After spending a few months looking about, finally bought myself a 1200 Sport (2v). Had been looking at V11s (good ones seem really expensive now!) and 1100 Griso too, but the price/condition/seller of the 1200 Sport was the best overall. And it has both original keys so I can set the PIN for the dash.
Thanks for the input on the various threads I started whilst dithering over the choice.
Seems like and excellent bike so far, not really a sports bike (no surprise there) but really comfortable, and surprisingly good on bumpy country lanes. Massive torque. And 50mpg (though the dash says about 42!), should be 200 mile usable range. Big comfy seat, and useful storage underneath it. Very neat hard panniers, though I probably won’t use them. Proper clocks with dials & needles!
Niggles include the handlebars. I like the low(ish) height, but had to add 20mm risers to get them to clear the tank enough to be able to rotate them into a reasonably comfortable position.
The remaining problem is that they are wide (760mm) and the grips are not angled back much. They would be great on a roadster, but don’t go well with the slightly sporty riding position. You have to stretch forward, which naturally puts your hands at an angle; but then you have to twist your wrist to grip the bars.
So the hunt is on for some narrower bars, preferably which puts the grips at a steeper backward & slightly downward angle. Complicated by the fact they are 28mm (at centre) tapered bars,which reduces choice. Recommendations gratefully received!
Also the clutch lever seems to be a inch further from the grip than necessary. Only useful over the first 1/4 of its travel. But hydraulic so not much adjustment. Maybe an aftermarket lever could fix this…?
Only other niggle is the footrest bracket. This is a big alloy “pork chop” affair that mounts rider & pillion pegs. Nothing unusual about that, but this one is shaped such that if you try to rest the ball of your foot on the peg, you can’t because your heel hits the bracket (it is angled outward). Don’t think this is fixable :-/
These are just niggles though. Still a lovely bike