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Old Today, 09:02 AM   #1
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Question New commuter bike, recommendations?

Hi,

Thought I'd throw this one out there, see what kind of responses I'd get.

I commute regularly from Philadelphia - NYC, at least 5-7 times a week. I often stay in NYC for short stints. Naturally, I travel with a small amount of stuff, so panniers are a must. I've done it with an old r100 airhead (underpowered, overheats, not nimble, but otherwise comfy), and a late 90s 1200 bandit (well powered, nimble, bad ergos, short range, overheats). I ride year round, so wind protection rates high for me. Time for a new ride. My funds are limited (<6.5k), but my wrenching skills are good. Looking for a reliable steed that can serve the purpose.

Been looking at the st1100 and 90s Concours, but I'm not convinced this is the right tool for the job. I've considered going smaller (weestrom), but anyone who's drove the nj turnpike knows the terror of being underpowered.

So I leave it to you guys. Suggestions?
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Old Today, 09:23 AM   #2
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A little over your budget, but its a new bike. A 2015 650 Versys.

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Old Today, 09:26 AM   #3
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the st1100 would be great for you. But dont get the early ones with the weak alternators.

st1300 - great ergos and super reliable.. Bad for hot weather it gets really hot. Same with the st1100 - bought a st1300 for 4500.

nc700x or dl650, cheap and fuel efficient. Not as much wind protection. But have bags and all. ive seen ncs for 4500 and dl650's with high miles for 3500

Honda vfr 1200-4000

honda blackbird 2000-3000

yamaha fz1 - this would make an excellent commuter 1500-2500

bmw r1100rs - you can get them cheap - 2000 to 4000

fjr1300 - you can get them for 4500 now
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Old Today, 10:24 AM   #4
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GSX650F, before you scoff...check one out! One of the most underrated bikes ever.
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Any middleweight standard with givi bags and a decent windscreen

The FZ6 is an epic midrange solo machine when outfitted with Givi V35 bags and upgraded fork springs. 26k mile valve adjustments, >50mpg, >10k miles on a rear PR3 or similar tire.

GSX650 as mentioned, also a solid choice.

There's really no need to deal with land yacht handling, mpg, and tire wear.
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Honda deauville 700, could it be something for you?


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Hi,

Thought I'd throw this one out there, see what kind of responses I'd get.

I commute regularly from Philadelphia - NYC, at least 5-7 times a week. I often stay in NYC for short stints. Naturally, I travel with a small amount of stuff, so panniers are a must. I've done it with an old r100 airhead (underpowered, overheats, not nimble, but otherwise comfy), and a late 90s 1200 bandit (well powered, nimble, bad ergos, short range, overheats). I ride year round, so wind protection rates high for me. Time for a new ride. My funds are limited (<6.5k), but my wrenching skills are good. Looking for a reliable steed that can serve the purpose.

Been looking at the st1100 and 90s Concours, but I'm not convinced this is the right tool for the job. I've considered going smaller (weestrom), but anyone who's drove the nj turnpike knows the terror of being underpowered.

So I leave it to you guys. Suggestions?
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Old Today, 12:18 PM   #7
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If being underpowered on the turnpike is a concern, then the ST1100 / C10 option works well. A little more for an FJR. Not sure the C14 or ST1300 fit your price range.

In my opinion, anything smaller will give you less protection in the weather which also seems high on your list - or lack desire to run a steady 80-85mph for hours over and over again. A lot of bikes CAN do that and have fun in the mountains, but this mission seems to be about commuting.
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OP, can you please specify what you mean with "overheat"?
Seizing pistons, blown head gaskets, pushing out coolant, mechanical wear, sticky shifting?
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....Dullville?

Seriously, they are perfect for your need.

Shaft.

Luggage integrated.

Weather protection.

Easy to maintain.

Great fuel economy.

Cheap to buy and own.
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