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Which one?

Discussion in 'Moto Club' started by YukonGlocker, Jun 15, 2008.

  1. YukonGlocker

    YukonGlocker

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    Kind of splitting hairs here, but which one would you pick?
    I'm ready for a bike. I've narrowed it down to these 3 (I think).
    Mrs. YG has given the OK, as soon as I get a "real" job.
    So, that means probably in another year or so. But I can't quit thinking about it.
    I have not ridden any of them.
    I have looked at, and sit on, all of them.
    I have one that I seem to like best; but I'm curious what you guys/gals think.:thumb:

    Honda ST1300
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    Kawasaki Concours 14
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    Yamaha FJR1300
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  2. Halojumper

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    Those are the three that I was looking at. The Concours was the strongest by far. The FJR was not quite as strong, but the power came on lower. The ST was not quite as strong as the FJR, but the power came on even lower. It has strong torque almost right off idle. When just riding it around mellow, it doesn't feel like it's that fast, but when you hit it, it goes like a rocket. It is smooth, reliable and fun to ride. If you haven't figured it out, I bought the ST and have not regretted it. However, I doubt you could go wrong with any of these. In my opinion, the difference on full out hauling will not be noticed on most daily riding, but if you do really have to have that, go with the Kaw.
     


  3. fnfalman

    fnfalman Chicks Dig It

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    I'd probably go with the Kawi, if anything just for the sheer power.
     
  4. OGW

    OGW NRA, SAF

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    Tough choice, for sure. Personally, I'd try to get some ride time on each of them and see which one fits you best. Also look at things like ease of routine maintenance, luggage quality and capacity, seat comfort, and all the other little things that make a bike either a pleasure to own or a p.i.t.a. Really, though, I don't see how any of them would be a bad choice.
     
  5. StudParker

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    Had a ST1100 and loved it. Rode the 1300 and it's head and shoulders above the 1100. Both the Kawi and Yami are harder edged than the Honda. Check your insurance as I've heard both of them are being quoted sport bike rates.
     
  6. Halojumper

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    When I was looking to get one of these, I checked the insurance cost and it was the same for all three, around 150 bucks a year.
     
  7. SureThing

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    Depends.

    If you dig refinement and comfort. Honda
    If you have a sport bike heart. Yamaha
    If you like to go fast in a striaight line. Kawi

    Over the years I have owned many bikes, and fit and finish goes to Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki, then Kawi....in that order.

    Plus, the Yam and Hon have been around longer to find great deals on used one IMO.

    They are just toys and depreciate like crazy.
     
  8. bac1023

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    The Kawasaki has the ZX-14's mill. Go for it.

    The other two don't even come close power-wise.
     
  9. Lone Wolff

    Lone Wolff Tire World...

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    May also want to consider the Bandit. Price point is definitely lower ($8300 MSRP), and plenty of power for a sport touring machine.

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    You can add factory color matched side cases and a lower fairing as well. Larger windshield, etc.
    End up looking more like this:

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  10. YukonGlocker

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    I bought a new FJR1300.
    I've put about 800 miles on this awesome machine!!!
     
  11. Lone Wolff

    Lone Wolff Tire World...

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    No real bad choices there. All are nice looking bikes for sure.
    Did you splurge for the Electric shift model?
    What kind of mpg are you getting?
     
  12. fnfalman

    fnfalman Chicks Dig It

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    51-MPG? :wow: Color me impressed.
     
  13. Halojumper

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    I'm not sure all would consider getting that, splurging. From what I understand, once you get below a certain speed, it starts freewheeling. I've watched the motorman videos and practiced the exercises and have incorporated the techniques into my riding. Most of those techniques are dependent upon being able to modulae the clutch to take advantage of the friction zone. Also, one of the mags who did a comparison, really hammered the performance of the electric shift. I suppose one needs to ask himself what features are important and if they are worth the price (1800 bucks, in this case).