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Old 07-30-2013, 01:22 PM   #16
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Why not try the best selling 650cc 'bike in GB & the Bike-of-the-Year 2010 USA...............http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=...rsys&FORM=IGRE

http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=...M=VDRE#x0y2925


PS, PM me if you're looking for a nice 2012 black on black one with all the extras.
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Old 07-30-2013, 04:43 PM   #17
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She has been thinking and has decided if she leaves the Ninja it will be for something retro.
That would be the V7, or the Triumph Scrambler.
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Old 07-30-2013, 06:29 PM   #18
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This is what I would move into.Just tossing out ideas


http://powersports.honda.com/2013/nc700x.aspx



Not as much money as you'd think.
http://www.bmwmotorcycles.com/us/en/..._overview.html
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Old 07-30-2013, 08:03 PM   #19
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My dad is selling his 2012 bonneville se with 1200 miles if you want to fly and ride to Boston. Blue/white paintscheme. Lovely bike, nice seat height for short-legs. Weight is super manageable, but I don't find the bike as flickable or rev-loving as the ninja 650r.
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Old 07-30-2013, 08:25 PM   #20
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BMW F800GT maybe ? Nice light weight, great performance and has touring capability. It is a good step up bike from the current ride. My bride says it is "cute" which seems to be a major buy point for women!

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Old 08-01-2013, 06:46 AM   #21
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I'm a huge triumph fan so I would say bonneville, then modify to suit your wife's tastes from a visual standpoint.

my street triple is lucky to get 45 mpg, so if mileage is important stay away from those.
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Old 08-03-2013, 02:25 PM   #22
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That would be the V7, or the Triumph Scrambler.
...or a non-sidecar Ural Solo st
http://www.imz-ural.com/2013-ural-solo-st/
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Old 08-03-2013, 10:49 PM   #23
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Well since the street triple is out then it would have to be the Bonnie, but that certainly doesn't fit the lighter requirement.

Ninja 650 440 lbs or so
Bonnie 495 lbs

I can't think of a single retro styled bike that has a multi cylinder engine that is lighter than a Ninja 650.

Only thing that comes to mind is the TU250 and that wouldn't meet your power requirement.
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Old 08-04-2013, 08:30 AM   #24
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New V7 Stone - bit more power, alloy tubeless wheels, available touring accessories.

Gonna be hard to find a motor that is as fun as that Kawi though; still miss mine.

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Old 08-04-2013, 08:54 AM   #25
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New Suzuki Gladius or new Honda 500's?
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Old 08-04-2013, 08:55 AM   #26
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I can't think of a single retro styled bike that has a multi cylinder engine that is lighter than a Ninja 650.

Kawi W650. Or are we only talking new here?
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Old 08-05-2013, 06:01 AM   #27
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You two run over to Sloan's in Murfreesboro and check out the Moto Guzzi V7. 440 lbs ready to ride if I'm not mistaken. Then hop across the road to the Harley dealership to look a Sportster with mid controls. Right about 100 lbs heavier than the V7, though. Next a stop at Castle in Madison to see the Bonneville and Scrambler. Right in the middle of the other two weight-wise.

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Ok. Yes she doesnt put big miles on. She rides in stints under 200 miles generally.


She has been thinking and has decided if she leaves the Ninja it will be for something retro. So all of the sportbikeish options are out. The 650 is her first bike and she is interested in exploring other types of motorcycles.
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Old 08-05-2013, 06:51 AM   #28
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I believe the best choice is the one your wife picks! Doesn't matter what style it is how it looks (to you) or who makes it... it needs to be the one she says.... "I want that one" Just my $0.02
You are correct!


Does she pick out your bikes?........ Then don't pick out hers.
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Old 08-05-2013, 07:22 AM   #29
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You two run over to Sloan's in Murfreesboro and check out the Moto Guzzi V7. 440 lbs ready to ride if I'm not mistaken. Then hop across the road to the Harley dealership to look a Sportster with mid controls. Right about 100 lbs heavier than the V7, though. Next a stop at Castle in Madison to see the Bonneville and Scrambler. Right in the middle of the other two weight-wise.

Sarah
That could be a nice day ride if we can get the kids a babysitter

My wife's name is Sarah... Weird.
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Old 08-05-2013, 07:24 AM   #30
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You are correct!


Does she pick out your bikes?........ Then don't pick out hers.
She is largely "ignorant" of what is on the market. She is still in the "thats a nice color" phase of knowing about bikes. So I'm just trying to see if I've missed something about what is out there.

The W650 is a bike I have lusted after for awhile, my wife likes it too. Too bad they are unicorns.
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