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Old timers need some advice - what smallish bikes?
« on: November 06, 2018, 08:18:19 pm »
Help us.  Wifey got the urge to have her own scoot.  One for some long distance touring.  And then I obviously also need one :biggrin:

We looking for something in the region of a 650 and smaller.  Maybe the 650 for me and then something smaller for the wife.  She previously had a XR250 which was just fine for her. 

The thinking is for some long distance touring to Nam, Botswana and the like, so it must be reliable, low maintenance and should be able to carry some weight (luggage). 

My thoughts is a XR650 for me as I will carry most of the equipment and then a 250 Rally for the wife. 

Any other thoughts would be helpful.  What else is in the market? 
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Re: Old timers need some advice - what smallish bikes?
« Reply #1 on: November 06, 2018, 08:29:29 pm »
Help us.  Wifey got the urge to have her own scoot.  One for some long distance touring.  And then I obviously also need one :biggrin:

We looking for something in the region of a 650 and smaller.  Maybe the 650 for me and then something smaller for the wife.  She previously had a XR250 which was just fine for her. 

The thinking is for some long distance touring to Nam, Botswana and the like, so it must be reliable, low maintenance and should be able to carry some weight (luggage). 

My thoughts is a XR650 for me as I will carry most of the equipment and then a 250 Rally for the wife. 

Any other thoughts would be helpful.  What else is in the market?

There's a very neat XT600E for sale in George, around R35000 with 30 000kays on it.
 

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« Reply #2 on: November 06, 2018, 08:29:50 pm »
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« Reply #3 on: November 06, 2018, 08:33:10 pm »
Nothing wrong with your choices , test them first and check which both of you prefer  :thumleft:
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« Reply #4 on: November 06, 2018, 08:35:24 pm »
Help us.  Wifey got the urge to have her own scoot.  One for some long distance touring.  And then I obviously also need one :biggrin:

We looking for something in the region of a 650 and smaller.  Maybe the 650 for me and then something smaller for the wife.  She previously had a XR250 which was just fine for her. 

The thinking is for some long distance touring to Nam, Botswana and the like, so it must be reliable, low maintenance and should be able to carry some weight (luggage). 

My thoughts is a XR650 for me as I will carry most of the equipment and then a 250 Rally for the wife. 

Any other thoughts would be helpful.  What else is in the market?

There's a very neat XT600E for sale in George, around R35000 with 30 000kays on it.

Wa in George Dan?  Ook gedink aan die 600.  Dink jy die vrou sal daai 600 handle?
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« Reply #5 on: November 06, 2018, 08:39:59 pm »
Those are pretty good options you are looking at, I would also throw the DR650 and KLR650 in the mix.
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« Reply #6 on: November 06, 2018, 08:46:30 pm »
Vir julle tipe van ry sal ek eerder na die DR kyk.
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« Reply #7 on: November 06, 2018, 10:09:58 pm »
XCountry 650 doen any country. :deal:
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« Reply #8 on: November 07, 2018, 05:18:21 am »
Thanks for the ideas,  :thumleft:
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« Reply #9 on: November 07, 2018, 05:59:16 am »
Vir die langpad en om bagasie te dra sou ek ‘n XT660Z verkies bo die XR650L.
 

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« Reply #10 on: November 07, 2018, 07:11:00 am »
Vir die langpad en om bagasie te dra sou ek ‘n XT660Z verkies bo die XR650L.

Wat van die R, daai Z 's bly aan die duur kant, alhoewel hy 'n lekker groot tenk het. 
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« Reply #11 on: November 07, 2018, 07:30:34 am »
I have just returned from a 10 day ride in the South of Namibia. And one of the party rode his Honda crf250 Rally with luggage from Pringle Bay to Nam and then all over the South and back home.
And he kept pace with all the others in spite of a 1290 KTM, 2 Africa Twins, 3 1200 GS and a 701  Husky and 660 Tenere.
The bike never missed a beat for just on 4 000km and arrived at every stop, campsite minutes after the others.
Sometimes ahead when we hit thick sand and many others fell.
And 5 of the big bikes were trailered up to the border and back. The excuse (we do not want to wreck our knobblies)
I have now bought a Rally.
 

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« Reply #12 on: November 07, 2018, 07:41:12 am »
I have just returned from a 10 day ride in the South of Namibia. And one of the party rode his Honda crf250 Rally with luggage from Pringle Bay to Nam and then all over the South and back home.
And he kept pace with all the others in spite of a 1290 KTM, 2 Africa Twins, 3 1200 GS and a 701  Husky and 660 Tenere.
The bike never missed a beat for just on 4 000km and arrived at every stop, campsite minutes after the others.
Sometimes ahead when we hit thick sand and many others fell.
And 5 of the big bikes were trailered up to the border and back. The excuse (we do not want to wreck our knobblies)
I have now bought a Rally.

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« Reply #13 on: November 07, 2018, 09:59:07 am »
I have just returned from a 10 day ride in the South of Namibia. And one of the party rode his Honda crf250 Rally with luggage from Pringle Bay to Nam and then all over the South and back home.
And he kept pace with all the others in spite of a 1290 KTM, 2 Africa Twins, 3 1200 GS and a 701  Husky and 660 Tenere.
The bike never missed a beat for just on 4 000km and arrived at every stop, campsite minutes after the others.
Sometimes ahead when we hit thick sand and many others fell.
And 5 of the big bikes were trailered up to the border and back. The excuse (we do not want to wreck our knobblies)
I have now bought a Rally.

Really great little bikes, so sad many will never experience the pleasure of these D/S gems, as in all light bikes.
 

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« Reply #14 on: November 07, 2018, 10:17:11 am »
I have just returned from a 10 day ride in the South of Namibia. And one of the party rode his Honda crf250 Rally with luggage from Pringle Bay to Nam and then all over the South and back home.
And he kept pace with all the others in spite of a 1290 KTM, 2 Africa Twins, 3 1200 GS and a 701  Husky and 660 Tenere.
The bike never missed a beat for just on 4 000km and arrived at every stop, campsite minutes after the others.
Sometimes ahead when we hit thick sand and many others fell.
And 5 of the big bikes were trailered up to the border and back. The excuse (we do not want to wreck our knobblies)
I have now bought a Rally.

Really great little bikes, so sad many will never experience the pleasure of these D/S gems, as in all light bikes.
Glad I bought mine, been riding more than ever before just because it is such a versatile little bike. Can do just about anything and cost very little to run. Just be prepared for verbal abuse from the bigger is better SA biking mentality.
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« Reply #15 on: November 07, 2018, 10:26:23 am »

Really great little bikes, so sad many will never experience the pleasure of these D/S gems, as in all light bikes.
Glad I bought mine, been riding more than ever before just because it is such a versatile little bike. Can do just about anything and cost very little to run. Just be prepared for verbal abuse from the bigger is better SA biking mentality.
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How will it do with a 1.9m tall, 100kg blob and some lugguage around say 30kg? 
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« Reply #16 on: November 07, 2018, 10:29:26 am »
My keuse dou wees a KLR 650 F'ugly en DR650
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« Reply #17 on: November 07, 2018, 10:39:51 am »
My keuse dou wees a KLR 650 F'ugly en DR650

 :thumleft:  Sal kyk na die DR, maar ai, ek kry nie 'n laaik in 'n KLR nie.  Miskien so bietjie opgedollie, maar plein gaan nie werk vir my nie.   :eek7: :biggrin:
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« Reply #18 on: November 07, 2018, 10:40:53 am »

Really great little bikes, so sad many will never experience the pleasure of these D/S gems, as in all light bikes.
Glad I bought mine, been riding more than ever before just because it is such a versatile little bike. Can do just about anything and cost very little to run. Just be prepared for verbal abuse from the bigger is better SA biking mentality.

How will it do with a 1.9m tall, 100kg blob and some lugguage around say 30kg?
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