What do you want from a motorcycle?
My daily-rider is a 2009 Kawasaki Concours 14. Love that bike more today than when I picked her up new in 2009... I traded a 2005 HD Electra Glide Ultra Classic for the Connie. I parted ways with the Ultra because it was a comfy barge- underpowered and sleepy.
I am selling a 2004 HD Fatboy (tomorrow in fact) which is technically the wife's bike- that is never ridden. With considering the sale, my wife mentioned she missed the Ultra and liked a touring bike- thus started the search.
I recall seeing my 1st Vision in a dealership in early 2009. I was impressed but thought it was something from the skunk-works of Spacely Sprockets; not really warmed up to it.
I have been looking at a new Electra Glide Ultra Limited, the Road Glide Ultra (not a big fan), and the new Goldwing. Went and took a new Ultra Limited for a ride and was very unimpressed with the 103 motor. As for the 'Wing, I can't help but wonder who's brother-in-law at Honda owns a button factory- holy gadget freak Batman!
So this takes me back to the Vision. I stopped by a local dealership to look at the Cross Country Tour and while it was a nice bike, I think I fell in lust with the look, setup and feel of the Vision. Not sure if I need a personalized plate that says "NCC-1701" but I gotta say I was really impressed seeing one in person.
Back to the original question. I want a comfortable touring rig that handles nicely (no, I am not expecting it to match my Concours), that has some nutz and something that is reliable. Throw in looks and I am set- I like the Ultra Limited for classic looks that I love. I like the Vision because I won't pass myself on the road every 10 minutes when the weather is warm.
I like to ride- period. I drank the Cool-Aid for a little bit for image but at the end of the day, I really like to ride....
What the hell have I gotten myself into...