Prime riding 'season' may be pretty much done, but that didn't stop me from hunting for a new bike to replace my recently written off naked SV650. I had shortlisted it down to another SV650, a Triumph Street Triple, an Aprilia Shiver, and the Ducati M696. I ended up deciding not to get another SV650 - time for a change. So from there I just decided I would go for any of the other 3, whichever I found a suitable deal on first.
After working out a deal on a bike in Portland, buying all the US cash, then having the deal fall apart the day I was supposed to go out there, I was a little disgruntled.
Alas, I found this local 696, worked out a killer deal on it, so here she is...the new steed. Apologies for the double post to those who already saw it in the motorcycle tag thread!
Sorry for the grainy pic - it was dark by the time i got it home last night.
Immediate plans include:
- stainless termignoni slipons (already en route)
- frame sliders
- fender eliminator
- bar end mirrors
Longer term plans, if I like the bike and keep it past 1 season:
- high-performance ECU and highflow air filter
- powdercoat headlight frame and the thing that juts out to hold passenger pegs
Beyond that, who knows.
Edit, updated with a better pic since the sun came out today: