I've been riding for 12 years now and just had a kid, hit my mid-30s, blah, blah, blah time to slow down a little bit maybe. Went out for a labor day ride on the Street Triple and man that bike just eats up twisties. But it's aggressive, not super comfortable and needs to be ridden at 9/10 to reach anywhere close to it's real potential.... So it got me thinking of what my perfect bike would be. I also own a 1986 VF500, which actually comes a lot close- I love the sit in the bike riding position. The power is plenty, smooth and linear, though I wouldn't be opposed to 10 more bhp. Obviously the components are way behind by modern standards. So ideal bike: 450 lbs wet, or less 65-75 bhp Good suspension, doesn't need to be race spec Ohlins, but well damped with some adjustability Good brakes are a must (abs for added safety margin of error) Comfortable seat, flat if possible Linear motor (must have perfect fueling), preferrable longer stroke. Would like to reduce temptation to rev it out, should be able to enjoy 7/10 pace without feeling like I am not using the best part of the power band Luggage options This is highly personal, but I'd prefer no windscreen, I just hate wind buffeting Decent ground clearance, gotta be able to have some fun in the twisties Under $9k? So what fits the bill? I'm really drawn to the new MG V7 iii which apparently solves a lot of the issues with the older models, and I think it looks great. Probably a bit underpowered. By the same token, the Street Twin and Bonnie 120 fit the bill: The rational choice is probably the FZ07, though I respect it, I don't covet it. Ironically, the HD XR1200 might come closest to the platonic ideal of a longstroke sporty standard, though obviously it's a bit on the heavy side. I've ridden the bike and really enjoyed it. Anyway, just a few idle musings. I can't be the only former track day, corner scratching guy that's wants to slow down a little, but still have a capable bike when the road gets curvy.