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A bike not a lot of folks give credit to is the Kaw Versys 1000LT or the new Versys 1000LT SE. My FJR keeps getting heaver each year and I can't figure it out, so I went and found me a Versys 1000LT SE which is about 80lbs lighter. And for me , just as fast. Of course I still have my 2014 FJR. Just could not part with it yet. I also have 2013 V-Strom, but that is a different type of ride. Good luck on what you choose as any bike you pick will be fine. Just find one that fits your likes needs and wants. Your money , your bike.
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@oldbaldsob did you buy a VFR yet?

Wish I could get the picture of the ST3 from the Craigslist link I posted to insert here but I can’t figure out how

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A bike not a lot of folks give credit to is the Kaw Versys 1000LT or the new Versys 1000LT SE. My FJR keeps getting heaver each year and I can't figure it out, so I went and found me a Versys 1000LT SE which is about 80lbs lighter. And for me , just as fast.
Chuck what do you think of the Kawi seat? A buddy of mine just bought one and thinks it's the worst he has ever sat on. He is coming off a Suzuki DL1000.

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@oldbaldsob did you buy a VFR yet?

Wish I could get the picture of the ST3 from the Craigslist link I posted to insert here but I can’t figure out how



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Below is the ST3 from your Craigslist link. I copied the link that is in the top of the page when you click on the image. Then I inserted it into this post by clicking on the little box with the mountains on it in the tools section when you compose a post.



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Another bike to add for this discussion is a new model from BMW. F900 xr. It's comparable to the Yam 900 GT. Because it's a BMW you could have all the electronic extras if needed. It looks like wind protection is marginal, but side cases are available. It's a twin cylinder with uneven firing order. Probably not as exciting as the Yam 3 cylinder. Will have to wait and see.
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Thanks for getting the picture of the ST3 up. Sure is pretty isn’t it? Only issue is as much as know them and I like them and know of plenty of high mileage ones old Ducatis can be like old girlfriends. All I have to say.

Not a fan of the rondel. Too many horror stories, not just the bikes but the dealer and corporate attitude when there is a problem. Recently BMW switched to Hayes front calipers. My friend brought home a new GSA a month ago. Next morning saw a puddle by the front tire. Called the dealer and was told BMW is having issues with all the Hayes calipers and it would be 3-4 months before they can do anything we will put you on the wait list, have a nice day. Called corporate and they said your check cleared so we don’t care. Thanks no BMWs for me.

We just got a nice 939 Hyperstrada in at the shop. Wasn’t on the radar but it does check a lot of boxes. Not sure what you call it, not an AdvTouring bike, not a sport touring bike? A naked with bags and a small windshield? In the past I’ve talked to people who tour on them and I always thought they were nuts but they swore by them and they all said they were great travel bikes? Maybe in a VStrom sort of way? It is lighter than most bikes in that 800-900 class. Just not sure what to make of it.
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I’m in the same boat, and before everything shut down test rode five bikes after researching a dozen or so for the last half-year. The bikes I tested were all 2020s and were the new Ninja 1000SX, BMW R1250R, BMW R1250RS, Triumph Speed Triple, Honda CB1000R, and Yamaha Tracer 900 GT. Sat on many, including the Mutistrada and Monster from Ducati, the MT-10, the BMW S1000XR. As soon as the businesses reopen around here, a R1250R will likely be parked in my garage in place of my FJR. It’s not everything I’d wish my perfect bike to have (and it’s certainly more than I’d prefer to spend) but it’s closer than anything else I could find on the market today.

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Thanks for getting the picture of the ST3 up. Sure is pretty isn’t it? Only issue is as much as know them and I like them and know of plenty of high mileage ones old Ducatis can be like old girlfriends. All I have to say....

Is is a beautiful bike. I gotta admit though, all Ducatis are sexy. I've always wanted a Monster but the high maintenance costs scare me away. Maybe when I retire and have more time to tinker, I'll grab one and learn how to do desmodronic valve adjustments.

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Oh, LOL, you got one of THOSE.... V-Tecs that is... I got the good one, picked it up at Christmas time, giving it a refurb as we speak........ I sat on a '15, wasn't speaking to me... anyway, always wanted one never thought of it as a sport tourer, but surprisingly the riding position doesn't seem that bad once you put bar risers on. I haven't really gone anywhere yet, but shakedown rides coming up. Alledgedly it weighs 535 lbs.... scored a Russell seat for cheap, unbelievable somebody would put one on a VFR. I'm told the Sargents are good on that bike.




Love that bike. Been looking for that for a while. Also a Yamaha MT-09 in black and yellow!

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Below is the ST3 from your Craigslist link. I copied the link that is in the top of the page when you click on the image. Then I inserted it into this post by clicking on the little box with the mountains on it in the tools section when you compose a post.


Like Ducati's styling. But as you said later - those maintenance costs are up there (maybe a little cheaper than BMW).
But in the heart of Microsoft country in Redmond, WA, we just lost our BMW and Ducati dealer. So sad. So these would be off my list do to the limited number of dealerships that can service or can any parts for those brands.
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