Couldn't decide whether this should go here, or under Other Motorcycles. GW, please move it if appropriate.
I've decided there are probably more IBA rides in my future. That requires one of two things.
Option 1. -- $1,320
>> Order and have MCCruise installed (assuming I can find someone qualified to do so).
Option 2. -- $9,840
>> Wait until equity in the DL >= $0, then trade for an FJR.
What's the incremental cost associated with option 2?
(Total of payments for FJR - 36 months of payments for DL) +
Down payment on FJR =
(12000 - 6160) + 4000 = $9,840
Option 1 PROS:
1. Much less expensive than option 2.
2. The problem gets fixed now, not 18 months down the road.
3. I keep the svelte DL. No FJR weight penalty.
Option 2 PROS:
1. With ABS, shaft drive, better weather protection, more refinement, etc., the FJR is a more capable touring platform.
2. Minimized though the DL's fueling issues now are, the FJR should have none.
Option 1 is much less expensive, solves the problem now, and does not incur the FJR's additional weight. OTOH, the DL will still have no ABS, minimal weather protection, some fueling issues, and a chain.
says: "You've never had ABS -- why do you need it now? And weather protection? You're going to get wet when it rains on either bike. The DL's fueling issues are now tolerable. Shaft drive? Modern chains require very little attention -- and they allow you to modify the bike's overall gearing relatively easily, something that's not really practical on shaft-driven bikes. Save your money. Go with option 1."
Option 2 puts us on a more capable, more refined mount. OTOH, it's a relatively pricey solution, the problem does not get fixed for 18 more months, and the FJR is considerably heavier than the DL.
says, "Ahhh ...you can afford it. You've dealt with vibration your entire riding career; you can deal with it for 18 more months -- one riding season, really. The FJR should have NO fueling issues. And the extra weight is really only apparent when pushing the bike. Get what you really want. Go with option 2."
So... who wins this debate? Are there things I haven't thought of?
Please don't suggest any alternative that does not involve a true, automotive-style cruise control. I'm tired of numb/tingling hands. I have a Univeral Vista Cruise. It provides some relief, but it's a PITA unless you're always on a level road. Same with any other throttle lock. And the other CC alternatives (Audiovox, Rostra) appear to be inferior to (or at least, much more difficult to install than) the MCCruise product.