Year trip: buy bike in advance or before the trip

Discussion in 'Trip Planning' started by antonijn, Oct 2, 2017.

  1. antonijn

    antonijn Been here awhile

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    Hello fellow riders,

    I am a young guy planning to go on a trip to asia within 2-3 years, after I am done with college.
    I live in the Netherlands and I am slowly planning the trip.
    I will be gone for 1 to 2 years.
    At the moment I have no offroad experience so I bought a Honda XL600r to trash around in the dirt.

    The bike I want for the trip is the Yamaha XTZ660 Tenere.

    Here is my question: should I buy the bike asap and get to know it, but maybe wear it out/damage it and increase the chances of it not surviving the trip? Or should I buy the bike shortly in advance of the trip and have a fresh bike to travel the world on?
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  2. Turtletownman

    Turtletownman Been here awhile

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    Don't buy now, but do buy early enough to do a good shake down, get through the first service and take car of early warranty issues. Depending on how much you ride, six months to a year ahead of the trip doesn't seem too early to me. Also some close to home trips with all the gear you want to carry on the bike will help you sort out the what to leave behind issue and take care of any changes to luggage or riding gear after some experience.
    I hope to read about the trip on here.
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  3. severely

    severely almost a noob

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    Maybe ride as much as you can at home to gain experience and save money and think about buying the bike when you arrive in Asia. Something easy to ride and get parts for locally, save shipping cost= more time on the road.
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  4. RVDan

    RVDan Long timer

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    I regretted buying a bike immediately before a trip. Trying to get the early service intervals at the correct mileage in a city that has a service center was very difficult. Learning to ride a new bike during a road trip is bad. Finding out you need lowered pegs and bar risers when you're already on the road sucks.

    Buy it early. Ride it with all your luggage. Make sure you're comfortable before you leave on a road trip.
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  5. nickguzzi

    nickguzzi Long timer

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    And getting it early will give you time to learn how to remove wheels, fix flats, mess with the chain and sprockets. Which will necessitate you thinking about the tools you take and what spares maybe crucial.

    The point made above by RVDan could be crucial. The bike that feels so right bouncing the suspension in the showroom can turn into the 8th circle of hell after a few weeks on the road.
    Like my parts fetcher, feels fine round town and 20 mile trips - plush seat, light and manoverable. But I once took it to on a 250 mile fetch and carry. That seat turned into a knife edge, bars all wrong, and despite having floorboards, couldn't find the right place for my feet.
    Stinky ergos really suck.
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  6. antonijn

    antonijn Been here awhile

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    Alright, thanks for all the advice.

    I will buy the bike about 1year in advance and learn to tinker with it and take it on some trips to see what works and what doesn't.
    And this still gives me some time to safe up for some modifications.

    Thanks a lot!
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  7. Mark Manley

    Mark Manley Long timer

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    What can make a difference to choice of bike is whether you plan to ride in Asia or to Asia, if you just plan to ship it and ride it there something like a 250-350cc bike will be perfectly suitable for this trip, even riding there does not need anything much bigger and most bikes require little modification other than an engine bash plate and some luggage.
    You will require a carnet which I guess you will get from the ADAC and the value of the bike will affect how much this costs so a low mileage second hand model a few years old can be a good choice, with plenty of time before your trip I would keep an eye out for a good one and get it while you can.
    Another good choice is the Honda CB500X, I know a couple who are touring North and South America on them and think they are great bikes.
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  8. antonijn

    antonijn Been here awhile

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    I plan to ride the bike to Asia and then in Asia, so I will start from the Netherlands and then ride it to Asia. And I really like the Tenere. Also there are a lot of parts and everything.

    Thanks a lot for your help!
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  9. PeterS

    PeterS Loves big headlights...

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    Buy the bike as early as possible and do all your holiday trips with all the gear you think you will take on the big trip. By the time you leave you will have a lot of experience with working on the bike and your luggage/gear will be half of what is was in the beginning. We did it like this and even decided to go on 250's after we found out our big bikes (Transalp and AfricaTwin) would be too heavy if wanted to ride the routes we like and still have fun...
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  10. DaMonk45

    DaMonk45 I B Da Monk

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    I would give your self mim of 3 months with a 'new' bike.
    You will need to know things about it that only can be found my owning and riding one.
    As well as it will take time to get your luggage and racks sorted out.
    6 months or so would be better.
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