Went out Friday evening and checked out the following motorcycles:
Ducati Monster SR2 1000: Black s/white racing stripe. Nice fit (I'm 5' 11", 31" inseam, 195lbs). Lit off, sounded sweet. No money, no test ride. A contender.
Also 'looked' at an '05 Trimuph Speed Triple. Can't even imagine what kind of ride it would be.
Next, I drove over to our local BMW shop and tried-on:
R1200R: Felt good, probably do everything a second should do. Reasonable, sensible, low-risk fun I suppose.
R1200S: Hmmmm... very interesting. Less sensible, but w/122HP @ 413 lbs. Lots of potential. Felt like an "E" ticket ride parked in the show room.
K1200R: Completely insane. A dormant beast. Probably not enough "E" tickets on the planet. (No shortage of speeding tickets would be my guess). To make matters worse the salesman says, "This is my last '06, if you want it, I can save you stupid money." I had to walk away... very carefully, very slowly...
All I know is, when the time comes, test ride day is going to be a day to remember!