|12-02-2013, 01:48 PM||#1|
Joined: Nov 2006
Location: Lawrenceville, GA
How to decide on the best Beast
Everyone has different demands for a Beasty Adventure-Type bike. I have tried quite a few. I was planning on getting a Super Tenere . . . Or, maybe the new 2014 DL1000. However, I do not ride two up and have found lately that large displacement bikes tend to put my hands to sleep.
For the price of a new ST, DL1K, loaded 800GS/Tiger GS . . . I can have two or three used/smaller bikes to rotate as I want. Keep from getting bored with just one bike. Since I am retired, I have a lot of time to ride.
I decided on a '09 DL650 for my road trips, '09 Versys (w/2nd set of spokes) for my back roads and tight curves bike, and a CB500X for my everyday play bike.
I added crash bars to all three . . . In case I want to adventure off road with any of them.
The DL650 has a 5.5" longer wheelbase and feels like a 1,000 size bike. A little heavy for trail riding . . . Fine for Forrest Service roads . . . Great all-around bike.
I was planning on a thumper for the trails . . . Then decided on the CB5X due to the light weight and smooth engine and 70 mpg.
The Versys is a fun bike . . . I bought the Adventure wheels for a Colorado trip . . . That was cancelled. It is probably the most under rated bike in the market.
Yes, the bikes are a bit redundant . . . All three have different benefits:
Young at heart . . . Never met a bike I didn't like
Motorcycles: "Its my medicine"
mcmann screwed with this post 12-09-2013 at 10:55 AM
|12-02-2013, 02:36 PM||#2|
Joined: Oct 2009
Location: Destin, Florida
Hooray for retirement..
Congratulations on having the cash flow to indulge our sport! It's fun to go into the garage and flip a coin.
You are making sure that you will enjoy your obsession and with these 3 you are still under one new BMW!!! Ride safe
|12-02-2013, 07:30 PM||#3|
Joined: Jun 2013
Location: Roanoke Valley, Virginia
Thanks for sharing,
The 500X looks great!
I'd have her, and the CRF250L, and call it a fleet.
P.S. the Kawa looks great in those tires.
|12-03-2013, 02:28 PM||#4|
Joined: Oct 2004
Location: Cook Bayou, FL
Here I have been stressing because I feel like my Versys and my TR650 Terra have too much overlap.
I keep thinking that I should shed the Versys for something different.
The mission overlap on that treo would put me in the loony bin.
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