Saturday I unexpectedly made a deal with a family to sell my beloved Honda Magna. The day before, I was having lunch with my Bride and we talked bikes. I decided to just keep the Magna and tweak it to better suit my needs. Seat, tank, pipes. Simple enough.
Then after lunch on Saturday some folks come in to the gun shop and we come to an agreement. I’m actually kinda torn on selling it. The VF750C’s engine is truly one of the very best engines ever put into any motorcycle. Honda really needs to bring back the Magna, but with some more modern upgrades. But as I say farewell to this bike, I’ll be able to make acquaintance with a new bike. There are three main options.
First option, is a Kawasaki ZX-1100. Full sized sport-touring bike. This is a long range road interstate warrior… exactly what I want and need. This bike has the range that I wish I had invested in off the bat when I got the Magna. But it had been awhile since I rode, so it was wisdom to get into something to get my Biker Blood flowing again without spilling it. But a bike like this… it’s a lot of machine. It’s a Starship that can cross the country at Warp Factor 10 like other bikes cruise at 60.
Second option, if the first one is taken before I get to it… is a Yamaha FZ1. A Standard Liter Bike, all around easy bike to run on, but with good sized fuel tank that would get me where I wanted to go. Not the most exciting of machines, but an all around solid bike that would do very well for me.
The third choice actually surprised me. A Zuke Boulevard. It’s not much bigger than the Magna, but it does have the fuel tank that I want. It lacks the Hasty that the Magna has, but with the better fuel economy, bigger tank… it doubles the range that the Magna had. Electronic ignition, computer controlled fuel injection… it would be a very nice machine. And it’s larger, more comfortable than the Magna… I could deal with that happily but it would be settling.
A lot of guys are telling me that I need to get a Harley. Sure, I could do an XR1200. Or a cool Dyna set up like Jax Teller’s… but I don’t want a bike that is loud, and you are just not finding them for around three grand, because that’s all that I’m spending. I don’t want to Bank Roll a Bike. I’m not going to carry a note on something that can so easily be ripped out from under you by an idiot in a Cage.
I’m crawling all over KSL.com’s Classifieds. But if anyone out there knows of a GOOD bike for around 3 grand… hit me up. I’m open to good suggestions.