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Old 06-19-2012, 10:50 PM   #1681
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Well, it's kinda funny today. Last few days I've been ruling out and in various bikes by (Gasp!) going to the dealership, interacting with the salespeople, and sitting on the bikes. So now, the Versys is definitely out, The V-Strom 650 Adventure I wish was in, but is out for other reasons, The Vaquero is in-ish, depending on the state of the deal when I get the funds in two weeks.

But today... Today I went to the Triumph/Ducati/BMW dealer in Orlando. And I fell in love. Twice.

But first, The BMW F800 series disappointed me. They didn't really have what I was looking for. The ST was way too tight in the legs, the GS was borderline ridiculous in seat height, and the R just plain didn't work for me in any sense.

So now... what caught my affection? Well, two bikes. The Classic, lightweight, stunningly beautiful, versatile Bonneville, and the over the top, goofy, giant, powered by souls of the damned Rocket III Roadster. Two diametrically opposed bikes, hailing from not just two different eras, but two different uses too.

While wide, the Rocket III was like a giant recliner. Really comfortable seat, pegs at the right distance, and the handlebars, while wide, were at the perfect distance and height. Throw on some saddlebags and a windshield and it would be perfect.

But, that is an 800 pound beastie of a bike, and it's kinda what I'm trying to get away from, especially with no reverse available. I also have a funny feeling that my perfect driving record would get trashed very quickly. 160 lbft of torque and 150 hp is one hell of a way to have fun.

The Bonnevilles that they had there ranged the whole line, except for the Steve McQueen variant. Small, lightweight, comfortable front to back (Though the seat is hard, I can move back and forward on it) and it's just a bike that makes sense overall. The thruxton was just a bit much for a longer ride, and the Scrambler had mufflers in the way of serious bags,but the regular three were impressive in their simplicity.




So basically, I've run from full size American and Japanese baggers, to a British standard.

But for the first time, I've found a pair of bikes that both feel like "home" in the saddle, and that's not something I have ever felt before.
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Old 06-19-2012, 11:36 PM   #1682
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Old 06-20-2012, 12:01 AM   #1683
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Old 06-20-2012, 12:28 AM   #1684
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Yeah, I know it's the first generation, but every time I hit the start button I get a big smile. This is just such a pleasant motorcycle to ride, it's still my favorite.

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Old 06-20-2012, 01:54 AM   #1685
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I let this one slip away from me with just 1500 miles on the clock for
half the price..

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Old 06-20-2012, 01:58 AM   #1686
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Old 06-20-2012, 06:02 AM   #1687
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i would ever be the ktm lc4 960 super moto or the 990 duke.
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Old 06-21-2012, 07:05 PM   #1688
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If I could find a clean 1976 Geneva Green RD400 that would be fun. That was my first new bike and I should not have sold it.
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Old 06-21-2012, 10:17 PM   #1689
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My dream garage today?

Just saw a vision - my vtx set up a little more for touring - add a batwing or something
A big thumper street dirt like my old xl500
Add a fun little street bike like a harly xl1200r or a ujm in 700 or 750 cc ...

I'm already smiling ....
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Old 06-22-2012, 06:14 PM   #1690
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New day...new bikes

I still kinda have a road king itch... But the big vtx is scratching that pretty good...
I think I would like to try a high speed tourer like a concours or st1300....
Not that a vtx 1800 can't run pretty fast....
I just think I,d like that other riding position too - like a bandit or st1300
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Old 06-22-2012, 06:15 PM   #1691
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I'd really like to try that too
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Old 06-22-2012, 10:30 PM   #1692
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A 2012 ninja 650

Hopefully I'll want one tomorrow too since I'll be buying one then.
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Old 06-22-2012, 10:36 PM   #1693
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A 2012 ninja 650

Hopefully I'll want one tomorrow too since I'll be buying one then.
I'm enjoying mine.


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Old 06-22-2012, 10:57 PM   #1694
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I know. I've seen your pics on some other forums were both on as well. I know you like it. What other bikes have you had?

I had my heart set on a ninja 1000. But this 650 is more comfortable. And really the 1000 overkill for me. Even though I'm tempted by the power I think the 650 will actually be a better choice for me. I've had a CBR 600 and VFR800 so far. But both of those hurt my back. The 650 just seems to fit me so well.
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I know. I've seen your pics on some other forums were both on as well. I know you like it. What other bikes have you had?

I had my heart set on a ninja 1000. But this 650 is more comfortable. And really the 1000 overkill for me. Even though I'm tempted by the power I think the 650 will actually be a better choice for me. I've had a CBR 600 and VFR800 so far. But both of those hurt my back. The 650 just seems to fit me so well.
This is my first motorcycle, I had a few scooters in the past that I used to race around on before this. Those were fun too.

My dream bike has always been a Speed Triple... but I knew that, for me, would be suicide for a first bike. So I've been working my way from 50cc to 1050cc, lol.
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