Like many others - I passed my MSF basic course and looked for a practical, sporty, light bike that I would not outgrow too soon. That was four years ago.
It's easy to operate, fun, good torque, quick, fast when you want it to be. It's reliable and oh my gosh - such a value!
It's the best kept secret for mid-level sport-touring/commuting/carving. I've taken mine to Montana, Alabama, Ohio, and it's a great tourer (your butt will get used to it eventually) and commuter.
You can pick one up for around $3,500-4,000 on e-bay. What a steal! Put a Cal-Sci windshield and crampbuster throttle pad on it and your good to go cross country.
The underseat exhaust allows you to use inexpensive soft luggage easily. Strap on a tank bag.
I now have four bikes, but I'll never get rid of "Hector", and I taught all three of my boys to ride on him (16-23 yrs. old). Enjoy!
Upgrades/Accessories: Mid-size Calsci windshield, braided steel brake lines and K&S air filter.
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