What bike should I get?

Discussion in 'Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet.' started by Reisrider, Apr 28, 2020.

  1. Reisrider

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    Hey folks! It's been a while...

    I'm laid off with this Covid closures and figured this would be a good time to sell my 1st Gen Aprilia Caponord. I hadn't been riding it much. It was a big, fast, sexy beast but it was really too big for me (5'9" & 30" inseam), especially offroad, and I felt like it wanted to go 200mph everywhere. Once I get back to work I'm gonna get another bike but not sure what I want. I had a KLR650 years ago when I lived in the mountains and worked for the Forest Service. I loved it but it was a bit heavy & underpowered and highway manners weren't the best. I'm looking for a bike that's a mix of the Caponord and the KLR for $4-5k. Im leaning toward the F650GS but also like the Versys or maybe weeStrom. I'll be riding mostly road 80-90% but I'd like to do mild trails once in a while. Reliability, lower weight, lower seat height (without a bunch of mods hopefully), and decent highway manners are important. What do y'all recommend?
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  2. Blaise

    Blaise SUPER DUKE

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    I would not say this it the right time to sell a bike. Prices are suuuuuuper low right now. I personally just bought an extra bike for no reason other than having a 'spare' for when a buddy is in town.
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  3. Reisrider

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    I already sold the Caponord. Bought it for $4k 4 years ago, sold it for $3300 last week and barely put any money into it in the mean time. It needed new tires and had an issue with the fuel level sensor that I didn't feel like sorting out since I wasn't riding much. I feel like it was fair for both parties. And now I have extra cash since I don't know when I'll return to work. Hopefully won't need it and can put it toward a bike when I do get back to work in a few months.
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  4. Blaise

    Blaise SUPER DUKE

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    Oh, great! You did well.

    Did you see the new KTM390 ADV? It's gonna be closer to $6k but should be out shortly. There's also some wild deals on Africa Twins on the flea market but might be a little high.
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  5. tomasv

    tomasv Check the Czech!

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    For what you are describing I would either get an Africa or 800GS (not the new 850 - too expensive)
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  6. Reisrider

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    I could probably go as high as $4500 but that's about it. I'd love a BMW 800GS but those are out of my price range. I like the looks of the Versys 300 but I think I need a little more engine. I do want to be able to ride across the state on highways.
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  7. Barnaby'sDad

    Barnaby'sDad Been here awhile

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    Suzuki DR650. KLR-ish utility, but lighter. Probably not the highway manners that you’re looking for though.
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  8. Reisrider

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    Another option that would definitely fit the bill is a later model R100GS. Good ones seem to be expensive though.
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  9. Reisrider

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    I've thought about the DR650, heard good things about them. It is an option but not top of the list.
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  10. tomasv

    tomasv Check the Czech!

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    Yeah, you are about $1000 shy. In that case something like this 2013 650 GS https://www.cycletrader.com/listing/2013-BMW-G-650-GS-5011956327
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  11. WolfNman

    WolfNman Been here awhile

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    You already said V Strom and I think it would fill your needs fine and fit in your budget.
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  12. Big Tall Bastard

    Big Tall Bastard Voice of Reason

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    Going to be way off the spectrum but it fits the road and gravel travel part....I know a guy selling a Guzzi Quota for 2300 bucks
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    pHelix Eternal n00b

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  14. Reisrider

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  15. peterman

    peterman cop magnet

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    you should buy my old KLR for $1500 and be done with it!
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    This. Great deal and they usually sell for 3500-4000. Good for many miles......if I did not have another bike on the way I would not be able to resist this deal. :wings
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  17. Killacurb

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    There is a good looking 1150GS for sale on the Bend CL for $5500. Says he is open to reasonable offers, which would put it in your $ range.
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  18. Idarider

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    But not light.
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  19. Killacurb

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    Depends on your point of view! :lol3

    There are also a couple of ktm 990 adv down in Corvallis that look good!

    This take us back to the wise old proverb,,,, “there is no replacement for displacement”
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  20. TeamGS

    TeamGS Rider of all things 2-wheeled

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    Check out a Honda CB500X. Looks like a mini-GS. It's a 500 parallel twin with good wind protection, 7+" ground clearance, 250+ fuel range, and 19/17 wheels. 2019 and 2020 models have the newest improvements. They seem to be gaining popularity so they are getting hard to find though.
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