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
I rented a lovely 2018 Chevy Silverado from Enterprise and drove 542 miles and took 11 hours 51 minutes to buy this amazing vehicle.
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
And apparently Kinja sideways images that will probably flip when I hit publish... Cause Kinja
I am super excited to have a bike again! I am trying not to freak out while sitting here. I own a fucking motorcycle!