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Old 03-20-2015, 05:01 PM   #1
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CHEAP 2 up bike.

Hey guys and gals. Hoping for some insight and suggestions on my next 2 wheeler. I know this has been discussed before but it is kind of an individual case in my mind. I am 27 and have been riding for 9 years; First on the street and then moving to dirt also.

My bike History:

1981 GL500. I liked this bike a lot in its stock form, and then I turned it into this:
http://abload.de/img/4055819547_865ae28ce053rix.jpg

2006 DR650. First offroad experience. Loved and still love this bike for its amazing versatility. It does everything from tight single track to freeway. Not well, but you can survive both activities with this bike.

The offroad bug lead me along to a 2004 KTM 200 EXC. Singletrack machine. Harescramble and Enduro Racer. 2 Stroke. Awesome trail bike. I have a license plate on mine but only just in case.

What I need next is a street bike that can handle a passenger. Last summer my S.O. and I started going on some rides. Had lots of fun but the DR650 is obviously much less than ideal.

I have looked at V stroms but really I don't need any offroad capability as that is covered by elsewhere in my stable. Still they are on the table I guess. I have looked at the 1000c verson of the Kawasaki Concours but they seem like they might be way more heavy than I am used to.

I have always thought the Honda PC800 (Pacific Coast) has a cool quirky look to it.

Budget is pretty darn low. Essentially as cheap as possible while still getting me something a little sporty and able to carry me and the GF at about 350 lbs combined. Luggage would be nice, weather it comes with the bike or can be added. I have yet to own a bike with any wind protection so that would be nice also.

What does ADV think? V strom 1000? 650? Concours and just deal with the weight? Mini-gold wing looking scooter thingy?

Any input or flaming is appreciated.
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Old 03-20-2015, 05:58 PM   #2
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Strom 650 if that's enough power for you, 1k Strom if not. The Versys' 650 and 1k are other options.
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Old 03-20-2015, 06:06 PM   #3
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Connie 1000 for cheap 2up bike. Super reliable, with solid handling and excellent motor.
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Old 03-20-2015, 11:14 PM   #4
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Well you aren't going to find a much better 2up bike cheaper than a Connie. Don't think it's too heavy until you've ridden one. They had a incredibly long production run for a reason.

You still have other options though.

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Suzuki Bandit 1200
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Old 03-21-2015, 03:53 AM   #5
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Could do a lot worse than a Bandit 1200. If that is still too much, an older Suzuki GS 850 would fit the bill, if you don't mind an older bike.
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Old 03-21-2015, 05:04 AM   #6
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As far as comfort for your passenger goes I'd pick the 'Strom. It has more legroom than my previous gen 1 FZ1 did, which is probably a lot like the Bandit. It does feel quite a bit more top heavy at parking lot speeds, but that disappears once underway.

You can check out the ergos of any motorcycle you want, passenger included, on this site: http://cycle-ergo.com/
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Old 03-21-2015, 11:54 AM   #7
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SO this thread is kinda all over the place.

The Connie and ST1100 are fine two up machines. So is the 650 for what it is. So is the Bandit 1200. So what KIND of two up are you looking for?

If sport TOURING for cheap, the connie is a little buzzier and sportier than the ST1100 which is a little smoother and maybe for comfortable. Both are heavy bikes. ST1100 maybe more $

BTW - the connie is a 7.5 gal tank. Of course it's top heavy. For sportier riding, just don't fill up. Taking 3 gals - 18 lbs off the top makes a difference if it bothers one and still have 4.5 gals of fuel. Never bothered me though.
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Old 03-21-2015, 12:20 PM   #8
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I've seen some nice ST1100's priced very favorably. I owned one for five years and it was a treat.
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Old 03-21-2015, 12:25 PM   #9
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Connie 1000 for cheap 2up bike. Super reliable, with solid handling and excellent motor.
Exactly hought when I saw the title. Dead reliable. I know two people I work with, one his 50s and one in his 60s who travel cross country on this model with their spouses. No issues.

Dirt cheap bike, only in price. Next up would be the ST1100 but I know my buddy bought an ST1300 for near 1100 money.
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Old 03-21-2015, 08:37 PM   #10
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Well you aren't going to find a much better 2up bike cheaper than a Connie. Don't think it's too heavy until you've ridden one. They had a incredibly long production run for a reason.

You still have other options though.

84 and up Goldwing
Suzuki Bandit 1200
Honda ST1100
The old Connie C-10 is hard to beat in terms of "bang for buck"
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Old 03-22-2015, 06:35 AM   #11
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Not many believe it, but a Ninja 300 with custom seats and rear sets is a pretty great two up bike. I built, rode, tired of and sold mine but it was more fun to ride than most of the recommendations I see here.

I'm 6-01 and 200 lbs.
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Old 03-22-2015, 04:47 PM   #12
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Thanks for all the replies you guys.

The Concours sure does look good on paper. I will have to start looking at a few of those.
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Old 03-22-2015, 04:53 PM   #13
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I have to throw a vote in for the C-10 Concours. I bought one when I was 26 with 18,000 miles for less than 3K. It has taken my wife and I all over, have taken it through over 30 states and has never let me down. It now has 72,000 miles on it and it is not slowing down.

The weight did take some getting used to, but it sure is a comfortable touring bike for my wife and I.
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Old 03-24-2015, 12:16 PM   #14
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Found one to go look at tonight. It will be dark by the time I get there and our streets are still questionable after the snow on Sunday so no test ride, but at least I will get to sit on it and check it out. The guy sounded nice enough on the phone.


http://minneapolis.craigslist.org/hn...901894274.html

If it looks nice I might go back this weekend to take it for a spin.
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Old 03-24-2015, 01:21 PM   #15
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SO there were some small changes in the 90's. The one you are looking at usually needs a fork brace if spirited riding. Also that year had some cam lobe pitting. Many just ignore it and still ride them forever. Cool to have a choice in seat.

I suggest you offer him less than the already great asking price based on age and fork issues etc ...

Suggest you also go to http://forum.cog-online.org/ for more info. GREAT site.

Again, that price is already good if the bike runs well / not too buzzy / starts right away / etc. A little less and I don't think you could find an old ninja 250 for a better price. Good luck.
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