What to buy Last bike

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by hapbob, Jan 26, 2013.

  1. Lep

    Lep Been here awhile

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    As others have said, I can't make a connection between being 58 and "last bike" unless there are reasons the OP hasn't disclosed.

    I'm 70 next month and may treat myself to a new, but not intentionally my last, bike. However my current Weestrom is running nicely so I may just continue to enjoy it for a while longer.

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  2. Avocet

    Avocet Been here awhile

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    I'm 62 and have bought 5 new bikes since I was 58. I'm not ready for that last bike yet, but I must say that I have thought about what I would do if that time ever arrives. Right now my choice would be an R1200R. Very light and easy to manage, easy to use for local riding, but plenty capable if you want to cross the USA. Perhaps my choice will change by the time I have to actually make it, but that's what I would do right now.

    I think maybe the OP may be one of those guys who likes to keep a bike for a long time, as compared to me, who gets the itch for a new one every year. If that's the case, he will want a bike capable of lasting many years, and one for which parts will be available years from now. In that case I still would go for an R1200R. I think BMW has worked the kinks out of them by now and they retain availability of parts for many years.
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  3. yamalama

    yamalama wet coaster

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    How about a big (real) chopper?
    Dennis Hopper style.
    With e-start.
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  4. basketcase

    basketcase lifelong reject fixer

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    Just sitting out here thinking "I'll be 58 this year ... not ready to think last bike yet, but I do know what I like and don't like."

    Don't want another cruiser. No interest in a scooter.

    Don't want another BMW in any description. No interest in anything in the Kaw or Triumph lineup. And nothing in the Harley line creates a draw for me when I walk through their showrooms.

    I tend to "get my money's worth" out of my bikes, so I'll keep the DR and do one more Gold Wing by transitioning from the 1500 to an 1800. When health or whatever puts me off the dresser I'll hang onto the DR until I have to hang it up altogether.

    I'm shooting for that to happen around age 75... :lol3

    None of that really helps answer your question, so let me pose one - "what type of riding do you anticipate doing as you close out?"

    Really, it's the same question we ask when getting into riding. And that answer will shape what you buy.

    The more things change, the more they remain the same... :huh
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  5. Rollin'

    Rollin' does it come in black?

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    I'm only 59, my dad rode until he was 81.
    I don't know if I'll be able to ride that long but I'm going to try.

    To answer your question I have been very happy with my Victory's.
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  6. hapbob

    hapbob Been here awhile

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    Ok Ok I'm only 58 but I was thinking I have owned every bike (about) and still looking for somthing else to buy? I still ride my scooter a 250 Helix which is concidered as riding? I can see me on a trike or Like I mentioned possibly a hack. as my last bike in the future. I guess as I look at whats out there nothing says I really need that bike! My favorite bike over past years was the 1200 GS...but I didn't ride it like it should be ridden and $15K sitting around the garage was hard to justify. And my BMW dealer was 2.5 hrs away. So i appreciate your inputs and will look into a couple suggestions. I guess the real question is what am I going to do with this bike...I still say putz around short trips and When I decide take off for Alaska! So thats my story. Going to International Motorcycle show this Saturday...what will I see there that will say "I got to have that bike"...hope to find out.
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  7. ttpete

    ttpete Rectum Non Bustibus

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    Why not something mid-size? There are decent 650s out there that work out just fine for solo riding. My Versys will cruise easily at 80 all day if I want it to, and gas mileage is in the high 40s.

    I'll also be at the show helping with the Norton club's display.
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  8. davevv

    davevv One more old rider

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    I'm 66 and have owned lots of bikes over the years. All three of my current bikes were purchased in 2012. I also sold two in 2012 and another just two days ago. It's common for me to buy or sell 2-3 bikes a year and I ride almost every day. I have never even considered that one of them might be my last. I buy and enjoy what interests me and will fill a need I have at the time. Since I don't ever intend to quit riding, why would I worry about buying a last motorcycle? Yes, I realize that if I live long enough I'll probably have to stop at some point, but why worry about that until I get there?

    By the way, it costs very little to enjoy a lot of different bikes if you buy them right in the first place. I rarely lose money on one and generally make a little bit on each. It's not hard to find really good buys on used machines. If you want a specific bike, it might take awhile to find one at the right price (over a year for my XL1200R), but I always have something else to ride in the meantime. There's more than one way to "get your money's worth" out of a bike. You don't have to buy new and keep it for 20 years. I choose to ride them a year or two at no cost other than maintenance and then pass them on to the next owner.
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  9. jrflanne

    jrflanne Been here awhile

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    I just traded in a Caponord and Futura for a Griso. It's 100% stock right now but it is a great looking bike. There is something "organic" about a Guzzi.They are not on every street corner and are entertaining, even at stop lights. I also have a scooter for riding around town and a hotted up Tuono for when the mood strikes me.
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  10. hapbob

    hapbob Been here awhile

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    I think I do Like the sound of mid size Like new Honda nC700 or 500X or the BMW 700...No wee...been there done that. Any body drive the Honda with automatic 700DCT the u-tube on it looks cool.
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  11. ttpete

    ttpete Rectum Non Bustibus

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    The NC700X is down on power compared to 650 twins like the Versys or V-Strom. It's designed more for fuel economy. I suppose the automatic transmission is a personal thing, but it's not for me. You should demo as many different bikes in the 650 range as you can just to get an idea of what's available.
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  12. gmk999

    gmk999 ____ as a Rotax

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    Strom.
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  13. ThirdBestFriend

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    Don't know about you, but this will be my last motorcycle. Unless I get another one after it.

    http://www.imz-ural.com/2013-ural-gear-up/
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  14. richarddacat

    richarddacat best jelly roll in town

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    The new BMW F S/ST looks like a neat bike to own that has a belt drive, that would be a good a mid-size. Can't beat the NC700 for gas mileage and the new 500's look good too.
    If you like your scooter I might consider going larger for more road time and then having a big touring bike like a GW, or Electric Glide.
    I would also look at Victory Cross Tour or Cross Country.

    If you like the Sport Touring crowd I'd definitely look at the new FJR.
    Good luck.
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  15. Spaggy

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    I'm 49 and consider my 1150 GSA my last bike because I want to keep it for ever. Last bike doesn't mean no more riding.
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  16. Pantah

    Pantah PJ Fan from Boston

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    Am pretty sure this is my last:

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  17. High Country Herb

    High Country Herb Adventure Connoiseur

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    Since you have the experience, you are now ready for the Turrrrboooo Busssaaaaa!

    Seriously, though, a big sport touring bike would be fun; ZX-14, Hyabusa, FJ1300. I love seeing older guys riding something that would scare the crap out of me. I remember the first time I saw a 950 Adventure. It was a guy in his mid 70's, and he was telling a crowd about a Can-Am Spider that everyone assumed was his. Then his little old lady wife drove away on it, as he through his leg over the tallest dirt bike I had ever seen up to that point, and rode away. There were at least 5 riders picking their jaws up off the ground. :lol3

    ...and 58 is only 17 years ahead of me, so don't act like yer old. :gerg
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  18. ttpete

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    I'm 70, and this is my "bucket list" bike
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  19. Jacl-Kampuchea

    Jacl-Kampuchea Booze Merchant

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    Short trips, but possibly Alaska?

    A new or nearly new KTM690 Adventure should tick the boxes, even if you are a short arse.
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  20. hapbob

    hapbob Been here awhile

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    Still having a time deciding what to buy or look for to buy used. I thought Honda nx700 was going to be it. But I liked
    The cb500x coming out soon. A used 1200gs is a nice bike. Hell the Harley classic or street glide could work to. I want to stay around 10k$ also dealer availability is a problem I have to think about also
    Triumph 100 miles
    BMW 75 miles
    Honda 35 miles
    Ktm don't even know?
    Suzuki don't care
    Harley 35 miles

    Honda dealer won't let test ride...
    BMW and Harley dealers do

    I can't decide what to buy
    Somebody tell me
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