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Main Motorcycle: 2013 Thruxton
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Doylestown, PA
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(Not an S3 owner/rider, so I hope you don't mind me chiming in...got here by way of "Active Topics...")
Well...I had the "urge" but in the other direction...
Wanted a "Harley" lost my job two years ago and had to 'settle' for a Honda Shadow 1100. My $3000 Dyna I call it. It's all setup with Mustang seat, bags, backrest, etc. Wife and I have done some 2-3 hr trips with great comfort and success. Can't say I fault the bike one bit for what it is. It's been a great bike.
Two things happened... A friend let me ride his Ninja X10 (or whatever it was...), and I saw a Bonneville. My first bike was a Bonneville so Bonneville it was. The freedom and difference in performance on a bike even as tame as a Bonneville blew my mind. Kinda of a "You call that a bike?" "THIS is a bike!" experience...lol.
Anyway, what's my point? Oh yeah...
First off, if you can suffer the thought, I'd suggest keeping your S3 and buying a metric cruiser for less than half of what a Harley would probably run you. In this economy I'm seeing great deals on metrics for less than $4000 that look immaculate. Reason is, you know you are going to get the urge to really wring a bike like the S3 out sooner or later, and you just won't get that with a cruiser.
Best of both worlds in my opinion, and I thoroughly enjoy having the option of either bike at my disposal.
Now, if that's not possible, sure why not? Get the Harley-great bikes in their class, hold their value reasonably well, etc. Just remember-it's not a TRIUMPH!
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