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Old 01-11-2015, 06:21 AM   #1
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Tiger 955i or Versys or others?

So I will be posting this thread here and in thumpers for the broadest response. If the mods have a better idea of where they should be let me know and feel free to move them. I have 4 bikes that I am looking at which are:

2003 Triumph 955i-26,000 miles (the same $ as the versys)-farkled with crash bars, skid plate, and original matching side bags.

2008 Kawasaki Versys-7,000 miles (a few more $ than the husky)-all original with rear top box.

2004 DR650-15,000 miles (least $)-appears to be all original

2006 Husky TE610-15,000 miles (a few more $)-a massive list of all the mods to make it the perfect TE610 according owner's farkle list and with side bags.

Since I started riding in June 2014 my riding has consisted of 95% slab commuting to work and short mountain rides on the weekends and 5% offroad on forest service roads. As my kids get older and my brother moves out to Colorado in the next few months I am looking to do more adventure riding/bike camping. I ride about 1,200 miles a month with most of that commuting on the highway and ride every day there is not ice or snow on the roads. Riding is typically solo but in the spring would like to start taking my wife 2 up on date night and taking the older kids out too. So, now the question of bikes. I have research all 4 extensively and understand the in/outs and differences but want to get opinions from inmates who have experience with any or all of the above. The prices are within about $1,000 of the DR650 which is the cheapest and I am willing to spend the money up to the most expensive. That said, what say ye? The ups, the downs, just plain old opinions on which would be the bike to have for my one and only do it all? Thanks!
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Old 01-11-2015, 10:19 AM   #2
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Get the Tiger 955i

I have one so I'm biased but it's great on the highway, dirt roads, and two-up.

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Old 01-11-2015, 10:28 AM   #3
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I'm biased, have owned about 20 bikes, the Versys is the most fun bike I've ever had.

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Old 01-11-2015, 11:59 AM   #4
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Huge difference between the bikes you've listed. I have a 2011 versys a great bike, two up for short rides only you can do smooth gravel, I've done 2200 mi trips comfortable. The 2008 will have a little more vibes. A friend I ride with had a DR 650 , great bike he did some 300 mi days on 1000 mi trips not a two up bike other than to the corner market. It will do off road well.
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Old 01-11-2015, 12:12 PM   #5
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Kawi or Tri for the riding you're describing. As a 955i rider the only negative in my mind - if you want to call it that - is that it is a bit tall and top heavy. More of an issue for some than for others. Other than that it is a great bike. Mine has 49k miles and other than a rec/reg replacement, it's been just regular services thus far. Get a test ride if you can.
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Old 01-11-2015, 01:20 PM   #6
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Thanks for the replies. I am leaning toward the beasts even though the Husky 6 speed tranny sounds fantastic. I will test ride them and see what shakes out. Look forward to more replies.
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