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Re: Commuter suggestions - 650-800cc
« Reply #20 on: August 14, 2019, 01:23:43 pm »
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Re: Commuter suggestions - 650-800cc
« Reply #21 on: August 14, 2019, 01:29:43 pm »
And with the scooter you can also enter and win rally events :pot:
 

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Re: Commuter suggestions - 650-800cc
« Reply #22 on: August 14, 2019, 02:31:52 pm »
as a commuter, the older Honda NC700, and the newer/replacement NC750, would be hard to beat; frugal on fuel, GREAT storage space, solid motor, etc.
(750 model rev limit is 1000 r.p.m. higher than older 700cc model, which makes riding this 'car-engine-characteristic' bike easier than the older 700cc, but both are solid.



...and the BMW 650 TWIN makes a great commuter, and since it is now 'discontinued', in favour of the 700GS, and then lately the 750 GS replacement, it can be had for not a lot of money, and will run and run, and run!


(under-stressed motor (800cc mechanically and electrically de-tuned to 650cc), tubeless tyres, 19 inch front wheel for better ROAD handling, etc etc. Well capable of good gravel roads, etc, when a bash plate is fitted. Parts readily available, and new spares often surprisingly affordable (given the propeller brand image).


And yes, scooters ARE underrated, got a customer - Alan, who when faced with any shortish trip, reaches not for the 1200 GS, but his scooter!


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Re: Commuter suggestions - 650-800cc
« Reply #23 on: August 14, 2019, 02:51:38 pm »
Have a look at the NC750

Good value for money, well built Honda, you can pick them up for a steal but if you want to be impressed check out its running cost per km

I commute with the Transalp 700.. also a rock solid bike
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Re: Commuter suggestions - 650-800cc
« Reply #24 on: August 14, 2019, 05:09:04 pm »
Yamaha MT-07

Great commuter but a bit more than he wants to pay.
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Re: Commuter suggestions - 650-800cc
« Reply #25 on: August 14, 2019, 05:25:25 pm »
Thanks for the great response and all the suggestions... it seems like i have lots of research and test riding to do!

Will definitely give the Versys and Honda NC some serious consideration.
Thanks for sharing your experience with the Sym300 Charl. I had definitely not had a scooter in mind, but will pop into Suzuki South to go check it out.
It does sound ideal for the application.

The MT-07 would probably be my first choice if i could afford it.

I already have a XR650R, although the BMW F650GS is a great bike (and very different from the XR), i can't justify having two 650 singles in the garage.
 

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Re: Commuter suggestions - 650-800cc
« Reply #26 on: August 14, 2019, 05:55:22 pm »
Does anyone have experience with the XRV750?
Seen a few recently with low km in the R40 - 50k range.
 

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Re: Commuter suggestions - 650-800cc
« Reply #27 on: August 14, 2019, 06:20:50 pm »
Does anyone have experience with the XRV750?
Seen a few recently with low km in the R40 - 50k range.
Not good town bikes.

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Re: Commuter suggestions - 650-800cc
« Reply #28 on: August 14, 2019, 06:59:41 pm »
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Re: Commuter suggestions - 650-800cc
« Reply #29 on: August 14, 2019, 08:09:17 pm »
Does anyone have experience with the XRV750?
Seen a few recently with low km in the R40 - 50k range.
Not good town bikes.

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Re: Commuter suggestions - 650-800cc
« Reply #30 on: August 14, 2019, 10:28:08 pm »
NC700/750 would be my first choice, wife has the 700 and fantastic bike for commuting, cheap to run and maintain.
 
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Re: Commuter suggestions - 650-800cc
« Reply #31 on: August 15, 2019, 08:37:41 am »
Thanks for the great response and all the suggestions... it seems like i have lots of research and test riding to do!

Will definitely give the Versys and Honda NC some serious consideration.
Thanks for sharing your experience with the Sym300 Charl. I had definitely not had a scooter in mind, but will pop into Suzuki South to go check it out.
It does sound ideal for the application.

The MT-07 would probably be my first choice if i could afford it.

I already have a XR650R, although the BMW F650GS is a great bike (and very different from the XR), i can't justify having two 650 singles in the garage.

Bought mine from Suzuki South as well. Great service from Stewart and the guys and one of the few places who actually had one I could take for a test ride.

If you can't find one to take for a ride let me know. You are more than welcome to take mine.
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Re: Commuter suggestions - 650-800cc
« Reply #32 on: August 15, 2019, 09:06:55 am »
Thanks for the great response and all the suggestions... it seems like i have lots of research and test riding to do!

Will definitely give the Versys and Honda NC some serious consideration.
Thanks for sharing your experience with the Sym300 Charl. I had definitely not had a scooter in mind, but will pop into Suzuki South to go check it out.
It does sound ideal for the application.

The MT-07 would probably be my first choice if i could afford it.

I already have a XR650R, although the BMW F650GS is a great bike (and very different from the XR), i can't justify having two 650 singles in the garage.

Bought mine from Suzuki South as well. Great service from Stewart and the guys and one of the few places who actually had one I could take for a test ride.

If you can't find one to take for a ride let me know. You are more than welcome to take mine.
Thanks, appreciate the offer. Will keep you posted
 

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Re: Commuter suggestions - 650-800cc
« Reply #33 on: August 15, 2019, 10:10:28 am »
I know you are looking for a bike but........ I bought the most unlikely thing ever - a < .. > scooter.

Look at the gazillion scooters zooming over the ringroads of the major European cities, Paris especially - for commuting they make good sense.
They more than keep up with the traffic but can go in-between it, the only thing that stops them is traffic lights.
The storage space is large if not carnivorous, some take two helmets plus other goodies.
Fairly protected from the elements one does not need to don boots & leathers, a good jacket will do.
Once in town there's nothing quicker on an automatic scooter, and quite frankly this is good fun then.
 
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Re: Commuter suggestions - 650-800cc
« Reply #34 on: August 15, 2019, 10:57:37 am »
Does anyone have experience with the XRV750?
Seen a few recently with low km in the R40 - 50k range.

Yes, plenty. Great bike, low maintenance, but not that light on fuel. I used to get around 22km/l in town. Not such a good commuter in traffic. Heavy on the steering, but if you going to do more high way you will be hard pressed to get better value for money for the bike you get. And it can go anywhere if you have the skills.
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Re: Commuter suggestions - 650-800cc
« Reply #35 on: August 15, 2019, 11:01:27 am »
If I had to have a bike for commuting only, and fuel consumption was not a big concern, it would be a 650 V-Strom. Inexpensive, great value for money, comfortable, eats the kilo's, bullet proof and low on maintenance. It just ticks all the boxes.
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Re: Commuter suggestions - 650-800cc
« Reply #36 on: August 15, 2019, 11:16:30 am »
If I had to have a bike for commuting only, and fuel consumption was not a big concern, it would be a 650 V-Strom. Inexpensive, great value for money, comfortable, eats the kilo's, bullet proof and low on maintenance. It just ticks all the boxes.

In this case, the V-strom would be my choice too.
 

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Re: Commuter suggestions - 650-800cc
« Reply #37 on: August 15, 2019, 11:49:24 am »
If I had to have a bike for commuting only, and fuel consumption was not a big concern, it would be a 650 V-Strom. Inexpensive, great value for money, comfortable, eats the kilo's, bullet proof and low on maintenance. It just ticks all the boxes.

In this case, the V-strom would be my choice too.
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Re: Commuter suggestions - 650-800cc
« Reply #38 on: August 15, 2019, 11:50:30 am »
650 V-Strom. Inexpensive, great value for money, comfortable, eats the kilo's, bullet proof and low on maintenance. It just ticks all the boxes.

..... plus it's dead happy to go offroad, Sani included.
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