Two new motorcyclists choosing their first ADV bikes

Discussion in 'Japanese polycylindered adventure bikes' started by Hakon92, Dec 30, 2019.

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What bike should we choose?

Poll closed Jan 8, 2020.
  1. CRF 250l

    9 vote(s)
    20.9%
  2. CB500x RR

    9 vote(s)
    20.9%
  3. KTM 690

    2 vote(s)
    4.7%
  4. Tenere 700

    16 vote(s)
    37.2%
  5. Other (add it as a comment)

    7 vote(s)
    16.3%
  1. Hakon92

    Hakon92 Adventurer

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    Hello

    We are two friends wanting to get into some adventure touring i guess you could call it. We both have about 2 seasons of riding experience under our belt (on road) and really want to try the adventure style touring/travel, might even try a bit of the TET if we get this to work. We therefore have to choose what bikes to get. I have a WR 250x and he has just sold his 125cc. We thought about both getting a WR250 but those are really hard to source where we live. We both have a full license now.

    Im not sure if it is only me, but i have a cycle of about 1 month where i am totally sure what to buy, then doubt starts creeping inn, and i completely change my mind. What we have looked at so far:

    CRF 250L (might be boring on a daily basis)
    CB 500x wit RR (expencive when we add the kit)
    KTM 690 (quite tall, and is it tiersome to ride for long distance?)
    Tenere 700 (For a beginner offroader?)

    The Tenere and the 690 are at the top of our budget for a bike. The problem with this is that i am afraid that i am over-estimating how much offroad driving i would really do. Since we live in Norway where all offroading is forbidden (except your own garden) the best we can do is gravel roads here. We woulde have to travel quite far to do proper offroading.

    So, we want a bike that is fun to own and commute on, can do long range travel, is capable off-road and is dirt cheap. where can i order one of those? :)

    Btw. we where thinking of getting the same one, to make traveling together easier in regards to parts and stuff.

    What are your thoughts?
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  2. Lewilewi

    Lewilewi Ride it like you stole it......

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    790 ktm adventure r

    Or

    Tenere 700.. either is a no brainer
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  3. Little Bike

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    The 690 is ok for longer distance riding, but if you’re not going to do more than gravel roads there’s no point in spending that much money.

    I’d look at the Tenere 700, it will be more difficult to learn off road riding on a larger bike than a wr, but it doesn’t sound like you’re going to be doing much anyways.
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  4. Hakon92

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    We want a bike that can take ut from Norway to Mongolia and back, you think the Tenere is the best one for that?

    So no dedicatet offroading, but it shold manage tough gravelroad conditions
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  5. Lewilewi

    Lewilewi Ride it like you stole it......

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    You tube it mate...nick Saunders is riding on round the world off rd
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  6. Little Bike

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    Mongolia road conditions, you’re going to want to do some research before that one. If there’s sand, mud, loose roads I would want a smaller bike.
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  7. Hakon92

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    What do you think about the KTM 390 adventure?

    THe problem with youtube is that most of the people posting stuff has so much experience.
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  8. Hecklerboy

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    It's not on your list, but you might want to consider a KLR650.
    Cheap, simple, and easy to ride.
    This can be a great bike to get into adventure riding without spending a fortune on a new bike.
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  9. TequilaSqueela

    TequilaSqueela Been here awhile

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    I see what you're saying, but the flip of that is you get opinions from folks that haven't ridden anything else and don't have the knowledge, experience, or skills to educate an audience.
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  10. Ogre_fl

    Ogre_fl Long timer

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    Is the Versys 300X available where you live?
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  11. Don T

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    The T7 is the best compromise for the purpose you describe - taking into account your experience on 2 wheels.

    The 690 has more potential (especially off road), but you have to ride it hard to utilize it.

    Even with the full RR kit, the CB 500X is inferior to the T7 both on and off road.

    CRF 250L (I imagine that you mean the Rally version?) is easier to handle when the going gets tough, but on tarmac and gravel roads, it's nice to have more power.

    If you don't feel you need the power of the T7, KTM 390 Adventure and Versys 300 might be worth a look and a test ride...
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  13. Lewilewi

    Lewilewi Ride it like you stole it......

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    390 ktm, great bike for local stuff, Mongolia??

    youl grow out of it, your a tarmac rider...it will be awful over distance.


    I had a courtesy bike honda nc700

    They do a x or adventure version....I'm a bike snob,

    DO NOT UNDERESTIMATE THIS BIKE

    hire one try it, it's very learner friendly, 80mpg! All day long..

    Very cheap try it what you got yo loose...

    If I was buying new stick to the tenere700 or 790 ktm


    Oh I forgot...

    Husky have a new adventure bike coming


    This is were my money would be fcuk the rest

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  14. zoo

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    the move up will be enjoyed by you both. You said cheap, klr is too me the best all round, cheap, load it up, fuel range bike on the planet. It will last you years.
    T7 would be a hoot for sure, but more $$$ and you need to carry extra fuel for exploring.
    690 great bike but too much as well. ktm 390 could bit the bill for you, but I would still take the klr for a few years. It will not cost you anything.
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  15. Hakon92

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    I see your point, but people have done rtw with the cb 500x. I see no reason why the ktm could not go far. Why do you think it will be aweful over distance?

    I have looked at the 700 honda, but it just does not excite me. I will give it a test drive come the summer tho.

    A big issue is the price. The Tenere is 80% more expencive to buy then the 390, and the 790 is a 110% more. That is a lot of traveling money.

    The husky looks awesome
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  16. Hakon92

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    I have thought about the klr earlier. There are almost no used klrs to find in Norway and im not buying it new. Its to old tech for that.
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  17. Lewilewi

    Lewilewi Ride it like you stole it......

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    Its husquvarna 901 then fella, light and potent based on the ktm 790- already proven.....


    Buy the time you and your pal get yourselves together it will be in production
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  18. stromsavard

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    Get a T7 period!! Reliable, fun bike to ride, enough HP to suit every kind of riding style, worldwide assistance....Man you can't go wrong with a Yamaha T7!!
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  19. TequilaSqueela

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    Any thoughts on a DRZ400? It has always struck me as a lighter KLR, but I also haven't owned one. Curious why it is never mentioned as it makes sense on paper.
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    KTM/Husky 500EXC or 501
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