Vee or ST1100
In my ongoing quest for my next bike, I find myself once again pondering options. Saturday I drove past a nice used ST1100 for sale. It had around 35k, was very nice looking and well cared for, and was owned by a law enforcement officer. It was a '91 model year, had a backrest, but was otherwise stock. The price was $3500 firm.
I think its kind of fair to compare this bike to a Vee, as for my particular needs, they both have similar strong points. They are both nice handling, fairly powerful bikes built for comfort. And I just happen to have a brand new Corbin seat in the box in my storage shed, as well as a new tall windscreen. These are left from my old '95 ST1100.
For those who haven't seen my previous posts, my bike uses are commuting, weekend getaways around New England, and some long rides. I hope to get the chance to do some very long trips. I don't need off road ability. I do want luggage/cargo carrying ability, and some comfort for my wife when she wants to come with me.
Here are my pros and cons list:
Shaft drive- big pro!
Nice, big comfortable seat...for my big seat ;-) Pro.
I have some upgrade parts on hand: small pro.
Motor is smooth as silk, feels electric smooth: Pro.
Bigger passenger seat: Pro.
Older styling, though still looks decent...small con.
Carbs, though they work well on an ST, con.
Decent suspension, but not as forgiving on our very rough local roads: Con.
Fuel injection- Pro.
Nice styling- Pro.
Better suspension for our very rough northern NH roads: Pro.
Chain drive- big CON.
From what I hear, not the smoothest engine: small con.
Smaller passenger seat: con (my wife would say BIG con)
The way I see it, the ST would be the better choice when my wife is with me, but the Vee would be more fun solo. With the Vee, she could jump on for a trip to the beach for the weekend, but on the ST, she could come with me for several long days. I like the low maintenance shaft drive and the electric motor feeling of the ST, but the Vee has injection, and would be much newer.
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