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Old 04-02-2013, 11:34 PM   #1
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looking for a new daily driver need your opinions

hey guys

I am looking to get a new daily driver by new I mean used lol & thought I would get y'alls opinion. I have been riding a DRZ the past 4 years and have gotten bored with it. I am looking for something reliable, easy/ economical to maintain & have plenty of dealerships for parts, repairs or maintenance.

I have a 30 mile round trip commute I can take the freeway or coastal highway. I also want to go on longer touring trips so I want something that can handle that comfortably and reliably.


I am not sure which way to style of bike to go Hypermotard, Naked, Supermoto or .....?

I really like the look of the Hypermotard but I am open to your ideas, what bikes do you guys suggest?

Here are the bikes that have popped into my head so far:

Ducati Hypermotard

Ducati Monster

BMW R1150R/ R1200R,

Triumph Triple R

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Old 04-02-2013, 11:41 PM   #2
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I recommend for both of us a new Honda CB500. Pick your flavor: R, F, or X. We'll get us 70 or 80 mpg, and we'll be able to do quite a bit of freeway riding as well. Myself, I'm partial to the X for no particular reason.
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Old 04-02-2013, 11:43 PM   #3
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Replacement ride

OP > "I am looking for something reliable, easy/ economical to maintain & have plenty of dealerships for parts, repairs or maintenance".

A stock Sportster meets your requirements. Built like an anvil, no valve adjustments, excellent fuel economy ( if you control your wrist ), plenty of dealerships, adequate power, plenty of aftermarket support.
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Old 04-03-2013, 12:10 AM   #4
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How about a Corvette Convertible?
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Old 04-03-2013, 02:51 AM   #5
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Out of the bikes on your list: Ducati Monster.

I commute everyday on a Monster, I really love it. It's light, agile, nimble, quick, comfortable (after I changed the stock bar and stock seat)... in short, it's really fun to ride.
It really makes going to work a fun experience ... Espescially in heavy and terrible traffic jam I have to ride through everyday
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Old 04-03-2013, 05:19 AM   #6
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I was also thinking sportster until I read your list. That being said, I love the triples.
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Old 04-03-2013, 05:24 AM   #7
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I recommend for both of us a new Honda CB500. Pick your flavor: R, F, or X. We'll get us 70 or 80 mpg, and we'll be able to do quite a bit of freeway riding as well. Myself, I'm partial to the X for no particular reason.
Nice bikes, but if boredom is the issue, I can't see them being the solution.
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Old 04-03-2013, 05:37 AM   #8
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How are you with forward lean, and how important is hard luggage?

I'm partial to the R1200R myself for low lean and hard luggage (even if I don't use it day to day). Runners up were speed triple and CB1100.

What is your budget like?
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Old 04-03-2013, 05:56 AM   #9
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All but the BMW bikes on your list will keep your heartrate elevated.
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Old 04-03-2013, 06:06 AM   #10
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Triple R

Will keep you giggling the whole time your riding it!

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Old 04-03-2013, 09:32 AM   #11
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The Versys is the best public road, practical, fun bike I've had (Out of many, many bikes of all types and sizes.). It ain't cool, high-tech, high perfomance, or even high quality, but it's an awesome do-it-all, economical, easy, fun bike on a budget.
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Old 04-03-2013, 10:11 AM   #12
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Plain Jane bone stock 883 Sportster. Just buy better shocks, there's no law saying you have to turn it into a billet barge. Other than the rear shocks, great bikes stock.
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Old 04-03-2013, 10:22 AM   #13
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Old 04-03-2013, 11:03 AM   #14
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How are you with forward lean, and how important is hard luggage?

I'm partial to the R1200R myself for low lean and hard luggage (even if I don't use it day to day). Runners up were speed triple and CB1100.

What is your budget like?
Thanks guys for all the info it is much appreciated

I prefer less forward lean & I dont t need hard luggage on a daily basis. I would only need hard luggage if I am going on touring trips & I am also open to using soft luggage as well.

My budget is $9k
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Old 04-03-2013, 11:30 AM   #15
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From that list, the Street Triple.

For low cost but fun, used, Versys.

New, the Honda 500 seems like a decent choice, with $3,000 to spare from your budget.

Any of your options will seem a world away from the DRZ.

Happy shopping

ps. /grumpy/ please don't refer to a motorcycle as a 'driver' /grumpy off/
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