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February 15, 2018, 08:27 PM

Originally Posted by shiphteey View Post
I'd stick with Jap stuff if you are talking dollars per mile. About 15k or so is up there and maintenance can get pricey.

For my weight even the SV650 is fine for a daily and minor back roads, you probably will be ok with an SV1000.

Give it another day or so...I'm sure you'll have someone ready to recommend a carbed Superhawk 996

08+ CBR 1000RR pull very hard, arguably harder than any literbike from 5-10k rpms. Handle amazing. May not be comfy for every day commuting though. There is a kid doing 9/10ths here and he complains that the 1000 lifts in 2nd gear so he can't get WOT like everyone else.

SV650S we have done 135 on GPS with a pipe. After a tune and side bodywork we cracked 141 mph on GPS with a small rider...that really isn't that bad, pump gas stock motor. We did need to regear it.

CBR 1000RR generally will do about 180 on GPS on the limiter bone stock, give or take. Pretty good.
130-140 is not bad for an SV650...hmm maybe I should consider it more seriously. It's been at the bottom of the list.

I wanted to ask if you've done a valve adjustment on a Ducati before? If so, how much more involved is it, do they have a tendency to go out of or stay in spec, and is it more expensive than your typical valve adjustment?

Originally Posted by Heist View Post
I notice the Honda VFR is not on your list. Although not a Duo or Triple, itís defintely worth considering. The VFR has long been seen as a best value for dollar all arounder in the Sport Touring space for quite a while.

Even the older V4 models are still runners known to exceed 100,000 mi ... just ask SuperChickenMonster.

Other bikes will do this or that better. Many will have more power. None will be as reliable or as well supported in the aftermarket or at the dealer level (where canít you find a Honda Motorsport dealer, Honda parts or a shop that can work on Hondaís versus Triumph, Duc, Aprilia).

If that doesnít fit the bill for you, my next recommendation would be the SV series.
I initially considered the VFR but the weight is a turn off. I REALLY liked the light weight of the daytona because it was so easy to flick back and forth. The 675 felt like a feather whereas the 955i felt like a tank, granted they're completely different. So anything heavier than the 955 is an instant no.

On the other hand, how has your Rc51 proven to be? I've looked at them in passing, I like the gear driven cams. Don't have to mess with timing chains or belts.

Originally Posted by Leoallafila View Post
I have to agree...

The ape would actually be quite reliable, but you risk remaining stranded for weeks waiting for a $15 part.

Try to find a TL1000R and you almost get the Italian ZING factor with all the good Japanese qualities
Where did you get your Aprilia parts from? I haven't seen a dealer in the DMV, perhaps I'm not looking hard enough.

Originally Posted by ReasonableDoubt View Post
If you still have it when summer comes, I'll hit you up. Hopefully that's not the case for your sake.

Originally Posted by windblown View Post
I know inline 4's ain't on your list but a do it all bike with emphasis on handling and comfort for commuting and trips might be a Gen2 FZ1. Fairly cheap. Tuned for more mid-range than a typical I4, it's comfortable, and it's bullet proof. Only caveat is I'd stay away from '06 & '07 models years as they had fueling issues that required a piggyback system to smooth things out.

Though given your size and penchant for something different I'd be very tempted to put a Tuono in the garage.
I've test ridden said FZ1 after my speed triple's engine blew and don't think it had the low down power. Still had to wait for the power to spool up a bit. i compare inline-fours to turbocharged four cylinders. Three and two cylinder engines are like naturally aspirated V8s, I love that instant torque and linear power.

Or maybe I should get a Tiger so I can keep up with you next time

1996 GS500E - Sold
2001 Speed Triple 955i - Sold
1999 Daytona 955i - Sold
2000 Ducati 748S
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