Maybe it's because spring is just around the corner. Maybe it's because of my daily commute. Maybe it's because Sue and company have been pushing me to buy a trike or Cam-Am. I have to be honest, the Cam-Am idea has grown on me but frankly if I were to buy anything with three wheels it would more likely be a Ural. It' fits with my "weird" side rather nicely.
Kimmie has been giving me issues lately and is currently in the shop. A oil leak that I can't identify (originally I thought it was a bad drain plug) resulted in my engine light going off one day last week (I pulled off to the side ASAP and luckily I was near my buddy's Craig's house and he was able to get us home). Cold weather starts are still a issue and for some reason my "check battery" light came on.
So for these reasons my guys at Affordable Motorsports (my go-to mechanics) are giving her the once over twice. While their at it I asked them to pull the Tupperware off and give me an idea of the wear on the CVT belt. This is her second day in the shop.
Depending on the cost of repairs; I'm looking at a couple of different options, although any change is still six to nine months down the road. While I can certainly afford a new bike, I'm hoping to put it off as long as possible for economic reasons.
I have been "nickle'ed and dime'd" to death on cars in the past and don't want Kimmie to end up costing me more than she is worth, Kimmie is about seven or eight years old and I've put 20,000 + miles on her in the last 2 years, in addition to wrecking her once. She's served me very well and I've no desire to get a new bike...but I have to be realistic too.
Truthfully the idea of a manual transmission still scares me a bit. I just think that with the traffic being what it is in Florida - where one out of every four or five drivers is uninsured - worrying about gearing and such is just an extra burden.
However that also limits my choices. I also want a little more power than I currently have. The 500cc of Kimmie has meet my needs and more, but I think a slight tick upward into the 650 to 850cc range is in order. My choices narrow even more.
Here is a rough idea of the bikes that I'm looking at. They are in no particular order and the links are all to the newest models. It makes more sense to buy used but again if I buy new then I know exactly what maintenance was done when and who did it.
Suzuki Burgman 650 - The granddaddy of all maxi scoots! Storage and comfort at a semi-hefty price although their are lots of options available. Plus, honestly I'm leaning more towards an "actual motorcycle". The secondary market is great for a Burgman however.
Aprilla Mana 850 - An automatic motorcycle with paddle shifters. I have mixed emotions about this one. While I like a lot of what it has to offer, it's also a bit pricey and the reviews don't seem that great.
Honda CTX - probably my favorite. ABS and a good price although limited options. Storage is non existent.
|Honda CTX - thanks to Honda for the pic|
BMW GT 650 - Pricey but a lot of options. ABS is standard and it's probably the only "beamer" I'll ever own.
Kymco Myroad 700i - Well Kimmie's bigger better sister (Myra?) has a bigger engine, the ergonomics and storage are still an issue for me.
Triumph Bonneville - OK, not really an automatic but that lovely classic design and the secondary market is full of them. Again no storage.
Royal Enfield - Again not automatic, or even that powerful (it's only 500cc) and would probably be better suited to life in the city. Not the long commute I have now. Still its a great looking bike and they even make a diesel model! Who knows if we will ever see it in America.
In the end though it will come down to form vs function. What is going to meet my needs and satisfy my soul. So the Honda CTX, just may be my next bike. Of course it all depends on how Kimmie heals.