I currently ride a '02 VFR800 Vtec. Its a nice bike, I had myself convinced that I wanted a larger, heavier sport touring bike. Something a bit more stable, some wind protection, but can still keep up with my riding buddies on their more sport oriented machines. It is all that. I found a pretty good example VFR earlier in the spring, and its performed very well so far. I don't find myself looking for more power or cornering ability. It really does everything very well and sounds great doing it.
The only thing is... its a bit boring.
The excitement I used to get out of riding on the weekends is gone, and I find myself spending my free time doing other things while the Honda sits in the garage, waiting for the next work day commute. I believe I feel this way because the machine just does what you tell it to without any drama. I don't know how that can be a bad thing, but somehow its just disconnected and insulated. For me, riding a motorcycle is all about the experience, the fun - I consider them a toy.
Over the years, I've generally gravitated towards sport machines. I started on a '96 GS500, moved onto a '06 GSXR 600 (too soon, I might add - never crashed but more than I needed, in hindsight), a '03 Z1000, a '05 SV650, and now this VFR. Every single one of those machines put a smile on my face every time I rode it. But today, as I threw my leg over the VFR, it felt like I was just getting in my car ready to do the daily grind, yet again. This wont do.
Something that I've always wanted was a Ducati. I don't know why, but I'm sure many of you here can relate - the machines look good, sound great, and every one that I've had a chance to ride has put a HUGE smile on my face. I've never done it (came close, once) for various reasons. Maintenance issues, cost, availability in my area, etc. So, I've attempted to make whatever I have as much like I think owning a Ducati must be, as possible. The SV I had was a prime example.
So this morning at work (yeah, I internet at work - wanna fight about it?) I started looking around at the used bike market again. Figuring how much I could spend on a bike maybe this winter, I keep stumbling across a bike that I've been infatuated with since I first saw pictures of one back in late 2009.
I want one so bad. Just like that. It fits perfectly with what I've grown to love about bikes. Raw connection to the machine, huge V-twin grunt, and minimalist styling. Plus it checks that extra box, the Ducati I've always wanted to own. I'd ask people to talk me out of it, but at this point... I don't think you can. Unless you have proof that it will spontaneously combust in my garage and kill my wife and son. Yep. This is the next move.
TL;DR - The sport touring bike was not the answer. I want a Streetfighter.