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Old 11-14-2012, 07:19 AM   #121
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This thread title got my attention as I am in the same boat. Post 1 took me out of the suggestions for the most part since I am focusing more on jap bikes and maybe a BMW, but would pick a trumpy ST or GT out of any of your suggestions.

Then I read the post below and am all since that bike currently has my attention and have found a couple '12 leftovers under 9 grand for an ADV model with bags. That is NOT a bad buy on a rock solid reliable bike.....that is unfortunately ugly as sin. So ugly that it's growing on me

Originally Posted by Echo3Niner View Post
I agree the V-Strom doesn't have much excitement to it. It's really just straight utility, like a basic SUV.

I still need to take a seat with the pillion on the Multi. I too don't like that duck beak. For the cost, the difference between it and the Triumph Explorer isn't really enough to warrant the cost delta I don't think.

If I was going to go with the Triumph, I'd likely stick to the new big Explorer, as that 1200 has the juice to move me, the pillion and our junk much better than 800.

Like most 4x4 vehicles on the road today, my "adventure bike" will likely never see anything more than a dirt road, so no knobbies needed for me.

I don't see the ST4S on the list of Ducs in the USA; do you mean the Street Fighter?
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