Help Bones pick a 2up/ADV bike

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by 30Bones, Nov 6, 2012.

  1. 30Bones

    30Bones Long timer

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    I can't stress enough how I do not want 2 bikes again. I just do not have the time I used to to actual utilize them. Now with a wife and 2 growing step kids I am a shuttle. I have not missed having a bike, but I have not had or made time to ride one when I did this past summer.

    My 12K budget is lofty and I hope I don't hit double digits unless I really want to. I just want a dull swiss army knife bike. Does a lot of things ok with a lot of effort at times.

    Thanks for the article Superzoom, damn I love that bike!
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  2. rocker59

    rocker59 diplomatico di moto

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    Stelvio
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  3. Scott of the Sahara

    Scott of the Sahara Been here awhile

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    Two things you must take into consideration.
    #1 Seat height vs. your inseam. If you buy a tall bike and have a passenger, it could spell trouble at the stop sign.
    #2 Your combined weights. Not much to say, only a bigger bike may be necessary to haul both of you in comfort.
    You may end up buying and selling a couple of bikes before you figure it all out. I have a bike that is decent for 2 up and perfect for me solo. My wife will go on rides with me but it is not really her thing. If I had a more comfortable bike for her would she ride more (longer distance)? There is not a real answer for you here, you will only find out through trial and error.
    Good luck!
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  4. 30Bones

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    Nearest dealer? Price tag is pretty lofty.

    I am 6' with a 32" inseam. Never had issues on any bike really. Combined weight of the two of us 325 without gear.
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  5. DCrider

    DCrider Live from THE Hill

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    how tall/long legged is she? That's a key pillion comfort factor too. I'm not touching the live wire weight question for her...:D
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  6. rocker59

    rocker59 diplomatico di moto

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    You could buy a lightly used one within you budget.

    Dealer? I thought you had tools and were going to service it yourself?
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  7. 30Bones

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    Which is why I combined our weight :D. She's 5'6", fairly average in the leg length I'd say.

    Dealer for parts or service if needed. I know nothing about MG's and have never really considered one. It's not a deal breaker unless it's unreliable. 09 leftover for 10K http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/2009...1957641?pt=US_motorcycles&hash=item3ccc14df09
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  8. rocker59

    rocker59 diplomatico di moto

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    The closest "good" dealer that I know of for you will be Rose Farm Classics in Illinois.

    There is a good network of stocking dealers around the country that can mail you anything you need. Moto International, MPH, Harper's, MG Cycle, etc.
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  9. 30Bones

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    I like the bike, it's what I am hoping I end up with in an ADV/Touring type bike. Thanks, I will keep it in mind.

    Used Brevia seem well priced as well. 750 or 1100's with very low miles. More street oriented it appears.
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  10. Jimmy the Heater

    Jimmy the Heater Tilting the Horizon

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    VStrom or Tiger 1050 seem to fit the bill exactly. I've ridden 2 up on both with the required 3 piece luggage and they both did fantastic.

    Yes the S10 has it all over the above 2 in the ADV dept but for gravel roads you really don't need anything like the S10 where the Strom or Tiger would do just fine.

    Get one of the above used, farkle it to your spec and then spend the rest on gas and smiles.
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  11. Wolfgang55

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    You will not find the big GS boring & niether should she.
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  12. 30Bones

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    No thanks, never liked anything about them

    When did I state a GS would be boring?
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  13. Scott of the Sahara

    Scott of the Sahara Been here awhile

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    you guys with the long legs are who the moto designers are creating bikes to fit.
    There were many bikes that I tried to sit on and realized that it was plain too tall for me.
    Then to amplify that fact by having a passenger on board became a deal breaker.
    Go ride the ones that you like and see what speaks to you.
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  14. kraven

    kraven Hegelian Scum

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    I'll say it. :lol3
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  15. JerryH

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    A GS would not be boring, but it would be more than I could handle off road. The seat is just to high and the bike is 2 heavy for me to handle on loose surfaces. I even have issues with a KLR. My off road/dirt road bike is an XT225. My road bikes are a 1500 Goldwing and a Kawasaki Vulcan 750. The Vulcan 750 is perfect for just me, but simply cannot handle a passenger, unless both the rider and passenger are on the small side. I know you said you didn't want a Goldwing, but I would at least check the rated load carrying capacity of any bike you are considering, then add enough to your weight to cover gear and luggage, and make sure you have at least a little left over. You would be amazed just how low the rated load carrying capacity of some bikes are. My daughter and I, with gear and some luggage come close to maxing out the Goldwing. Of course a Goldwing comes with a couple hundred pounds of excess weight to begin with.
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  16. 30Bones

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    Found it, it's legendary :rilla

    http://cedarrapids.craigslist.org/mcy/3402976808.html

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  17. 30Bones

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    Well last September my wife *cough*bought me*cough* a very nicely farkled 1999 VFR800 with GIVI luggage, HELI's, suspension work, pipe, under 30K miles, new PR3's, gear driven cams....:deal for a great price. Flew to DC and was back home 2 days later. Took my wife out a few times in the chilly temps before putting it away. She likes it a lot and is looking forwards to many smiles this season.

    Best thing about this model VFR over my 02 that had GIVI also. This rack system comes off with the bolts for the grab handle and the pins on the footpegs. Takes all of 5 minutes to take it down to "stock".

    Did I mention gear driven cams? :freaky
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