Indecisive imate seeks counseling

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by SqdHntr, Apr 14, 2018.

  1. SqdHntr

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    Good evening everyone. I have decided to add another bike to my life since my only bike became a winter project, then a soring project, maybe even a summer project. It's a '96 Ducati 900SS. So to keep my sanity, I am buying a bike to ride for the time being.

    I consider myself "adventurous". I like to hike, mountain bike, camp, and I have a 1961 FJ40 that's nearly a daily driver. I live in Kentucky, where there are some trails, fire roads, and lots of good twisty country roads. I'm looking for a bike that can handle all that, and do some commuting and a longer trip now and then. Also, I avoid highways at all cost.

    My budget is pretty tight, $2500 or so. Yeah I probably should save up some more, but I'm dying to get back on a bike. I think I have my choices narrowed down to a Triumph Tiger 955i, XR650L, DR650, KTM 640 Adventure, or BMW F650GS.

    I've owned a 2004 KTM 625 SMC, so I'm familiar with that powerplant and I've owned an XT660 and had the limp to prove it for a couple weeks haha. I'm pretty sure the others would do everything I want and I know they all sacrifice abilities to be better on or offroad. I suspect I'll be on road more than not unfortunately. My question is, if you're still reading this... does one or more of these stand out in your opinion for what I want? Are any of them terrible for what I want? Thanks and high five to anyone willing to offer up an opinion.

    If this is the wrong place for this thread, my apologies.
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  2. Mongo7

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    You know soring is illegal right? (:D)

    I've developed a very recent crush on the new Tiger 800. Way outside your budget of course, but maybe one of the older versions might slide in? Of the bikes you listed I only have experience with XRs and DRs. Both solid bikes, but will get tiresome I suspect if you end up riding more on than off, as you predict (sad truth for many of us).
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  3. klaviator

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    For $2500 you are pretty much limited to the DR and XR unless you want another project bike. I'd go with the DR.
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  4. Dracula

    Dracula Dust in the wind

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    All I can say is that in my experience, the motorcycle I love most riding is currently the one and only in my garage. Even when I have had up to three, several years back, only one was the one I would ride. Take a look at Moto Guzzi's also, though I doubt for the price you seek can get something running reliable. Perhaps fixing the Ducati won't be so hard.
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  6. William Wolfen

    William Wolfen Dirt Seeker

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    At that price point, as klaviator stated, you're basically looking at a used 650. Get a DR. It's the more roadworthy and handles long highway speed runs better than the XR. Mine is my only bike now. I had a vstrom 1000 and Hypermotard at one point as well. The remaining bike speaks volumes, I think.
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  7. SqdHntr

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    Fair enough guys. I've seen several Tiger 955i's within this price range, the KTMs tend to need some love at this price point, and the 2002+ F650s are usually above 30-40,000 miles at this price as well. I see several XRs and DRs that don't appear to have been abused in my budget though.

    The DR was probably my least favorite on my list. But barring finding a great deal on any of the others I mentioned, you all are probably right.
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  8. scfrank

    scfrank Old farts riding club.

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    This is a question for Dr. Phil.
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  9. gmk999

    gmk999 ____ as a Rotax

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    I would ad a versys 650 to your lookie list. Then buy whatever one fits your budget atm. They are all fine bikes and at 2.5-3k unless you wreck it it will resell for close to the same.
    You will both love and hate all of them the same. But will also enjoy every mile. That’s 650s
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  10. SqdHntr

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    I'd ride a moped before I talked to Dr. Phil haha.

    The Versys and KLR have kinda halfway been on my list. I wish I could just test ride them all back to back. But that's never going to happen. My problem is, there doesn't seem to be much at all within an hour of my place. Thanks for the help fellas.
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    No one knows you well enough to suggest a bike excepting you. That said, I've become a late to the party fan of the KLR. Within the past week, I've followed the Tallulah River to within walking distance of the Appalachian trail, tore up (and down) US276 from SC into NC, took dirt through the Dupont Forest, and rode the Back of the Dragon in VA... all two up. Considering I regard it as motorcycling's version of the stone axe, I am impressed. Again.
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  12. Mongo7

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    Second the Versys. Almost included in the early reply above. A Versys on 50/50s is a sexy beast, and being that they were a great value when new and have been around a while, finding one within budget should be easy.
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  13. The_Precious_Juice

    The_Precious_Juice 2013 DR650

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    You are limited to a DR650 or XR.

    Seems like you are in eastern KY.

    Im selling my DR within the next 25 days or so.

    She is currently at $2,800.

    What's hurting me is the mileage. 30,000 miles is kind of high when other bikes do not even have half that milage.
    2007 DR650 with 5,000 miles is more expensive than what I have. Even though 5 years newer. The bikes are built the same.

    http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/2013-dr650-2-800-zip-24211.1283459/#post-34766167
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  14. High Country Herb

    High Country Herb Adventure Connoiseur

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    Pretty much. I think it comes down to inseam. The XR and DR are similar, except for seat height.

    Bot make great backroads bikes. If you tire of them as a dual sport commuter, put a smaller front wheel and go supermoto.
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    ddavidv So money, but doesn't know it.

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    The Tiger 955i is a great road bike with a fantastic engine. It isn't light though, so for off-road duty you may be intimidated by it. For the two lanes where you are I doubt you'd have as much fun on anything else you listed.

    The Suzuki and Honda are better off-road bikes than tarmac bikes.

    A KLR will do it all. I had one for a couple of years and it wasn't good at anything but wasn't horrible at anything either. The only reason I dumped it for something else was I have to ride highway for about an hour to get to dirt roads where I live and the buzz from the single was too tiring. I suspect I'd have the same opinion of any single now which is why I didn't like the BMW 650GS I rode.

    The Versys is a hideous bike but I think it would be worth your consideration.

    You really need to decide what most of your riding will be like. Seems like you are struggling to choose between a dirt bike and a nimble back road bike that can sometimes do dirt.
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    I have both a KLR650 and Versys 650. Both are great bikes. While the Versys is a great street bike and will easily handle dirt roads, it isn't in the same ballpark for off road ability as a KLR let alone a DR or XR. I use my Versys as a sport bike and a sport tourer. I don't hesitate to ride it down dirt roads but If I'm going on a dual sport ride I take the KLR. The KLR has been around for eons so finding one shouldn't be hard.

    Compared to the DR and XR the KLR makes a much better touring bike. It's a pretty good sport bike on tight twisty roads but then I'm sure the DR and XR are also. The DR and XR will be better off road.
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    I bought an R1100Gs for $2600 last year, and I was looking at an R1100RS for $2700, but it was 100 miles away and the GS was a mile away. A friend of mine bought an R1100RT for $2400. Another friend bought one for $2700. Plenty of R1100 models of all kinds out there for mid $2ks. K models abound in the teens. You might even get some early R1150s.
    All are solid, and should have the bugs worked out by now.
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  20. SqdHntr

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    I decided. IMG_20180418_125958_788.jpg
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