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Hi Guys.

I'm new up here from California, married to a Canadian Scientist.
Yes, those sexy, hunky Canadian Scientists. Well, to me. hem.

Thinking about what a new bike here is going to look like for me,
given the confusing ICBC rules, lic. etc. I'm 46, and in lust with:
Duc Monster darks, and the new Thruxton. I sold a '55 R50/2 to move.

My background is former SF momo messenger, riding since 15.
I've had a couple dozen bikes, from a Sebring 250 to a Beeza LR.
Most of em have been Honda Fours, but that Kawi trip WAS pure evil.
If you know SF and the newspaper, I'm very 'City Bike'. Meh.

So Hi to all of you, and what's your suggestion for an economical,
spirited, yet old lady compatible Bike? I was thinking of building out
another Honda4 as a Cafe, but none are for sale here - its overdone.

Insurance - is _stupidly_ expensive here.

bbww
 

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Monsters are nice bikes. You gots good taste. The Thruxton is nice but for my money I'd just get a regular new Bonnie and put on flat bars or clubmans with Napy bar end mirrors. And maybe do up a cafe style saddle latter on.

Now if someone made a nice longer aluminium breadbox to fit on there then I foresee cafe heaven.

My recent thoughts of an interesting project bike is a Honda XR650L engine in a Norton featherbed style double hoop frame with updated USD suspension and motard spoked wheels shod with a 160 and 120 combo of tires. And topped with a cherry in the form of yet another sweet looking aluminium breadbox tank.

You may want to also consider a new SV650 naked (sweet looking black frame and engine) with a transplanted Gixxer USD front end and updated rear shock to end up with a cheap man's, or woman's, Monster lookalike.
 

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Yes insurance is stupid expensive here.
However we have awsome rides as well... pick up a destinations B.C. map

Just to let you know:
Ducati parts/serivce is expensive up here.
Triumph are great bikes NEW. I've heard otherwise after 10000 km
Suzuki service has a history of being less that great.
Honda in general costs more than suzuki.
Kawi does not equal junk but they don't have a sport vtwin.
yamaha.... well they don't have good looking twins either.

So I've heard and riden the SZ 650 and its a great bike even better with an aftermarket pipe plus it won't let you down.
http://www.bikepics.com/pics/pics/suzuki-sv650s-05-bikepics-260126.jpg
http://www.bikepics.com/pics/pics/suzuki-sv650s-05-bikepics-260126.jpg
 

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flyfishinwoman said:
...Kawasaki has entered the sport v-twin market with their new offering, the Ninja 650, .....
Erm.... if you study the info you'll find that while it's a twin it's a parallel twin. No V's in sight.
 

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Erm.... if you study the info you'll find that while it's a twin it's a parallel twin. No V's in sight.
Ooops, my mistake. I realize it's a parallel twin, there's write-up about it in the mag I'm reading now. Guess what I really meant to say is the "twins" market.
 

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I know my twins lady, and a parallel is like the distant single toothed, slack jaw, cousin of any v configuration.
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I know my twins lady, and a parallel is like the distant single toothed, slack jaw, cousin of any v configuration.
Pete, you shouldn't be talking about your relatives in that way!! j/k
 

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Unlike most other ducatis, newer monsters (i beleive past 2001) are about the same maintainance cost as most other bikes in its class.

However, the parts do tend to be more expensive.

Also do not service at any authorised ducati dealerships as they are a ripoffs.

Damn, I sound like I know what I'm talking about :)
 
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thx for the replies

Twins are the business, I agree - but not all V twins got it right.

I had a Yamaha Vision for a year - a water-cooled, shaft driven,
lumbering top heavy Vee Twin. It was Red, and called Morticia.

Magazine reviewers seem to like every bike they ride, but it
was my least favorite twin ever. Took 20 minutes to wind up,
a half hour to slow down, and handling downhill turned your
stomach into a sack of eels. It ate rectifiers like popcorn.

So no project bikes anymore - theres got to be good in the
crop of 90's sport bikes I missed out on - I really like those Hawks,
but they are hard to find.
 

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Ducati = Paul Smart
Yamaha = MT01
Triumph = Speed Triple
KTM = 950 Supermoto
BMW = K1200R
Honda = Firestorm (+RC 51)
My pics in no particular order.
 

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Hey, finally someone else who suffered on a Yamaha XZ550, which I called the Vision from Hell. Did you ever get the carburetion to work right on yours?
 

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michael said:
I'm a fan of the adage "more than 2 cylinders is excess."
And a fan of excess? :devillook
 

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The Hawks are supposed to be a great bike, but have achieved almost cult-like status and are raced, so it's hard to find one for a decent price almost anywhere. There were a couple for sale on here, but they are more than $2K.
 
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