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Old 10-13-2013, 09:55 PM   #16
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I notice that the OP is in the East Bay (California). Depending on his commute route, that one hour could only be 20 miles or so :) A DR650 (I have one) is just fine. A DL650 (I have one also, and use it a lot for my one hour commute, more like 40 miles) is even better. I paid well under $3K for my then 5 year old DR, and just over $4K for my then 5 year old DL ... both in Bay Area used-market prices (which I think are higher than many other places in the US).

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Old 10-14-2013, 08:04 AM   #17
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DL650 followed by DR650.

Forget a KLR IMO.
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Old 10-14-2013, 08:12 AM   #18
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650 V Strom.
Yes this exactly.
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Old 10-14-2013, 09:08 AM   #19
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At under $3,000 - condition will be everything... Any 650 will do fine.
Try and find a bike that has low mileage and has not been abused. There will be tons of worn out beat up crap coming your way. Be prepared to do some work such as cleaning a carb, replacing a tire or bleeding brake fluid. Hold out for a bike where the owner quit riding, early on.
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Old 10-14-2013, 09:16 AM   #20
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At under $3,000 - condition will be everything... Any 650 will do fine.
Try and find a bike that has low mileage and has not been abused. There will be tons of worn out beat up crap coming your way. Be prepared to do some work such as cleaning a carb, replacing a tire or bleeding brake fluid. Hold out for a bike where the owner quit riding, early on.
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+1. If you're patient, you'll find a great deal. It'll probably be exactly the kind of bike RideDualSport describes. You're going to want something that's been sitting for a while. Not too long, though, because seals and O-rings dry out and shrink when a bike sits for years and years. Hopefully you can find someone who got a bike to ride with his buddies or because he thought it would make him look cool, then never really rode it and now his wife is making him clear out the garage.
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Old 10-14-2013, 08:51 PM   #21
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Long days on dirt roads and it'll be the DR riders whining in pain and slabbing it to the accomodation while the DL's do the extra three hours optional dirt loop.


I think the DR you tested had some issues...or you fell off somewhere and conked your head in a patch of some powerful-good catnip.

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Old 10-16-2013, 02:40 AM   #22
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I think the DR you tested had some issues...or you fell off somewhere and conked your head in a patch of some powerful-good catnip.

Nope, better riders than me. Thing is, a DR is faster on tight dirt roads, but you pretty much have to stand to get speed, a DL you'll be 5-10kph slower on the slow stuff, 20kph faster on the open bits, but you can sit - and after ten hours the pain really accumulates on the DR.

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=742567

Wasn't me, but check the guys on dirt bikes V the guy on the DL.

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