Please recommend a reliable midsize motorcycle.
August 15, 2010 3:01 PM Subscribe
Will some of Ask's motorcycle gang please being me up to speed on the availability of a particular kind of bike? I'm looking for an around-town middleweight like the Triumph 650 I rode in college but I'm looking first of all for capital-R Reliability. I do want adequate
performance, for situations like matching the speed of oncoming traffic in a short merging lane, but I'm not looking for performance of the wheelie pulling, eyeball flattening kind. What I don't
want is any more experience sitting in an ever-spreading Triumph/BSA/Norton pool of oil setting valve train tolerances, after having just set them two days ago. Had enough of that to last a lifetime, thanks.
posted by jfuller to Travel & Transportation (26 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
I'll be looking at Craigslist-type bikes with maybe 50K miles already on them. Are there any models which can reasonably be expected to have a decent amount of life left at that age, and which have the rep of being happy with standard owners manual maintenance instead of living in the garage surrounded by an array of dismounted parts and random cycle shrapnel? Thanks very much!
Also, if there are any bikes like this that look like, y'know, motorcycles instead of like Transformers designed by 14 year old guys, that would make me very happy. But it's not a requirement and I'm not holding my breath, considering its been twenty-odd years since I even saw a non-Transformerish road bike that wasn't a Sportster or a restored antique.