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Old 10-17-2014, 04:58 PM   #1
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Next bike guidance from the experts

Hey guys. Just another noob seeking out the sage-like advice of you more senior members. My current motorcycle is a 2012 yamaha xt250. I have had it a little over a year and have put slightly over 4000 miles on it. First, the things I like about it are
Good gas mileage (in town, greatly reduced running highway)
Rideability- by this I mean it's never been a handful or got away from me
Now the things that suck are
Uncomfortable after a half hour so, literally a pain in the ass
Small tank makes for multiple fuel stops on a ride- a figurative pain in the ass
No two-up capability, my wife would like to start riding with me eventually
Not fun at all on the highway, for obvious reasons.

Now you would think the obvious is " get a bigger bike, you dumbass". I, however am in a uncertain as to which one. I originally thought a dr650 would be the ticket, but my off-roading is limited to gravel an dirt roads. I then thought a vstrom would be the cats meow, but then wondered if the heavier weight would be an issue. That led me to the cb500x, which looks like the perfect package, but I worry about its two-up performance. I have thrown a leg over all of them at the dealer and they let felt like comfortable enough, the dealer doesn't allow test rides. I'm 5'8" with 30" inseam. I'm really close to flat footing the xt with both feet, for sure with one foot down. What did you guys move up to after your first bike? Was it too big a jump, not enough?
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Old 10-17-2014, 06:18 PM   #2
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How much you want for the XT?
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Old 10-17-2014, 06:19 PM   #3
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Oh, and of the bikes you've mentioned I vote for the WeeStrom, by a wide margin if 2-up is in the plans.
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Old 10-17-2014, 07:07 PM   #4
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The WeeStrom is a great choice. Does everything fairly well, very forgiving, easy on maintenance, can be bought for a decent price, and sold easily if you don't like it. Will do the 2 up well, not bad on dirt roads, good on the hiway etc. Not a single track bike, but I have done some of that, just not recommended.
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Old 10-20-2014, 08:48 AM   #5
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Rented a wee strom in Colorado recently. My normal bike is an F700GS. Before that I had a G650GS. I had a blast on all of those bikes.

The wee strom was a blast for those 3 days. The G650 was a great starter bike for me. I'm now loving my F700.
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Old 10-20-2014, 09:25 AM   #6
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Rented a wee strom in Colorado recently. My normal bike is an F700GS. Before that I had a G650GS. I had a blast on all of those bikes.

The wee strom was a blast for those 3 days. The G650 was a great starter bike for me. I'm now loving my F700.
So did you like the vstrom more than your f700gs? I am considering both of those bikes (amongst many others )
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Old 10-20-2014, 09:44 AM   #7
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My first bike was a '74 CB360, then I moved on to a '07 GSXR750. Big upgrade, but that was when I was younger, in better shape, and didn't care about practicality.
I'm going to suggest a bike I never would've considered until I rode it... A Kawasaki Versys. Off-roading is a little limited, but I'd say it's just as capable, if not more capable than a Wee. Power is good and linear. No issues taking a pillion either. It's a very capable bike that can be had cheap and is often overlooked.
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Old 10-20-2014, 10:45 AM   #8
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When you say that your off-roading is limited to gravel and dirt roads... are you primarily riding on the street and sometimes get on gravel/dirt... or do you spend a lot of time on gravel and dirt roads? If you spent limited time off-road, I have to recommend the Triumph Scrambler; I have always loved that bike, but at 6'2" and 220lbs.. I felt like I dwarfed the bike. It does great for 2up riding, handles well, gets decent mileage and in my opinion is one of the best looking bikes on the road. Worth checking out if you spend a lot of time on paved roads.
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Old 10-20-2014, 10:56 AM   #9
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I try to make it a point to hit backroads. Any given ride I'd say I end up doing a 60/40 split between paved and gravel.
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Old 10-20-2014, 11:00 AM   #10
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If you go with the Vstrom you'll have to slow down on the gravel roads. It can be a chore to keep the front end under it. AMHIK
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Old 10-20-2014, 11:17 AM   #11
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" A Kawasaki Versys. Off-roading is a little limited, but I'd say it's just as capable, if not more capable than a Wee. Power is good and linear. No issues taking a pillion either "

dunno if you meant a 650 or 1000. The Wee's no offroad bike, but the Versys, regardless of engine size, is a road bike, with 17'' wheels. The Wee does have a slight advantage for gravel roads. And 650 Versys would not accommodate a larger pillion, maybe a smaller one.
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Old 10-20-2014, 11:55 AM   #12
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" A Kawasaki Versys. Off-roading is a little limited, but I'd say it's just as capable, if not more capable than a Wee. Power is good and linear. No issues taking a pillion either "

dunno if you meant a 650 or 1000. The Wee's no offroad bike, but the Versys, regardless of engine size, is a road bike, with 17'' wheels. The Wee does have a slight advantage for gravel roads. And 650 Versys would not accommodate a larger pillion, maybe a smaller one.
No 1000 Versys was available in the US, so my opinion is based on the 650. My off-roading was limited to forest service roads and gravel, as I ran street tires because most of my use was commuting. Didn't have near the off-pavement capability of my KLR, but it worked fine for light off-roading. There's some inmates that have used them for some pretty hairy stuff. As far as pillions go, it was strictly my girlfriend at the time who was <130 lbs.
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Old 10-20-2014, 01:29 PM   #13
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Scrambler looks bad ass but I want some wind protection, something my XT lacks. I guess it's gonna be hard to find something half-way nimble and still capable two-up.
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The scrambler is super fun off road not great for two unless you get a lower pipe. I found the small fly screen helped but bigger givi screens are available . It seriously is one of the best bikes around and if more touring is required look no further than the strom both have excellent resale if you change your mind .
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