Originally Posted by TurboYota
Nice bike, but I would have kept the motard considering the other toys you already have listed.
I had a motard before when I lived in Japan. It was a lot of fun and a blast on the go-kart tracks but its just not my style. I love the feel and sound of a well built superbike.
I have had several Japanese superbikes and I think if your riding/track days (especially on a budget) you cant beat them. They handle well, are solid, and are cheap(er) to fix and repair. If you want something absolutly razors edge and surgical get the BMW. But if you want a bike with an amazing personality and pedigree you have to go with the Italian bikes.
None of my italian bikes are perfect, infact some days they downright piss me off but there is just something about the sound and feel of them. They each have little quirks though.
The 998s is a fire breathing beast, pure tourqe off idle and will flip you over on your ass if your not careful. But the chassis and engine when dialed in are amazing especially in the twisties. Plus the design is a thing of beauty. It has its issues as well... It will burn my leg at freeway speed in a blizzard because of the exhaust pipe, it has a wierd starting routine that must be followed when its cold or it wont start, it like to randomly backfire into the airbox(shop and I have investigated and cant find any reason) and it eats batteries like candy.
The 1198s is the refined younger sister. It is a snooty high class model/stripper. It has all the right curves, moves the right way, and knows how to whisper in your ear to shell out more cash. The way she hums between your legs is a thing of beauty but if not treated right and kept on a pedistal she will jump up and bite you. Now, she does have a dirty side and loves to be flogged and rode hard.
The MV F4 312RR is the 998's smoking hot sister. She is born of the same father (same designer as the 916/996/998) and while maybe not as smooth as the 998 has the best rear end in the game and when you stretch her legs they go on for miles. She is the best handling bike straight out of the box I have ever ridden and she keeps asking for more and faster. Now, she overheats at the drop of a hat, is crazy expensive to keep up, and she threatens to blow up at any moment if you dont talk sweet to her and stroke her just right.
The 999s is the second cousin of all of them with a horribly ugly face but a smoking body. So far the transmission and on/off throttle unlike anything I have ever ridden. Its amazing how smooth and surgical the transmission is and the on/off throttle transition is butter smooth. No sudden hit or delay, just smooth power and once it hits midrange it really opens up and is a screamer. Out of the 3 v-twins I would say its the best engine/transmission out of them. Now, it has its quirks as well... On hot days it throws a check engine light that is fixed by opening the fuel fill cap (to much pressure build up), sometimes when turning the bike on it wont recognize that its in neutral (no light, wont crank) and I have to turn the key off and back on. Sometimes it jsut wont crank, no reason, just wont crank so I turn the key off and back on. And the battery is pretty much dead every morning so I need to replace it. Its also the most uncomfortable of the 4 bikes. Longest reach and most uncomfortable seat. The seat I can fix, the reach I will get used to.
Yes I know it sounds like I am describing women with my bikes because I sort of am. Think about it... The shape of them looking from the top resembles a women, a good looking one is a thing of beauty, they know how to seduce you, once you climb on for a ride your in heaven, and if not treated right they will jump up and bite you HARD leaving you broken and in pain but at the end of it all you always come back to her or get a new one and do it all over again. They both cost more and take up more of our time than any one thing should but in reality we dont really mind. If you take good care of her and treat her right she will bring years of smiles to your face...
Sounds like a a bike and a women to me... The only differance is you can turn the bike off and the bike dosent get jelouse if you throw your leg over your neighbors bike. LoL