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Old 11-05-2012, 05:41 PM
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Default Oh dear, what to do?

Last Easter, I sold my low km Yamaha XJR1300 (pic for those who are not familiar with the bike) - a lovely bike to ride and the one I prefer to ride - but it's not as convenient as the Strom with its topbox and side bags.





Two days ago, my wife and I were driving along and an XJR went past - and I commented that I was sorry I'd sold the XJR. To which she replied, "Well, you didn't have to."

Yesterday, the buyer rang as he was having problems getting the bike re-registered as there was a hiccough with the insurance. In the course of conversation, I mentioned I regretted selling it. He then said he was thinking of selling it to get a Victory (I'm not sure why anyone would want a Victory). He's only added about 1000km to the bike since I sold it.

So I've told him to give me first option if he does sell.

The thing is, I can't justify nor afford the registration and insurance costs for two bikes so if I get it, the Strom will almost certainly have to go. I think.

This is the reason I nearly sold the XJR and Strom to get a Super Tenere - multi-use capability and lots of grunt.
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Old 11-05-2012, 06:19 PM
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xjr I guess never got to the USA

Keep cacluating and planning and you will end up with a VEE
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Old 11-05-2012, 06:22 PM
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The Vee is an option, I suppose, but I do like the smoothness of the 4.

I inherited the bike from my late son who had just bought it (and the Wee) not long before his death - so there is a sentimental attachment to both bikes. He was on the Wee when he died.
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Old 11-05-2012, 07:50 PM
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I love XJR's, I just wish they had slightly smaller engines. I was considering one when the insurance for larger capacity bikes jumped through the roof which ruled out bigger bikes for me (and then I went and bought a Vee anyway ).

Your reason for keeping the Wee was that the XJR was "not as convenient as the Strom with its topbox and side bags". Why not just add similar luggage to the XJR and regain the convenience AND more power ?
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Old 11-05-2012, 09:20 PM
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I did forget to say that one of the reasons I kept the Strom over the XJR was that of the cameraderie of the Stromtroopers I've met by being on this forum. I have been more likely to go on group rides here than elsewhere.

Another reason was that the XJR would fetch a lot more in a sale than the Strom which was a bit scratched and bent from my son's last ride.

Buying the XJR back will effectively cost a lot more than if I'd kept it what with stamp duty, etc., payable to the motor vehicles dept.
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Old 11-07-2012, 06:12 PM
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It's a heart versus head dilemma -- where the 'sensible' answer may just be disregarded anyway.
How long before the XJ can be put on club plates?
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What is that thingie on the back of the bike , a roll bar? ----Just askin
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The thing is, I can't justify nor afford the registration and insurance costs for two bikes so if I get it, the Strom will almost certainly have to go. I think.
Life is short.
Do you want to spend your days riding a bike that you don't want ?
If you can afford only one bike then get the one that you really want.
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Old 11-08-2012, 11:28 AM
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I feel your pain. I sold a Suzuki GSX1100G a few years back because it was not as functional and flexible as the Wee, but I still miss the instant gratification pursuant to twisting the throttle. With hard bags it was a good sport-tourer, also, but did not have either the range or occasional off-road foray capability of the 'Strom.

I'd say keep the Wee. Nostalgia is nice, but practicality should prevail.
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