so, as most of you know, i am planning to put my VFR up for sale at the end of this month. my original plan was to replace it with a Honda Blackbird, or maybe the new VFR1000. well, i have re-thought that plan and i am going to modify it. yeah, i know, you guys are SHOCKED by this.
anyways, what i have come to realize is that i really don't enjoy touring on a sport tourer like i do on a cruiser. i am NOT going away from the sport bikes, but i think it is time for me to get back into the touring cruiser market. hopefully i can hang onto the Meanie as it is paid off, but finances will dictate whether it is possible.
so, my first thought is to pick up another Nomad, 1500 or 1600. then i would turn it into more of a tourer by adding a fairing like i did before. that is still an option, but man, wouldn't it be nice to buy a bike with a fairing already and maybe even a radio ? save myself the hassle of modifying another bike when i should be spending the time either working on the house or out riding. so, that leaves me 3 options, sort of. i could go for the new Voyager, which most of you know, i am not a big fan of, mainly the styling. i could also go for the Yamaha Royal Star Venture, which i am also not a fan of the styling. the third option is to go to the darkside and pick up an HD.
so, here are my options :
1.buy either the Voyager or the Venture. neither of which i really care for. they also both have trunks, which i really do not want. and i don't think they are easily removable.
2.buy another Nomad and transform it, slowly, into the bike that i want
or 3.buy an HD, probably a Street Glide
so what do you guys and gals think ? i have always been one of the first to bust on HD owners, mostly in jest. for the most part, i have always thought that they were overpriced, underpowered, and not as reliable as metrics. but, they do have more quality put into their parts, and the aftermarket is overflowing with possibilities. but, i have never ridden one, so i don't know if they really are that underpowered. i don't know how the ride compares, and i don't know how reliable the new ones are or are not. can anyone help me out here ? i'd like to take one for a ride first off and see if i like the feel of it. we have a dealer local and i might go down there this week before the weather turns. that may make up my mind for me right there, good or bad. but i would still like to hear some opinions from you guys.
you know how i ride, will a new or newer HD hold up to my abuse ?
will i be happy with the power ? (compared to a Nomad)
will i be happy with the ride quality ? (also compared to a Nomad, as that is what i am using for my baseline)
and anything else you can think of.