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Need help in choosing my next bike.

#1 Unread post by mlavin00 » Tue May 08, 2007 10:21 pm

Hey all,
So I've put about 1000 miles on my 2001 Shadow Ace Dlx this season and I've realized (to no one's suprise) that I need to upgrade my ride. I've decided that I'm not really a cruiser guy and I'm looking for something a bit more sportier but not crotch rocketesque. This past weekend I've ridden my friends Ducati ST2 and demo'd a BMW F800S. I've decided that my next bike will be either the Ducati SR2 1000 or the BMW F800st. But I want both and I'm curious to hear qualified opinions of my peers who have been riding longer than myself. I realize both bikes are a significant upgrade over my Shadow but this is a tough decision. Any and all opinions are welcome. I've also considered the Triumph Sprint ST but I haven't had the chance to test drive one and it may be a bit to powerful for the type of riding that I do. Mostly commuting with the weekend 150-200 mile pleasure rides. I do have 3 medium length motorcycle trips scheduled this summer so some touring ability is a necessity.
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#2 Unread post by BlueBomber » Tue May 08, 2007 10:56 pm

I have no experience with either of those. In fact I could only guess about certain things that would make you like either of them.

Instead of helping I will give you a list of other bikes that are also awesome:

Triumph Speed Triple

Suzuki Bandit 1250

Suzuki SV650 (1000)

enjoy.

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#3 Unread post by safety-boy » Wed May 09, 2007 2:23 pm

BlueBomber wrote:...Triumph Speed Triple...
+1 / the Speed Triple is an awsome bike. Plus, it seperates you from the pack. How many do you see on the road?

Also, check out Kawasaki's ZZR models - 600cc and 1000cc (1100cc? - I always forget). Kawas are some of the least expensive bikes out there, and you get a lot for the money. When I decide to get a new bike, it isn't "what bike do I want", it's "what Kawasaki do I want".

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#4 Unread post by storysunfolding » Wed May 09, 2007 2:59 pm

I hear alot of guys say that instead of the beemer they'd go for the FZ6. It's a similar ride but much more reasonably priced for what you get.
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#5 Unread post by KingRobb » Thu May 10, 2007 12:01 am

see the concourse 14 thread ... sounds like a sport tourer is right up ur alley
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#6 Unread post by Wrider » Thu May 10, 2007 2:04 am

Hey, I'm looking at changing to sportier bikes too... Take a look at my sig and look at those three...
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#7 Unread post by storysunfolding » Thu May 10, 2007 6:45 am

Wrider wrote:Hey, I'm looking at changing to sportier bikes too... Take a look at my sig and look at those three...
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Check out the dl 650 review in Mike's thread. OR check out the review at mcnew.com

So I like a variation on what you want.... no reason :laughing:

All three are great bikes though I'd put it DL1000/650, FZ6 then SV1000
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#8 Unread post by High_Side » Thu May 10, 2007 6:52 am

Having ridden the F800S yesterday and owning an S2R800, I still prefer the Monster.....and I've toured on the Monster. The 800S is actually a pretty decent bike and the riding position is much better than I had expected. It would have been nice to ride the F800ST but they "lost" my reservation :twisted:

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#9 Unread post by wickedrider » Thu May 10, 2007 4:39 pm

Check out the Yamaha FZ1. A naked standard that basically has the R1 engine. Fast and nice. Touring capabilities.

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#10 Unread post by flynrider » Thu May 10, 2007 9:19 pm

I rode the FZ6 a few weeks back and the combo of the high-end engine and suspension with the standard riding position is great.

I tried the FZ1 too. Also very good, but it seemed to be a bit of overkill for the street.
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#11 Unread post by ofblong » Thu May 10, 2007 10:14 pm

Check my sig MULTISTRADA ALL THE WAY BABY!!!!

Now to just get someone to give me a grant of $12k so I can buy one :D.
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#12 Unread post by storysunfolding » Thu May 10, 2007 10:19 pm

ofblong wrote:Check my sig MULTISTRADA ALL THE WAY BABY!!!!

Now to just get someone to give me a grant of $12k so I can buy one :D.
Those are fun bikes! Good luck with the financing!
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#13 Unread post by Fast Eddy B » Fri May 11, 2007 1:12 am

For sporty touring I'd go with a Multistrada 1000/1100, or the new Triumph Tiger 1050. They are both road oriented 'adventure' bikes, with sport engines tuned for midrange, an upright riding position, hard bags available, and a mid level of fairing protection from the elements.

Having [briefly] ridden the Multristrada 1000, I can tell you it is all the bike I could ever want. This one had its drive sprocket changed to lower the gearing, and it pulled hard enough to wheelie in third gear. Considering this, I would not lower the gearing for some time before getting used to it.

Yamaha FZ1 seems to fit into this category, with more power, and more emphasis on sport. From what I've read, there is a small fix available for the snatchy fueling on low-rpm roll-ons.

The V-Strom DL1000 is more rough-road oriented, and by most accounts an excellent all arounder, maybe less so for trackdays, but I guess you can track day anything, can't you?

And there are 600-650 versions of the Multistrada, V'strom, and FZ.

Those are my picks, with the Tiger leading the charge, based only on looks, and the thought of a screaming, torqy, British triple 1050 engine.
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#14 Unread post by ofblong » Fri May 11, 2007 1:25 am

storysunfolding wrote:
ofblong wrote:Check my sig MULTISTRADA ALL THE WAY BABY!!!!

Now to just get someone to give me a grant of $12k so I can buy one :D.
Those are fun bikes! Good luck with the financing!

sorry no financing for me. Its cash or nothing.
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#15 Unread post by storysunfolding » Fri May 11, 2007 7:02 am

Fast Eddy B wrote: Having [briefly] ridden the Multristrada 1000, I can tell you it is all the bike I could ever want. This one had its drive sprocket changed to lower the gearing, and it pulled hard enough to wheelie in third gear.
The little V-Strom does this too, the big one... a bit easier I'm told :laughing:

Motorcycle Consumer News (same place David Hough writes his articles) did a comparison on the strom, tiger and something else. Anyway- it's readily available on the website mcnews.com and I do recall them liking the strom the best. It's surprisingly flickable and for it's height and size that makes it even more fun.
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