Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: North-central Florida
Re: 2nd Bike?
I've owned a LOT of bikes over the last number of years, and have noticed several things. Anything on two, or three, wheels, with, or without a motor are fun in some way or other. (I just rediscovered riding bicycles too) I agree with other comments made here that, with practice, the LT is more maneuverable in urban settings than one would suspect early on.
But.....that said.....I'm with you on the idea of something smaller for around town. Here's a couple of suggestions:
First, anything you get for urban fun should have hard bags or storage. Makes the vehicle 3x more useful.
If you're mechanically inclined and like tinkering, get a BMW airhead. Loads of character and lots of fun. Most have bags already.
If you want to smile any time you're on bike #2....get a scooter! Seriously. Not a little 49CC thing....but at least a 200CC Vespa. My personal recommendation....a Burgman 400. Lots of under seat storage, enough pep to handle occasional freeway romps, yet small enough to handle stop/go traffic. But watch out! The tables will turn and next thing you know your wife will be looking at it with lust.
Right now my wife's bike is a Burgman 650, with full GIVI bags, a CB/intercom, GPS, and marine remote FM radio. It's a totally freeway capable, do anything touring machine with good urban capabilities, AND it will haul about 8 or 10 bags of groceries!
I'm serious about the scooter thing.....just get one big enough to have some oomph when you roll on the throttle so you can keep up with traffic. But watch out........they make you giggle. Not good for a grown man in public!
2000 LT - Motorvation Formula II
2004 Burgman 650 (wife's)