Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: panhandle, FL, USA
Well, as someone with no brand loyalty at all... :-)
My Honda Shadow is a lot more comfortable to ride, but not nearly as much fun as my K1200.
Kawasaki is the only manufacturer who I feel has really bad QA problems, but no one is perfect. Still, I may pick up a used VN2000 and put a turbo charger on it for local riding.
Yamaha disappoints me by not bringing either of their 4 cylinder cruisers to the demo rides. I ended up riding the FJR and FZ-1, but I'n not about to buy either new. All the FJR's I've seen available used are the computer operated clutch models, which it seems nobody likes.
Harley priced itself completely out of my market a long time ago, even though I rode them for 20 years and the only bike I put over 250,000 miles on was a Harley.
The lack of a local dealership for BMW doesn't bother me, since I don't take any of my bikes to a shop for servicing. So what if they charge even more than Harley shops do...
The last Suzuki I owned still used screws and locknuts for valve adjustments. I got tired of having to adjust the valves every time I took the bike on the interstate. I expect the adjustments hold much better these days.
I bought a new GoldWing in 1983, the first of the GL1200's. It spent the first three months in the dealership waiting on parts from Japan, for warranty repairs, before I even managed to ride it home the first time. Then, they replaced the entire engine under warranty, before it was a year old. As I said, nobody is perfect.
...Hurry up?!? ...Why?
I've got all the rest of my life, to do everything I'm going to do.
Last edited by sloowpoke; Jun 27th, 2010 at 5:55 pm.