What's Your Other Bike to Complement the GS

Discussion in 'GS Boxers' started by Tomcat503, Mar 31, 2012.

  1. Tomcat503

    Tomcat503 Usually Just Lurking

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    I'm thinking about getting a 2nd smaller / lighter bike mainly for shorter rides that would be fun on curvy country roads (yeah the GS is also fun on curvy country roads, but this is my story that I told the wife and I'm sticking to it :lol3).

    Here's my short list:

    • Norton Commando 850 MKIII (I'm afraid of the the older right hand shift models :eek1)
    • R1100S - not sure if this would feel a lot different that the GS
    • Triumph Street Triple
    Any suggestions / opinions on these or other bikes? Thanks!
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  2. dyvking

    dyvking ahead of his flamin star

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  3. Rick G

    Rick G Ranger Rick

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    Right now my other bike is my 09 Bonneville T100 which I bought last fall. I expect to put some weekend touring miles that might have gone to the Old Black Pig. :D

    If I really want to go smaller, I jump on my little scooter.

    In reality they are all good, different but good.

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  4. AviatorTroy

    AviatorTroy Long timer

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    I need a real tourer, thinking about an RT
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  5. haket

    haket Been here awhile

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    Speed triple, no question. plenty different to the GS and a ton of fun. I had a 955i and a newer 1050 and they were both great machines.
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  6. Tomcat503

    Tomcat503 Usually Just Lurking

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    Really...I was thinking an LT would be the ticket for small and light! :lol3
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    JoshBMW Been here awhile

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  8. apexal

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    This is easy: Triumph Street Triple !
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  9. dyvking

    dyvking ahead of his flamin star

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    I had an LT. The RT without bags is as light as my GS, more nimble, 300 lbs lighter than the LT and makes more horsepower than either.
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  10. isthiscoolenough?

    isthiscoolenough? Adventurer

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    Of your list, the Speed triple. My other bike that compliments my GS is a K1600 GT.
    Ken
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  11. Desert Skies

    Desert Skies One brick shy...

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    I have a DR650 and a GL1800 but my GS complements them. :thumb
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  12. milo

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    A DR650 is a *great* compliment to a GS1200 for a smaller, lighter bike that's just a "back to basics" fun motorcycle. Otherwise the Norton Commando would be interesting, if not as practical.
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  13. Tomcat503

    Tomcat503 Usually Just Lurking

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    The Speed Triple would be a blast no doubt, but would probably get me in trouble - that's why I'm thinking Street Triple.

    Yeah I'm leaning that way...it would lend itself to more riding and less wrench turning than a 40 year old Norton (but the Norton sure does look good) :norton
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  15. Hennepinboy

    Hennepinboy Have battery will travel.

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    It is easy to calculate the number of bike you should own.






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  17. Motomochila

    Motomochila Mad Scientist

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    Any single Motard and a little skill...or bravado, will get you all the butt pucker you will ever need. I run a "freak-in-stein" XRR 650 with Motard set up and regularly wear off my IMS pegs grinding on the pavement. In the twisty's rarely is a triple or four even close to my backside. Plenty to choose from. The KTM 690 can be found cheap and it's will more than suit your needs.
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  18. BCC

    BCC I know better

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    Right now, a Hyper S and a 530 exc-r. I think I would like to sell the ktm and get something like the new 650 Dakar (or whatever it's called), put knobbies on it and leave tourances on the gsa.
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    Tomcat503 Usually Just Lurking

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    Yep, that's just what I would look like on the Ducati, one handed power slide and all... :D
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