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Old 05-28-2015, 07:41 PM   #1
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Suggestions for trips to work.

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I'm here looking for some suggestions on the type of bike you fellas would think is appropriate for what I'm about to do.

The Lowdown:

This ole oilfield has gotten slow so I've got some extra time on my hands, Which means I can do some riding while at work. I live in Lafayette, Louisiana, and travel to a wee little town called Beeville, Texas for work. It's roundabout 400 miles one way.

What I'm looking for is a bike that's comfortable for long trips, would handle interstate speeds comfortably, but be ready for back streets and country road traveling. Not interested in cruisers. I would need to be able to throw my offshore bags 36″ L x 14″ H x 14″ W x 2 to it.
I'd prefer something on the cheaper end of things, as I'm just a tightwad in general



Here's what I'm thinking so far:
The V-Strom looks like it's possibly one of the best candidates for this venture to me, If I were to get the side mount Pelican cases and forego the trunk mount, I could perhaps ratchet strap my offshore bags stacked ontop of eachother to the cases. I've owned a SV650 before and felt the twin handles things pretty well.

From reviews, the KLR can handle it, but because it's a thumper it's not the best to take on longer interstate jaunts (Feel free to set me straight if I'm off!, I've never owned one)

I've owned a VFR, and they're boasted as sport-touring bikes, but I don't think without major adjustments to the bars I'd find it comfortable for me personally to take on such trips.

Thus why I'm here, I know I'm missing plenty of great potential bikes.
I'm open to all suggestions and criticizing.
Again, If I'm in the wrong place feel free to correct it.

Thanks for any and all input!
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Old 05-29-2015, 04:47 AM   #2
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The V-Strom is the standard.

Also, look at the Tiger 800 & Beemer 800.

Skip the KLR if your wanting prolonged highway speeds.
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Old 05-29-2015, 06:07 AM   #3
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V-Strom, 650.
The 800GS and the 800 Tiger are good but more pricey.
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Old 05-29-2015, 07:26 AM   #4
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Buell Ulysses? They're getting cheap and that hot rod twin is a lot of fun.
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Old 05-29-2015, 08:46 AM   #5
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V-Strom, 650.
The 800GS and the 800 Tiger are good but more pricey.
A buddy who rides a Strom said "I was going to get a Multistrada but I can crash two of these for the same price." I'm a BMW rider, but I'd agree, go with a Strom.
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Old 05-29-2015, 12:27 PM   #6
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Any opinions on setting up the Yamaha FZ-9 for touring?
Not enough wind protection?
Anyone here crossplane crank fanboys that want to brag about it and give me a bit of insight?

Anyone have opinions or better ideas on what I plan to do about my luggage?
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Old 05-29-2015, 02:24 PM   #7
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An FZ-09 would be awesome, but for extended highway riding, I'd think it'd wear you down.

I like the Happy Trails, or any other metal boxes for luggage. You can strap on pannier lid bags, or run a big bag on the back seat.
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