"Heavy" Guy advice needed.

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by Coach1974, Apr 23, 2019.

  1. Coach1974

    Coach1974 Adventurer

    Joined:
    Apr 23, 2019
    Oddometer:
    13
    Location:
    Santa Cruz, CA
    Please don't flame me to bad but I think this is where I should ask. Thinking of getting into the DS/Enduro world at the ripe age of 45. Midlife crisis I guess. I just moved from Missouri to Santa Cruz, CA in June of last year and see lots of guys motoring up and down Highway 1 on DS bikes. There are lots of trails and dirt roads near my school where I teach/coach. I've owned 2 crotch rockets in my riding life and took the motorcycle riders course years ago. Haven't ridden off road ever. Just commute back and forth to work. I'm 5'9" 230 (Played fullback in college+beer). I'd say a DS for me would be 90% highway and 10% ride the dirt roads. Average speed on the Highway 1 here is like 70-80mph!!!! They drive very fast in CA!! There are a few KLR650s in the area for sale. I found a 09 for $3k close by. Or should I just stick to a sportbike to keep up with daily traffic?
    #1
  2. William Wolfen

    William Wolfen DR Guy

    Joined:
    Dec 5, 2015
    Oddometer:
    2,837
    Location:
    Cypress, TX
    For 90% highway and 10% unpaved roads I'd be looking at at one of the twin cylinder adventure bikes. Single cylinder mi fairing bikes aren't typically comfortable over 70mph. Too much wind for the rider is the issue, as many of the bikes don't mind the speed.
    #2
  3. Navin

    Navin Long timer

    Joined:
    Sep 22, 2009
    Oddometer:
    25,218
    You can ride any bike on a dirt road.
    #3
  4. Coach1974

    Coach1974 Adventurer

    Joined:
    Apr 23, 2019
    Oddometer:
    13
    Location:
    Santa Cruz, CA
    Ok. What are some examples to look for? What years? I was trying to keep it cheap to begin with then upgrade later.
    #4
  5. Coach1974

    Coach1974 Adventurer

    Joined:
    Apr 23, 2019
    Oddometer:
    13
    Location:
    Santa Cruz, CA
    True. I just don't see myself riding an R6 or GSXR on these dirt roads in Watsonville. They are farm roads, some with water from all the fields being watered.
    #5
  6. William Wolfen

    William Wolfen DR Guy

    Joined:
    Dec 5, 2015
    Oddometer:
    2,837
    Location:
    Cypress, TX
    A Vstrom 650 would likely come cheap. They were changed in 2012 iirc. I wouldn't recommend against any particular years, especially if you don't intend to meetup it long term.
    #6
    MacNoob and Coach1974 like this.
  7. AZ TOM

    AZ TOM Long timer Supporter

    Joined:
    Oct 21, 2008
    Oddometer:
    6,916
    Location:
    Prescott AZ
    DRZ400S
    #7
    Coach1974 likes this.
  8. Navin

    Navin Long timer

    Joined:
    Sep 22, 2009
    Oddometer:
    25,218

    Go to the center, super sport bikes are at the far end. A Ninja/Z 400-650 and a slew of other standards are fine fior this use and will hold the highway speeds easily, plus be more comfortable.
    #8
    Ginger Beard and Coach1974 like this.
  9. Elderber

    Elderber Adventurer

    Joined:
    Mar 24, 2015
    Oddometer:
    198
    Location:
    Whidbey Island
    A Vstrom 650 is an excellent suggestion. Great on the highway and good for mild off-roading.
    #9
    phreakingeek, Navin and Coach1974 like this.
  10. MattLikeyBikey

    MattLikeyBikey Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Nov 8, 2018
    Oddometer:
    407
    Location:
    So Cal
    Uncle Rico says you have some advantages working for you at that height. A BMW 650 or 700 (which is really an 800) might be a great option and offer plenty of performance and be proportioned for that build.

    [​IMG]
    #10
  11. Coach1974

    Coach1974 Adventurer

    Joined:
    Apr 23, 2019
    Oddometer:
    13
    Location:
    Santa Cruz, CA
    Ha ha ha! I've looked at the BMW DS. Not cheap at all. It seems the consensus is for my build I need to look at 400cc and up. Stay away from the 250 for commuting on the highways.
    #11
  12. Coach1974

    Coach1974 Adventurer

    Joined:
    Apr 23, 2019
    Oddometer:
    13
    Location:
    Santa Cruz, CA
    #12
  13. Plebeian

    Plebeian Scruffy-Looking Nerf Herder Supporter

    Joined:
    May 14, 2015
    Oddometer:
    7,185
    Location:
    Shoreview, MN
    690/701

    If you think you might really get into trail riding as well as commuting, 500/501
    #13
  14. Coach1974

    Coach1974 Adventurer

    Joined:
    Apr 23, 2019
    Oddometer:
    13
    Location:
    Santa Cruz, CA
    I assume those numbers are engine displacement? Forgive my ignorance.
    #14
  15. Elderber

    Elderber Adventurer

    Joined:
    Mar 24, 2015
    Oddometer:
    198
    Location:
    Whidbey Island
    That is a clapped out hot mess, stay away from that one. Any of the KTM’s with the LC4 motor are an acquired taste. The BMW 650 is a good choice along with the vstrom. The KTMs tend to skew more towards the off-road side of things.
    #15
    Ginger Beard and Whodatschrome like this.
  16. Plebeian

    Plebeian Scruffy-Looking Nerf Herder Supporter

    Joined:
    May 14, 2015
    Oddometer:
    7,185
    Location:
    Shoreview, MN
    Sorry, KTM/Husky. Not cheap though... so, prolly not the best recommendation.

    I'm pounding the pavement at 6'2" 220, and ride a 250 dual sport. Not great at freeways, and I am basically at sea level, but it get's 'er done. Mostly. Kinda.
    #16
  17. MacNoob

    MacNoob piney fresh

    Joined:
    Jun 2, 2010
    Oddometer:
    2,689
    Location:
    The mosquito-y Center of Canada
    Let me add another VStrom 650 recommendation.
    #17
    pvwheeler, JETalmage and Coach1974 like this.
  18. Navin

    Navin Long timer

    Joined:
    Sep 22, 2009
    Oddometer:
    25,218
    ER6-N or a Verseys Kawasaki should be cheap and can run at 80 forever.

    The 96 KTM is not for you, no offense. I had around six of that platform, it’s a love hate kinda bike and not in the realm of what you seem to need. Parts are hard to get now, it vibrates like crazy too.
    #18
    9Realms, Beezer and Coach1974 like this.
  19. Coach1974

    Coach1974 Adventurer

    Joined:
    Apr 23, 2019
    Oddometer:
    13
    Location:
    Santa Cruz, CA
    Same here. Live in Santa Cruz but have to commute 15min down the 1 to Watsonville. Its a racetrack! I do 70 in my car and get passed.
    #19
  20. nk14zp

    nk14zp Long timer

    Joined:
    Feb 24, 2010
    Oddometer:
    2,866
    Location:
    Maine
    70-80 all day sucks on a klr. 70-80 on a KTM950adv is just putting along.
    #20
    Mofo Flake and Coach1974 like this.