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Old 06-11-2014, 10:53 AM   #1
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Your top pick for best-handling standard for low-speed fun, old or new?

So here we go...let the opinions fly. What would your top choices be for bikes that more or less meet the following criteria:

1- Excellent handling on lower speed, twisty public roads, often mountainy, and primarily paved

2- Comfortable for extended rides, standards are the standard here for position, but a suitable non-standard would be in the running.

3- Reasonable fuel economy, good for daily commuting duty on two lanes and in town.

4- Interstate performance irrelevant - two lane duty only.

5- Touring capacity not critical, but ability to pack an overnight or weekend's gear would be handy.

Feel free to recommend anything, old or new, that you think suits. Extra bonus points for classic looks, ease of use and reliability.

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Old 06-11-2014, 11:01 AM   #2
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Old 06-11-2014, 11:03 AM   #3
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Old 06-11-2014, 11:06 AM   #4
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Old 06-11-2014, 11:36 AM   #5
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Old 06-11-2014, 11:36 AM   #6
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Old 06-11-2014, 11:41 AM   #7
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Old 06-11-2014, 11:45 AM   #8
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Buell XB9S or XB12S.

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Reasons: Low maintenance (belt drive, hydraulic valve lifters, one throttle body so nothing to sync), 50+ MPG. The 9 likes to rev, the 12 has gobs of low-end grunt. Fully adjustable suspension front and rear. Ideal bike for the twisties. It's an orphan bike but parts are still readily available from dealers and are likely to be available for years to come from sources like American Sport Bike.

My own choice for your criteria would be a 2008-up XB9SX (City Cross). The 2008-up XB's have an improved crankshaft, better oiling system, and more sophisticated ECM.
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Old 06-11-2014, 12:01 PM   #9
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Probably should be a poll, but whatever.

If you care to, please explain your thinking when posting your choice. And remember, low-speed fun is the key, so mind-bending top speed is not a necessary quality.

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Old 06-11-2014, 12:03 PM   #10
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Can't believe no one has mentioned it yet, but I'd say V-Strom 650 on all counts. Mine gets 50 mpg, handles well and is reasonably comfortable. Also add cheap to buy and farkle with excellent support community.
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Old 06-11-2014, 12:17 PM   #11
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Can't believe no one has mentioned it yet, but I'd say V-Strom 650 on all counts. Mine gets 50 mpg, handles well and is reasonably comfortable. Also add cheap to buy and farkle with excellent support community.
Damn you beat me to it. Great bike. I added the Road Pilot III's to mine since I never took it off the pavement. Was a great handling bike. Never had one thing go wrong on it for 30,000 miles. It still sits at the dealer where I traded it.
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Old 06-11-2014, 12:26 PM   #12
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Probably should be a poll, but whatever.

If you care to, please explain your thinking when posting your choice. And remember, low-speed fun is the key, so mind-bending top speed is not a necessary quality.
690 Duke - 330 lbs, 57 mpg or so, real (non-budget) suspension, lots of torque for the twisties! I think they built the bike with that mission in mind

good suggestion on the Buells too, need more belt drives!
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Old 06-11-2014, 12:36 PM   #13
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Street triple if you can afford it, 919 if not.

And a used street triple will crap all over a FZ-09 except for the motor, wihch we know is fantastic.
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Old 06-11-2014, 12:58 PM   #14
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Buell XB9S or XB12S.

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Reasons: Low maintenance (belt drive, hydraulic valve lifters, one throttle body so nothing to sync), 50+ MPG. The 9 likes to rev, the 12 has gobs of low-end grunt. Fully adjustable suspension front and rear. Ideal bike for the twisties. It's an orphan bike but parts are still readily available from dealers and are likely to be available for years to come from sources like American Sport Bike.

My own choice for your criteria would be a 2008-up XB9SX (City Cross). The 2008-up XB's have an improved crankshaft, better oiling system, and more sophisticated ECM.
If I didn't have to run the interstate for 50-90 miles to get to good roads, the XB-12 would be my do all bike. It is an excellent street bike. The only short coming is it does get hot in the summer, it is an air cooled V-twin after all.
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