This story was from my intro thread.
I haven't had a bike in 25 years, and like many came from riding sport bikes. I spent the last 2 years testing, renting and borrowing various motorcycles. I was convinced I wanted an ADV since they are like magic carpets that do anything?? and my wife and daughter would like an occasional day tour. So I tested the GS (4 times), a KTM 1290 SAS, and eventually a Tiger 900, but non of them made me want to put on all my gear and go riding (let alone commute to work 15min). It felt like I needed a mission for those bikes and I wanted a mission. Then came the BMW 1000SXR which was very different and felt just like my old ZX9R, but comfy yet not the style I was hoping for. Oh yes style, which brings me to the Ducati MSV4 that I nearly bought it every time I walked into the dealer, but no test rides.....I'm not rolling the dice on $27k.
While looking at ADV bikes I had a few chances to ride nakeds like a Duke 790, SuperDuke R, an Indian Scout, and Boneville T120 and was amazed at how exciting it was to just see the road in front of me. That sensation got burned into my brain! Nope, they just don't make sense I told myself. Stick with the 1000SXR or MSv4.
So another demo day came and while waiting for my second test of the 1000SXR, there was an 9T pure in need of a test rider
. The second I left the driveway I said "what is this?!?!" This rides nothing like a retro bike, smooth 2cyl but really quick reving, nimble, sporty, and feels like you could ride it to the max and not be bored and not die or go to jail. And look at the design ! Ok, so now it was down to the Ducati MSv4 or RnineT classic? They are not even in the same category, but no matter I'm sure I will want the Ducati once I ride it and I can forget about this naked bike stuff....
Ducati dealer demo day came and the holy grail was in front of me, sport mode on, test route layer out, permission to NOT ride with the control group, and $3k discount on new 2022 models! Fastest motorcycle I've ever ridden! Engine wasn't as smooth I as expected, great precise turn-in, but like all ADVs the tilt up back to vertical is a little slow (just tall and heavy). Definitely the ADV I wanted, but somehow I didn't want it. I finally realized as much as I want an ADV and especially that Ducati, I just don't get excited about riding one. Too much out front blocking my view and getting in my way I guess.
So my love affair with the RnineT begins and I have no idea if it will last! At 53 my body may get tired of wind blast and stiff suspension but that's all part of the journey.
This forum has been a big help. Thank you!