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Old 02-19-2015, 09:59 PM   #1
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A good "tourer" for the cash strapped College Student

Well it is an interesting time to be a motorcyclist in this age especially if do not have a large wallet (yet). Gone are the days when a worn out standard from the 70 and even the slightly pseudo cruiser like ujm's were once cheap and plentiful. Now we live in the era where even a title-less broken down and turd of a machine is dumped on craigslist with the owner thinking they are sitting on gold. Today there is either the lifeless soul crushing 90's pseudo cruiser or the worn and abused late 80's early 90's sport bike as the only choices for the less monetarily inclined. For me I am much more inclined for the latter than rather than the former. Maybe an old Yamaha Fz or frz 600 or an late 80's early 90's gsx or even gsxr would be an interesting choice to say the least. Has anyone tried this? I know it won't be the most comfortable ride but it should be better compared to a trip I once made on my 78 xs 400 from Cleveland to Baltimore. A worn thoroughbred is still better than the monotony of a 90s Japanese cruiser.
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Old 02-19-2015, 10:55 PM   #2
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How cheap are you wanting?
You can usually find a decent Concours 1000 for around $2000.
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Old 02-19-2015, 11:28 PM   #3
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I'm selling my 94 Concours 1000. It tours like mad, I've done 500 mile days 2up!

$2000 would buy it but it is in Georgia!
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Old 02-19-2015, 11:56 PM   #4
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Even though you say tourer in your title, I think you mean sportsbike with a little comfort.

You don't want a old man concourse as a student. If you are student age you could ride across the country on a sportsbike.

You should look for an old cbr600f4 or a fz600 or maybe one of the 600ccc supersports. Have a look in the online classifieds for the best thing for the least money. Be patient a deal will come up. .
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Old 02-20-2015, 03:47 AM   #5
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My 2 Cents.

I picked up a 2003 Yamaha FZ1 last year for $2500.
I thought that I would flip it but I'm absolutely digging' it too much.
Tours, scratches impressively. Just bought a Givi saddlebag setup for it. Got the racks used.
I'm the furthest thing from a college student : )
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Old 02-20-2015, 04:12 AM   #6
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If you are student age you could ride across the country on a sportsbike.
I don't car what your age or condition is, riding across the country on a sport bike is no easy feat.
I rode an FZR-600 from Seattle to Pensacola when I was a young man.... With a sea bag strapped to my back! The plan was to spend a month in P'cola, then ride it to San Diego.
After arriving in P'cola and "recuperating", I bought a used pickup and hauled it to San Diego.

Serious miles call for something else, IMO.
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Old 02-20-2015, 04:20 AM   #7
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I picked up a 99 Kaw 600 last year. 28K, one owner, only needed new tires because the ones on it where squared off. Original owner used to for commuting to work via highway. Lived in Sunbury, Oh. worked in downtown Columbus. Got it off EBay for a buy it now....1850.00

They are out there, you just have to spend the time looking for them. By the way....that Concours is a great choice for a sport tourer. It's even very comfortable for a "passenger".
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Old 02-20-2015, 05:54 AM   #8
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Old 02-20-2015, 05:56 AM   #9
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mid 80's V45, V65, or Virago, maybe an old VMax
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Old 02-20-2015, 06:00 AM   #10
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Old 02-20-2015, 06:20 AM   #11
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Old 02-20-2015, 06:36 AM   #12
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OP: Help us out a little. How many $$ are you working with?
1st generation(97-00) 1200 Bandit. Nice ones can be had for under $3000.
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Old 02-20-2015, 06:40 AM   #13
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250 Ninja with a tank/tail bag. When I was in college I bought one with 6k on it for cheap and rode the piss out of that thing even long distance. You're young and can take the abuse and even at 80mph for hours the little Ninja took it like a champ too Think I put 15k miles on it in the year it was my only mode of transportation. 200+ mile range, cheap tires, can do valve adjustments in a dorm parking lot, and clean examples of the older 1st gen can be had cheap in college towns with very low miles.

Want more oomph? They made a robust 500cc version as well and the above still applies...

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Old 02-20-2015, 07:37 AM   #14
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The old 650/700/750 shaft was super low maintenance. They are generally dirt cheap.

I'm partial to Suzuki GS850G/GS1000G. Comfortable, durable, and reliable once you catch up on the deferred maintenance from cheap and foolish previous owners. I do a couple fixes to the charging systems that help a lot too. Extra grounds added and elimination of connectors in high load areas where overheating of stock connectors can be found in nearly all cases.

Its easy to have these on the road with new tires for well under two grand.


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Old 02-20-2015, 08:31 AM   #15
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Can-O-Tuna 600/750. Or a ZZR600.
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