I looked at a 1999 Royal Star with < 2000 miles on it that was listed for sale for $3000. In the end the seller decided to keep the bike, but it got me to thinking about getting a bigger bike for longer trips.
Without all the whys and becauses, right now Im thinking VS 1300 or one of the bikes with the royal star 1300 V4. My only reservation on those two is they are both water cooled, which is contrary to my concept of an ideal motorcycle, but I dont want to sidetrack into a debate on water vs aircooled. They both have their advantages and drawbacks.
Only thing to add is I will also keep my 2005 VS 650. I cannot name any issue with the bike after putting 26k miles on it, and its perfect for anywhere you would want to ride solo below 60mph.
One of the problems with putting all your focus on reliability is that any bike can have a quality issue if one part was fabricated poorly and slipped through the QA system into your one bike, and known issues can be protected by how you ride the bike and maintain it. Also there are some people that can trash a bullet proof bike, and there are other people that ride their machines so easy that even a crappy bike will last for 20 years.
What it really comes down to is how well you will treat your ride, and if something does go wrong, can you fix it yourself, or do you have to pay someone else to fix it for you?
Last edited by KCW; 10-28-2017 at 09:13 AM.