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Old 10-16-2012, 10:13 PM   #1
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Durability reigns supreme

So after a few years of researching and test riding I've realized that I'm not any closer to knowing what bike I want. I think I may actually be able to get a new bike by the end of the year. I sat down and asked myself, after not being able to decide on a bike, what matters to me the most. I've known ever since I was young I had a sort of Midas touch. My touch however, instead of turning things into gold, broke things. I can't wear a watch because I've broken every single one I have worn. My wedding ring is titanium because I wore a gold ring once, for a week. It broke. After this period of reflection I knew that durability reigns supreme. Now I know everyone has a slightly different opinion on what durability actually means. To me it means handling on and off road riding while being able to be used as an everyday bike. I need to be able to crash on my next bike and have it get up and keep going, a lot. So I ask you, if the only requirement for buying a bike was that it was as durable as a rock, what would you buy? I also do not want to have to bring the bike home and fix it after every trip through the woods to grandmothers house. Being an easy fix is not the same thing as durable.
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Old 10-16-2012, 10:53 PM   #2
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V-Strom DL650.
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Old 10-16-2012, 11:09 PM   #3
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And there's a whole thread of them on this very site, here.
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Old 10-16-2012, 11:14 PM   #4
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Old 10-16-2012, 11:51 PM   #5
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that would be a dr650 or a xr400
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Old 10-17-2012, 03:58 AM   #6
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that would be a dr650 or a xr400


and the CT110.

Pick one.

But actually I've seen plenty of Stroms, Verado's, S10's take falls, drops, poundings and kept going, it just depends on what price and how many crashes you intend to have and from what height I suppose.
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Old 10-17-2012, 04:12 AM   #7
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The top three for proper dirt and tar would be.....

1- DR650
2- DR650
3- DR650


If it is mild dirt then the V-Strom DL650, there is no second or third on this list.
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Old 10-17-2012, 04:49 AM   #8
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+1 on the DL650. But seeing as you're in FL and there aren't many good trails to ride, if you're looking for a bit more power, go with the DL1000.
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Old 10-17-2012, 07:17 AM   #9
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Old 10-17-2012, 08:38 AM   #10
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Dl650

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650

Got this one for, $3K with 8K miles, I'll ride the planet on it... maybe to Mars....

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Old 10-17-2012, 05:13 PM   #11
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Durable
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650

Got this one for, $3K with 8K miles, I'll ride the planet on it... maybe to Mars....
Yeah, I'm thinking about riding mine to Kona. I'm pretty sure it would handle that just fine...

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Old 10-17-2012, 06:25 PM   #12
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Yep, V Strom. And buy yourself a G Shock watch. Ive killed em all, but i hand these down to family when im in the mood for a newer one, because they still work perfect. Like a V Strom for your wrist.
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Old 10-18-2012, 05:26 AM   #13
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DL1000 is a pig. don't go there. hard to sell also so save your money.

below is the right ticket. I would just add the detail that if you're thinking of an epic trip across continents encountering "roads" [trails] in uncertain condition, then its DR all the way. If you're mainly going backROADS, graded, in known condition, then the Weestrom. The wee suffers from a lousy design "feature" in that it pukes oil when thrown down ... basically you have about 45 seconds to pick 'er up before making an awful mess, and the Wee is the definition of top-heavy. It was easier for me to pickup a 700+ lb Roadstar [three drops... can you believe that?] than my Weestrom [I quit counting ]. The DR is a bicycle by comparison.
I can't PROVE that the DR is any more reliable than the Weestrom, its just cheaper to buy/fix/mod/prep.

if weather is a concern there are not great choices for the DR - you're just going to suffer. as huge as the community is, we've never come up with an applaudable fairing/bugflapper/w'shield solution. ymmv

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The top three for proper dirt and tar would be.....

1- DR650
2- DR650
3- DR650


If it is mild dirt then the V-Strom DL650, there is no second or third on this list.
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Old 10-18-2012, 05:28 AM   #14
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... maybe to Mars....
its doable... just takes a few mods
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Old 10-19-2012, 12:53 AM   #15
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It's kind of interesting that the two bikes mentioned by 90% of you are both made by Suzuki.
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