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Old 01-17-2013, 11:22 PM   #46
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New, cheap, looks fun: Honda CB500X-ABS.

http://powersports.honda.com/2013/cb500x.aspx


The CB500F is $5999 with ABS, the CBR500R is $500 more; I'd expect this to be in the same ballpark.

Used, MORE fun, Sexy: Street Triple.

Huge following: Wee Strom.

Ride it to work today, Ride it to the other side of the country next week: Used ST13 or FJR. (I just sold an '04 FJR-ABS, 67k miles, $4500)
That Honda is a sharp looking bike! I think it's really cool they dropped in a sorta "urban adventure" bike into their lineup at 500cc. Very cool.
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Old 01-18-2013, 05:20 AM   #47
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I'm surprised no one has mentioned a K75. Cheap, reliable, and the best bags ever installed on a motorcycle.
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Old 01-18-2013, 05:41 AM   #48
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I'm surprised no one has mentioned a K75. Cheap, reliable, and the best bags ever installed on a motorcycle.
+1 on this! I had a 1994 K75 for years and that was one of the best-riding, most reliable bikes I've ever heard of. I've personally seen them with 400,000 miles on the odometer and a couple years ago there was an article in BMWMOA magazine about a lifetime mileage award - 1,000,000 (one million) miles on that person's K75 and it was still going strong. You can probably find an excellent example of a K75 for under $3000.

That said, regardless which bike you get, you'll need some kind of fairing/windscreen for sustained highway riding. As stated in some earlier posts, I've owned both the DR650 and KLR650 and they are wonderful bikes in many ways, totally bomb-proof, but they will beat the crap out of you on the highway - there's just no protection from the wind or weather. One issue I had with mine was that they didn't generate enough electricity to run much more than a cell phone charger, so no heated grips, power for electric vest or gloves, etc. Maybe the newer bikes put out more juice, but the ones I had would charge the battery and run the lights, period. And speaking of lights, whichever bike you get, immediately add some good high-intensity driving lights! You are so much more visible with additional lights, and they are really nice for riding in the dark as well. I've never seen a stock bike light that put out enough light all by itself to be safe.

Good luck with your choice and enjoy the commute! I'm 120 miles round-trip from my office and ride the bike whenever possible. It's a great way to start and end the work day.

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Old 01-18-2013, 05:50 AM   #49
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I would want shaft or belt drive, and the weather protection of a large fairing. A 400cc scooter would probably be ideal but they tend to be expensive.
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Old 01-18-2013, 06:09 AM   #50
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+1 on this! I had a 1994 K75 for years and that was one of the best-riding, most reliable bikes I've ever heard of. I've personally seen them with 400,000 miles on the odometer and a couple years ago there was an article in BMWMOA magazine about a lifetime mileage award - 1,000,000 (one million) miles on that person's K75 and it was still going strong. You can probably find an excellent example of a K75 for under $3000.

That said, regardless which bike you get, you'll need some kind of fairing/windscreen for sustained highway riding.
The OP is from NC. A K75RT (which I think is a good commuter for nasty weather) would fry the thighs in NC summer weather.
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Old 01-18-2013, 07:03 AM   #51
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Yes, a K75, Honda Pacific Coast, GL500 or 650 are all great commuter bikes.
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Old 01-18-2013, 07:32 AM   #52
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The OP is from NC. A K75RT (which I think is a good commuter for nasty weather) would fry the thighs in NC summer weather.
I never had any heat issues with my K75, but I lived in Wyoming at the time so that may have affected my experience .



I loved that bike, gave it to my son for a college graduation gift, he rode it for several years, then sold it to a friend. It's now almost 20 years old, runs like a sewing machine, and still looks brand new with 80,000 miles on it.

I live in Virginia so understand concerns about heat. I used to have an 1100RT and would stop riding it when it got hot and humid because it provided too much protection. I've got an 1150GS also and it's perfect 95% of the time, only issue I have is when it's cold (below 40 or so) and the wind chill is a bit much for long rides.

I wouldn't hesitate to buy any modern chain-driven bike, they are as reliable as shafts or belts and much easier maintenance.

Good luck with your selection!
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Old 01-18-2013, 05:08 PM   #53
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The KLR has great ergos for me.
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Old 01-22-2013, 08:22 AM   #54
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Had a 2008 KLR for about a year, great ergos, fun on the back roads, good on gas...however... the worst bike I have ever ridden on the slab by far...marginal brakes, underpowered and scarey handleing.
If you don't go on the slab during your commute, go for it....if you do...stay away
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Old 01-22-2013, 11:00 AM   #55
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when my job changed i sold my klr for a vstrom650.
my commute use to be 20 miles of back roads the klr was great for that but for 30 miles of super slab it was not.
the vstrom was better and gets better gas mileage.
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Certainly the Strom and Versys are better bikes, but for a commuter when cost per mile is a consideration, and you consider ALL costs, such as upfront, running and maintenance costs, you would be hard pressed to beat a used KLR.
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when my job changed i sold my klr for a vstrom650.
my commute use to be 20 miles of back roads the klr was great for that but for 30 miles of super slab it was not.
the vstrom was better and gets better gas mileage.

We need more input from the OP about his commute - I cruise at 75 mph (GPS indicated) all day on Route 64 in his area, and about 70+ on US-1, same area, with power for passing. I was under the impression that wasn't the KLR's forte. Route 64 in particular is like riding on an interstate for many miles in either direction of Pittsboro (including a nice, shiny new bypass), which is near him.

Now, if he makes a point of avoiding those two highways all the time, that changes things considerably.
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Old 01-23-2013, 06:31 AM   #57
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I leave my house (Moncure) and take old US1 (55mph 2 lane) 4 miles and merge onto US1 (70mph 4 lanes). I take US1 all the way to the 40 merge, and merge onto 40 (65mph 4 lanes). I take 40 a few miles and exit off on highway 55 (45mph 4 lanes) and then I take that to work a few miles.
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Old 01-23-2013, 06:36 AM   #58
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Old 01-23-2013, 09:38 AM   #59
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I leave my house (Moncure) and take old US1 (55mph 2 lane) 4 miles and merge onto US1 (70mph 4 lanes). I take US1 all the way to the 40 merge, and merge onto 40 (65mph 4 lanes). I take 40 a few miles and exit off on highway 55 (45mph 4 lanes) and then I take that to work a few miles.
Of the original choices, I'd go with the Wee. You're going to use it on weekends too, correct? Comfortable, great fuel mileage, lot's of aftermarket parts, what's not the love?
I know a few inmates who own them and they love em! I don't think I've heard one bad review or comment...from folks who OWN them. Even folks who don't own them...the only comment from them I've heard is about the way they look.
Good luck with whatever you decide to purchase!

EDIT: BTW, used, fairly low mile units can be had for under $5000. You can buy a LOT of gas or farkles with the other $5000.
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Ride it to work today, Ride it to the other side of the country next week: Used ST13 or FJR. (I just sold an '04 FJR-ABS, 67k miles, $4500)


FJR.

BMW 11XX GS


Both have ABS for those "exciting" stops when you get caught mid-yawn in the rain after a long day's work

or a long day in the saddle, and something shitty happens.

Depending whether you want to combine your commuting with occasional SPORT-touring or ADV-touring.

I like the idea of commuting comfortably, on a bike that you could also go cross-country on.
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