I'm Jones'n for another motorcycle.

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  1. 19sixty3

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    The 2017 Triumph Bonneville T120 is a beautiful motorcycle. I had the Triumph on the list too.
    But in the end, it turned out to be a BMW R nineT Scrambler last year.

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    Do you maybe mean 350 or 450 Ducati? Ducati's never made a 650 single.

    Edit - nevermind, I just noticed that somebody posted earlier than me about this.
     
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    The R9 Series are pretty cool, and I briefly considered getting one, but like my old R1150R I had in 2013 & 2014, the R9 batteries are under the gas tank, making them a bear to get to, so I could disconnect them for the winter, to keep them from draining (I park in underground parking, in my apartment building, and unfortunately, there are no electrical outlets for a battery tender, so I have to disconnect the battery during the cold months to keep from killing it).
     
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    You were lucky with regards to vibration from your old T100. I got rid of my 900 Thruxton (which I had in 2014 & 2015), due to the vibration through the clubman bars, from it's 865cc, 360 degree engine. It was bad enough, that my right hand would be numb after 30 miles of riding.
     
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    Can not ride mid control pegs anymore bad knees' forward controls only.
     
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    A Triumph fan from the old days, I picked up a barely broken in '00 Buell M2 a few years back looking for that torquey, fun-to-ride vibe from my old Triumph. Can't say enough good about the Buell. It's a hoot to ride and IMO a real-deal American classic.
     
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  7. John Backlund

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    OMG!!!

    Stumbled into this 2021 Kaw W800 this afternoon after checking on my old V7 Guzzi at the other dealership down the street, and I am smitten. The bike is twice as good looking in person as it is in the pictures I've seen of it. This thing is near-fatal geezer bait for us old 1966 Honda S-90 riders. If it's still there in ten days......

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    I like that.
     
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    My little girl. I'm currently doing some updates and alterations. Nothing major.
     
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    I'm only luke-warm in my enthusiasm for any of the 'Bobbers' regardless of who's making them, and I solidly dislike blacked-out motorcycles of any type. I'm attracted to color, aluminum, and chrome where it's use is balanced and, IMO, 'appropriate'.

    My wife liked the Triumph Bobber she test rode a couple years ago, but her serious interest tilted towards the Speedmaster to get away from the Bobber's extremely 'Blah' factory cosmetic treatment.
     
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    I like the Bobber but it does need a splash of color
     
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    Dynas rules!!! That's mine last summer I did a small roadtrip:

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    Completely understand
     
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    I am happy for you. I quit driving completely and that was an act of self honesty and awareness, but I must say there are a lot of drivers out there that are far worse drivers than I was, and they are still driving. and ... I still wanna go fast. really fast. see below.
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    Both seems being a great choice, reliable (kawa++), Retro and powerful enough for a fairingless moto.

    On the other side... The Bonnie

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    ANY way, you can't go wrong.
    Enjoy your search, test rides, etc.

    Said that... let me go on my thing now please.
    Lately I'm kind of more into Flat Track style Superhooligan (750+).

    Heavy tuned up Bonnie for Racing specs. Just keep the 2006 frame and T100 engine.
    I would just keep the front brake, swap lights and maybe a frontfender... and go!
    (in my dreams).

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    Bah, I shouldn't have looked at this thread, quite fancy something smaller than my GSA for just pottering round on but I'm definately not getting another toy until I've finished restoring my classic mini. The Bonnevilles and Enfields look great for a retro fix.
     
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    Yep, they are pretty cool. The styling is shades of the early 00s W650, and 60s era, 650 cc W1 (which was developed by Marusho [who Kawasaki bought out] as a copy of sorts, of the BSA 650). I was pretty intrigued by the old W650, and W800 (even when it was just a Europe-only motorcycle), but having only 46 hp was kind of a turn-off for me. If it had 70 hp, like my old Triumph 900 Thruxton, I might have bought one.
     
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    No, don't do it. Faux hardtails with swingarm mounted fenders and floating seats are so bad. A bad way to make a motorcycle, and how do you not see it every time you look? Worse than Ducati making a cruiser.
     
  19. John Backlund

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    I was aware of that model, but at only about 20 hp from it's 350 single, it holds no interest for me. Several years ago I owned both a '15 Yamaha SR400 and a Royal Enfield 500, both singles, both rated at 27 hp, and both simply inadequate, as it turned out, for my type of riding in this area. It also didn't help that, both machines produced vibration levels beginning in the low 60 mph range that were higher than my tolerance for such things, and quickly became too fatiguing (annoying) to ride for any distance on a highway.

    Neither bike gave me any trouble though, and the little kick-start-only Yamaha was a jewel as far as it's materials and build quality, and if it's road speed potential had been more adequate with a power increase to perhaps 35 hp, and it's vibration at those speeds addressed, I might still have it.

    My 500 Royal Enfield was, if not inspected TOO closely, quite beautiful, but nowhere near the 400 Yamaha in 'fit and finish'.

    The CB350 Honda single is, in my opinion, not at all likely to succeed in the U.S. market if brought here, though I can certainly imagine it's popularity in someplace like India.

    My 2015 SR400...
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    And my 2016 Royal Enfield 500...
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  20. John Backlund

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    Yes, the power output of the 'newer' W series Kaw twins is a concern, and I can recall being disappointed in the performance of a new W650 I had a test ride on in the early 2000's, at least on the highway.

    But as a casual pleasure-cruiser used on almost exclusively our 50-75 mph Black Hills secondary back roads, around 50 hp will provide enough motive force for a good time, as long as quick (read: 'safe') passing of even slower vehicles isn't a priority.

    Although the W800 makes no more hp than it's earlier W650 ancestor, according to riding reviews, it does have a noticeably improved mid-range 'torque 'punch', no-doubt due to its displacement increase over the older version.

    I believe my '17 V7 III Guzzi was only rated at 52 hp, but it proved to be an entirely satisfying bike to tear around on our back roads, and would cruise interstate I-90 at 75 mph with surprising ease at around 4000 rpm in 6th gear. The Guzzi V7 III engine was a relatively low rpm motor that redlined at only 6500 revs, and the engine never felt 'frantic' at highway speeds as some bikes of it's displacement do. That Guzzi was a genuine little grunt-monster, and it's real world performance exceeded it's 'paper specs' by a good margin.
     
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