Yes, I read Simpson's post about the differences with the new 919 and S3. I am looking at a used Speed Triple or a 919 soon. I have had the opportunity to ride a 2004 S3 SE. That was a NICE bike. Can anyone give me the differences on the older (02-04) S3s and 919s? I am looking at around $5-6K at most, so the new ones are out.
What I have seen so far (please correct where I might be wrong):
Location of nearest Honda Shop (15 minutes)
Ergos seem like they may be slightly better...haven't ridden one yet
Cost (about 500-1K cheaper usually)
Needs more room on top gear (70mph roads all around)
No adjustments on front susp
(OK, I like em both)
Smooth power (no buzz noticed during test ride)
Better top gear for interstate
Full adjustment susp
Single sided swingarm
Cost slightly higher
Seems like more aggressive riding position - long distance comfort?
Shop location (1 hr 15min away)
The insurance quotes came same the same for both bikes, so that didn't help any. I know that a new seat and bars would be needed for the 919, so the cost difference then is minimized. Does anyone have input that could help? I have talked to all the local dealers and no one has the 919 used. They don't offer test rides on a new 919 either which makes it more difficult for me to decide.
My other option is to wait about 6 months to a year to get mine and get a smaller bike (500-600cc) now because my wife is getting ready to get her license and neither of these would be a good learner bike for her. Or get the 919, skip the seat and bars and get a Nighthawk 250 or similar for her to start on.