Join Date: Jun 2014
Location: Treasure Coast of FLA
I should've added my reason for asking but was looking for some general thoughts.
As much as I've enjoyed my modded N1K these past 7 years, my 15 yr. old daughter has recently expressed an interest in riding w/me. I don't care what anyone says, the N1K is not a good passenger bike, especially if you're... mmmm... beefy, like me. So I started shopping and narrowed my search to the Versys 1000, the FJR1300 and for an oddball selection and the only HD product I've ever really liked, the Sportster XL1200T. Let me also clarify I almost never buy new bikes so a bike like Yamaha's Tracer 900 GT is not under any consideration.
I recently test-sat a V1K and while it seems like a nice bike, it only fit me slightly better than my modded N1K. I'm quite certain, however, that it would accomodate my daughter far better than the N1K, w/a it's larger, broader flatter seat. I've also like the FJR, especially since they added cruise control on their '14 & up models and the FJR is definitely a 2-up bike. Lots of advantages to owning an FJR but that 650 lb. weight concerns me. Then there's the XL1200T, which to me, is a truly elemental motorcycle. Never owned an HD in my 40+ years of riding but have test ridden this model and honestly found it a charming ride. Underpowered yes, offering nowhere near the performance or amentities I've become accustomed to on Japanese bikes but a truly charming ride, one that brought a smile to my face. And it too will nicely accomodate my daughter w/its seating.
At this point, I've pretty much eliminated the V1K from consideration. It's just too close to my N1K and frankly, I like the Versys 650 LT model even better (altho that too is not a 2-up bike.) So choices under consideration are narrowed to the FJR and XL1200T.
If I had my druthers, I'd own more than one bike but I simply cannot justify multiple bike ownership and I'm left w/trying to figure out what to do, that is, if I do anything. My daughter knows how much I enjoy my N1K and has told me she'd prefer I not sell it, even if it means her not riding w/me. But I also figure I've got about another year w/her before I lose her to 'boys' and other distractions and would like to have this time w/her. I can always sell a bike and buy another, right?
Ah well, 'first world' issues.
Last edited by spectreman; 04-04-2019 at 06:30 AM.