I've read a number of posts and this is definitely the best place to ask what bike I should be looking at next...
But before that, here's what I've done so far.
October 2010 - started off on a Cagiva Raptor 125, which was a damned fine bike which loved having the nuts revved off it.
Got my CBT and learned to ride through the winter, which to me was the best time to get used to the "changeable" weather we have in the UK!!
I had my lessons on an ER5 which was tame and an easy learner ride.
Passed my MOD1 in February, then my MOD 2 in March - I know there's much said about people dropping their steeds in the MOD1 test but I must admit there is nothing wrong with the test as you should be able to do the swerve test and emergency stop as safely as you can at real world speeds.
Bought a new Street Triple in April and had to run it in, which was a good thing in my honest opinion.
As soon as it was run in I signed up to do the enhanced riders' scheme was elevated my riding ability significantly.
I started to ride with the IAM in September and now am sitting my mock test. Not sure if I will pass but am pleased with my progress.
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Sorry for the history lesson but I think it will help with your input.
I've been looking at the Ducati 848 evo but purely as it is beautiful to behold, especially in stealth black.
Then a mate of mine has been sowing the seeds of getting something bigger. I have a list which encompasses the following:
Ducati 848 evo / 1199 (when it is for sale)
Suzuki GSXR750 / 1100
Aprilia RSV4 APRC
Honda Fireblade (this seems to be now falling behind their rivals)
Note the absence of a Triumph - the Speed Triple would be nice but I sometimes do a commute down south and I can't think the Speed Triple would be much more than the Street Triple.
Any comments would be appreciated.
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