New rider growing skills and adding to the motorcyckle collection.
My next bike shortlist
OK, so I grew out of the Honda PCX in a fortnight and the Honda CBR600F, although brilliant, is starting to lose its thrill so I have now made up my mind that my next bike needs to come soon, real soon.
At this point I don't know whether I will keep these two and add the third, or trade in the CBR for a better, more focused sports bike, or keep the PCX and get two new bikes, a sports bike and a tourer, or perhaps one bike that does both. Arghhh, it is so confusing! :)
Putting my thoughs on a tourer aside as my main interest is a fast sportsbike I have narrowed the search down to the following bikes, giving reasons why I chose them and my concerns.
In no particular order:
Triumph Daytona 675
Reasonable power, more than CBR600F
Sound of the standard exhaust
Have a dealer 7 miles away
May possibly grow out of the power
Riding position is very forward
Ducati 899 Panigale
Good power - just under 150 HP
Name has a lot of kudos
Dealer just 12 miles away
Purchase cost (£12500 new / £10000 minimum used)
Running and service costs
Suzuki GSX-R 750
Probably perfect engine size and power for the road
Reviews usually put this first against the others
Reasonable running costs
Not particluarly enamoured with the overal look or livery options
Dealer about 20 miles away
Yamaha MT-09 Tracer
Dealer just 1 mile away!
Loads of torque
Amazung value - £8200
Practical enough for touring (could kill two brids with one stone)
Great seating postion with straight back and no wrist issues
I prefer the looks of sportsbikes
Honda CBR 1000RR (Fireblade)
Known as the easiest and most forgiving litre bike
More power and thrills than I will ever get anywhere near to
Made by Honda so proven, reliable and realistic running costs
Dealer just 7 miles away
Is it just TOO much power?
MV Agusta F3 800
The bike mostly in my heart as it is the favourite from my youth
Perfect power and balance for the road or occasional track use
Nearest dealer is 170 miles away! WTF
hard to get hold of of test ride
Purchase price and running costs
Bike has a few issues still.
I have already rules out the new 2014model Honda VFR 800 as I have ridden it and I thought it was too similar to my current bike and didn't thrill me.
My vLogging and ride reviews on all of the above coming soon.
Was in the Infinity Cycles Motorcycle Shop in Farnborough and saw an amazing looking bke - the KTM RC8R 1190 - so i have added it to the shortlist! :)
Will try and get a ride on it before making a final decison.