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Old 05-15-2015, 09:04 AM   #1
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suggestions for a freeway commuter bike?

My GF has been taking her super sherpa to work on I40 a 70 plus mph ride. We take our 250 on long slow rides and they are great for that. Anyway I was looking for suggestions on a sub 3K$ freeway bike for her/us. Doesn't have to carry much just has to be OK on the freeway. Low maintenance would be great I have a fear of synchronizing four carbs but woul try.

What are thoughts about a cheap slab bike?
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Old 05-15-2015, 09:16 AM   #2
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My GF has been taking her super sherpa to work on I40 a 70 plus mph ride. We take our 250 on long slow rides and they are great for that. Anyway I was looking for suggestions on a sub 3K$ freeway bike for her/us. Doesn't have to carry much just has to be OK on the freeway. Low maintenance would be great I have a fear of synchronizing four carbs but woul try.

What are thoughts about a cheap slab bike?
you can pick one of these up for 5 or 6K, it will last for 200k and they are very low maintenance.




I know it's a little over your budget, but if you take care of it, you'll have it for the rest of your life
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Old 05-15-2015, 09:44 AM   #3
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SV 650's are all over the place, and cheap. Low maintenance, good on gas, and very reliable. After 05 think they are all FI.
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Old 05-15-2015, 09:49 AM   #4
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Nothing like a big bike for the freeway. I'll propose the Bandit 1200/1250 as a cheap idea with great low rev torque.
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Old 05-15-2015, 10:04 AM   #5
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First Gen Vstrom 650. Great highway bike, mountain bike, and cheap maintenance.
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Old 05-15-2015, 11:29 AM   #6
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+1 for a Wee...

Enough power, some protection, plenty of after-market stuff, easy maintenance.

One other advantage is a larger front wheel to help over potholes, road debris, etc.

... not that I commute.

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Old 05-15-2015, 11:42 AM   #7
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For freeway commuting only I'd suggest a 2012 NC700X. Should be able to find one under 5K now. Has decent storage stock with that faux tank compartment. Returns 65+ mpg. it's low revving parallel twin has automotive like maintenance intervals. Had a very comfortable seating position.

I ultimately sold it as it was a dog performance wise on sporting group rides. I kept bouncing off the rev limiter. but cruising freeway speeds 70-80 mph, no problem.
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Old 05-15-2015, 11:49 AM   #8
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Old 05-15-2015, 12:42 PM   #9
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My GF has been taking her super sherpa to work on I40 a 70 plus mph ride. We take our 250 on long slow rides and they are great for that. Anyway I was looking for suggestions on a sub 3K$ freeway bike for her/us. Doesn't have to carry much just has to be OK on the freeway. Low maintenance would be great I have a fear of synchronizing four carbs but woul try.

What are thoughts about a cheap slab bike?




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Old 05-15-2015, 02:02 PM   #10
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Probably a bad time of year to be shopping for one, but if I had to do a bunch of slab, I'd look at a Harley or a goldwing. But truthfully, I'd probably rather have a car for a highway drive, then I can sit in comfort, play on Facebook, and eat my Big Mac.
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Old 05-15-2015, 04:16 PM   #11
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Under $3K? FZ6, CBR600F4i

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Old 05-15-2015, 04:23 PM   #12
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My vote goes for the SV650, or if she is tall enough a Wee-Strom . Cheap, FI, reliable low maintenance and plenty of power.
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Old 05-15-2015, 05:51 PM   #13
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Both my 1st gen FZ1 and my 2nd gen Versys are mostly freeway commute bikes, and I think they're both good tools for the job. Honestly I think most multicylinder bikes qualify. Both of mine should be available in your price range, with the FZ1s being more plentiful
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Old 05-15-2015, 06:21 PM   #14
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I realy like the vstrom especially after seeing what KentuckyKLR can do with one. She is 5ft9 rides my XR650R with no problems. FZ1 I will have to poke around a bit. Like the tag line I saw I run out of talent before I run low on power.

Is there any pay off point with older metrics? I know there are some motors out there that last for ever.
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Old 05-15-2015, 06:35 PM   #15
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I just recently grabbed a 2002 DL1000 and have to admit that the only thing that doesn't make it a road boomer is some nasty windscreen buffeting but from everything I have read Madstad makes a newer style mount and screen that resolves that issue, so aside from some new tires and some clean up wiring, its on my short list of "improvements" for highway riding. It certainly doesn't lack the passing power.
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