My 78 year old Dad is shopping for a new bike

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  1. dcwn.45

    dcwn.45 Frozen Rider

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    my dad is ready to downsize his motorcycle.
    He’s currently on a 2015 HD Road Glide that’s really comfortable but is over 900 lbs!
    We just rode around Lake Superior in August and camped for 3 nights so he’s still wanting to be able to take a trip but the big heavy bike is just too much for him.
    He’s not interested in a trike or 3 wheeler .
    He is thinking maybe BMW or Triumph , needs low seat height, and easy knee angle.
    What should I suggest he looks at?
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  2. Adanac rider

    Adanac rider HMMMM Gravel or Pavement today Supporter

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    How about a Suzuki Bergman 650 - 30 inch seat height and about 600 lbs or BMW 650 scooter .
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    dcwn.45 Frozen Rider

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    I don't think he's going to get anything that doesn't look like a conventional Moto .
    I think a big scooter would be perfect, but I don't think he is willing to downsize that far.
    He also said he's not getting a Japanese bike [which narrows out a bunch of really good options , but I guess he's been a Harley guy too long:D]
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    st3ryder Been here awhile

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    Tell your dad to sell whatever he's using to stay in shape to ride a HD RG on tour at 78!!! But certainly a lighter bike make sense at this point. Along with TR and BM, maybe look at MG too if he likes the idea of staying with an ac twin. :-)
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    Bonneville America. Low seat. Wide bars. Not real heavy.
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    The new 2019 BMW F750GS might be worth looking at.
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    How is that Royal Enfield Himalayan? Doesn't that have a low seat height? Should be a feather weight compared to any HD big twin.
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    R1200R? Pretty light and feels lighter than it is due to the low boxer engine. Exposed engine might appeal to Harley rider, and the BMW has the bonus that the engine looks good from both sides (not just the right). Great bike for road-tripping.

    pre-rubber-mount Sportster? Not everyone's idea of a roadtrip machine, but they work for some, and might appeal to someone moving on from a big Harley. An elderly friend got his Ironhead down to 430 pounds. My guess would be an Evo would be a better choice here though. If he valued smooth over light weight of course he could buy a new Sportster.

    ^This
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    dcwn.45 Frozen Rider

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    Great suggestions!
    A few that I hadn’t thought of.
    I’ll pass on the ideas and let you know if he decides on something.
    The weather is turning here in Mn, so he may end up waiting until spring,we’ll see.
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    Triumph's newest offering: Speedmaster. ~540 pounds.

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    I'm 85 and got a BMW g310gs this year, works fine for me. There is also the g310r that has a lower seat height if that's an issue.
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    My dad also preferred cruiser-style bikes, and rode until he was 80. If he were still around and looking for something lighter, I'd try to talk him into a Honda Rebel 500. Acknowledging his anti-Japanese bike preference, it's still a really excellent small cruiser that gets overlooked. 414lbs wet.
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    Newer 1200 XL, tons of options. Seats, bags, mid shift with a highway bar, forward controls. yada yada I will also thrown in a Hinkley Tri-Bonny great solo bike
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    I was just going to suggest the same. They are light, and have the usual BMW luggage options that make carrying camping gear easy. The G310GS will probably be my wife's next bike if her DR350 ever wears out.

    The only limitation I can see is top speed. I think they'll do around 90 mph. With the OP's dad coming off a Harley, he may not have been a speed racer to begin with.

    Here is a picture that shows knee angle on both versions of the 310:

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    Ducati makes a few versions of the Scrambler too. 400cc, 800cc, and the XL ergo Desert Sled. The v-twin on the 800cc might be a welcome feel coming off the Harley as well.

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  17. longslowdistance

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    Wow your Dad is impressive, moto camping in his late 70s.
    I do hope he'll give a big scooter a try. They really are fun to ride, easy on the knees and hips, very easy to live with with storage everywhere and a very low COG, and offer the modern electronic safety net that just might come in handy for an older rider. Call it research.
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    Eatmore Mudd Mischief on wheels.

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    Sportser 1200. No shite man.
    Big Twins got BIG and heavy in the last 40 years and so did Sportsters. Park any later year rubber mount Sportster next to a Pan Head. Same size, same weight, same engine size, more power WAY less vibration and a better ride. Betcha to him it feels alot like the Big Twins did when he started riding.
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    Have a look at the BMW R9T.
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