I bought something used, manual, and ITALIAN!

Disregard the beautiful Alfa Montreal in the lead image and you are quite welcome for the click-baity headline.

What I did do was buy a 2002 Aprilia SL1000 Falco

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I rented a lovely 2018 Chevy Silverado from Enterprise and drove 542 miles and took 11 hours 51 minutes to buy this amazing vehicle.

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She has been ridden before and dropped. As you can see by the aftermarket headlamp, but the forks and the frame were all straight. So for $1650 I was able to get an Italian street bike with a 60 degree water cooled V-Twin producing 118 hp @ 9250 and 70.5 lb-ft @7000 and only 18,614 miles on the clock.

I did go against the advice of resident Moto guru Peter Black, SV Wrangler and bought Italian. All I need to do is a few services and some TLC and she will be a good bike for the season. The tires are even practically new and nice tires at that.

Here are some photos and DOTS from the trip

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TRAFFIC

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This was a Lime GReen Targa.... what do i win for worst photo ever?

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And apparently Kinja sideways images that will probably flip when I hit publish... Cause Kinja

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I am super excited to have a bike again! I am trying not to freak out while sitting here. I own a fucking motorcycle!