There's a BMW demo day coming up Fri-Sat so I'll be trying to finagle my way onto a R nineT. Hopefully see how it feels.
Have a ride on an MT-07 if you want to rouse your inner hooligan! My riding buddy pops wheelies on his all the time when we're out riding.R nineT is a quite fine machine indeed. Comfortable riding position, grunty power everywhere, looks as fine in the metal as online. Easy-peasy to tack through a corner like I knew what I was doing. It doesn't, however, stoke my inner hooligan. Is there such a thing as too refined? he asks rhetorically.
Also rode the R310GS (the naked standard R was spoken for that group). I was actually quite happy to hop back on my CB300F, all told. The two powerplants on paper look much the same, but my Honda feels so much livelier -- chalking it up to the loud exhaust, shorter gearing, and handlebar buzz. The 310 powerband felt... Elastic-y. And the tall dual-sport GS frame did the baby Beamer no favors in the agility department. But of course this was all on a short 40 min group ride, damp pavement and all.
The one real big advantage both bikes had over my CB was in their shifting. I really need to adjust mine (figure out how to).
Probably the most eye-catching machinery personally was an '07 SV650 in the pre-owned lot. I'd still like to spend some time with KTM's 390 siblings (there's a demo day locally for KTM I plan to attend this summer) or the Ninja 400, but I'm increasingly feeling (hoping) that the 600-650 range is the sweet spot that will scratch this itch...... Eventually.
Mostly agree, but in reality, if I end up with Vehicle X, for whatever reason, I tend to find what there is to like about it. Can’t chalk it up to being a glass-half-full kind of person, because I most certainly am not. I will admit that there are vehicles I never learned to like.Bikes come with all sorts of labels, and in all sizes. I've never ridden a bike that "grew" on me. I either enjoyed it straight away, or I left it in the dealer's showroom. Part of that enjoyment, is how the bike looks. I don't have to ride an ugly bike.
It makes life easier to find the best attributes in a bike, car, person, fill-in-the-blank, and enjoy the best you can. But, it still makes things easier if that bike, car, person, isn't UGLY AS SIN. I'm not a glass-half full guy either. What most people call being "pessimistic", I call being "realistic". Expect the worst, and you'll seldom be disappointed. Did I ever tell you about when I was 3 years old and, wait, that's another forum.. :crying:Mostly agree, but in reality, if I end up with Vehicle X, for whatever reason, I tend to find what there is to like about it. Can’t chalk it up to being a glass-half-full kind of person, because I most certainly am not. I will admit that there are vehicles I never learned to like.
Funny you should say that because one of the bikes that did need to grow on me was my first BMW a 1980 R100T -drove it off the dealers lot saying what did I just do I paid thousands more than the same size Japanese bike and it ran and rode like crap-took a while to get it right ended up keeping it for 5 years- the longest I ever kept any bike- moral of the story-I think you get the restBikes come with all sorts of labels, and in all sizes. I've never ridden a bike that "grew" on me. I either enjoyed it straight away, or I left it in the dealer's showroom. Part of that enjoyment, is how the bike looks. I don't have to ride an ugly bike.
$6,175 -- $2,224 off MSRP :crying:
I feel your pain..SO wouldn't listen past "flights to Phoenix are really cheap...."
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Yeah just a touch far to be out of contention!Fine looking SV with some wanted $ things already done, great price. Just approx. 10K miles away from WI, USA.
I preferred the gray with the black and subtle stripes myself. There are some really good deals going here on '19 models at present. $3000K discount (2K USD).They blacked out the SV650X for 2020:
The stock exhaust can is almost bearable!!
But I've sent out another feeler to the WI dealer on the 2019...