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That was an interesting article! It was interesting to see that the cheaper, older Ninja 500 did so well in this group. I've heard alot of good things about the 599, but I would've thought that having no windshield was a big drawback? It would be in my opinion. Windblast gets old in a hurry when you're moving more quiclky, and if you live a cooler climate, it can mean the difference between a half hour ride and 4 hour ride! Also, with the 919 being so close in size and cost, do you think the 599 will have much of a market? I was interested in this type of bike, as I'm getting tired of the weight and acres of plastic my ST1100 has, but the insurance rates are crazy, I think they're all looked upon as sport bikes, which seems crazy. Progressive wanted a little over $1200 to insure either of the FZ6, 599 and 919, thats fully comp, collision, $500 ded. and I'm 32!!! Thats seems alot, when I only pay $300 for an 1100cc sport tourer?!?!??! I guess I ride a fogey bike.



Very good article though, I liked the FZ6 looks but a high revving buzzy motor would not work for me. The triumph is a great looking bike, but too uncomfortable for long stints in the saddle. None of the other bikes really interested me too much. The V-strom and BMW were strange looking, and while I'm not a Harley basher, if I was going to buy a Harley, I'd prefer a big Harley.



I'm looking forward to the best of the best comparo, to see what happens. Great article.
 

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I wonder how the Honda Nighthawk 750 would have done in this company? I rode one for a little while after I learned to ride, it was a pretty fun bike to ride but boooring to look at. I imagine it had enough zip to keep up these other bikes, its cheap, cheap to insure, reliable, easy to work on, but it a bit of a relic in some ways. Its kind of 70's, but not in a funky retro way, more of olive green flared dad pants kind of way. Just a thought.
 

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I didn't realize Italians and Harleys were cheaper to insure. I can understand why a Fireblade or ZX10 or something similar would be expensive to insure with all that power, expensive plastic with a portion of their riders who ride like maniacs, but the insurance rates for a 919, 599, fz6, etc. Its just crazy! My ST1100 was pretty cheap to insure, as is the Concours, BMWs etc, but you really have to check it out. I liked the VFR alot and almost bought one until I checked out the insurance and almost choked!



The thought of simplifying to the type of bike you guys tested keeps crossing my mind, but everytime I go out on the freeway, or when its raining or cold, that big fairing and windshield on the ST sure do come in nice. If only it didn't weigh 700lbs! I keep looking for a lighter bike with upright seating position and luggage capabilities and some form of windshield or small fairing but keep coming up short. They have some in Europe, but they don't seem to find their way over here.



Nice article by the way.
 
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