Long post, but here goes
Hi all, I'm facing a little bit of an identity crisis with my motorbike and wanted to know if any others have gone through a similar thought process.
I don't think I've properly introduced myself here either. Like many, I started riding the venerable Sv650 around 12 years ago. After a brief hiatus from motorcycling, I picked up a brand new 2015 FZ09 and fell in love with the triple we all know. In 2019, I got the liter itch and "upgraded" to a brand new 2019 Ninja 1000. My affair with the Ninja lasted almost exactly 1 year, and only a few thousand miles. Last year, I took on my current steed - a 2019 Tracer 900 that I bought new as a left over model.
So, here's the deal....
In hindsight, maybe I shouldn't have move on from the FZ09(now MT). The Ninja 1k was a great bike... It felt very refined and much more substantial than either model of CP3. I just got bored trying to ride that porker slower than it wanted to go. I told myself, the bike I reeeeaaaallly wanted was the Tracer. It had this amazing engine, was a little more grown up, and fits me better as I'm 6'3". I also had plans on taking a few longer trips, and riding with a pillion more often.
Well, life has gotten busy, so no trips. And my pillion... Uh, didn't work out.
My riding consists of the same type of riding I've always done, just with the bike I wanted for other reasons. I ride 2 or 3 times a week. Sometimes commute 10 miles one way. Occasionally put in a 150-200 mile weekend day. I don't need the luggage I have...
Lately though, I'm really thinking of downsizing. I find myself wanting a smaller, lighter, simpler ride, that I can flog on the street or just putter around if I wanted. I've now got the twin cylinder itch and I'm seriously considering moving on from the Tracer.
Some will say, just get another bike and keep the Tracer. To that I say, I don't have enough time to spend with one bike, let alone multiple.
So, my current crisis is... I want a beginner bike. I feel like I want a simple, lightweight, water cooled, twin cylinder of the MT07/XSR700/Sv650 variety.