Best Adventure Bike for commuting

Discussion in 'Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan' started by tegdog76, Feb 26, 2012.

  1. cug

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    I had a WR250X and it is an absolute blast to ride. Sooooo much fun. Best commuter ever for a non-highway-lots-of-city commute.

    On this bike it consistently got between 60 and 70mpg (US gallons). A longer commute might be a challenge as there is absolutely no wind or weather protection, highway ride is buzzy and uncomfortable.

    For me, as a pure commuter I'd likely get either a Vespa. I generally prefer to keep my commute short enough for a bicycle though. Or for public transportation. Right now I'm using a car but that will change to bicycle and motorcycle with better weather ... :lol3
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  2. RonKZ650

    RonKZ650 Been here awhile

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    I had a WR250 and found it horrible as a commuter bike, very uncomfortable in the seat and my neck would get stiff in 10 miles riding it for some reason. I got the super tenere and no it does not get the gas mileage the WR250 did, but I'd say 10mpg less or so.
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  3. biker128pedal

    biker128pedal Super Lurker

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    WR250 and get 74 mpg. Just add a larger tank. For comfort and fuel efficiency get a Wee. You don't want to pay for premium gas do you?
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  4. cug

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    interesting. I rode it on a 500 mile ride with busted ribs and in the cold. Wasn't big problem. My F800GS was way more uncomfortable. But I'm light and very slim. So, I don't need as much space on the seat as the typical American ...:lol3

    I wouldn't even mention these two bikes in the same sentence ... other that "bikes from Yamaha are ..." They are on the complete opposite end of the spectrum. But okay, people also think they need a Suburban to get their kid to soccer practice ...

    Still prefer my commute on the bicycle.
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  5. sooner02r1

    sooner02r1 Wannabe

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    I'm jealous of being close enough to commute by bicycle, mine is 100 miles round trip.


    Also I did 450 miles on my vstrom today, everything from 100mph turnpike, fast sweeping twisties, tight bumpy twisties, fast (60 mph) dirt roads, and tight dirt roads with low water crossings, even got that fat pig off the ground a couple of times, and she took it all like a champ! I was smiling all day at its comfort and versatility! tomorrow morning is new tires and oil and she will be back in commute mode for Sunday!
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  6. WSobchak

    WSobchak MoTard

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    You sir, use the ADVENTURE motorcycle as it should be used :freaky
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  7. DAKEZ

    DAKEZ Long timer

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    Surely you jest.
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  8. DPJK

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    Congratulations on the new Strom,

    I put about 400 miles on my 2012 DL650 during its first week, then left town for work for a week. First tank I ran 210 miles before the little blinking fuel indicater let me know that I might eventually need to get more fuel. My commute is about 110 miles a day, half highway and half twisting river road. I have ridden dirtbikes, cruisers, my wifes scooter, etc. for years and can't name another bike I would even consider taking for a spin if it was sitting in my garage.

    I put a center stand, under cowling (plastic "protection), handgrips, topbox, 12V plug and wired in a switched wire to run my gerbing gloves. First commute had me arrive to work with a temp of 25 degrees F. Warm hands make for a safe ride.

    I think you are going to be exceptionally happy with your new ride. If you end up having any questions let me know.
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  9. 2tallnwide

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    :huh Mercy, that'd be a big ass lie if I was tellin' it.....:lol3
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  10. Algarve Nick

    Algarve Nick Been here awhile

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    Buell Ulysses.
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  11. 2 is better than 4

    2 is better than 4 Calculated risk takr

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    I have to agree with the buell ullyses it is a very versitile machine, so much so that I traded a emaculate '96 goldwing se off for mine. Commouting can be done on anything from a scooter to a gold wing, but ill tell you depending on your distance and your desire for power, the buell is good on power and comfort and not that bad on economy either.
    As an urban assult vehicle you cant beat a supermoto but add another cylender and have even more fun![​IMG]
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  12. WSobchak

    WSobchak MoTard

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    Is that tiger stripe cammo on your frame??

    I think the Uly is a great commuter. I only have about 8 blocks of riding in town on my commute, the rest is highway, so to me the city friendly features (like heat and low seat height) don't matter much in a commuter. Love da mULY.
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  13. 2 is better than 4

    2 is better than 4 Calculated risk takr

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    Yea I didnt put that on there hopefully it will help with the radar though!:lol3 I forgot to mention eiler that my quota is for sale for $5k loaded down and ready for adv touring.[​IMG]
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