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Offline Blikkies1

Economical But Fun Bike
« on: November 07, 2019, 04:34:46 pm »
I started a job in Stellies this week and live in Blouberg - 140km round-trip, the 990 is heavy on juice so I'm filling up every 2nd day which isn't easy on the pocket, besides that, a bigger concern is that this commute is going to ruin my beloved Katey. I need to add a second bike to the stable for this purpose, the NC700x ticks all the boxes but seems pretty boring, anything else out there that will at least gooi a power wheelie in 2nd worth looking at?
 

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Re: Economical But Fun Bike
« Reply #1 on: November 07, 2019, 04:45:37 pm »
The XT660R that I had had proper punch and was fun while being in the ball park of a Dakar in terms of fuel economy (between 20 - 24 km/l at times)
The problem is that it is a thumper and my commute was only a 30km round-trip.
It is an awesome bike, but I am not sure that it will like a 650km per week commute (especially since you'll probably run it at around (or above) 120 on the open stretches.
Mine could top out at 170 (on the clock anyway), meaning that it can do 120 the whole day without an issue, but just because it can it doesn't mean that it is a good idea.
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If you aren't set on an adventure type of bike, why not look at something in the 600cc inline four range ?

Won't work if you are a big guy though.
(edit - or even something like a BMW R1100S)

The issue you are facing is that unfortunately a bike's 'fun factor' is directly related to how quickly it can covert petrol to fun.
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Re: Economical But Fun Bike
« Reply #2 on: November 07, 2019, 04:51:46 pm »
Get a Kawasaki Versys for commuting , it sure can wheelie and sips little fuel.
 

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Re: Economical But Fun Bike
« Reply #3 on: November 07, 2019, 05:37:15 pm »
I started a job in Stellies this week and live in Blouberg - 140km round-trip, the 990 is heavy on juice so I'm filling up every 2nd day which isn't easy on the pocket, besides that, a bigger concern is that this commute is going to ruin my beloved Katey. I need to add a second bike to the stable for this purpose, the NC700x ticks all the boxes but seems pretty boring, anything else out there that will at least gooi a power wheelie in 2nd worth looking at?

NC700 not good for power wheelie but brilliant commuter, take a look at mine I am selling.
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Vrou se NC700.
 

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Re: Economical But Fun Bike
« Reply #4 on: November 07, 2019, 05:48:57 pm »
Get a Kawasaki Versys for commuting , it sure can wheelie and sips little fuel.

Had a NC and  Versys. The NC has no soul - it is just a tool. The Versys is light, fun and powerful.
 

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Re: Economical But Fun Bike
« Reply #5 on: November 07, 2019, 05:54:43 pm »
I know.... sounds like a stuck record, but give 650 V-Strom a try.
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Re: Economical But Fun Bike
« Reply #6 on: November 07, 2019, 06:14:55 pm »
I have a very clean low mileage  2005 vstrom 650 that i may want to sell.

Bought it from a mate who emigrated to the UK to help him out. Not using it.  Would prefer to buy an older air cooled Boxer BMW or Guzzi.

If you are interested please pm me.
 

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Re: Economical But Fun Bike
« Reply #7 on: November 07, 2019, 08:16:40 pm »
Someone please talk me out of a 701 Svartpilen.
 

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Re: Economical But Fun Bike
« Reply #8 on: November 07, 2019, 09:18:28 pm »
Without having ridden one, the MT-07/Tracer 700 is supposedly the bee's knees.
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Re: Economical But Fun Bike
« Reply #9 on: November 07, 2019, 10:06:45 pm »
Get a Kawasaki Versys for commuting , it sure can wheelie and sips little fuel.

Had a NC and  Versys. The NC has no soul - it is just a tool. The Versys is light, fun and powerful.

Agree on the NC but man when you get to the twisties the NC surprise you big time, that bike is on rails and a lot off fun! :thumleft:
« Last Edit: November 07, 2019, 10:07:09 pm by Bikerboer1973 »
Tans.
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Vrou se NC700.
 
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Re: Economical But Fun Bike
« Reply #10 on: November 07, 2019, 11:44:30 pm »
690 duke  :peepwall:
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Re: Economical But Fun Bike
« Reply #11 on: November 08, 2019, 05:13:58 am »
Someone please talk me out of a 701 Svartpilen.

Don't buy it, it is a Huskie!
It will wheelie in 3rd if you do not pasop.
Super narrow, it will slip inbetween two fatass cars ea-si-ly!
That bugger will skip pavements like a plastic, and ou tannies don't like that.
If the 701 Enduro is anything to go by it just may give you around 25km/l but then you must ride it spirited.
You're a grown man, you really want a 150kg-only bike?
It is a Svartpilen, it'll lean your knees off.
Do you really want a sexy bike?
Eh..
Guys, help me here please?
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Re: Economical But Fun Bike
« Reply #12 on: November 08, 2019, 05:27:07 am »
Versys hands down :thumleft:
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Re: Economical But Fun Bike
« Reply #13 on: November 08, 2019, 02:01:53 pm »
Someone please talk me out of a 701 Svartpilen.

You ridden one? Can test ride at WMC in Woodstock just ask nicely ;)

Not sure it would be cheaper to run in the long run
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Re: Economical But Fun Bike
« Reply #14 on: November 08, 2019, 02:21:13 pm »
Ja, economical and fun rarely go together. NC750DTC I would say.
 

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Re: Economical But Fun Bike
« Reply #15 on: November 08, 2019, 02:35:09 pm »
Never look at the NC700.. its the NC750 or nothing,  :deal:
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Re: Economical But Fun Bike
« Reply #16 on: November 08, 2019, 02:43:37 pm »
Someone please talk me out of a 701 Svartpilen.

Don't buy it, it is a Huskie!
It will wheelie in 3rd if you do not pasop.
Super narrow, it will slip inbetween two fatass cars ea-si-ly!
That bugger will skip pavements like a plastic, and ou tannies don't like that.
If the 701 Enduro is anything to go by it just may give you around 25km/l but then you must ride it spirited.
You're a grown man, you really want a 150kg-only bike?
It is a Svartpilen, it'll lean your knees off.
Do you really want a sexy bike?
Eh..
Guys, help me here please?
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Re: Economical But Fun Bike
« Reply #17 on: November 08, 2019, 02:44:33 pm »
Someone talk me out of getting a 690 SMC / 701 SMC ;)

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Re: Economical But Fun Bike
« Reply #18 on: November 08, 2019, 02:44:50 pm »
I do 110km a day, on a Ducati Scrambler. Don't know about power wheelie in second(maybe at the coast), but it is alot of fun in the traffic and it's very agile and nimble. Consumption is approximately 25km/l when gunning it. Only negatives are odd sized front tyre and it's quite expensive to add a topbox or such. Otherwise the most fun you will have commuting.
 

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Re: Economical But Fun Bike
« Reply #19 on: November 08, 2019, 03:08:18 pm »
Any of those Kawasaki 650 twins would be good as a commuter and lekker play bike , I have seen a few ER6’s being advertised at really good prices
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