Decisions, decisions. What to buy (long post)

Discussion in 'UK Motorcycles' started by MrT, Nov 14, 2003.

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    MrT Guest

    I can't handle this 'no bike' lark!
    Trouble is, I'm not sure exactly what I want when it comes to 'modern'
    Any more then two cylinders is a waste, so it'll be a single or twin.
    My last mount (about 18 months ago) was a Yamaha SRX400 import.
    I don't go a bundle on 'sports bikes', and wouldn't be seen dead on anything
    And I'm 6'1" & 19 stone and my better half/pillion is 5'6" and 'under 12
    stone', so it needs to be a physically largish bike.
    I need to see exactly how much cash I can afford to blow on a bike, but
    assuming the amounts below, are the following good choices for my needs, or
    are there other bikes I'm overlooking?
    Do I spend around the £1000-1500 mark and get a used Suzuki VX800 - nice and
    upright riding position, shaft drive for low maintenance, nice V-twin
    engine, and probably a comfy bike with a pillion on board?
    Or spend around £3000 on a Suzuki TL1000S or Honda VTR1000 Firestorm - both
    quick, etc, etc, but maybe the riding position is a bit too 'sporty' for me?
    Maybe a Suzuki SV650S would be a good bet?
    Or around the same price for a Yamaha SZR660 - beautiful bike, but probably
    cr*p two-up?
    Or £4000 on a new Sachs 650 Roadster - arguably one of the best looking
    range of naked bikes available new, physically large, nice Yamaha(?) single,
    but will the finish stand up?
    Or about £4000-5000 on a nice Moto Guzzi 1100 Sport Injection - my dream
    bike, but can I afford to keep it going?
    Or £5500 on a new Sachs 800 Roadster - as the 650 version, but VX800 engine,
    shaft drive, upside down forks, physically larger still, etc, etc? I'm very
    tempted to try to track down a nearly new example...
    Dale Turley
    '39 Standard Flying 8
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    '71 Triumph Herald 13/60 convertible (Brit Rusty!)
    '73 Austin 1800 MKIII
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    MrT, Nov 14, 2003
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    Klaatu Guest

    Isn't a VX800 "Harlyesque ?
    Klaatu, Nov 14, 2003
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    wessie Guest

    In your price range of £1-5500 you could get a SOBMW or a fairly modern
    1150 boxer twin.

    e.g. from MCN bikemart:
    BMW R1150GS April-2000, 14700m, pannier & Givi topbox, silver, ABS,
    h/grips, h/gaurds, e/bars, FSH, garaged, 1-owner, genuine reason for quick
    sale, £5000, 01304-620143 KENT
    wessie, Nov 14, 2003
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    MrT Guest

    ""Isn't a VX800 "Harlyesque ?""

    That's the VS800. The VX uses the same engine, but in a 'kind of'
    Banditesque bike.
    MrT, Nov 14, 2003
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    MrT Guest

    ""In your price range of £1-5500 you could get a SOBMW or a fairly modern
    1150 boxer twin.""

    That's another possibility - a Telelever suspended naked 850 or 1100. But
    would my price range not restrict the options to 'despatched' examples?
    MrT, Nov 14, 2003
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    Timo Geusch Guest

    MrT was seen penning the following ode to ... whatever:
    Nope, you should be able to pick up a nice R850R or R1100R for less
    than 5k privately, possibly even from a dealer. They aren't that
    sought after - most people want a GS - so prices are fairly moderate.
    Timo Geusch, Nov 14, 2003
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    Pip Guest

    On Fri, 14 Nov 2003 18:00:03 +0000 (UTC), "MrT"

    <snip all the wordy heartandwalletsearching>

    Buy a Bandit 1200.

    Ride it.

    Be comfy.

    Be suitably scared.

    Grin - a lot.

    Refuel - a lot.

    Grin a lot more.
    Pip, Nov 14, 2003
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    MrT Guest

    ""Buy a Bandit 1200.
    Ride it.
    Be comfy.
    Be suitably scared.
    Grin - a lot.
    Refuel - a lot.
    Grin a lot more.""

    And grimace at all the money I've wasted on those two unneccessary
    additional cylinders ;-)
    I notice you've got an RF900RR - if I was after a cheap hypersports bike,
    that's the one I'd have too. Good choice.
    MrT, Nov 14, 2003
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    Linger Guest

    Get a blade. I'm a similar size and it's perfect for the road.
    It just so happens I'm selling mine :)
    Linger, Nov 14, 2003
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    Pip Guest

    I had a Bandit12, which White Van Man took away from me.
    The RF was a "bike at the right money, at the right time" thing, after
    my bones had knitted following the loss of the Bandit.

    The Bandit, although it has a big engine and loads of grunt, is a
    friendly, comfy, easy-to-get-along-with bike (provided you stop every
    100 miles and fill the tank). It did everything I wanted and begged
    for more, doing long hauls and blatting with sportsbikes. Apart from
    a vibe in the right bar, it was supremely comfy and I will have

    There aren't many Bandit12 owners (and there's a few round here) that
    have many bad things to say about them. That's why I put a
    semi-serious head on when I answered your somewhat confused/ing query.
    A B12 will do most things pretty well - and make you grin like hell
    while you're doing them. The vibes through the pillion perch are
    pretty interesting too, so I'm told ...

    The RF is a "sports tourer". Mine has 125bhp and goes like ****.
    Although it shares many components with the Bandit, it is very
    different. I don't find it very comfortable, as it has a strange
    semi-crouched riding position which requires me to sit with my feet
    further forward than, but as high up as on a Blade for example. This
    leads to numb feet in short order. It has served me well for over a
    year, however - and I've managed to keep up with most people on
    rideouts - and I really must get round to servicing it sometime.

    As a cheap, quick bike you're on a winner - but make sure it fits you
    first. I would not recommend it to someone coming back to bikes,
    however. It has too many insidious, unpleasant quirks for that. A
    Bandit 12, on the other hand ...
    Pip, Nov 14, 2003
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    Ben Guest

    Never heard an RF900 called a hypersports bike before. Not really in
    the same league as the GSXR1000, CBR1000RR, ZX10R and R1 is it?
    Ben, Nov 14, 2003
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    Pip Guest

    No. Not really. Not as fast, doesn't stop as well, handles like a
    supertanker with a tug pulling it to the oiutside of the bend. Mined
    yew, compared to a VX800 ...
    Pip, Nov 14, 2003
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    Klaatu Guest

    Ahh yes - I stand corrected.
    Klaatu, Nov 17, 2003
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