So I’ve narrowed it down to the Honda CTX700, the Yamaha FZ-07 and the Yamaha Star Bolt. Uh, that’s pretty much it. Right now I’m kind of leaning towards the CTX700 since it more or less combines some of the features of the other two bikes and thanks to the Honda Dream Garage sales event prices are crazy-low on even new bikes. However, the one dealership in the area that has them might not accept the bike we want to trade in (a Victory Vision) leaving us with a Victory/Yamaha-only dealer. In which case I’m leaning towards the FZ-07. I’d like to know if any Opponauts have any experience with either bike, but I’m hoping to take them on a test ride when we’re ready to trade. I’d also like opinion on the Kawasaki Vulcan 600S even though when I got an opportunity to test ride one I wasn’t impressed at all.

And if you want me to get a Yamaha XSR900 instead, I’m all ears. Just keep in mind I’m looking for an upright riding style and a budget of around $8000.