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Old 05-27-2008, 08:21 AM   #1
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I've been away from motorcycles a few years, and want to come back to it.

I'm in the US, but prefer European or Japan style models.

Can anyone recommend a good machine to buy? Here are the criteria:

Style: naked or half-faired, sports-tourer (not cruiser)
Size: 900 cc plus, prefer air-cooled (liquid ok)
Make: prefer Japanese or European (US maybe)
Wheels: Alloy
Drive: shaft, chain, belt (in that order)
Seat: Reasonably comfortable for two up
Price: around US$10K

I really appreciate any help!
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Old 05-27-2008, 08:28 AM   #2
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How many years are "a few"?
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Old 05-27-2008, 08:49 AM   #3
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Shaft? Naked? Not too many of those around. Most nakeds (good choice by the way!) have chains. The only naked shaft-drive bike I can think of off hand is the Moto Guzzi Breva, which comes in an 1100 or 1200 cc configuration -- which for Guzzi would give you overall power about the same as a mildy tuned 900 cc inline 4. The only issue with Guzzis is finding a good dealer nearby.

Other than that, check out the Honda 919, which would be a good bike for sports-touring. I ride a 599, which is a smaller version of the 919 -- my avatar has a pic of it. I do a ton of long-distance touring on that bike, and the 919 may be just what you are looking for.
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Old 05-27-2008, 09:09 AM   #4
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Pony up about $7000 and buy a 2006 or 2007 Ducati S2R 800. You'll get a Ducati cool, air-cooled roadster that everyone will love. Or buy a 2009 Ducati 696 Monster and get the "New" look- spend around $8000 buy the gap coverage and you get a 2 yr unltd mile warranty with towing included for your safety and convenience. BTW- the new 696 has the same power as the 800.
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Hey Sachi, when did Sarnali rip off that gem of a quote? I'm jut not paying attention here!
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Old 05-27-2008, 09:13 AM   #6
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Get a 2005 or earlier Bandit 1200. Air-cooled, dead reliable, dirt cheap, and simple to maintain. You can find excellent examples for less than $3500 and use the rest of your ten grand riding the crap out of it. Easily the best bargain in motorcycling. Ask anybody that owns one.
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You've described the V-Strom 1000.
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Hey Sachi, when did Sarnali rip off that gem of a quote? I'm jut not paying attention here!
Over the weekend.
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How many years are "a few"?
Uh, oh! Too many... I sold my Kawasaki 550 in 1995 or so. It's been a drought since then.
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Shaft? Naked?
Or half-faired. I just don't want a big clunky fairing that collects dirt and is hard to clean behind.

I like the Moto Guzzi suggestion. In a previous life I owned Spada 1000. Great bike but crappy electrics back then... have they improved?
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