The fact that Lady Luck likes riding with me so much really throws my whole "get a new bike" plan out of whack. You see, passengers start complaining if they're uncomfortable. So that throws two of my choices right out of the running. SV650s and Buells are not reknowned for their comfy pillion accomodations.
As I've said before, I'm not interested in BMWs.
So, what have I got to choose from?
Well, Triumph has some pretty bikes. The Scrambler 900 definitely turns my crank. It only makes slightly more power than my current bike, though. The Bonneville T100 is very tasty. And it makes more horsepower than the Scrambler. The plain ol' Bonneville comes in black on black, with some more black thrown in for good measure.
You know I like that.
The Triumph Speedmaster is a tasty cruiser, but it doesn't look like the passenger would be too happy on there. I'll have to bring her with and find out.
Their prices are right in my range. I've never heard anyone extolling the reliability of their Triumph, though.
Moving on, there is the HD Sportster. I like the 883, it's cheap and will run on 87 octane. On the other hand, the 1200 is only slightly more expensive (I prefer black, which happens to be the cheapest color!), and looks a little more passenger-worthy. The problem with any harley is that I have to get a new carb and exhaust (Genuine Motor Accessories) before it will perform worth a damn.
There are, of course, a delightful array of Japanese cruisers. I'm going back and forth between a couple of Honda, Yamaha, and Kawasaki cruisers. I'm sure I could flip a coin on those and end up with a decent bike.
What to do, what to do?