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Old 04-14-2014, 11:51 AM   #1
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suggestions for my next bike!?

Help me out guys! I sold my F800ST last week and now i'm on the hunt for something new.

Here are some of my past bikes (not quite in the order i had them):

2006 Ninja 250, 2005 SV650S: my training wheels for the two wheel world. fun to ride, crappy brakes and suspension

2005 R6, 2008 GSXR 600, 2008 600RR: love 600s! lightweight, low seat heights, good gas mileage, tons of fun. comfy enough when i'm by myself, but not great with my soon to be wife on the back

2009 tuono: fun bike but wasn't a fan of the tall seat height and rough fueling

2008 848: great power and handling and probably the sexiest thing i'll ever own. downright miserable in traffic with the aggressive ergonomics and heat coming from under the seat

2008 F800ST: BORING! thought this would be a good bike for 2-up riding. it was comfy and got great gas mileage, but was slow and i HATED that rattling bucket of bolts that BMW and Rotax call an engine

i'll use the bike for commuting to work, 3-5 hour weekends joyrides (sometimes 2-up), and the occasional weekend trip (although that would still fall into the 3-5 hour ride window).

Here are the bikes i've been searching for with a max budget of $6,500:

-Z1000: i like the looks of the second gen the best, but wouldn't pass up a good deal on a first or third gen. i think i would appreciate having a whole liter when i have a passenger and the upright riding position should help us both

-Speed Triple: i'd pick this over the Z1000, but i'm worried about the seat height since i'm only 5'8". Looks like there is a low seat available?

-Street Triple 675: I think this could be an awesome bike for me... if i could find one!

-Monster: 796 would be my first choice, 1100 my second but i don't think i could find either for my budget. i'd consider an older 800 or whatever if it had a SSA (because i'm shallow), but what are the belt and valve check intervals?

-RC51: i've lusted after these for years and think i'd enjoy the power and sound after the dumb F800

are there any other bikes i should consider? or any insight you guys could offer on the ones i have listed?

thanks!!
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Old 04-14-2014, 12:23 PM   #2
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Old 04-14-2014, 12:31 PM   #3
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If http://cycle-ergo.com is right 5.8 is ok for Speed3.
Don't know what the price is for a CB1000R over there, but thats a good bike to
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Old 04-14-2014, 12:43 PM   #4
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Consider a Honda VFR. The 800 more so than the 1200 mess
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Old 04-14-2014, 12:58 PM   #5
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Since you mentioned RC51, you also have TL1000R
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Old 04-14-2014, 01:30 PM   #6
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i'd consider a TL-R if it looked stock. Unfortunately most of the ones i'm seeing for sale having crappy paint jobs.

any reasons why the 3rd gen Z1000 is better than the second?

The VFR800 always catches my eye. i love the way that V4 sounds and 800 is a good size. I like the unique look that the side mounted radiators and SSA give it.... but when i see one in person they look huge. granted i've never sat on one.

i wish getting test rides was as easy as test driving a car :(
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Old 04-14-2014, 01:45 PM   #7
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Those bikes all have girlfriend seats, not wife seats.

The sportiest of the sport-touring bikes will be far better two up (both passenger comfort and the bike's performance) than naked sportbikes.

Consider an FJR1300, Suzuki GSX1250SF / Bandit 1250, Triumph Sprint or Tiger 1050, Ducati ST3, Honda VFR800, etc. Ninja 1000 if it is in your budget.

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Old 04-14-2014, 01:51 PM   #8
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Consider a Honda VFR. The 800 more so than the 1200 mess
I'll second this. Easily sub $6,500 would get you a killer low mile 6th gen one with matched luggage. Or buy 2 5th gen ones for that price and teach her how to ride.
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Old 04-14-2014, 01:52 PM   #9
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{everybody insert the bike they are currently riding and say why it's better than other's suggestions}
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Old 04-14-2014, 03:45 PM   #10
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any reasons why the 3rd gen Z1000 is better than the second?
Mono block brakes, upgraded suspension, more power, greater intake howel, LED headlights.
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{everybody insert the bike they are currently riding and say why it's better than other's suggestions}




Ok. ZZR1400 stupid fast do it all on tarmac bike.
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no love for the FZ1? It looks really sharp with Givi's on it.

what about the FZ8?

Honda CB1000F?

Kawasaki ZRX1200?
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Old Yesterday, 11:12 AM   #13
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Multistrada 1100S

Does everything all of your naked choices do, but with the touring chops of the F800. Not crazy powerful like the Z or the S3 (both awesome choices), but a hell of a lot more interesting than the sewing machine attached to the BMW. Ride/Seat height may be an issue...
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Old Yesterday, 11:57 AM   #14
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FZ1/ FZ8... nice looking bikes, but would you call them fun to ride? i'm after fun, not practical.
ZRX1200 is a neat bike, but hard to find around here.
CB1000R is an AWESOME bike, but impossible to find around here.

the liter plus touring bikes are waaay too big for me since i'm a small guy and intimidated by them.

not sure what the CB1000F is?
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From your list, the speed and street triple would be my choice.

You should take a look at the new Yamaha FZ09, there are positive comments all over and an excellent price

Personally I love the Moto Guzzi GRISO ... But it's kind of different.
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