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Old 06-20-2012, 08:57 AM   #1
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What do you think the best bike is for our boring roads under $5K?

I have a Versys that I really like and not thinking of replacing.
However, we have MILES of pretty boring roads around here and I am thinking of picking up something else for those long boring runs.

I have a few schools of thoughts running in my head.
Full blown touring bikes like a Goldwing 1500 or Voyager XII
Comfortable(ish) road rockets like a ZX11, ZZR1200, CBR1100XX, Busa
Big Jap Cruiser like a Vulcan or VTX with a shield.
Sport touring bikes like a ST1100/1300, Concours, maybe even a PC800

FWIW the ST bikes are low on my list as I dont think they are really different enough/better than the Versys,
beyond offering more wind/weather protection I dont really value that much due to our heat.

So....what do you guys think?
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Old 06-20-2012, 09:05 AM   #2
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For a d00d of your size, I'd go with a DR200!


Or... a V-Strom 1K. that way you can carry the DR200 like a backpack.
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Old 06-20-2012, 10:10 AM   #3
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For a d00d of your size, I'd go with a DR200!
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Can you buy them in pairs?
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Old 06-20-2012, 10:15 AM   #4
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A Burghman sound like the ticket to me.
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Old 06-20-2012, 10:56 AM   #5
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Old 06-20-2012, 11:51 AM   #6
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If I had to have a cruiser style bike I always liked the older Vulcan 750's. Also gen I ZX-10 would be cool.

As soon as I bought one I'd see a dirtroad I wanted to take though....
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Old 06-20-2012, 12:07 PM   #7
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My Dad has an old style Vulcan 750 that I have ridden a bit.
Its not quite the mile muncher I am thinking of here.

Yes a gen 1 ZX10 would not be overlooked if I go the warp speed mile muncher route, but ZX11's or ZZR's are probably easier to come by.



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Old 06-20-2012, 01:35 PM   #8
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Interested in a TL1000R?

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Old 06-20-2012, 02:47 PM   #9
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If your main criteria is doing Interstate miles, hard to beat a BMW K bike. Early Gen1 K1200LT models (1999+) can be found for sub $5000, which gives you a nice comfortable barcalounger with cruise control and radio on top of the other BMW electro-gremlins. Did I mention the passenger comfort?
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Old 06-20-2012, 03:13 PM   #10
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If you are considering a Vulcan or other jap cruiser you should check out a Sportster as another option. Cruiser-esque but with geometry that doesn't mind a dirt trip or three. Great mpg and reliability, as well as the ability to turn it into anything else that you might want.
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Old 06-20-2012, 03:22 PM   #11
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Not interstate if I can help it, but yea I am sure it would be run on them at times.
Really just something different to choose from when I have to eat up miles of LONG STRAIGHT roads where you see nothing but pine trees or farm land for hours on end.

An LT actually would fit the bill, but life is too short for me to put up with BMW gremlins and boring roads.

Passenger comfort would be OK and it is in the back of my mind.

A TL1000R....now that looks comfy

I kind of like the 1200R sportsters, but again not what I think of as a real mile muncher and too much overlap with the Versys.
When I am thinking a cruiser I am thinking a big ol' chuf-a-lumper thats taching well under 3K at 75

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Old 06-20-2012, 03:38 PM   #12
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Ogre, I'm thinkin Suzuki Bandit.
Upright seating.
Easy to put hardbags on (Givi or whatever)
Strong STRONG motor.
and best of all, you can get a fairly recent/decent one with not too terribly many miles for the money you intend to spend.

If my garage was a bit bigger, I'd have one.
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Old 06-20-2012, 03:57 PM   #13
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Yea a 1250 Bandit can kind of fall in the comfy road rocket category I was thinking.
Maybe not quite as stupid fast as the others (not that I really need to go that fast).

I have never tried one, they are supposed to be pretty smooth.

A good deal on a burgundy one could probably sway me, if ABS was available in that color I would probably have had one in the garage already.
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Old 06-20-2012, 04:13 PM   #14
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I haven't ridden one, but I think you might already have it in the Versys.

My BMW F 650 Funduro is close to perfect. So is my R 80 ST. BUT.... the Versys has a lot to offer in my mind. I don't mind naked or semi-naked bikes.

Equal choice, or maybe just ahead of the Versys would be the V Strom 650. I have too many friends on here that have had too many miles of fun on that bike. My short list of bikes to try and own before I hang it up is: Wee Strom; Versys; and BMW K75. No particular order on those, or I should say the rank order shifts from week to week.
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Old 06-21-2012, 07:49 AM   #15
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They Versys is great at doing just about anything I throw at it.
I had a 650 Strom in the past too, just as competent if not more so, but not as engaging or fun as the Versys.
Like I said, I am NOT planning on replacing it.

I am just thinking of an additional bike that handles the long and boring better (touring) or perhaps differently enough (cruiser or hyper sport) to merit having.
But I dont want to spend a fortune to buy it. (yes I owned 2 KLRs in the past)

I don't "need" another bike by a long shot.
However, I recently sold my sidecar rig and now I do have room for another bike and the money as well.
I do feel the "need" to roll that money back into a proper bike investment though.
Otherwise someone in my household might try to waste it on stupid things like landscaping, furniture or college funds

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