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My next bike shortlist

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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

Trumph 675 Daytona

For

Reasonable power, more than CBR600F

Looks good

Great marque

Great reviews

Sound of the standard exhaust

Have a dealer 7 miles away

Against

May possibly grow out of the power

Riding position is very forward

 

Ducati 899 Panigale

Ducati 899 Panigale

For

Good power - just under 150 HP

Looks amazing

Name has a lot of kudos

Amazing reviews

Dealer just 12 miles away

Against

Purchase cost (£12500 new / £10000 minimum used)

Running and service costs

 

Suzuki GSX-R 750

Suzuki GSX-R 750

For

Probably perfect engine size and power for the road

Looks good

Reasonably reliable

Reviews usually put this first against the others

Reasonable running costs

Against

Not particluarly enamoured with the overal look or livery options

Dealer about 20 miles away

 

Yamaha MT-09 Tracer

Yamaha MT-09 FJ-09 Tracer

For

Dealer just 1 mile away!

Reasonaly powerful

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

Against

I prefer the looks of sportsbikes

 

Honda CBR 1000RR (Fireblade)

Honda CBR1000RR

For

Known as the easiest and most forgiving litre bike

Looks good

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

Against

Is it just TOO much power?

 

MV Agusta F3 800

MV Agusta F3 800

For

The bike mostly in my heart as it is the favourite from my youth

Looks amazing

Perfect power and balance for the road or occasional track use

Against

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.

 

Update:

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! :)

 

KTM RC8R 1190

 

Wow....

Will try and get a ride on it before making a final decison.

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Mature rider, a beginner to motorbiking after being a keen cager. Starting to learn the skills needed to survive fast street riding.
Am seeking out my next bike and sharing my journey with you.

Comments

  • Gixr1970
    Gixr1970 Sunday, 15 February 2015 · Delete

    cool selection matey.
    am lokoing for a new bike myself. am looking at gsxr 750 but quite a lot of dough for the new one.
    triumph mioght not have enough of a power difference for me.
    mt-09 would be different.. might be tempted.

  • Royster750
    Royster750 Monday, 23 February 2015 · Delete

    gixxer - all the way mate.
    It has everything and them some. never need to get a bgger bike really.

    Mind you, love the ducati of course and the triumph is a very good bike.

  • GrandNate
    GrandNate Saturday, 28 February 2015 · Delete

    Dang right. gixxer has it all covered bruh. ive been on one and its the bomb man.

  • RedShot
    RedShot Tuesday, 03 March 2015 · Delete

    Holy cow, that MV looks incredible. I am pretty sure I have never seen one of those in the flesh.

  • Ade
    Ade Friday, 20 March 2015 · Delete

    Bingo!
    Would you believe it... The Kawasaki dealer which is 50 miles from me now does MVs !!!! :D
    There was a couple in the showroom, one white and one red/silver. ONG - bloody gorgeous. I am in love.:p

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