Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Side of a mountain in New Hampshire
This isn't the first thread I have read where the OP is considering buying the bike with the paint he likes while considering adding mods that are packaged on bikes he does not like.
I have done mods to motorcycles for S&G so I can understand doing it the way you want to but...
Assuming that the options you want are packaged in a factory model, you might consider buying that model regardless of color, preferably a new leftover so you get a savings on the front end for a machine that is the same as a current model year except for paint, and then have it painted and trimmed to whatever scheme you want. It's a math problem. How much is doing it the one way versus the other? Used to be paint was cheaper but times change and often the payoff is in doing it the way you want to.
As far as ABS goes, if it did not come on the motorcycle then retrofitting it, while possible, is at the far end of what is worth doing. Much expense, multiple systems involved and the likelihood of a painless commissioning is slim.
OTOH there is a vocal group of riders who prosthelytize ABS like it's the second coming and that it is a game changer. It came on my bike so I have it. If it didn't come on my bike I would have the bike without it. Smart people tell me that it's a resale adder but I ain't selling so no benefit there. I don't doubt that properties inherent in ABS could save my life in specific conditions. The list of things that land in the "save my life in specific conditions" category is long and most of them include the words "and don't ride motorcycles".
Chew your food twenty times and don't ride motorcycles.
Crack your knuckles and you'll get arthritis and don't ride motorcycles.
ABS is in the "but if you do" subcategory.
Don't ride motorcycles but if you do ride motorcycles, ride motorcycles with ABS.
Cross Country Tour.
We can't help it
We just keep moving
It's been that way since long ago
Since the stone age chasing the great herds
We mostly go where we have to go
That was written by James McMurtry
Last edited by Pop; 04-11-2014 at 07:57 AM.