I don't mind the questions at all.
I'm not technically in the UK, on an island off the UK, where our top speed is 40mph, and we have no motorways. So, in terms of speed, there's not much damage which can be done (assuming obeying the law at all times).
Age, I'm 25 (going on 50).
I've been riding just over a year and a half consistently every day of the week to and from work. on a 125cc Varadero, so in terms of the weight, this won't be too much of a jump up. However, the ergos, speed, power delivery, torque etc I'm well aware will be night and day.
My plan is to get a course booked in for my first day riding it so that I'm with a teacher in a controlled environment prior to properly going out on the road.
I've also read it would be wise to keep it below 8k rpm for the first few weeks until I'm pretty used to the throttle action etc.
I've had an insurance quote of £520 for the year, which I thought was reasonable.
As for the bikes. The 2nd option sold unfortunately, so that's out the window. I am having the 1st option checked by a local mechanic tomorrow night to give it the green light (or red light). I also have a 'good feeling' about the seller. He's gone through a lot of effort to find out more details from the previous seller, and the bike really is immaculate. It is in better condition than my 5000 mile Varadero.
My main worry is just that it has been tracked. The last thing I want is to buy a bike, and then the engine blows up 500 miles later.
Realistically, I'd like to keep this for a few years, and put another 20k miles on it. Which from my reading seems possible, as I've seen people reach 100k on these!
Ah, you're from Jersey
I've never been but heard it's lovely. A 40mph limit is crazy though!! You'd not need to change out of 1st gear on the RR
Sounds like you're planning on being sensible which is good, I'd just be sad that I'd hardly be able to stretch the bike's legs if I could only ride at 40mph... Almost seems a shame to have a bike like this for such slow riding. But they do look gorgeous. And I personally find mine pretty comfy, although I'm quite a bit shorter than you.
I'd probably be more inclined to spend £2500 on a carbonfibre road bicycle and try to hit 40mph on that
These bikes are made for the track, so I don't think the engine would blow up if he's servicing it, but with all used bikes there is a slight risk.
At the end of the day, there's as much of a risk with an 11,000mile bike that's been poorly maintained; as with a 30,000 mile bike that's been ridden hard, but well maintained.
Honda are known for bulletproof bikes, I've no doubt they could hit 100,000 miles. Mine's on close to 30 and I've had it for 10 years, but I hardly get much chance to ride it. Lately I've been doing less than 500miles a year :( The 'downside' to having 2 young kids.
Hopefully the mechanic gives you the green light though.
Even if you own it for a year, these bikes don't seem to drop value much now they're over 10 years old, so you'd probably not have much trouble selling it if you don't mesh.