looking for a new daily driver need your opinions

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  1. Stroked 550

    Stroked 550 Dirt Nut

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    hey guys

    I am looking to get a new daily driver by new I mean used lol & thought I would get y'alls opinion. I have been riding a DRZ the past 4 years and have gotten bored with it. I am looking for something reliable, easy/ economical to maintain & have plenty of dealerships for parts, repairs or maintenance.

    I have a 30 mile round trip commute I can take the freeway or coastal highway. I also want to go on longer touring trips so I want something that can handle that comfortably and reliably.


    I am not sure which way to style of bike to go Hypermotard, Naked, Supermoto or .....?

    I really like the look of the Hypermotard but I am open to your ideas, what bikes do you guys suggest?

    Here are the bikes that have popped into my head so far:

    Ducati Hypermotard

    Ducati Monster

    BMW R1150R/ R1200R,

    Triumph Triple R
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  2. kpmsprtd

    kpmsprtd Been here awhile

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    I recommend for both of us a new Honda CB500. Pick your flavor: R, F, or X. We'll get us 70 or 80 mpg, and we'll be able to do quite a bit of freeway riding as well. Myself, I'm partial to the X for no particular reason.
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  3. sloryder

    sloryder Been here awhile

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    OP > "I am looking for something reliable, easy/ economical to maintain & have plenty of dealerships for parts, repairs or maintenance".

    A stock Sportster meets your requirements. Built like an anvil, no valve adjustments, excellent fuel economy ( if you control your wrist ), plenty of dealerships, adequate power, plenty of aftermarket support.
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  4. Sport

    Sport Been here awhile

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    "driver"

    How about a Corvette Convertible?
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  5. BobPS

    BobPS Been here awhile

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    Out of the bikes on your list: Ducati Monster.

    I commute everyday on a Monster, I really love it. It's light, agile, nimble, quick, comfortable (after I changed the stock bar and stock seat)... in short, it's really fun to ride.
    It really makes going to work a fun experience ... Espescially in heavy and terrible traffic jam I have to ride through everyday :D
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  6. wannabe1

    wannabe1 Been here awhile

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    I was also thinking sportster until I read your list. That being said, I love the triples.
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  7. Garp

    Garp Long timer

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    Nice bikes, but if boredom is the issue, I can't see them being the solution.
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  8. ph0rk

    ph0rk Doesn't Care

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    How are you with forward lean, and how important is hard luggage?

    I'm partial to the R1200R myself for low lean and hard luggage (even if I don't use it day to day). Runners up were speed triple and CB1100.

    What is your budget like?
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  9. Yossarian™

    Yossarian™ Deputy Cultural Attaché

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    All but the BMW bikes on your list will keep your heartrate elevated.
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  10. GPrairie_Rider

    GPrairie_Rider Dirt Junkie

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    Triple R

    Will keep you giggling the whole time your riding it!

    Chris
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  11. cls

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    The Versys is the best public road, practical, fun bike I've had (Out of many, many bikes of all types and sizes.). It ain't cool, high-tech, high perfomance, or even high quality, but it's an awesome do-it-all, economical, easy, fun bike on a budget.
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    Plain Jane bone stock 883 Sportster. Just buy better shocks, there's no law saying you have to turn it into a billet barge. Other than the rear shocks, great bikes stock.
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  13. zippy

    zippy Hinter dem Feld

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    used Yamaha FZ6 or if more power needed FZ1.
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  14. Stroked 550

    Stroked 550 Dirt Nut

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    Thanks guys for all the info it is much appreciated :thumb

    I prefer less forward lean & I dont t need hard luggage on a daily basis. I would only need hard luggage if I am going on touring trips & I am also open to using soft luggage as well.

    My budget is $9k
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  15. RaY YreKa

    RaY YreKa Palanquins RTW

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    From that list, the Street Triple.

    For low cost but fun, used, Versys.

    New, the Honda 500 seems like a decent choice, with $3,000 to spare from your budget.

    Any of your options will seem a world away from the DRZ.

    Happy shopping :clap

    ps. /grumpy/ please don't refer to a motorcycle as a 'driver' /grumpy off/
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  16. Stroked 550

    Stroked 550 Dirt Nut

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    haha I thought I would throw "driver" in to see what happens lol
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  17. chippertheripper

    chippertheripper motorcycle junkie

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    Sv650?
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  18. RaY YreKa

    RaY YreKa Palanquins RTW

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    Posters say it all the time.

    I'm just a pedant :D
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  19. page62

    page62 Been here awhile

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    Aprilia Shiver 750. You might be able to find a recent-year (but new) model and stay within your budget...
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  20. mrbreeze

    mrbreeze Long timer

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    "Plenty of dealerships" = Harley or one of the Japanese brands. You will be hard pressed to find a BMW/Triumph/Ducati dealer in some places if you go touring. Around here (Nashville) there is only one BMW dealer, only one Ducati dealer, and only one Triumph dealer. I can think of at least 6 Harley dealers with a couple hours drive. Probably 4 or 5 Honda dealers, and a few of the Yamaha/Suzuki/Kawasaki variety. Of the bikes on your list, I would say BMW R1200R 1st, Triumph Street Triple R 2nd.

    I think you should do yourself a favor and check out the Suzuki DL650 and Kawasaki Versys.
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