To some people a grand is very little money. To others it's a fortune.
XJ600/900. Should be able to get one cheap.I assume you have a full licence ?
In that case look for a tatty BROS 400. Saw a reasonable looking one go on eBay for 270 quid yesterday. I was tempted, but want a 650.You can get high mileage NTVs for buttons too.Same basic engines and go on for ever.
Also factor in the costs of maintenance. You may well find that a season ticket is equal, or LESS cost than the overall cost of bike, clothing, insurance, maintenance, fuel, tyres etc.
Also think about buying clothing that is intrinsically waterproof. One pieces are fine for occasionaly use (I have one for utter downpours), but if you're struggling into it daily it becomes far more hassle than you'd imagine, Look at Hein Gericke stuff - especially the GoreTex ranges. Get clothing that's not too warm in summer, but has a liner for winter. Do NOT buy it tight - you'll want to get a jersey underneath on those really cold mornings. ALso - do NOT buy the clothing off the rack - ask the salesman for something fresh out of the box (it won't have been tried on by 30 different people and the seams won't leak
The Spada Range is very good, i use it all year round.Also get soem Muffs, yes you will look like a courier, BUT you will stay nice and warm!!
BMW R80 is worth a look.
The most unreliable bike I've ever owned. The Guzzi's I've owned look positively Honda like in their reliability compared to the R80. A piece of utter shite.
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