of 5'7" with a 31" inseem. The VFR had a 31.7" seat height and was about an inch taller then I would have liked. Am I dreaming thinking that I'm going to find a sport touring or sport or naked / sport bike with something around or under 31"

Thoughts anyone? I was sortof leaning towards a used ZZR1200, I'm in lust with the new BMW K1200S but the $$ is waaay out of line, and thought about a Duc ST3 but I'm concerned with maintanance cost and dealer support.
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Old 10-18-2007, 12:38 PM   #2
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Buy a Ducati MTS1000- used for $8000 or under for a 2004-2005 or the coolest ugly bike in the universe the Suzuki DL1000. If you NEEEED more power than that buy a Yamaha FZ1 2001-2005 for under $6k- add the lower fairings and bags and hit the road.
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Old 10-18-2007, 12:46 PM   #3
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Spend three more and get the Concours 14. Figure out the seat height later.
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Old 10-18-2007, 12:51 PM   #4
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'02 - '04 Triumph Sprint.

Seat height is not too high, they are mechanically similar to the VFR (except of course it has 3 cylinders) and they run like hot stink. Also, they are practically issue-free.

I see them regularly on eBay, and you can proably get a nice, low miles bike for less than $7K, including hard bags.
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Old 10-18-2007, 01:15 PM   #5
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I second the sprint, sounds like exactly what you are looking for.
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Old 10-18-2007, 01:16 PM   #6
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'02 - '04 Triumph Sprint.

Seat height is not too high, they are mechanically similar to the VFR (except of course it has 3 cylinders) and they run like hot stink. Also, they are practically issue-free.

I see them regularly on eBay, and you can proably get a nice, low miles bike for less than $7K, including hard bags.
+1 on the Sprint. It's the bike the VFR should have been. Cheaper too.
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Old 10-18-2007, 01:36 PM   #7
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Get a used Busa and put a Tobin seat on it. To me it's as comfy as any VFR with about 50 more horsepower. You can set it up to sport tour easily, and there are plenty of used copies for about 7 grand. Easily the best bang for the buck out there.
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Old 10-18-2007, 01:50 PM   #8
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+however many for the Sprint, New Triumphs are execellent reliable performers.

I lust after a K1200 GT but dang I think they must be gold plated for the money they want for 'em
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