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Offline Gerrard

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My Retirement Bike ?
« on: April 28, 2013, 09:39:53 pm »
                                                              My Long Term Retirement Planning

The Scenario : About ten years from now I'm going to stop working, sell everything I own, get on a bike and ride untill its time to move on.

The Problem : I won't have money to buy that bike then... I must buy it now, take care of it and one day ride into the sunset with it.

The Question : What would you say is the most solidly reliable bike available secondhand now, that can still be able to do the job then ?

I have my idea, what is yours ?
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Re: My Retirement Bike ?
« Reply #1 on: April 28, 2013, 09:45:51 pm »
hey Jupiter.... you know the answer to that question.

it's in my avatar.....
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« Reply #2 on: April 28, 2013, 09:46:48 pm »
well that xt600 that we rode was pretty bulletproof
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« Reply #3 on: April 28, 2013, 09:52:16 pm »
Africa Twin or 1150GS. In 10 years time the parts for the AT might be a problem though but not for the BMW.It also depends whether Lynn shares your retirement dream because then it would have to be a current BMW for the pillion comfort.
 

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« Reply #4 on: April 28, 2013, 09:55:08 pm »
Yes, it will hopefully still be a together thing. So a pillion bike. I also think the Boxer motor has proven itself for going on and on.
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Re: My Retirement Bike ?
« Reply #5 on: April 28, 2013, 10:03:45 pm »
Been thunking about the same question for some time now and honestly donít know the answer.
Keen to hear some of the advice.
The GSA is forever but getting lank heavy for these old weary bones and the XRL doesnít have the kahunas to haul my dik arse and a pillion on longer trips.
Need something in-between that will be as reliable and last as well as the Pig.


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« Reply #6 on: April 28, 2013, 10:06:03 pm »
Bear in mind I will ride it for a few years and then probably add a sidecar. We are talking about on of the big tourers.
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Re: My Retirement Bike ?
« Reply #7 on: April 28, 2013, 10:06:30 pm »
trike 1150
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« Reply #9 on: April 28, 2013, 10:10:59 pm »
hey Jupiter.... you know the answer to that question.

it's in my avatar.....

It is a great bike and I'm still looking. Problem is, I know what they are worth by year model and kilo's, so I get cheesed off with oke's adding too much legend tax and then the eternal excuse for asking an unrealistic prices... "I spent so much money on the bike"

For what I have in mind the Varadero would be a better option... solid and reliable at a realistic price.
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« Reply #10 on: April 28, 2013, 10:13:00 pm »
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« Reply #11 on: April 28, 2013, 10:31:24 pm »
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« Reply #12 on: April 28, 2013, 10:31:35 pm »
How about a v strom (i know, i know  ::) ). Hear me out, v stroms are big everywhere else in the world but here. The 650 is the one i like.

Sold my last one with 104000km on and i think i cleaned a switch and changed a bulb . Lots of them around and on the net with very high mileage . They handle luggage and pillion with ease.

And sidecars and stroms seem to go together like wit brood en Jam.
 

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Re: My Retirement Bike ?
« Reply #13 on: April 28, 2013, 10:33:13 pm »
Whatever choice you make,just buy enough spares now, to see you thru if something does break.
The less electronics the better the chances that it will outlast you,the pillion thing gives you less choices though.
Two TA 650's, one each will solve the problem,no spares needed. :ricky:
 

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Re: My Retirement Bike ?
« Reply #14 on: April 28, 2013, 10:40:48 pm »
hey Jupiter.... you know the answer to that question.

it's in my avatar.....

It is a great bike and I'm still looking. Problem is, I know what they are worth by year model and kilo's, so I get cheesed off with oke's adding too much legend tax and then the eternal excuse for asking an unrealistic prices... "I spent so much money on the bike"

For what I have in mind the Varadero would be a better option... solid and reliable at a realistic price.

Everyone knows I am a Honda fan, I have enough in my garage, but an Africa Twin is already an old bike, in 10 years it will not be a legend, it will be an arc, the varadero failed for a reason, it never took off, the resale value is down the toilet and they are also becoming hard to find as not many were sold. Inbetween the Twin and the Varadero is the Transalp 700, I picked up mine as a one year old with 16 000km on the clock, with extras for R53k, that is good value for a lot of bike and it will last you 100 000km without problems.

The V Strom has to get  a consideration, if you are planning on doing long distance touring get the 1000.
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Re: My Retirement Bike ?
« Reply #15 on: April 28, 2013, 10:42:14 pm »
Boxer - GSA or RT or GT depending  on pillion and roads less travelled and to be travelled. I like your thinking and I am in the same age  'time zone' ... decided way back my HP2 is a keeper ... have no pillion issue ... and in a decade will be just like a classic R80GS  :ricky:
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« Reply #16 on: April 28, 2013, 10:44:25 pm »
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Jou ou grapgat  :imaposer: Maar dit is 'n blerrie mooi bike.

I've been checking on a lot of bikes in the past few months and the V-Strom is probably the best value you get for your money. As you say they are not appreciated here and have poor resale value.

But when I say the word SOLID in my head, there's only one thought at the moment... 1150 GSA ! Why not ?
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« Reply #17 on: April 28, 2013, 10:48:52 pm »
if you were retiring now the 1150 would be a great choice, but for in 10 years time? maybe the bike you are looking for has'nt been made yet?

What is your top 3, take it from there
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« Reply #18 on: April 28, 2013, 10:50:32 pm »
Boxer - GSA or RT or GT depending  on pillion and roads less travelled and to be travelled. I like your thinking and I am in the same age  'time zone' ... decided way back my HP2 is a keeper ... have no pillion issue ... and in a decade will be just like a classic R80GS  :ricky:

I've had Boxers for many years now and it will take a lot to convince me that they are not the most reliable enjins, even though he softer tuned v-twins keep going as well. I on the other hand have to think pillion.

But over this long term one has to look at the rest of the bike too. No point in having an indestructable enjin and nothing to carry it around in.
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« Reply #19 on: April 28, 2013, 10:54:22 pm »
if you were retiring now the 1150 would be a great choice, but for in 10 years time? maybe the bike you are looking for has'nt been made yet?

What is your top 3, take it from there

I've considere that. By the time it will be put on tour it will probably be a complete rebuild, which as we know costs almost morer than a new bike. My concern is just the cost of maintaing the advanced bikes of the future. Where are they going. Its a lottery and I have to work out the odds.

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