Even though I won't be bike shopping until spring 2015, that doesn't stop me from browsing and burning up brain cells thinking about what I want out of a bike.
My budget will be limited to the $2000 or below range and there are plenty of great bikes that tend to sell in that price range. However, there are only a few that pique my interest. Mainly, the KLR650, DR650, Honda Hawk GT and the lowly little Buell Blast. Ultimately, it's the Blast that I keep obsessing over. Even with all it's supposed flaws and shortcomings, the idea of a shaky thumper that you can toss around like a bicycle is very appealing. (Plus you add, great brakes, almost zero maintenance and +60mpg and that's pretty sweet.)
Thinking about all the negatives does nothing to change my mind. It did however, make me realize that as much as I want to be rational and choose the reliable and trouble free bike, I most likely won't.
I want soul. I want a more visceral experience.
Maybe I've been brainwashed into the Cult of Buell because if I had the money, I'd be all over another Ulysses.