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Old 01-10-2013, 03:07 PM   #16
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For commuting...

...I'd try the NC700X Honda. Fuel mileage in the 65-80 mpg range usually. Sufficient power. Storage that will hold a full face helmet.
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Old 01-10-2013, 03:16 PM   #17
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Old 01-10-2013, 03:35 PM   #18
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...I'd try the NC700X Honda. Fuel mileage in the 65-80 mpg range usually. Sufficient power. Storage that will hold a full face helmet.
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I one hand, I agree with Valker, on the other, I agree with DAKEZ.

If the primary use is commuting, and you have something else that's fun, the NC700X would be worth a look.
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Old 01-10-2013, 03:39 PM   #19
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who cares what it looks like - its a commuter bike. its going to get knocked over and beat down. You might as well NOT be emotionally attached to it.

Plus look at the V Strom, the KLR and the GS - massively popular bikes and massively ugly
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Old 01-10-2013, 04:16 PM   #20
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07 NON ABS DL650 110K miles and climbing. Motor still all stock, even the clutch plates and cable.

Regularly get 55mpg, done 800 mile days.

Hard pressed to find a better bike for a do all motorcycle that excels at nothing but does everything well.

I am still waiting for the motor to die so I can put the new crate motor I have for it in the frame.

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Old 01-10-2013, 04:21 PM   #21
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07 NON ABS DL650 110K miles and climbing. Motor still all stock, even the clutch plates and cable.


holy crap dood.... thats astonishing....

oh and whats up man

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Old 01-10-2013, 04:23 PM   #22
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holy crap dood.... thats astonishing....

oh and whats up man

Just riding (alot) and avoiding lawnmowers...

You?
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Old 01-10-2013, 04:55 PM   #23
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Just riding (alot) and avoiding lawnmowers...

You?
not avoiding lawnmowers as well as I should fo sho - and not riding as much as I would like (minus three weeks in mexico that is....)

ok not racing as much as I would like

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Old 01-10-2013, 05:07 PM   #24
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About a year ago I had similar needs--though for longer commute, so range might have been more important for me.

I chose a Versys. I've put ~22k miles on it, and it's been a great bike for my needs. My only complaint is the cheap suspension, but that isn't hard to upgrade.

If I were doing the same search today, I'd consider the Honda NC700X, and CB500X as well.
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Old 01-10-2013, 05:11 PM   #25
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I'll have to put in another plug for the Wee-Strom. Low maintenance, all day comfortable, good mpg, and even a lot of fun in the twisties. The best jack of all trades, do it all bike out there for the money.

I am on my 2nd one, the 07 was great but the 12 is even sweeter. Not big changes just a lot of little ones. For starters, a little more low and mid range, smoother shifting and clutch, and a little quieter engine, handles a little better, a little lighter, oh and better looking too, kind of like a new girlfriend. I averaged around 50 mpg on the old one and 55 mpg on the new one.

The NC700X would be good but not as much fun IMHO. 6K redline is too low for a bike, unless your coming from a Harley! I think if they would have raised the redline, with hp to match the Strom, and offered ABS as an option without the auto trans, they would have had a grand slam. That new Honda CB500X looks good too but I don't know much about it.

Kawasaki Versys would be another good choice more fun from what I hear but not as comfortable, nor as many luggage options. I've done 600 mile days on the Strom no problem.
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Old 01-10-2013, 05:18 PM   #26
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07 NON ABS DL650 110K miles and climbing. Motor still all stock, even the clutch plates and cable.

Regularly get 55mpg, done 800 mile days.

Hard pressed to find a better bike for a do all motorcycle that excels at nothing but does everything well.

I am still waiting for the motor to die so I can put the new crate motor I have for it in the frame.

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holy crap dood.... thats astonishing....

oh and whats up man

My buddy has about 270k original miles on his 03 DL1000. I see him weekly and he rides everyday rain or shine. Here's some of his write up's. Amazingly, he hasn't had any big issues in all those miles.
- 250k mile write up - http://www.stromtrooper.com/dl-1000-...-write-up.html
- 226k mile write up - http://www.stromtrooper.com/dl-1000-...0-writeup.html
- 200k mile write up - http://www.stromtrooper.com/dl-1000-...e-writeup.html
- 170k mile write up - http://www.stromtrooper.com/dl-1000-...teup-link.html

He had a custom 7.3 gallon tank built a couple years ago for it
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Old 01-10-2013, 05:32 PM   #27
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This screams for a 250cc or up scooter.Great gas mileage,weather protection,storage and nobody will ask to borrow it.
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Old 01-10-2013, 05:51 PM   #28
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With a second set of spoked wheels for when you want to go off the road.

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Old 01-10-2013, 06:17 PM   #29
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Honda CBR250 ABS

If you're serious about this than ax that one.

I'm as much a Honda fan as I am a Toyota, but my NX TROUNCES Honda's "best" from India...




Get a Ninja 300 and save what you would almost certainly "upgrade" the CBR25india with.
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