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Old 10-29-2014, 08:12 AM   #1
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Best 3 Road Warrior type bikes for retirement?

Now that I am retired and have lots of time to ride . . . I am thinking of a 3rd bike to go with my Wee2 & FZ-09. Thumpers are out . . . They put my hands and rear to sleep.

I need lots of leg room due to bad knees, need to sit upright to lessen the weight on my overly sensitive hands etc. Don't really want a carbed bike due to ethanol. The STen looks like a nice bike . . . Probably have numb hands issues etc.

I have a naked bike and Adventure style bike. Not a cruiser or scooter type guy.
I really don't ride much on the highway. The Grom looks like fun . . . seems too small. I know I should enjoy and ride what I have . . . Just thinking out loud . . .

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Old 10-29-2014, 08:26 AM   #2
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Why not a classic/vintage bike? Maybe a bike that you fantasized about when you were younger, but didn't have the means or opportunity to own at the time?
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Old 10-29-2014, 08:53 AM   #3
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I always wanted a Triumph Scrambler. I test rode one . . . after riding a DL1K . . . It seemed low on power by comparison. Definitely like the looks.


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Old 10-29-2014, 09:16 AM   #4
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A small bike that you could ride to it's limits would be good. The new yamaha R3 might be fun. The ergonomics might not be good though.
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Old 10-29-2014, 09:48 AM   #5
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I tried a CB5X . . . Which was fun . . . a little more shifting than I prefer. I like 650 and higher size/power bikes:

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Old 10-29-2014, 10:07 AM   #6
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Instead of focusing on what other type of bikes you want to buy, why not consider what other sort of riding you want to do... that the FZ09 and Wee don't do well enough?

More touring oriented?

More sport oriented?

More off-road oriented?

More 2-up oriented?

More funster/eccentric/exotic/etc.?

Define the symptom of your illness, then prescribe the meds to fit that diagnosis.
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Old 10-29-2014, 10:56 AM   #7
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I second this guys questions....

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Instead of focusing on what other type of bikes you want to buy, why not consider what other sort of riding you want to do... that the FZ09 and Wee don't do well enough?

More touring oriented?

More sport oriented?

More off-road oriented?

More 2-up oriented?

More funster/eccentric/exotic/etc.?

Define the symptom of your illness, then prescribe the meds to fit that diagnosis.
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Old 10-29-2014, 11:11 AM   #8
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Sounds like you will end up with 3 very similar bikes. Why not get a hotrod bike like the ZX10 and use it for short spirited bursts? A pure play bike,something fun but would'nt spend a lot of time on for your body to ache on. You could get an old classic like the Duc 900 or a 96ZX7R. Carbureted but not that big a deal. Pure toy.
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Old 10-29-2014, 11:44 AM   #9
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i think a cb1000r would be a good choice given your other two bikes, and requirements for this one

i am sure you'd know how to set it up to do what you want

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Old 10-29-2014, 11:53 AM   #10
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I like it! Any changes for 2015? It will break my MC fund for sure.
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Old 10-29-2014, 12:22 PM   #11
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I would like to run away with this girl...

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Old 10-29-2014, 12:33 PM   #12
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The super tenere would be a great choice. The only problem is that if you are like me you may then find that you are neglecting your dl 650. That was my experience; I solved that problem by trading it in on a 2014 v strom 1000. A great combo.
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Old 10-29-2014, 01:21 PM   #13
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One of my favorite bikes was my Versy with 17" X 19" Woodys sealed spokes. It was a bit buzzy and tall for me . . . I liked the size.

A Versys size bike with a smooth -09 type engine . . . would be great . . . Maybe the new Versys 650 will be smoother. Don't really need spokes. I do not ride off road much. I do not ride two up.

I was hoping the new NC750X would come to the US.

I have tried many KTM's too . . . Too much hand vibration:

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A more sport touring type bike with good leg room ergonomics and very smooth etc.
You are still focusing on the bike. Based on your description above, most people in your situation would be very happy with the two you already have in your stable... particularly the Wee.

Tell us what sort of riding you like to do, and in what ways your two current bikes are falling short.

But at the end of the day, if you simply just want to have another bike - for no other reasons than just having another one to choose from when the mood strikes - then that isn't anything any of us can "recommend". Pick one that strikes your fancy and whip out ye ol' checkbook.
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Old 10-29-2014, 01:34 PM   #14
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I love my 1050 Tiger . . .the ergs are good for, ehem, experienced riders, the engine is smooth, and it's faster than I am ;-}
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Old 10-29-2014, 02:21 PM   #15
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If I were you, I would go for maximum character.

This bike is a lot of fun and only shakes at idle:



This bike is also a lot of fun, but has carbs:



I think this would be a blast too, if money were no object:




Of course, these are the bikes I would get as a second or third bike. I know that if I owned one of these bikes, plus your two, I would be more inclined to grab the keys for the Sportster or CB550 or Diavel most of the time. When it comes to riding for fun, character always wins out for me.
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