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Wish you all the luck in you,re choosing and in your decision :)
Just bought a Vfr 750 as winter bike (4th bike)
The chromed Bonnie for easy going and nice weather.
The brutale starfighter when in the mood for a quick trashing and the F4 just for the plain top speed of the thing :naughty:
And i enjoy looking at them in my garage with a glass of wine in my hand :smoking:
 

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I have a great woman as well who "thank god" understands my passion and let'e me keep my 2 in the house on display when not being ridden. She has given me the green light to get a Duc (1198S Corse), but in the meantime, have my eye on a bad-azz F4 1000S which is available and now she is giving me grief as in, "hey, you already have an F4, why do you need another?" The Duc has been on-hold since I have obligations to do some stuff to the house for her... just hope it will not be too late since the 1198S Corse is a limited-run bike. Bottom-line here is... I thought I was happy with just my F4 R312, but in all honesty, I want other MV's too! As in the one I have been drooling over, then perhaps a Tambo and "CC" is the stars are aligned my way. What does all this mean... I am a MVeer for life, but still love Aprilia and Ducati as well! Then again, the damn Bimota DB7 is so fricken gorgeous!!! Okay, I need to wake up now... how is everybody?
you go boyyyy:yo::yo::yo:
 

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I think you need a sport bike, a naked bike, a cruiser, and if you do track days or race a track bike.

So my choices would be an F4, a Brutale, a Moto Guzzi Grisso, and either an F4 750 or the "liter eater" RS250 for the track.

With the exception of a few laps around Jennings on Ed's SV650, I've never ridden a Japanese bike. Or a German bike. The only American bike I've ever ridden was my wife's Harley. She sold it and bought a Vespa.
 

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, I've never ridden a Japanese bike.
See me next trackday and I'll let you take out the GSXR750. Extremely competent track bike. (as you well know) You may have an eye opener!

I should have the Ducati ready and sorted so I can ride that session also!
(I'll let you ride that also)
 

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None. But if it's gotten to the point where your woman is bitching about how many bikes you've got in the garage, you're not about to get any trim, so you might as well take a stand.
How can someone as sensible and as logical as you be as far left as you are?

You crack me up. Trim? I haven't heard that since the 70s.
 

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See me next trackday and I'll let you take out the GSXR750. Extremely competent track bike. (as you well know) You may have an eye opener!

I should have the Ducati ready and sorted so I can ride that session also!
(I'll let you ride that also)
What? NEWS!!! I didn't know you bought the Ducati. I know you were negotiating, so I guess the price was right. Can't wait to see it!
 

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What? NEWS!!! I didn't know you bought the Ducati. I know you were negotiating, so I guess the price was right. Can't wait to see it!
It's like buying a house....won't be mine until I have a bill of sale from the guy Tuesday or so. Then it is home and the re-build begins.

Price was right and hopefully no big surprises when I start tearing it down.

Good thing my shop is at a Ducati dealership!!!
 

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How can someone as sensible and as logical as you be as far left as you are?
Me thinks Elton might be a DINO. If he spent a month with me, I'd have him joining the Rotary club. :naughty:
 

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lol, okay. Thanks for the explanation. Actually, I'm a Social Democrat. Not the same thing as a Democrat, but I usually just leave it at, "Democrat," because when conservatives read/hear the word, "Social," they assume, "Socialist," or, "Communist."
 

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Answer to original post is totally YES, it's great to own at least 2 bikes, IMHO!

I've owned 8 bikes, and the most at any one time is 3. I did think that having 3 bikes at once was the beginning to having 4, 5, or 6. The drawback to owning too many at any one time is:

1) Registration and Insurance costs multiply
2) THe more bikes you have, the LESS time you have to ride any particular one. So if you love them all, you take away your opportunity to enjoy each one with every new one you add.
3) Storage space, you will have less and less of it
4) If you have a wife or SO, there might be a problem. You may tell her that "it's like owning many pairs of shoes" they might agree, but sooner or later they will tell you "well my shoes don't cost $20,000 each."

With that said, I've found that I'm happy with 2 bikes because:

1) You have two instead of one, and mathematically speaking, 2 is greater than 1 :D
2) Each bike is unique, and you get to enjoy the differences between the two. Each bike has its pluses and minuses. By riding each one, I get to appreciate and be reminded of its "pluses" versus the other one. I alternate riding each bike, so everytime I get on one of them, I still have the fresh feeling of the other one in mind, but when I begin to ride the second one, I am reminded of why I love this one too. When you are riding the same bike over and over, you tend to lose those feelings, because you become accustomed...

I love Superbikes, particularly Italian Superbikes. So I ended up with an MV and a Ducati. One in-line, one V-Twin. The Ducati is this awesome machine that is temperamental, but is undescribably awesome when everything is working right. It is more comfortable than my F4, and the V-Twin sound with the Termi's is beyond description at high revs. The MV on the other hand is this absolutely beautifully designed bike, that is incredible in its engineering, fit and finish. It is also the more powerful of the two (much more powerful). It has a solid gear box, and the howling intake sound from the engine is beyond awesome. By owning both, I don't get too accustomed to each one so that I forget why I love it.... ironically, owning the Ducati makes me appreciate the MV, and MV in turn, makes me appreciate the Ducati.

Hope that helps your decision. Too bad most of us can't really do this with wives :D
 

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1) Registration and Insurance costs multiply good point.
2) THe more bikes you have, the LESS time you have to ride any particular one. So if you love them all, you take away your opportunity to enjoy each one with every new one you add. Again, I agree. I find that I don't have the time to enjoy each as much as I'd like.
3) Storage space, you will have less and less of it. Not a big problem in my opinion. One stall garage will hold 8-10 bikes.
4) If you have a wife or SO, there might be a problem. You may tell her that "it's like owning many pairs of shoes" they might agree, but sooner or later they will tell you "well my shoes don't cost $20,000 each." not a problem if you've got the right woman. :)
Excellent points Sig....

One other point that no one has mentioned is the learning curve of owning a bunch of different bikes. Each one handles differently, sounds different, has different hand and foot controls, reacts differently, etc.

Hell, the turn signals on my Harleys make good sense, whereas my BMW's drive me crazy......and don't get me started on the horn placement/ high beam placement. It really can be dangerous having to stop and think about such things. Owning one or two allows you to become much more in tune with the bike's ideosyncracies. (sp?)

Oh, and riding the CBX.....geeeze. That bike has contemporary motorcycle power. It runs like a bandit, but you better not try to stop it, or turn it. It's 1979 all over again, and that's not a good thing. More than once, I've found myself in just a little over my head subconciously thinking that the CBX would stop or handle like my MV. I have to continually remind myself what I am riding, and it's inherent shortcomings.
 

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Very true Randy... its funny you mention the controls, just 2 days ago I was on the MV and honked the horn a few times by mistaking it for a turn signal.

It's funny when that happens, because here you have this highly tuned "racing" kind of machine coming down the road, but then it has this completely gay horn sound at the most inappropriate moment, it just funny :D
 

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Very true Randy... its funny you mention the controls, just 2 days ago I was on the MV and honked the horn a few times by mistaking it for a turn signal.

It's funny when that happens, because here you have this highly tuned "racing" kind of machine coming down the road, but then it has this completely gay horn sound at the most inappropriate moment, it just funny :D
I'm guilty of that myself! And it always happens at the worst moment, like when there is a cop around!
 

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Go for it! More bikes is always better! Your duc won't get jealous of your MV and so on... I think you know where one could go with that one. Every bike has it's own purpose and even better, it's own personality. My MV gives me a totally different feeling than the R1, the dirtbike/dualsport makes me want to jump every curb in traffic and go down every dirt road and trail in sight, not to mention the WONDERFUL wheelies it does, :) and the Harley is a hardtail with a springer front end and is flat black so I feel like I'm riding something from the 50's that can be used, abused, ridden hard, put up dirty and fixed with spraypaint!
Have as many 2wheelers as you can, just invest in a good multi-battery trickle charger!
 

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I actually find that having a variety of bikes to ride provides a far better appreciation of the differences between bikes and a better ability to access the performance of a bike. I borrowed a friends Darmah, approached a corner at the normal speed I would aboard my SS (both bikes of similar vintage) only to find the brakes were no where near as good as those of the SS. Realising this, I adjusted my riding and informed the Darmah owner of the differences between the brakes of our two bikes. He replied 'he didn't have anything to compare the Darmah with so thought that that was just the way they are'. He has since changed and improved the Darmahs brakes. A similar experience happened when I swapped the F4 for a 1098 tri-color Ducati, this time with the suspension/handling.

As for favouring one bike over another, yep it happens. Then you change bikes and realise that the other bike is great fun and tend to put more miles on it for a while. And so it goes. The trick is to buy bikes you want, enjoy them and ride them as individuals.

there is also the advantage of being able to jump on anything (different riding positions, gear change patterns, power delivery, handling etc) where as a only ever ride this bike person can have some problems changing bikes.
 

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Hey Alan, go for it bro. I have a 07/ 1098 Ducati and a 09/ rr312 MV and I love them both. I try to ride each one of them equally but like the MV better. So, go for it bro. The Aprilla is nice also, get while you can.
 

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Sig- 1098 tempermental? My is so cranky I think it's going through "red week" every other time I ride it.

Carl- Not my business but I'd get Beth to ditch that Vespa. Tires have tiny contact patch and anything on the road will put them down. Course she could always run the tires at 10 psi for more grip.
 
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