I did an intro post in the main thread in this forum but my initial page said I was halfway done setting up my account and doing a separate intro post is part of that so yeah...here's another post to add to my count
I've been riding since 2004, mostly sport bikes at first then got into supermotos and dual sports around 2009 which has been my primary focus since. I've owned a ton of different bikes and have determined 2 main things. First, I would rather ride a slow bike fast than a fast bike slow any day of the week and second, I know I can have a ton of fun without mountains of power.
The current stable is as follows:
2009 KTM 690 SMC
Love this bike and have a lot of sentimental attachment to it, so much fun and have explored so much of the US with it. Bought the SMC in UT, have ridden half of Highway 1, ToTD, Jennings GP, all over PA with it.
2010 Yamaha YZ450F
Have the OEM knobby wheels and a set of 17" supermoto wheels for this beast. Since moving to NJ from FL I've been riding more trails than anything, probably selling it since I don't do MX and SM racing as much as I'd like.
2013 Ducati Multistrada 1200S
Beautifully performing machine but costs a mint to keep operating right. The valve check/belt change interval is pretty well spaced at 15k miles/60 months, whichever comes first, but it costs almost $900
There are also other regular services at 7,5k 10k miles, 15k, 22,5k and yearly after that which are not at all cheap. I got in a little over my head on this bike but it's paid for at least. While it performs amazingly when riding, it's tall as ****, heavy and I'm always worried about any little scratch since it's so damned expensive.
Why am I here? I'm selling my YZ, the Multi and possibly (but probably not, can't let go of it) the SMC to pick up a KTM 500 EXC + supermoto wheels and something else that is more fun and less expensive than the MTS. I'm considering a used SV650/1k or maybe an R3. I know those two are very different bikes but I think they each have their pros. I like the R3 for it's cost to own/operate, performance at the price point and riding position. I'd like to replace the Multi with something I can ride at some track days for fun, hit the NJ/PA turnpike for an hour to get home to my Mom's place on the weekends, is lightweight and can do some 3-5 day motorcycle trips around New England/NC and TN without major discomfort. I'd prefer to be able to ride to those places from NJ/PA instead of trailer taking my time on the scenic and more fun routes vs. highway when possible.
If anyone has positive or negative feedback on the R3, please provide it. I have no brand loyalty, I like bikes that are fun regardless of who makes them. The only brand I'm not a huge fan of is Kawasaki (and yes, I've owned a few). Oh, and I'll never own a cruiser. I think they look nice but the riding position and weight are not for me.