I was reading through one of the RL/SL threads, and I saw this:
This thread is turning into a how and why you chose a liner. Cool.
Made me want to open it up in general. So, most of us have signatures that say what
kind of bike we have, but why did you pick that bike in particular? I'll start:
The bike I have now is the first one I've ever owned. I knew I wanted a cruiser-style bike, and I'd heard that HDs had lots of reliability problems, and that they were expensive (I swear, I'm really not
trying to start a Harley-bashing thread. I think they make some really nice motorcycles, they just didn't fit my criteria.), so I was looking at metrics. Took a look at all of the offerings from Yamaha, Kawasaki, Suzuki and Honda, but the V-Star 950 kept staying at the top of my list.
I wanted a ride that wasn't going to me too much bike for a relative newbie, but also that I wouldn't grow out of too fast—so nothing on the order of a 250. When I bought it, I didn't know anything about motorcycle maintenance, so I wanted new, and I wanted FI.
The 950 was right where I wanted to be in terms of price, and I liked the styling. Incidentally, the things I liked about the styling, and the reason I chose the non-touring version, were the clean lines, and a complete lack of windshield or saddlebags. Check my signature for the irony.
All the other makers had bikes in the same 900 class, but the V-Star had the best styling, in my opinion. Three years in, I'm still glad I chose the bike I did.
So, what's your story?