looking at buying a new bike fairly soon really as a commuter but I need to enjoy it too.I do a round trip of 115 miles per day. so the miles pile up quickly and I have a very busy home life so chain maintenance (and washing for that matter) isn't appreciated by me or others. I would prefer a bike with a range over 230 miles too otherwise I end up filling every day...
BMW R1XX0R, R1XX0RT, R1XX0GS
Honda NT700 (yeah I know)
Honda VFR1200 (I'm a bit scared of this one but the service interval is 8000 miles)
Honda Pan European (Service interval is very low and mpg bad but I think they are pretty special)
Moto Guzzi 750 Breva (4000 mile service intervals)
Moto Guzzi 1200 Sport (hmm 6000 mile service intervals and large tank and I like it in Black)
You will see there are no Kawasakis. I have no dealer any more but otherwise the GTR would be here too...
I'm still negotiating funding with the exchequer so don't know if I am buying new or second hand.
Insurance isn't really an issue because as an old fogey I can consider most bikes.
like the Yamaha but finding one under seven years old with a moderate
mileage second hand is difficult and the new price is astronomical.
wise I prefer the R1200R but the mirrors are titchy and the tank is a bit
small. The GS is nice but without a low seat I can't touch the ground
with both feet. I have a problem with the looks of the RT although its
quite tempting otherwise Chasing the forums seems to suggest that
some people think reliability of BMWs isn't too good but then you get
others that say its fine. Just hope its not a lottery as to if you get a good bike...
the BMW R and the Sport 1200 I prefer the idea of the Moto Guzzi but am
still cautious about reliability and the fact that I only have one
dealer nearby (I'm thinking 2 dealers nearby is useful since if there
is only one and they go out of business you are left like I am with the
kawa). The general comment on Moto Guzzi is that reliability is much
better than it was but the base was so low to start with that I'm not
sure what that really means...
The Honda Deauville isn't my
favourite bike but is fairly cheap and I expect its improved since my
old NT650V. Unfortunately it needs too since I didn't like it much and
the new one doesn't feel that great in the showroom. I don't like the
service interval (4000 miles) since it means it sees the garage every 2
The VFR seems like much too much bike for me but I admire
its construction and it feels okay (albeit quite large) in the
showroom. Not keen on range etc but service interval of 8000 miles is
very attractive and the price compared to the FJR & R1200SE isn't
Pan Europeans are beautifully made but probably too big for me and the service interval is 4000 miles and servicing is pricey so it sort of drops of the list.
BMW F800ST forums seem quite positive about the bike and belt drives
seem to last >30K but I'm looking to keep the bike for ages and I
think the other bikes are less of a "cheap bike" too me. From the
Forums some of the early bikes seem a bit of a risk but the later bikes
I have seen a few K1200 BMWs at reasonable prices but I doubt I will enjoy them - probably much too fast...
I admit I need to start having test rides soon to see how first impressions last when the wheels roll...
other thoughts for a guy who doesn't scream around at 100mph but
doesn't like too much weight up high - I don't enjoy that I'm going to fall over in the middle of the road feeling around roundabouts!
BTW Current bike is a 250ZXR which is quite fun in a "toy" way and only needs filling every 2 days. However service intervals are 3750miles and the chain is very soft (wears tyres faster than my previous ER6 too).