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When I can get my Mazda MX-5 sold, I'll find another, relatively cheap, motorcycle to add to the now four-bike domestic fleet.

Here's the top contenders....at the moment.

A very nice, 1996 BMW R1100RT with 41,000 on it, not a scratch! I've always liked the 'inflated Beluga Whale' appearance of this model, and very much like the metallic grey/green paint finish. Electric windshield, heated grips, bags, 90hp. $3900, probably get it for closer to $3600.
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Next up, is one of a pair of 'his & hers' 2014 Suzuki 650 Burgman scooters. 9900 miles, $5500. In spite of a lot of preconceived ideas about large 'scooters', these are superb road-going, long distance machines. 54hp, 625lbs, 63 inch wheelbase. Comfortable, quiet, and turbine smooth. I have over 25,000 miles of 'seat time' on 650 Burgmans, and have missed owning one since selling my 2007 back around 2010. You can stuff an Elephant beneath that seat. Electric windshield, heated grips, excellent wind and weather protection. These are a lot of fun on winding roads, and corner way better than one might expect them to.
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When I can get my Mazda MX-5 sold, I'll find another, relatively cheap, motorcycle to add to the now four-bike domestic fleet.

Here's the top contenders....at the moment.

A very nice, 1996 BMW R1100RT with 41,000 on it, not a scratch! I've always liked the 'inflated Beluga Whale' appearance of this model, and very much like the metallic grey/green paint finish. Electric windshield, heated grips, bags, 90hp. $3900, probably get it for closer to $3600.
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Next up, is one of a pair of 'his & hers' 2014 Suzuki 650 Burgman scooters. 9900 miles, $5500. In spite of a lot of preconceived ideas about large 'scooters', these are superb road-going, long distance machines. 54hp, 625lbs, 63 inch wheelbase. Comfortable, quiet, and turbine smooth. I have over 25,000 miles of 'seat time' on 650 Burgmans, and have missed owning one since selling my 2007 back around 2010. You can stuff an Elephant beneath that seat. Electric windshield, heated grips, excellent wind and weather protection. These are a lot of fun on winding roads, and corner way better than one might expect them to.
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A friend had the 650 Burgman but traded it in on a used Victory Vision. In traffic you couldn't keep up with him !

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And next! A brand new Royal Enfield Interceptor 650, at an amazing price of $5700. A bit of an unknown quantity, but the video reviews of this bike have been very positive. At 47 hp, not a rocketship by any means, but a classic 'looker', with an all-new, counterbalanced, 650 parallel vertical twin engine through a 6-speed transmission. This would be a great little Black Hills cruiser, with sharp handling and a punchy amount of low and mid-range torque.
A friend had the 650 Burgman but traded it in on a used Victory Vision. In traffic you couldn't keep up with him !

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My 650 Burgman had four Harley 'notches' on its grips. Three were 'taken' at one time during the Sturgis rally in a rural stoplight dragrace to 90 mph. Two 'dressers' were simply outran, while a third just couldn't muster the snot to overtake me, but stayed on my tail till 90, than backed off.

The fourth was also during the rally, when I got into a race heading up the hill out of Keystone with a ratty old Sportster ridden by a skinny little guy with no shirt. I beat him by the second curve, but on the down side, I met a hwy patrolman coming down the hill. He whipped around and stopped me, giving me a 65 in a 45 ticket...but it was worth it, because the skinny guy probably never heard the last of the ribbing he must have gotten for losing a race to a fat old guy on a scooter.
 

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The third under consideration is a new Royal Enfield 650 Interceptor. They're very attractively priced at $5700 for the standard, orange model, and $700 more for the chrome tank model Interceptor. They're not rocketships at 47 hp, but that's enough to have fun with, considering their very good low-mid range torque numbers. Classic good looks, a lot of aluminum and bright bits showing, and a non blacked-out engine are big plusses to me. 6-speed transmission through a brand new, counterbalanced, vertical twin engine.

Orange standard Interceptor 650. $5700
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'Chrome' Interceptor 650. $6400
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Looks like there is an FJR1300 behind the Burgmans. Easy maintenance, run forever, powerful, and smooth.
 

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Looks like there is an FJR1300 behind the Burgmans. Easy maintenance, run forever, powerful, and smooth.
The black bike behind the Burgmans in their first photo is a Kawasaki Concourse. Been there, done that, had one. It's long gone. It had its good qualities, and just enough negative ones that I don't want another.

I wouldn't mind an FJR, but only a later 6-speed model, but I'm not going to pay 10G's+ for a used one, I don't like them enough for that kind of money anymore.
 
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