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Commuter suggestions - 650-800cc
« on: August 13, 2019, 05:57:22 pm »
Hi,

My office recently moved, as a result my commute has increased from 20km/day to over 50km/day.
I've always commuted on a sinlge cylinder bike... recently a Yamaha DT175, and XR500R or DRZ400 previously.
I suspect the singles won't hold up to the the longer commute for very long, so i'm considering upgrading to a larger bike.

Budget is around R55k.
Looking for something in the 650-800cc range (twin/4 cylinder), reliability is a priority, no super bikes.
So far i've consider the Suzuki DL650, Honda Africa Twin XRV750 & Transalp 700, and Triumph Tiger 800 XC (although it may be a bit out of budget).
I've ridden the Transalp, and although a sensible choice for a commuter, it's just too placid/boring for my liking.

Are there any other bikes i should consider?
Looking forward to hearing your thoughts and experience.  :ricky:
 

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Re: Commuter suggestions - 650-800cc
« Reply #1 on: August 13, 2019, 05:59:51 pm »
BMW F700 :deal:
 

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Re: Commuter suggestions - 650-800cc
« Reply #2 on: August 13, 2019, 06:45:31 pm »
BMW F700 :deal:
Doesn't quite fit the budget unfortunately
 

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Re: Commuter suggestions - 650-800cc
« Reply #3 on: August 13, 2019, 07:18:26 pm »
50 km per workday equals about 14k a year for workshuttle alone, add some weekend and recreational riding and you hit 20k a year, and after 5 years you have a pristine 100k km bike that nobody wants to buy because of the mileage.
Me,  I will buy something like a boring cbx twister and use that to shuttle, drive it till the wheels fall off. and keep using your xr/dt/drz for playing.
You can sell a Corolla with 300k on it easy, high mileage bikes is difficult to move.
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Re: Commuter suggestions - 650-800cc
« Reply #4 on: August 13, 2019, 07:19:57 pm »
Honda NC700
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Re: Commuter suggestions - 650-800cc
« Reply #5 on: August 13, 2019, 07:38:41 pm »
Honda NC700

Should be your best bet. Very economical. Enough storage space.
Not sure on service intervals and prices
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Re: Commuter suggestions - 650-800cc
« Reply #6 on: August 13, 2019, 07:50:16 pm »
Theres a decent F650GS going on here for R40k. Thats a great commuter despite being a single.

edit:....... and then this gets posted...http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=239862.0;topicseen
« Last Edit: August 13, 2019, 07:53:39 pm by Beebop »
 

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Re: Commuter suggestions - 650-800cc
« Reply #7 on: August 13, 2019, 08:03:56 pm »
Hi,

My office recently moved, as a result my commute has increased from 20km/day to over 50km/day.
I've always commuted on a sinlge cylinder bike... recently a Yamaha DT175, and XR500R or DRZ400 previously.
I suspect the singles won't hold up to the the longer commute for very long, so i'm considering upgrading to a larger bike.

Budget is around R55k.
Looking for something in the 650-800cc range (twin/4 cylinder), reliability is a priority, no super bikes.
So far i've consider the Suzuki DL650, Honda Africa Twin XRV750 & Transalp 700, and Triumph Tiger 800 XC (although it may be a bit out of budget).
I've ridden the Transalp, and although a sensible choice for a commuter, it's just too placid/boring for my liking.

Are there any other bikes i should consider?
Looking forward to hearing your thoughts and experience.  :ricky:

A very overlooked (and underrated) bike in that company is the Kawasaki Versys 650. My son has been commuting on his for two years now and won't change for anything.
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Re: Commuter suggestions - 650-800cc
« Reply #8 on: August 13, 2019, 08:07:27 pm »
There's an 800 BMW on here going for R50k, 60 something on the clock. :o

There is already interest, so be quick, if you're interested. ;)
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Re: Commuter suggestions - 650-800cc
« Reply #9 on: August 13, 2019, 08:19:29 pm »
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Re: Commuter suggestions - 650-800cc
« Reply #10 on: August 13, 2019, 09:10:03 pm »
If you want to buy a new bike then buy a new bike.

Don't use the commute as an excuse.

Singles can do it. Small bikes can do it unless you want to commute at 120kph+

That being said I commuted thousands and thousands of km on my single cylinder F650GS Dakar and it can do 120/130 kph all day long.

But the most enjoyable commuter I have had (still have) is my little Honda CB400SF. Man that bike is a barrel of laughs all day long  :ricky:
 

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Re: Commuter suggestions - 650-800cc
« Reply #11 on: August 13, 2019, 09:54:58 pm »
I know you are looking for a bike but........

My commute recently changed from 9km one way to 40km one way and now includes a 10km stretch of N7

So I had a few requirements when deciding on a commuter.

1. Not too expensive
2. Cheap on fuel
3. Must be able to keep up with traffic on the highway
4. Reliability

I considered everything from a KTM390 Duke to a Honda NC750

In the end I bought the most unlikely thing ever - a SYM300 Citycom scooter.

It is probably one of the best things I have done ever. Not buying with my heart but with my head.

I have done 1200 in the month that I have had it and here is what I can report

1. It cost me R52k new on the road. SYM is backed by Kawasaki South Africa and comes with a 2 year unlimited km warranty.
2. It costs me around R150 a week for fuel. More or less 32km/L
3. It goes like clappers. I pass most vehicles on the highway and cruise at 120km/h
4. A scooter is much warmer than a bike in winter with more protection from the elements
5. It is really smooth and gets up to speed quite quickly
6. Its got a bigger diameter wheel which is nice for commuting
7. Running cost is cheap cheap.

These days I basically take it everywhere. Shops, work, friends and for a beer. Sold all my other bikes and hardly use the car.

Scooters might not be the coolest option but it makes a lot of sense for commuting. I intend riding it till near the end of the warranty and then trading it for a new model.

I almost prefer my scooter to an Adventure Bike. It is that much fun.

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Re: Commuter suggestions - 650-800cc
« Reply #12 on: August 14, 2019, 06:50:27 am »
I know you are looking for a bike but........

My commute recently changed from 9km one way to 40km one way and now includes a 10km stretch of N7

So I had a few requirements when deciding on a commuter.

1. Not too expensive
2. Cheap on fuel
3. Must be able to keep up with traffic on the highway
4. Reliability

I considered everything from a KTM390 Duke to a Honda NC750

In the end I bought the most unlikely thing ever - a SYM300 Citycom scooter.

It is probably one of the best things I have done ever. Not buying with my heart but with my head.

I have done 1200 in the month that I have had it and here is what I can report

1. It cost me R52k new on the road. SYM is backed by Kawasaki South Africa and comes with a 2 year unlimited km warranty.
2. It costs me around R150 a week for fuel. More or less 32km/L
3. It goes like clappers. I pass most vehicles on the highway and cruise at 120km/h
4. A scooter is much warmer than a bike in winter with more protection from the elements
5. It is really smooth and gets up to speed quite quickly
6. Its got a bigger diameter wheel which is nice for commuting
7. Running cost is cheap cheap.

These days I basically take it everywhere. Shops, work, friends and for a beer. Sold all my other bikes and hardly use the car.

Scooters might not be the coolest option but it makes a lot of sense for commuting. I intend riding it till near the end of the warranty and then trading it for a new model.

I almost prefer my scooter to an Adventure Bike. It is that much fun.

Kyk, dit is nou behoorlike terugvoer en advies. Die ander groot voordeel is die "secure" pakplek wat n scooter bied.
Final drive = belt, of ketting?
Sal jy by tye vir ons meer terugvoer gee oor die scooter, soos jy  begin hoog km opsit asb Karookid?
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Re: Commuter suggestions - 650-800cc
« Reply #13 on: August 14, 2019, 07:47:09 am »
Honda NC700

Should be your best bet. Very economical. Enough storage space.
Not sure on service intervals and prices

+1

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Re: Commuter suggestions - 650-800cc
« Reply #14 on: August 14, 2019, 08:45:06 am »
DL650 a good choice, but so are the other on your list.  I would also look at (all already mentioned, but all worth a 2nd mention):

- Honda NC700/750
- BMW F650 / 700GS
- Kawasaki Versys


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Re: Commuter suggestions - 650-800cc
« Reply #15 on: August 14, 2019, 09:00:03 am »
I know you are looking for a bike but........

My commute recently changed from 9km one way to 40km one way and now includes a 10km stretch of N7

So I had a few requirements when deciding on a commuter.

1. Not too expensive
2. Cheap on fuel
3. Must be able to keep up with traffic on the highway
4. Reliability

I considered everything from a KTM390 Duke to a Honda NC750

In the end I bought the most unlikely thing ever - a SYM300 Citycom scooter.

It is probably one of the best things I have done ever. Not buying with my heart but with my head.

I have done 1200 in the month that I have had it and here is what I can report

1. It cost me R52k new on the road. SYM is backed by Kawasaki South Africa and comes with a 2 year unlimited km warranty.
2. It costs me around R150 a week for fuel. More or less 32km/L
3. It goes like clappers. I pass most vehicles on the highway and cruise at 120km/h
4. A scooter is much warmer than a bike in winter with more protection from the elements
5. It is really smooth and gets up to speed quite quickly
6. Its got a bigger diameter wheel which is nice for commuting
7. Running cost is cheap cheap.

These days I basically take it everywhere. Shops, work, friends and for a beer. Sold all my other bikes and hardly use the car.

Scooters might not be the coolest option but it makes a lot of sense for commuting. I intend riding it till near the end of the warranty and then trading it for a new model.

I almost prefer my scooter to an Adventure Bike. It is that much fun.

Kyk, dit is nou behoorlike terugvoer en advies. Die ander groot voordeel is die "secure" pakplek wat n scooter bied.
Final drive = belt, of ketting?
Sal jy by tye vir ons meer terugvoer gee oor die scooter, soos jy  begin hoog km opsit asb Karookid?

Final Drive = Belt

I will keep you posted indeed. I am looking forward myself to see how it goes further down the line.

Easy quick commute in the rain this morning.
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Re: Commuter suggestions - 650-800cc
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Re: Commuter suggestions - 650-800cc
« Reply #17 on: August 14, 2019, 09:06:57 am »
NC750 DCT. 
Best I got was 3,4 l per 100km.
12000km service intervals.
The Frunk.
Quick enough from standstill.
Tops out at 180km/h.
Can be used as ADV Lite bike.
It is a Honda and will therefore age well and be reliable.
 

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Re: Commuter suggestions - 650-800cc
« Reply #18 on: August 14, 2019, 09:11:39 am »
NC700.
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Re: Commuter suggestions - 650-800cc
« Reply #19 on: August 14, 2019, 09:19:05 am »
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