Not me, the 919. I've had fun on this bike, but it's never been the one
. I really enjoy the journey. And try as I may -- one year, 5500 miles, pegs, seats, bars, ride positioning -- I can't get comfortable on this bike. My love for riding is spending a day on the bike and killing a couple tanks of gas. Just can't enjoy doing that on this particular bike.
Add to that, my wife decided she wanted to be a pillion from now on. She took the MSF a couple years ago, passed, got a bike, and hardly rode it. Fifteen rider fatalities in our area in 60 days this summer scared her.
So, I've been helping a buddy look for a bike to replace a 'Busa for the last month or so. I posted here
about it. Next thing I know I'm driving out with him to check out the new Suzuki Bandit 1250S
. He didn't love it. I did. Took the wife out to see it. She loved it. Research mode sets in. Great mag write-ups. MOTY Award for 'Best Bang for the Buck'. Beats a K1200R in a shootout last month. 64.5 lb-ft of torque at just 1,800 rpm, and from 2,700 rpm there’s more than 70 lb-ft available on up to its peak of 78.0 at 6,000 rpm, at which point it’s already spinning out 89.1 horsepower. My dealer has an ABS model in stock in metallic blue. $8800 bike. He'll do $8K out the door. I have two bikes to trade-in -- a 2006 919 and a 1994 Nighthawk. He says, "write me a check for $750 and we're good." Deal. Should be picking it up later today or Monday morning.
I spent last night in the garage stripping most of the 919 mods and returning her to stock configuration. There is a post for items for sale here
I'm not going anywhere though - you can't get rid of me that easy! I'll be hanging out and no doubt boring you all to tears with ride impressions and gee whiz posts. So, here's a glimpse. More to come shortly.