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Old 06-25-2014, 09:53 AM   #1
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Wicked I need to talk road bikes!

Ok guys, I've been out of work for a while, very depressing, especially as I had to sell all my toys.

Things are looking a bit better, been traveling to interviews over the last few weeks.

Its going to be a bit longer before I have some real money again but am bored driving the car.

I need ideas on what bikes to consider, to occupy my mind!

It needs to be low cost so quite old, reliable for daily use, comfortable for around 100 miles a day. Don't need to go off road but would be good if its usable in the snow

I don't need panniers etc, performance not important as long as its sorta fun.

I have already asked for opinions on Honda Goldwing gl1100 and I like it but they are quite rare in the uk, so a good one will fetch more money than I have!
Same situation with BMW airheads.

I've looked at the ST1100 Pan euopean, they are used by Police here so I can easily go out and buy a reasonable one, there are hundreds for sale!

Also Honda VFR800 98-01 kinda thing???

What else would you guys consider???
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Old 06-25-2014, 11:17 AM   #2
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Suzuki DL650. Cheap and plentiful here in the US. If you need something bigger the 1000 is out there as well.
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Old 06-25-2014, 11:19 AM   #3
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Man, I wish 5th gen VFRs were cheaper than GL1100s where I live.


Edit: And just so I'm not making a completely useless post, I'll give the following advice:

If you're really on a budget, and I mean really - as in you look at the guys spending $2,000 on a motorcycle like they're trust-fund babies - then you don't get to be picky about the particular type or model of motorcycle. The only way to play that game is to spend a good deal of time scouring local classifieds and being ready to jump on a deal where you get to take advantage of someone else's stupidity and/or misfortune. My DR was $600 because the kid who'd bought it lost hope trying to get it to run and all it needed was a few dollars' worth of rubber carb parts. I got a $1500 ZRX1100 with freshly-rebuilt carbs because the fuel tank cap wasn't venting properly and the PO couldn't figure it out. My first bike was a Yamaha Radian that I fished out of a garbage pile. My third was a GL1000 that I bought for $350 in the form of two parts bikes that had enough good parts between them to make one rideable motorcycle. I've got a project GL1500 now that was free, and actually has earned me money so far because i was able to sell of extra parts.

You've got to be quick and you can't be picky. But you have to be discerning. There's a lot of garbage out there that is just a waste of money, but floating in that steaming cesspool of 2-wheeled turds that are beyond repair are a very few decent bikes that can be fixed up cheaply and easily.
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Old 06-25-2014, 11:25 AM   #4
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Suzuki DL650. Cheap and plentiful here in the US. If you need something bigger the 1000 is out there as well.
Looks good, DL would do the job nicely, one or two older ones possibly affordable (Majority are between $4 - 8k US)
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Old 06-25-2014, 11:28 AM   #5
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Man, I wish 5th gen VFRs were cheaper than GL1100s where I live.
The VFR starts around 1,200 pounds for private sale bikes, thats around $2000 US. Always lots for sale to choose from!
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Old 06-25-2014, 12:49 PM   #6
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The traditional London dispatch bike, CX500.
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Old 06-25-2014, 12:54 PM   #7
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The traditional London dispatch bike, CX500.
Ooh, yeah. I had one of those for a few years. I beat that bike like a red-headed stepchild but it just took it and asked for more. You can get them stupid cheap around here (I paid $400 for mine, flogged the hell out of it for 3 years, and sold it for $450) and they last friggin' forever.

I still have most of a CX650 and I keep my eye out for a cheap CX500 to swap the motor into.
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Old 06-25-2014, 01:00 PM   #8
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It needs to be low cost so quite old

What else would you guys consider???
whatever opportunity presents itself.
if you are truly limited by cost, then keep an open mind
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Old 06-25-2014, 01:32 PM   #9
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Old 06-25-2014, 01:46 PM   #10
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...You've got to be quick and you can't be picky. But you have to be discerning. There's a lot of garbage out there that is just a waste of money, but floating in that steaming cesspool of 2-wheeled turds that are beyond repair are a very few decent bikes that can be fixed up cheaply and easily.
Good advice for those on a looowwwww-buudddggettt

What are the odds that Brett will recommend a TU?
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Old 06-25-2014, 02:52 PM   #11
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You're a perfect match for a KLR!
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Old 06-25-2014, 03:11 PM   #12
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You're a perfect match for a KLR!
Too expensive.
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Old 06-25-2014, 09:07 PM   #13
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Id do one of two things. One could be a nice mint used honda magna 750. Another would be a good shape honda v65 or v45 magna. Ive seen nice ones for under 2k. The 750's from the early 2000s or late 90s for 2 to 4 k
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Old 06-25-2014, 09:25 PM   #14
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Old 06-25-2014, 09:27 PM   #15
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ZRX 1200?

comfy, fast and inexpensive

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