What bike would you get?

Discussion in 'Central – From Da Nort Woods to the Plane States' started by djadvrider, Apr 7, 2021.

  1. djadvrider

    djadvrider Been here awhile

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    So, in 2018 i picked yo a brand new ktm 1290R.
    For 2 up cross country touring.
    As I am a hike and nature enthusiast and often end up on long streches of gravel roads.
    Plus prefer a gravel road to a highway.
    After 50k miles the ktm no longer runs.
    Idk why yet, as I need new rims (stock ktm rims lasted but overall are too soft) and well spending 2k on wheeks for a bike that doesn't run and has 50k miles on it isn't ideal.

    So looking at whats next.

    Really prefer to be under 20k.
    Would like it to run for 100k miles.
    Be comfortable at speed and slow maneuvers(I take the 1290 places guys on 250s turn around)

    Just curious as to others experience and thoughts.
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  2. NorskieRider

    NorskieRider Ultracrepidarian

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    Africa Twin?
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  6. Tiger993

    Tiger993 Been here awhile

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    You're riding a big ADV bike places that guys on 250's turn around on, yet you're expecting 100k trouble free miles? That's not likely to happen with any brand or bike.
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    zxrider11 Been here awhile

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    African Twin, Super Tenere GenII, T7 would all last to 100k. You would probably like the lighter weight of the T7 for riding solo, but the S10 is going to be much more comfortable for 2-up with gear. African Twin is right in the middle.

    I just hit 62,000 miles and 5 years of trouble free ownership:

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  8. ChopperCharles

    ChopperCharles Long timer

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    You say you'd rather do gravel than interstate.... so why not get a smaller, lighter, and cheaper ADV bike?

    Benelli TRK502. Big. No really, it's a full-sized big-ass adventure bike. It's heavy too, but it's big. Comfortable. The best choice for two-up. Inexpensive. ABS turns off with button on the handlebar. Parts are cheap. Comes with factory handguards, rear rack, and crash bars. Great motor, proven reliability. For $20k you can buy 3 of them and still have money left over.

    CSC RX4. Smaller bike than the Benelli, but also only 450 pounds wet, and that includes the factory hard luggage and crash bars. Could be two-up capable if you're both svelte. Tubeless spoked rims. Navigation integrated into the TFT display. Even cheaper than the Benelli.

    Royal Enfield Himalayan. Lowest power of the bunch, but people seem to love them and they tractor on indefinitely, no matter how you abuse them.

    Charles.
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    He said he rides gravel and went over a curb. Did I miss something? 2up on a 250 would suck.
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  10. Tiger993

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    I don't know about running over a curb, but he said above "I take the 1290 places guys on 250s turn around". So when I read that, along with his reference about having two bent wheels on the KTM, my impression is that his 1290 has been put through the wringer :lol3
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    I got the same impression as well. He did later say the bent rims are from hopping a curb. I'm not sure any bike he buys will last longer than the 1290... lol.
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    Why don't u change battery in key so will run again? :imaposer
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  13. djadvrider

    djadvrider Been here awhile

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    Problem with the s10, is the same i have with the t7 o
    n paper compared to a ktm its like comparing a Corvette to a cavalier.
    Yamaha is heavy and underpowered.
    Bot that I wouldn't buy one!
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  14. djadvrider

    djadvrider Been here awhile

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    That is probably true
    I just need to buy one i can pay off before its destroyed! Lol
    Ktm has a reputation i hoped it would last.
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  15. djadvrider

    djadvrider Been here awhile

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    Gota new battery, charged it up, still no start, so no debate on, paying to get it to start, still needs new rims. Ally of money to dump into a bike with 50k miles. Spent 3k last year only got about 5k miles
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    djadvrider Been here awhile

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    I'm heart broken over having a payment and no ride.
    First year I'll be sitting out in a few.
    Thanks for all the input.
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  17. Tiger993

    Tiger993 Been here awhile

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    Have you replaced fuel filters and checked the fuel pump? Even if you've ridden it hard, as long as you've maintained it well, this 1290 should have plenty of life left to give you.
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    Sounds like you wore the bike out faster than you could pay for it.

    Financing probably isn’t a smart approach for someone in your circumstances, i.e. someone with a budget who racks up high miles quickly in rough conditions. You end up “upside down” on the loan very quickly.

    You’re a good candidate for a low-miles used bike and a cash purchase. Start saving your nickels.
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    Takin one in key might not be comunicatung with immo
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    2whlrcr gooligan

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