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Discussion in 'Japanese polycylindered adventure bikes' started by Hakon92, Dec 30, 2019.
I know, life is tought here
BMW R1250GS. To quote Ferris Bueller “It is so choice. If you have the means, I highly recommend picking one up.”
Yeah... Life is hard in Norway
Hey, don't you know it's not nice to laugh at people's misfortunes? I mean, the poor people ended being 3rd on the happiness index last year. Must be depressing being behind those Finns and Danes in happiness. Life is tough in Norway...
Tenere. Reliable. Proven engine.
I think it's good. There's nothing worse than being in a supposedly quite valley/area with a bike ruining the solitary experience. Of course, it's also ruined for everyone else in that valley/area. You can have 50-100 people spread out in a remote area hiking/walking and you wouldn't know they were there but one bike comes along and ruins it for everyone. There are many 'off road' parks in most European countries where you can experience mud, gravel, rocks etc, no need to go and ruin a natural environment with lots of noise, pollution etc.
You do know you’re on a motorcycle forum, right?
You want the same unicorn as the rest of us - light but powerful, inexpensive but reliable, etc etc.
The perfect bike doesn’t exist.
Personally I’ve settled on a 1200GS for cross country trips and a Husky 350 for the gnar.
From the bikes mentioned I’ve always wanted to try the Versys 300X, and of the bikes not mentioned so far the DR650.
For the two new motorcyclists I recommend the CSC RX3. Unburstable and nothing else to buy. Big tank, bags, EFI, ABS etc. Set up the suspension and hit the road. Under $4000.
I’d consider a RE Himalayan for cross country use long before the CSC.
Perhaps the Himalayan is one for OP to consider?
You're on the right track for enjoyable, trouble free travel. Light weight bikes are always more fun once the roads get rough.
The CRF250L is a fun bike, I've enjoyed riding them.
The CRF250L is a very capable machine. Had one for a year before selling it to my riding buddy. He can follow me anywhere I go on the Husky but his ride is WAY more hospitable once it reaches pavement.
He's paid to, and I suspect he has more than 2 years experience. Still - probably the best choice - more than good enough for long distances and Japanese build quality.
You might find the stock cb500x just fine as well - and add RR stuff in bits (tubeless wheels and a skid plate?) - or not at all.
As for low power 250s - if you're packed for a long ride, I'm guessing the 250 Honda may leave you wanting more especially if you're battling trucks etc. on a crowded road...in the rain..going uphill.
If you were more experienced I'd guess you'd know what you need, but my suggestion is give yourself some margin for error. The bigger bikes will gove you a safety margin, and be less stressful for long days.