Originally Posted by my3sons59
If you lived where I live, you'd drive 2 hours to test ride the Yamaha and 6 hours+ for all the others.
And I certainly would make the drive.
I read through the entire thread - entertaining -- and shocking. I cannot believe that people have purchased bikes without riding them. Just wow. The last two bikes I purchased were way down on my shopping list. Rode them kind of on a whim and stopped shopping after the ride.
I think it's great that owners are passionate about their bikes but keep that filter in place. For example, one of the S10 owners who speaks very highly of the S10 has owned a bunch of bikes which don't happen to appeal to me -- chances are he is looking for something different in a bike than I am...
Like others have side, ride them and find which one speaks to you.