Opinions for a 2nd bike.

Discussion in 'Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan' started by Dirtbiker, May 3, 2013.

  1. LexLeroy

    LexLeroy Chief Mansplainer

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    A few months ago I would have snorted coffee out of my nose onto the keyboard upon reading this, but as I turn 65 in a few months I've been thinking about "the next bike" to replace my DL1000 VStrom. The Harley Switchback is looking pretty interesting for the reasons that you mention, plus it may make the perfect adventure sidecar tug with the addition of a reverse gear, 15" auto wheels and a leading-link front end. Something to think about....
    :hmmmmm
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  2. browneye

    browneye PIN IT & BANG GEARS

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    My understanding is OP was replacing the wee. "Getting a new adventure bike".

    I recommend just keeping the wee. It's too complicated trying to decide. :rofl
    Besides, you need more seat time to know what you really want. LOL.



    Funny, I went down to the local HD dealer and test rode one of those. Then took a heritage softail out just to make sure I hadn't just completely missed something. Both drug the bottom (foot boards?) on a mild test drive....I would have sparks flying all the time on one of those. The Switchback has side bags big enough to stuff one pair of riding pants liners, and it shakes like a paint mixer. It vibrates so much your feet slide back on the footboards. Going down the freeway you feel every crack in the road. It was so bad I couldn't even see the road, everything was bouncing around so bad it was just a blur. I could not F'ing believe it. Here I've been riding for over 40 years and thought I just must be missing something, they are so damn popular. OMFG!! Got back on my Tiger to head home and still just couldn't believe it. It's like a hundred year spread of technological development.

    I told wifey I was getting two full-sleeve tats and a harley, grow out my hair and beard, and get a black leather vest with a eagle on the back. She said I had been watching too much TV (sons of anarchy) LOL.

    I could probably deal with a mid-control dyna for local bar hopping, get a lycra shirt with tat knock-offs. Probably have to do this before I die. That and get a Ducati of some sort....just because I think every rider otta have one each of all the coolest bikes.
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  3. LexLeroy

    LexLeroy Chief Mansplainer

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    You've awakened a repressed memory. About 15 years ago a friend and I took our families down to Marathon Key for the Christmas holidays. He had business connections with a national RV & bike rental company so once the families were settled in we caught a flight up to Miami to pick up a couple of bikes - a Buell and a Dyna. I started out on the Buell but traded off for the Dyna around Homestead AFB. It shook like one of those old-time paint shakers that you sometimes see in paint stores. By the time that we reached Marathon I was in pain - my back, my wrists, my knees, my ears, my ass,... everything. The first thing out of my mouth when we stopped was, "I need a F'ing beer." Guess that's why you see so many of 'em stopped in front of taverns. Thanks for reminding me - scratch the Switchback.
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  4. Jimmy the Heater

    Jimmy the Heater Dirt Farmer

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    I'm thinking the OP disappeared on us.
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  5. timspong

    timspong Been here awhile

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    Well the big HD Baggers (road king, road glide, street glide & Electra glide) are in a different class to the rest of the HD range IMO. The isolated engine makes quite a bit of difference, they are so much roomier than the smaller dyna's and have much better suspension than the soft-tails etc. Also harley will let you road test anything so definitely give one a ride just for the hell of it.
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  6. dirt donkey

    dirt donkey Adventurer

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    Sell the Wee and get a Tiger 800 (XC). I have 10,000 miles on my XC and it just feels like my WR250R but way bigger in every respect. Much more road worthy than the WR. it is not a dual sport bike in my opinion but can easily handle most off pavement conditions.. The bike is 500 lbs so you don't want it landing on you. I am actually selling the XC to get the 800 Roadie. I am short. and if the bias is more road with occasional dirt then the 800 is a better way to go. If you are planning on at least 80/20 road/dirt then the XC would be an option.
    out of the 10,000 miles i rode the XC about 50miles was off road. So pretty much a no brainer in terms of selling the bike.

    there is not replacement for a nicley farkled WR250 it is a bit underpowered, but does a lot well... For what it is.... I think a nice addition for me around town and splitting traffic would be a DRZ 400supermoto or DR650?

    the WR250 i have in California City parked there for the times i make it up there. Setup for dirt right now... with a good pair of 17" wheels it would be a good around town bike.
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  7. brad1098

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  8. browneye

    browneye PIN IT & BANG GEARS

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    I would imagine you might find a roadie owner that would trade you. I dunno, I'm just guessing there are a few out there that went that way that wished they'd gotten the XC.

    But you do have a point there, the new Tiger is a stellar bike. I have experience with V-stroms, and the Tiger is a much more refined motorbike. I love my XC as well. Currently I wouldn't trade it for anything. We'll see in a few years. :evil
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  9. Bugchewer

    Bugchewer Piece of Work

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    I have a Scram and a Tiger 1050 and I have decided to do the forks and keep the 1050. I WILL end up with an 800XC next year when the final payments is over on the 1050. I figure the XC will give me the power and off road ability that I only dream about on the Scram (well I do it and my dentist loves it!).
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