Originally Posted by bradvincent
Right now, I am a grad student with a full time job, serious girlfriend 30 miles away and house under major construction with me doing all the work. In 2 years, I will have a normal job, a normal house and a wife that lives with me. I don't mind maintenance, I just can't justify the time now.
The question is how long I keep my current motorcycle, whether I get an "in between" bike before a Ducati, and if I get a Ducati now, which model will suit me best.
Electric gremlins worry me, Ohio has a lot of salt on the roads, and I ride 12 months a year.
Riding position doesn't bother me, although I am getting tired of the "big man on a small bike". The s50 is a great bike for a 5' tall rider. I did my MSF on a Suzuki race bike (not sure what model, but 250cc) and was comfortable. Unless people are sleeping on their motorcycles, I am not sure what all the fuss is over ride position.
If I see a ST2, ST3, ST3ABS, ST4, ST4s in the classifieds for a good price, should I pull the trigger?
Get a FJ1200. When you are settled, then get a Ducati. FJ s can be hammered on an run well for hundreds of thousands of miles with little care. They are very comfy, and you can add hard cases, though they won t be pretty, but then it s a commuter. The FJ will get you into sport bikes without getting too committed money wise or riding position wise.
Riding position is a big deal for many riders. I like to think one can adapt his body over time to various bikes, but there are many who can never get comfy even with bar risers etc. to the forward riding positions of sport bikes...more sporty-racy more forward the position.
Once you start doing full tank to empty tank non stop rides on a bike with a 21+ litre tank, which you will find yourself doing once on a proper bike, seating position re strain on wrists is a big deal, as is the seat, wind buffeting etc.
No matter what you choose, it ll be the right choice for you.