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    The 10 Best Buys in Motorcycles for 2019 - Popular Mechanics

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    They coulda' stuck an R nine T in there...yes? no? The indian FTR lists for a few bucks more so it wasn't price.

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    Pretty subjective subject. Depends on what one considers a "good buy" and I suspect that differs for almost all of us. Several bikes on the list are neat looking, at least to me, but I probably would not buy them.
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    310GS or R? More tech than most of those...
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    That Yamaha ZST-R3 for 5 grand Looks awesome to me
    A new small displacement sportbike for that price! Wow

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    Jeez...
    I read it as best buys for folks who need low cost models. Some do nothing for me, some I have had a similar model at some point, and a few would be fun to zip around on.
    I read Popular Mechanics, have for years, just never for bike purchase suggestions as being the best source.

    The debate over three vs. two wheels continues and for some, three is a necessity to enjoy the ride due to age,health, or injury. I don't knock folks for riding what they are able to One never knows what life has in store for you.
    The Spyder and the Slingshot had to be called motorcycles to be approved here.

    And, lower displacement bikes can embarrass some (lot of)liter+ bike operators under certain conditions...we do it regularly on 390 and 790cc thumpers. Heck, even my 75/6 has had to wait for the 1200's to catch up more than once.

    The head shaking after some realize a thumper riding female out rode their big bike is priceless The young Ninjas always give a thumbs up when they catch up.The V-Twins just frown and waddle away at the gas stop.
    Yes, on a straightaway we are toast...but in technical stuff we have a blast.

    The smaller class racing bikes ( HondaCB300R, KTM RC390, Kawa Ninja400) are quite capable and I too recall when 450cc was a huge machine the first time I straddled one.

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    I like the Bonneville Speed Twin. I don’t know that I’d call it a “best buy” but I like it.

    The three wheel/two wheel debate might go on forever, but if making a list of ten motorcycles for any reason, I think I would fill it with two wheelers first.

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    You folks should have been around in the mid-'80s when BMW introduced the classic K bikes. The ridicule from the /2 and Airhead crowd was deafening. Until somebody's 1000 cc twin got badly smoked by a K75 on either the straights or the twisties. And that didn't even consider the K100 bikes. They didn't shut up but they did calm down a little. Repeat for the F800 vertical twin bikes.

    Psychologists and other social scientists call it confirmation bias. "I bought this so it just has to be the best."
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    Quote Originally Posted by PGlaves View Post
    You folks should have been around in the mid-'80s when BMW introduced the classic K bikes. The ridicule from the /2 and Airhead crowd was deafening. Until somebody's 1000 cc twin got badly smoked by a K75 on either the straights or the twisties. And that didn't even consider the K100 bikes. They didn't shut up but they did calm down a little. Repeat for the F800 vertical twin bikes.

    Psychologists and other social scientists call it confirmation bias. "I bought this so it just has to be the best."
    What people should add to the last sentence is “for me”.


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    When I was young and couldn't afford to pay attention, I would have thought I'd died and gone to heaven if I had any one of those bikes, even the R3 or 300R.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PGlaves View Post
    You folks should have been around in the mid-'80s when BMW introduced the classic K bikes. The ridicule from the /2 and Airhead crowd was deafening. Until somebody's 1000 cc twin got badly smoked by a K75 on either the straights or the twisties. And that didn't even consider the K100 bikes. They didn't shut up but they did calm down a little. Repeat for the F800 vertical twin bikes.

    Psychologists and other social scientists call it confirmation bias. "I bought this so it just has to be the best."

    Pretty much the H/D credo..........
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    Best bike deal out there is the Suzuki gsx s1000. Redesigned using the 1980s inline 4, this bike is a steal at under $10k. The "F" model has a small faring. Very cool.

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