|04-20-2012, 08:09 PM||#22|
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Joined: Oct 2008
I still have the K . . . for now.
But I have taken the advice in this thread to heart. I took a trip on the K over the Easter weekend and pondered replacements and what I would want. I am definitely reconsidering my desire for a bike with a more upright seating position. It's pretty much all I have owned, so maybe I just think it's more comfortable. I do think a more forward position would be more enjoyable in the twisties.
I have tried to check out a couple bikes suggested:
Tiger 1050: I went to a local dealer with one as I was really thinking this was the ideal bike. When I got there, it had a "sold" sign on it, so I couldn't even sit on it . But what really hit me was how big it is - nice looking, but big. I have to admit it took me back a bit. I still would love to ride one, but I think seeing it in person dropped it down a few rungs. Especially now that I am starting to doubt my desire for a more upright position. Certainly still high on the list though.
The VFR (VTEC): The more I researched VFRs, the more I started to think this might be it. I'm still not a fan of the full fairing, but it seemed like the fun factor may make up for it. They are dirt cheap and stone reliable. Although I still don't understand how they are over 500 pounds, they have the performance to overcome it. I found one at a local dealer and sat on it. It's definitely at the very limit of what I think I could handle as a forward lean. But I imagine I might be able to change it with an up and back set up if I couldn't just learn to accept it. They're cheap enough, I might even be willing to take a flyer on one.
Bandit 1250: An area dealer has a cherry Bandit with matching bags and a Corbin seat. I haven't checked it out yet, but I love the look. The seating position seems like it would be a bit more aggressive than my K, but much more relaxed than the VFR. I'm not real fond of the 550 pound weight, but all that low end grunt is really appealing. I'm hoping to check it out in the near future.
F800ST: This one keeps popping back on the radar mainly because it looks like the perfect bike on paper. More sporty ergos, yet milder than the VFR. Relatively light weight too. But also about $2K more than a similar VFR. Honestly, the biggest strike against the F800ST for me is the fact I currently own 2 BMWs. If I sell one to buy yet another BMW I might have to join a country club or attend the Catalina Wine Mixer. Seriously, although I am neither pro nor anti BMW, I wouldn't mind getting a different brand in the stable.
Other bikes are also still in the running (Strom, Versys, GSX-F), but I think the ones above are the favorites.
One thing I have decided is that I am going to put the K up for sale. I really worry that I will regret selling the K, but I'm hoping I have scratched my K bike itch enough and the replacement will be enough of an improvement that the memory of my K will be sufficient to tide me over.
Thanks for all the input and feel free to offer a anything new.
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