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Old 04-07-2013, 06:52 AM   #61
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I can say this because I've owned them, Don't get the BMW. While mine has been more reliable than I thought it would be, a daily driver, they are not.

SV650, Ninja 650, Hell even an older Supersport like an R6 or CBR 600rr can be made comfy and easily stir the soul.

All of those are good for 100k miles if looked after.
Somebody forgot to tell me. Been riding a BMW daily for the last 7 years. ABS, Heated Grips, great mpg, neutral riding position, excellent warranty with most dealerships offering a loaner bike for free... Realy hard to beat, IMO.

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Old 04-07-2013, 04:32 PM   #62
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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
uhm...is this some kind of troll?
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Old 04-07-2013, 10:53 PM   #63
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uhm...is this some kind of troll?
haha why would you say that!?
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Old 04-10-2013, 08:36 AM   #64
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Although some of the bikes suggested would be fun, your desire (and rightly so) of having abundant dealerships limits some of those choices. You still seem interested in your original list of 4.

I think the Monster would be a good daily driver. They are relatively compact, comfortable, and fast. I see many with 2-up capability, too. Even if you won't use it for a passenger, it provides a spot to strap a tail bag.

The Hypermotard was on my short list, too...until I sat on it. I found it to be a very compact bike, and the handlebars felt too close to my knees, and I am only 5' 10" tall. If you find it comfortable, though, and older air cooled model would make a good daily driver.

To me, that BMW is uninspiring.

The Triumph looks like a fun bike. They look much better in person than in pictures, and are quite tall. From what I have read, they are reliable. Dealerships are often combined with BMW, too, so they are abundant (not that you'll need them).
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Old 04-10-2013, 07:08 PM   #65
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No one mentioned the Husqvarna 650 Strada, hypermotard-like with a practical streak and more youth-friendly than a staid R1200 with hard bags. Not as many dealers but if you are commuting all you need is one. The street triple would be my choice if I were under 30 instead of 55 and my ideal daily (d)river is a plonking Bonneville with hard bags. Ahem.
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Old 04-10-2013, 07:45 PM   #66
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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.
Something like this? Added Streetglide air shocks, Progressive sus fork springs. and yes, I've had a Monster, Paso, Moto Guzzi, 3 BMWs of different vintages, a Concours, yada yada. Fun, minimal maintaintence, lots of support everywhere, stuff available easily to make it just what you want.....
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Old 04-11-2013, 11:18 PM   #67
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less forward lean, comfortable on road trips. Take some luggage. Sounds to me he just explained an 1800 GOLDWING.
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Old 04-28-2013, 08:36 AM   #68
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I picked up a 2010 Striple for a new commuter. Man this bike is a blast. nlp

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Old 04-28-2013, 08:53 AM   #69
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Get a 919. Fit a removable windscreen and some hard bags, maybe a trunk, and a better road trip seat.

Fit a full system and a few other tweaks, if you want to rip-snort.

It's reliable. Big dealer network. Sits comfy for most people. And it's got plenty of power and capability for touring without looking like the last starfighter.
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Old 04-28-2013, 10:20 AM   #70
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Nice Triumph Nate. What brand of windscreen is that ?
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Old 04-28-2013, 02:48 PM   #71
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Nice Triumph Nate. What brand of windscreen is that ?
It came with the bike but I believe it is the link below.

http://www.pure-triumph.com/p-2995-t...-a9708197.aspx

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