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Offline Rossdog

Opinions on best "classic" adventure bike ever?
« on: April 14, 2019, 11:19:21 am »
I'm looking to get another adventure bike, but new bikes are simply out of my reach right now (I've always had a policy of never borrowing money for absolute non-essentials).

Seeing that I can't get new nowadays, I'm leaning towards something classic in terms of adventure bikes. Obvious choices include:
- previous generation Africa Twin
- BMW R100/1150 GS. I always wanted a G/S 800 until I rode one, so they don't make my list.
- KTM 950 Adv. 990's are still a little too pricey
- XT660 (in its various forms)

Bikes that don't make my list are:
- Suzuki V-Stroms (too low , alloy wheels, suspension)
- Italians
- Chinese
- Honda Varadero (same reason as Suzuki)

What have I not thought about?
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Re: Opinions on best "classic" adventure bike ever?
« Reply #1 on: April 14, 2019, 11:37:55 am »
I’m glad you listed a few, because you were about to get as many answers as what has ever been produced.

It seems as though you want a bit more cruising power as you’d get from a KLR Fugly for instance.

Great value for money in the XTZ 750 Tenere and BMW 1150.

XRV750 Africa Twins will probably stay popular, but they shouldn’t cost more than R40k in my opinion. They still are very cool, but good examples becoming scarce now


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Re: Opinions on best "classic" adventure bike ever?
« Reply #2 on: April 14, 2019, 11:41:04 am »
In my opinion the XRV650and 750 with there history will become an all time classic.
 

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Re: Opinions on best "classic" adventure bike ever?
« Reply #3 on: April 14, 2019, 11:42:23 am »
Ktm 950.
Motors are bulletproof. Simple given it still runs carbs.
100 hp is strong enough. Good chassis and suspension.
They have a classic rally look. What’s not to like.
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Re: Opinions on best "classic" adventure bike ever?
« Reply #4 on: April 14, 2019, 11:43:14 am »
Ktm 950.
Motors are bulletproof. Simple given it still runs carbs.
100 hp is strong enough. Good chassis and suspension.
They have a classic rally look. What’s not to like.


I also agree with that.
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Re: Opinions on best "classic" adventure bike ever?
« Reply #5 on: April 14, 2019, 12:20:25 pm »
R80 GS Paralever.
If you want more torque get an R100 or convert to 1000cc.

R1150 also good, but a lot heavier.
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Re: Opinions on best "classic" adventure bike ever?
« Reply #6 on: April 14, 2019, 12:56:23 pm »
Lem has inferred from your post that you might not want a KLR  (Fugly era). Assuming that is so, you wouldn’t want a DR 650 or DRZ 400...( both pretty classic adv bikes)...?

Well then, how about a Huskie 610 (never actually ridden one, but drooled over a mate’s, for its ride and its design quality)?
 

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Re: Opinions on best "classic" adventure bike ever?
« Reply #7 on: April 14, 2019, 12:58:12 pm »
Lem has inferred from your post that you might not want a KLR  (Fugly era). Assuming that is so, you wouldn’t want a DR 650 or DRZ 400...( both pretty classic adv bikes)...?

Well then, how about a Huskie 610 (never actually ridden one, but drooled over a mate’s, for its ride and its design quality)?
By using the KLR as example I meant all singles/thumpers.


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Re: Opinions on best "classic" adventure bike ever?
« Reply #8 on: April 14, 2019, 01:02:57 pm »
There can be only one

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Re: Opinions on best "classic" adventure bike ever?
« Reply #9 on: April 14, 2019, 01:05:20 pm »
Just make sure the “classic” is a good runner, nothing more frustrating then having to fix something constantly especially if its your only bike. For that reason I wont go to old. What is the budget ? I say 950 / KLR (if you can get past thelooks)/ DR or XT660R/Z. The 750 AT and GS BM’s in most cases cost the same but will be 10 years older.

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Re: Opinions on best "classic" adventure bike ever?
« Reply #10 on: April 14, 2019, 01:36:30 pm »
 XT660 (in its various forms)

I'd go for this, a Tenere or R whichever one fits your budget. :deal:
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Re: Opinions on best "classic" adventure bike ever?
« Reply #11 on: April 14, 2019, 01:48:52 pm »
XT660 (in its various forms)

I'd go for this, a Tenere or R whichever one fits your budget. :deal:
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Go for the Tenere

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Offline Offroadrider

Re: Opinions on best "classic" adventure bike ever?
« Reply #12 on: April 14, 2019, 02:23:30 pm »
Saw an S10 on one of the sites for 65 or a 950, somewhere around 55-60
 

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Re: Opinions on best "classic" adventure bike ever?
« Reply #13 on: April 14, 2019, 02:46:00 pm »
XT660 (in its various forms)

I'd go for this, a Tenere or R whichever one fits your budget. :deal:
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Go for the Tenere

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Re: Opinions on best "classic" adventure bike ever?
« Reply #14 on: April 14, 2019, 04:32:59 pm »
There can be only one

KTM 950

I concur.

You will chop and change bikes, and eventually end up with a 950/990
So save yourself time and buy one from the get-go.
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Re: Opinions on best "classic" adventure bike ever?
« Reply #15 on: April 14, 2019, 05:29:39 pm »
Klr as it's value for money and you will go anywhere .
 

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Re: Opinions on best "classic" adventure bike ever?
« Reply #16 on: April 15, 2019, 07:06:19 am »
Considering your size and riding ability the 950/990 range is probably the only one which will keep you happy  :thumleft:
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Offline Vintage_Mania

Re: Opinions on best "classic" adventure bike ever?
« Reply #17 on: April 15, 2019, 07:17:10 am »
@Rossdog wat is jou budget, bra? Keeping in mind the upkeep of whatever you decide on.....

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Offline Rufus115

Re: Opinions on best "classic" adventure bike ever?
« Reply #18 on: April 15, 2019, 07:24:43 am »
If you don't have money, make sure you have time and a leaning towards and obsession, and can be quick on the click/dial.

In the list you have offered, a 950 is about the best bet and with the right kind of patience, can be had for less than 50k (got mine for 40k more than four years ago and it had less than 25k on the dial). Helped a mate find one for 35k not too long ago as well but it required patience patience patience.


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Offline captain jack

Re: Opinions on best "classic" adventure bike ever?
« Reply #19 on: April 15, 2019, 08:16:44 am »
I think you also need to be more era specific

Classic adventure bike from 80's
Classic adventure from 90's etc

Each decade has its classics. Some will be more timeless than others.

The reality is the older the bike is the more maintance it'll need. So are you looking for a more reliable newer classic to use everyday, or is it something to hang onto  going forward and only ride occasionally.