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Old Yesterday, 11:33 AM   #1
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Location: Virginia
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Looking for First Bike Recommendations and Feedback

Ready to purchase my first bike and could use some feedback on the bikes I'm considering. I plan to ride 80% on road, 20% off road, the off road portion won't be too technical. Eventually, I'd like to ride more off, but not a lot of fire roads or trails where I live. I'm looking for any comments, questions, or things I should consider that will help me make the decision, and, pros and cons of each bike. I'm looking at both new and preowned with low miles. Prices I've seen range from $5k- $13k OTD. I realize it's hard to compare the CB500X vs the BMW, but I may have found a great deal on the BMW. Looking to purchase in the next two weeks. Appreciate any comments.

Here are the bikes I've been looking at and my thoughts so far:

Honda CB500X - reliable first bike. Limited off road capability, but a good first bike to learn on.

Suzuki 650 VStrom ADV - solid bike, reliable with some off road capability

Triumph Tiger 800XC - Great all around bike on or off road. The limit on my finances HOWEVER, might also be beyond the capability of my experience at this point.

BMW F800GS - Great all around bike, may have found a good deal on a local used sale.

Thanks again for all the help!
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Old Yesterday, 11:37 AM   #2
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My advice?

Buy used.
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Old Yesterday, 11:52 AM   #3
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Also look into used single cylinder dual sports. They probably would be more affordable, and be more off-road worthy than some of the bikes you list. Popular options are DR650, DRZ400, KLR650, G650GS, pre-2008 F650GS. You can always sell them for what you paid once you're past the n00b stage, but these bikes are also favored by many experienced riders. They are bulletproof, so they can take a few naps without requiring $$$ repair bills, and because they're generally lighter and aren't crazy powerful, they can be easier to handle and less dangerous for a total beginner
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Old Yesterday, 11:54 AM   #4
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Get a v-strom 650, buy it used, you should have ZERO trouble finding one for close to $4,000. Check the flea market here. I have had good luck dealing with the people on this site.

You will not find a more forgiving and dependable bike than the DL650.
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Old Yesterday, 12:07 PM   #5
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Triumph Scrambler

Very easy to ride, extremely reliable, easy and inexpensive to maintain,
only downside is it doesn't have ABS
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Old Yesterday, 04:22 PM   #6
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Buy a used bike and take the next year learning the ropes. You will very likely drop it while rolling it around the driveway or parking lot. There is also a possibility that you could experience an on road incident. Let's hope not but the statistics for new riders is not great.

If you buy it cheap enough you can learn a lot and beat the snot out of it while learning what this is all about. Then next year you will have a much better idea of which bike to get for the long run and test rides will be invaluable in your quest.
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