Hi everybody: Great site.
I rode a 67 Honda 305 Scrambler in the late '60s on the freeways of LA for 2 years, nearly vibrated my fillings out, then got a car and learned to relax a bit. That bike had to really push to hit 70 and I was scared with the grooves in the road all the time. But I never lost the love of motorcycling, though I didn't ride for years. Had an 82 1100 Goldwing for a couple years back in the mid 90s, wanted to take cruises but never had enough money to really outfit the bike right so sold it.
I got back into riding 3 years ago with a $400 rusted up (left outdoors a lot) but real strong Suzuki GS650 G shaft drive. It looks kinda like hell, I put $300 into it to replace the electrical harness and give it a complete check out. 16,000 miles then, I've put about 2,000 on it. It's fun to ride on the curvy hills where I live.
I've thought about rebuilding it for cosmetics but it's too buzzy/light feeling for the open road. I think I'd rather start with a slightly bigger bike...it's just not real comfortable above 65 on the highway...lots of vibration, feels a little light for cruising and that's what I want to do.
So I'm asking for some advice on a good, shaft drive bike that I can wind the corners with a bit locally (I live in the hilly farm country below Albany , NY), but that I won't be intimidated with (read more solid road-holder) on the highway. And, I forgot to say, is comfortable. I love the 650 for short rides up to about 100 miles, great gas economy, torques up good in all five gears, but it's hard on the butt on long trips, ditto on the wrist of my throttle arm .
I think about $2500 would be the most I want to spend. I don't want a Harley, don't want another Goldwing, a bit too heavy for me. Something in between, shaft drive, a bit sporty but just more comfy at higher speeds, I guess is what I'm looking for. And with that classic street bike (not crotch rocket) styling. After all, I'm a boomer.
I'm 61, solid and fairly conservative rider (at my age that makes sense), have had the MSF course, never laid a bike down and don't intend to.
Thanks for the help.
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