Originally Posted by SRG
Several of the bike mentioned in my original post can be had for $5k or so.
Of those, the Ducati 620 Multstrada, the Cagiva Gran Canyon, and Buell Ulysses appeal to me most - in that order. I don't see a well cared for example of any of these being difficult or expensive to own and all 3 have enthusiast groups followings to help out the novice.
The 620 MS meets all stated desires except "good on gravel" at or under budget. It would also sill be newish. Not being too good on gravel is just my impression - how good/bad is it? Can it improved in this regard? How?
Thanks for the help so far.
I'm a the original owner of a 2006 Multi 1000S. Love the bike. Lots of personality. It's been super reliable (has 37k on it). Never ride two up but many do. I'm not really a fan of the 620, especially since the 1000 or even the 1000S may be purchased for 5k.
The Multi does fine on gravel. Tire selection is key.
You might check out multistrada.net for more info.