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I'll add my vote for the Kawasaki Concours. They are certainly priced right, even new. I think it has character, but then, it might just be the straight cut primaries talking to an old Z1 rider. Fast enough, handles great (compared to CB750/Z1 vintage iron), but it's heavy. First bike I've had with a fairing, very noisy with either of the 2 stock screen, but great with the Rifle windshield. I do my own work, and I found the valve cover and carbs hard to get in and out. The bike was nearly impossible to start below 40degF (pretty much a new problem for me, see comments on fairing), but I r/r carbs, drilled out primary caps, found same set at an average of 1.25 turns, set to 'overseas' setting of 2 turns; and that seems to have remedied the starting problem. Oh, and I found that it is pretty hard to r/r your own tires anymore. Most of this probably goes for most new stuff.

I was leaving the bags off except for trips, but now I leave them on as it facilitates running kids around, doing errands, etc., even though my middle son (high school) mocks me for being an old man. What does he know, he wants a 'tuner' car. I'm considering installation of a trunk to gross him out some more.

I also have an Elefant, a Solex, and am rebuilding a Honda C70, so I'm not immune to the character issue. Just financially and lifestyle challenged. The ZG1000 has been approved by SWMBO, as long as the backrest is in place.

I have been thinking that the BMW and Guzzi's do look do look good, though; with their easily accessed valve gear and carbs, and low maintenance requirements. I AM getting old!



 
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