So like any “normal” person I want another or a new motorcycle. Who wouldn’t?
Ignoring the reality that I can’t afford one, it is fun to look at all the options out there and pick the ones that I would want to fill my non existent garage with.
So I sat down and made a list of what is on my “thinking about” list. Basically a bike that I have either thought hard about getting, or have dreamed about getting lately. My next bike that I actually get has to fill quite a list of criteria:
- Good Gas Mileage 45+ miles per gallon
- Good/Decent Range (the closer to 200 miles the better)
- Decent service intervals
- Long distance comfort
- Look decent with a Top Case
- Pull at my Heart
All but the last are fairly easy to find. However, after owning a BMW that was ugly and tried to kill me, I have decided that I really do like to own a motorcycle that I like to look at as well as ride. I might be able to work with a bike that isn’t beautiful to me, but it really is something that has to be on the list.
So what are the bikes that meet most of these criteria above? Here are the ones that I would actually give some thought to buying.
- Yamaha FZ-09
- Honda CBR500
- Ducati Hypermotard or Hyperstrada
- Ducati Monster 1200
- Ducati 749
- Kawasaki Versys
- Triumph Street Triple
- Suzuki V-Strom
- Moto Guzzi Griso 8V SE
You can tell I have a particular leaning toward a certain Italian Brand, what I say I like pretty things. There are some brands not on the list. BMW is the only one that makes a bike I would think about buying… if it weren’t for all the bad history I have with the brand. The others just don’t make something that meets my above criteria. Buying a bike is an act of passion still so don’t expect me to be completely logical with this.
Well that was fun, but now I feel more broke than ever. I think I’ll go out for a ride to get my mind off things.