Originally Posted by intent
Just passed the MSF course. Stupid bike stalled on me just before the first exercise, so I rode in second gear for the box test and went over the line. Whatever. 5 points.
EDIT: I'll only be practicing in parking lots and eventually commuting in a small city.
Good for you. And smart man on the parking lot deal. Ideal place to practice tight, low speed turns and sudden stops and the other stuff that's hard to get right out on the roads without a lot of practice. You don't want to make a wide, very low speed right turn with a car in the other lane, talk about embarassing. After a while, you'll know when you've built up enough confidence to ride in traffic. Good luck.
Originally Posted by CDFS
The councourse is a practical bike for driving long distances with (or without) luggage and a passenger, while Rocket 3 is one of the daftest bikes out there. If the Councours is too ugly other options are the Yamaha FYR, the BMW k1300 GT, the Honda VFR 1200, etc.
Keep in mind that I'm due to several circumstances (winter/snow, money, lack of rapport with my ex-driving instructor, personal stuff) I'm still in the dreaming state of driving. As such I've only driven a Royal Enfield bullet 350, Kawa z650, Honda CB500, some sort of Shadow I think and now a BMW f650. To put it succintly, I know Jack.
But, I think we should also keep in mind who we are talking about a man with responsibilities, house payments, 'wife'* and of an age that's about the same in years as his neck size in centimeters.
The Concourse is just plain fugly. The Triumph can be equipped for long distance travelling as well, and has the added benefit of being one of the most beautiful bikes on the road. You are right though about there being plenty of other choices out there, but I'd never ride a Japanese bike, so that cuts out a large segment of the market for me from which to recommend.