Hard time deciding which adventure bike?

Discussion in 'Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan' started by ballisticexchris, Sep 30, 2017.

  1. Chillis

    Chillis Long timer

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    I have been waiting for the T7 but no availability in sight so I took the easier maintenance option and went S10.

    I hate chains and being a 500 to 700 mile average day rider I cannot stand feeling the chain going to crap and shifting getting worse, bike putting out more vibes, etc. that a chain offers.

    I know most aren't sensitive to these things but it drives me nuts like only an OCD fool could appreciate. To top it off, the mess that is chain lube. No thanks.

    The S10 actually handles its weight well, too. I only did a little dabbing in the dirt when I test rode one last year.
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  2. Davidjohnson

    Davidjohnson Been here awhile

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    1090r?
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  3. HydroDog

    HydroDog Been here awhile

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    I bought a 2013 S10 a couple years ago and could not be happier. I added the McCruise control, Russel Day saddle and some folding foot pegs onto my skid plate 12 hours in the seat is no problem and it's a great dirt road bike.
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  4. stromsavard

    stromsavard Serge

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    For me, the S10 is the best choice of all. Reliable, comfortable, easy to work on, nice, enough HP, dealer worldwide!!
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  5. PWRCRZR

    PWRCRZR Grumpy Old Bastard

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    5 years and almost 50,000 miles on my S10 and could not be happier, I have done a 1000 mile day and many 700 plus. Some dirt early on and gravel whenever I can. Can't speak much to any of the other bikes as i have never wanted to stray from my S10..other than maybe the elusive T7 (which I have a standing order for at my local dealer:ricky)
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  6. twinrider

    twinrider pass the catnip

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    I rode a Super Tenere for 60000 km. Very nice touring bike, but if you want to ride dirt as well the AT will handle it a lot better with its longer suspension travel, 18-21 wheels and the fact that it's both slimmer and quite a bit lighter. Try both and you'll see what I mean.
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  7. HandCanonShootr

    HandCanonShootr Been here awhile

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    In 2015 I found a good deal on a farkled '12 S10 in Florida. Beat every deal in So CA. Fly & Drive back to California. Loved the S10 after my first 500mi day on her. Would buy an S10 again. If only it was lighter...

    Mike B
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  8. rd400racer

    rd400racer Long timer

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    Another S10 guy here and I don't even own one!

    I've been researching this purchase for two years now. As you can see, I have an old GS right now. It's been a decent motorcycle and I like its quirks, but I sure as hell don't trust it for a month long ride. I love the Ducati, but I've already got a Duc and have to deal with its quirks too. My best friend bought the big KTM but truthfully it doesn't do a thing for me. AT just seems like a big dirt bike. I've already got a dirt bike.

    I do get a bit weak in the knees when I see the 09-12 GS's for sale here (and for fairly reasonable prices). But I have to step back and remember what I want. Anvil reliability. I know I'll get that in the S10.
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  9. GunNut37086

    GunNut37086 Been here awhile

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    The S10 bandwagon is getting crowded...for a reason. What lured me to the S10 was comfort, very low maintenance costs, reliability, and abundant aftermarket support. What really set the hook was never ever having to clean/adjust a chain or replace sprockets again and the little things like traction control, ABS, easy to adjust suspension, and a hydraulic clutch. Another HUGE plus is that you don't have to look far to find a killer deal on a used one.
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  10. BaldKnob

    BaldKnob I Wanna Ride

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    Now, ask this same question in The Crush or GSpot and see what kind of answers prevail.

    I love my Tenere but admit it's lacking in power, technology and persona. I saw this in two brief test rides and bought regardless because to me, it just felt so damn solid. Been a great ride, over 100K miles and getting the forks revalved as I type so planning on keeping it.
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  11. PWRCRZR

    PWRCRZR Grumpy Old Bastard

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  12. XRman

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    Don't worry about the reliability of the latest model Tigers. They have very few issues. As a long distance dirt road cruiser, I have been impressed with my 800 XCx. Not perfect, but close. A small amount of set up to suit the rider and information available on the British Beast thread will be enough to keep you riding into the sunset.
    In reality the current Tiger800 is an updated model that has been on the market since 2011.
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  13. DirtDad

    DirtDad Green Chile Guru

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    I went with a 2015 Tenere. So far really liking this bike. Good on dirt roads, good on long rides, good commuter, good 2 up bike, reliable!
    I love the reliable aspect. Being a father of two, working etc... I just don't have the time to be wrenching on bikes all the time. Gonna invest
    on getting it a little more off road worthy. New tires, skid plate.
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  14. V2Neal

    V2Neal Adventurer

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    When you say 'technology' what do you mean?

    I'm happy with my 2016 S-10. It checks all of the boxes I want and is comfortable for me.

    Happy shopping!
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  15. twinrider

    twinrider pass the catnip

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    Have you flashed the ECU? It really wakes the motor up.
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  16. TwinsFTW

    TwinsFTW Been here awhile

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    Yeah, the Tenere isn't exactly lacking in that department. ABS, TC, multi-mode RBW, CC, available ES.

    About the only thing missing is actual active or semi-active ES.
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  17. Harry Potter

    Harry Potter Been here awhile

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    Surprised I haven't seen the standard answer to this question yet, the mighty DR650.
    On the other hand the most recent Motorcycle Consumer News gives a rave review to the all new Ducati MS950.
    But then I don't remember seeing any Ducati dealers on the Alaska-Canadian Hi way.
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  18. alpha.eightMG

    alpha.eightMG Adventurer

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    I narrowed it to AT and S10. I was leaning towards S10 for months. When I was ready to get serious I couldn't find a S10 to even look at. Nearest 7 Yamaha dealers didn't have one. Very disappointing. I found a 2012 well used, but wanted Gen 2. I did however find plenty of ATs to check out. Bought a white tri-color. Very pleased with it. Previous ride was a KLR.
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  19. twinrider

    twinrider pass the catnip

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    Good to keep in mind that there's no "wrong choice" in this category. Just what works best for each rider's own usage/personal preference.
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  20. The_Precious_Juice

    The_Precious_Juice 2013 DR650

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    Going from a KLR to a AT has got to be an amazing up grade!


    This thread should become a sticky for Inmates to ask a question real fast.
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