Well, maybe not the last one
Previously, I stated that I had written my last post due to the fact I'm getting rid of my RT. You can read about the whys in my earlier post called "My Tale of Woe". However, the bottom line is that I trust the members of this board far more than I trust other reviewers of motorcycles in the general public.
So, I find myself in search of a new ride. To be honest, I liked everything about my '07 RT, but after 3 breakdowns and strandings in 13,000 miles, I just have lost confidence in it. Anyway, I have read and looked at a ton of bikes and I can't find anything out there that does everything I want well. Some do this well and some do that well, but I'm having a hard time finding one that does everything well.
The most important things to me are, no heat on legs (It, absolutely, drives me nuts), stable at high speeds, no helmet buffeting, and reliable. I tend to go on long trips and, usually, find myself in pretty sparsely populated regions.
Bikes that I have had, but traded them in for one reason or another are, Suzuki 650 V Strom (Very good bike, but I wanted something bigger for long trips), Honda ST1300 (Heat was unbearable and very unstable), and an '05 LT (Couldn't get passed the tank slapping motion on decel with hands off. Nothing I did could get rid of it).
So, here is my short list of bikes that I'm considering, even though I have issues with each one. Harley Road Glide. It's just a bike that I have always liked and it is set up for longer trips. However, heat on legs has me worried as does the helmet buffeting. Also, very expensive. Yamaha FJR 1300. Seems, at this point, to be the best choice. However, I have heard, from their board, one rider complaining of tank slapping motion on decel, the same as on my LT and I don't want to go back to that. The pluses are that they seemed to have licked the heat problem, reliability seems great, and everyone says it handles great. The price I can get one for is exceptional. However, I worry about high speed stability and helmet buffeting. The Victory Cross Country sounds kind of interesting, but, also very expensive.
So, if anyone has any good ideas of other bikes, please let me know. Also, if anyone has any first hand experience with the Yamaha FJR, please respond to my concerns regarding that model.
At this point, I really have no clue which way I should go and I plain can't afford to make a mistake in whatever I choose.
Thanks to all,