$10K to spend, what bike?

Discussion in 'Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan' started by makinwaves, Feb 7, 2013.

  1. makinwaves

    makinwaves Long timer

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    If you had $10K to spend and wanted to get another bike, what would you buy? Looking at getting rid of my current wheels and have freed up some cash. Now the shopping begins. :evil

    Leaning towards a used Tiger XC or 1200GS, but open to ideas.

    Primary use will be commuting, but also weekend trips, including hitting some dirt and trails.
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  2. Eddy Alvarez

    Eddy Alvarez Always dreaming of the next big ride!

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    For $10,000 there is only one bike, a well farkled '06-08 R1200GS...
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  3. BryanCO

    BryanCO CO Rider

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    I found a 2012 Tiger 800 XC with oem heated grips, oem lights, LV carbon can and 345 miles for $10,150. Love the bike and a fantastic value -- even at closer to msrp, I think they are a great value.
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  4. It'sNotTheBike

    It'sNotTheBike Banned

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    I cannot agree. There are other bikes I find much more desirable than a BMW boxer GS,
    for reasons that have to do with power, weight, handling, and real-world range of use.


    I'd rather have a KTM 950 Super Enduro, but then I like bikes with good suspension
    and lots of power. I also like bikes with chain drive so I don't ever need to deal
    with a catastrophic final drive failure. Instead I just buy new a chain and sprockets
    and keep riding. If you like to ride in a sporty manner and not just cruise, you owe it to
    yourself to try a KTM with an LC8 engine. It is one of the greatest motorcycle engines
    ever made, and it is remarkable for its light weight, its power characteristics, and its
    compactness, all of which make bikes with the LC8 huge fun to ride.


    I test rode a BMW 1200 GS and it was the most disappointing bike I have ever ridden. It's
    quite heavy ( I believe the BMW claim for weight is inaccurate and that scales will verify this )
    the suspension felt like a Buick, the brakes were over-assisted, the switchgear layout was
    crazy and illogical, and it just felt ponderous. I think the people who own these
    things are victims of mass hypnosis or maybe it is a situation similar to the old tale
    of "The Emperor's New Clothes" where many people agree about something that is
    not even true because they want to be part of the "in crowd".



    The BMW is a heavy road bike which pretends to have off road capabilities but
    pretend IS the correct word. It's no more suited to any real off road riding than
    a Cadillac Escalade is to racing the Dakar Rally. Again, it is a road bike
    with styling which pretends it can go off road. As long as you are comfortable
    with that reality it might be a great bike for you. But I prefer never to ride one
    of the piggish things again. By the way, back in the day I owned a BMW R90S
    and rode it many miles, so I do have some experience with BMW. I had to laugh
    when I shifted the 1200 GS and its transmission clunked nearly as badly as the
    transmission in my R90S, which was built over three decades earlier. WTF, BMW,
    why can't you build a transmission that doesn't feel like a Gravely mower blade
    drive selector ?


    Between the two bikes you mentioned, for me it would have to be the Turnip,
    hands down ( yes I know it is a Triumph, Turnip is a nickname we used back when
    lots of the old 500 Daytonas and 650 Bonnies were still seen regularly, which was
    a while ago ).


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  5. pluric

    pluric Gimpy Adventurer

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    Save two more grand and get the Tenere.
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  6. makinwaves

    makinwaves Long timer

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    Thanks for the opinions, both pro and con! It's helpful. Keep 'em coming.
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  7. xr400r

    xr400r Long timer

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    i'd look a buying a ktm950/990 and spend the rest on farkles and gas if 10k was my budget.
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  8. twinrider

    twinrider pass the catnip

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    +1.
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  9. eakins

    eakins Butler Maps

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    800xc
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  10. LoneTraveler

    LoneTraveler Captain Zoomtastic

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    I'm in the same boat: didn't want to spend much more than $10k, but am now looking at V-Strom 1000, Concours 14 or the Tenere. (The Concours is only because I have the previous model, and there's really no other sport-tourer that does it for me...)

    I'd say, maybe the Strom 1k? There are deals to be had on the 2012s, and I can speak from experience that it's a helluva lot faster than it looks.
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  11. makinwaves

    makinwaves Long timer

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    A buddy suggested a Tiger 1050. :ear
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  12. squish

    squish Out of the office.

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    Used well modded DL60 and a used wr250r or an older Bonnie or w650
    I'd use the spare 1k for gas and ride both bike.
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  13. Dcc46

    Dcc46 Been here awhile

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    I had an extra 10k to spend on a bike last week. I bought a new scrambler and still have money left over. YMMV :ricky
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  14. No False Enthusiasm

    No False Enthusiasm a quiet adventurer

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    A two years ago, I found on FM a DL650 with a few farkles for $4k and a Bonnie SE with 500 miles for $6k.

    Have enjoyed both to the tune of 10k miles each year on each bike.

    I'd like to find a WR250R but am holding out for the WR450R... :lol3

    NFE
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  15. nbsdave

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    I'd look for an 8 grand 1200, you'll need the other 2 for maintenance in a thousand miles or so. :rofl
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  16. JohninVT

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    Ten grand burning a hole in your pocket? Buy a used DL1000 for 5 grand. At that price, it'll have mods like luggage, a Mad Stad bracket and probably an aftermarket seat. Install a 300 dollar Power Commander and a different rear sprocket and the bike will smoke down a rough, two lane road at a surprising pace.

    Then spend the other 5 grand on hookers and drugs. :D
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  17. camodog

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    I just bought my new Wee today. 0% finance for 60 months. Buy one new or get a used one and save 3k
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  18. nbsdave

    nbsdave Been here awhile

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    now that is an excellent idea!
    maybe a DL650
    maybe some good booze instead of drugs, maybe a hooker and her sister together! :1drink
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  19. makinwaves

    makinwaves Long timer

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    Went to the local BMW shop today...total of 6 used bikes in the entire inventory (and only one of which was a beemer, r1200r). Was hoping to demo a used or new F800GS or R1200GS, but no used and no new demos available. Grrr.

    Then went to the Triumph dealership. No 800 XC in stock. They had a 2010 1050 SE though so I took out and actually quite liked it. That engine is silky smooth and damn if it wasn't fun in the twisties. I wonder how it would hold up on the odd forest service / gravel road. Maybe I could live with it? The ergos were sweet and couldn't believe how comfortable it felt overall.
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  20. twinrider

    twinrider pass the catnip

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    I've ridden a Tiger 1050 on gravel and it will do fine if you are just putting along and there aren't big ruts/rocks.
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