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Looking for the perfect pillion friendly adventure bike
« on: January 07, 2020, 10:55:46 am »
I've owned a 1150GS for 10 years and did put 70k km on it during that time. Most of these miles have been done with pillion and off the beaten track.
Bike has gone to another good home, now what?
Got my pimped up airhead for solo riding and my Vespa for town riding, so I am covered there.

My criteria will be as follows:
- Max R 85k
- Lighter than the 1150GS but suitable for pillion riding with luggage
- A proper 50/50 bike, nothing too soft

Can somebody please point me in the right direction. I am lost, in a good way  :)

 

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Re: Looking for the perfect pillion friendly adventure bike
« Reply #1 on: January 07, 2020, 11:00:38 am »
I saw a Yamaha S10 XTZ1200, 2015 model on FB marketplace for R85k some time ago. Had very low km.

Maybe search for it?
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Re: Looking for the perfect pillion friendly adventure bike
« Reply #2 on: January 07, 2020, 11:45:56 am »
I saw a Yamaha S10 XTZ1200, 2015 model on FB marketplace for R85k some time ago. Had very low km.
Maybe search for it?
Thanks Louis.
S10 has crossed my mind and ticks most boxes, except for the weight.
It must be as heavy as my old 1150.
 

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Re: Looking for the perfect pillion friendly adventure bike
« Reply #3 on: January 07, 2020, 12:21:58 pm »
What else?

990
800GS
800Triumph?

Or, V-Strom 650?

You can probably get the draadwiel ones now for R85k. Very nice bikes
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Re: Looking for the perfect pillion friendly adventure bike
« Reply #5 on: January 07, 2020, 12:43:48 pm »
I saw a Yamaha S10 XTZ1200, 2015 model on FB marketplace for R85k some time ago. Had very low km.

Maybe search for it?
The query is for something lighter than a GS
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Re: Looking for the perfect pillion friendly adventure bike
« Reply #6 on: January 07, 2020, 12:45:08 pm »
Ja, missed it somehow
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Re: Looking for the perfect pillion friendly adventure bike
« Reply #8 on: January 07, 2020, 12:53:05 pm »
What else?
990
800GS
800Triumph?
Or, V-Strom 650?
You can probably get the draadwiel ones now for R85k. Very nice bikes
I agree to all the above ...
990 - gets me exited but the maintenance might put me off?
800GS - suspension?
800 - Triumph more a roady and missing some low end torque?
Strom 650 - ugly and boring?
Draadwiel ones?
 

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Re: Looking for the perfect pillion friendly adventure bike
« Reply #9 on: January 07, 2020, 12:57:44 pm »
If you want a pillion friendly bike then a big bike is most likely your best bet.

More weight more stability for the pillion.

I have a 800gs and it pillion fine, but the seat is not comfortable.

1200gs is renown for its pillion seat
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Re: Looking for the perfect pillion friendly adventure bike
« Reply #10 on: January 07, 2020, 01:03:45 pm »
Draadwiel Strom, spokes.

Same power as the 1150, but a few kg lighter, V-twin motor, 21 lt fuel tank.

Easy to raise, excellent motor, running in usa with 300k miles without being open once
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Re: Looking for the perfect pillion friendly adventure bike
« Reply #11 on: January 07, 2020, 01:09:02 pm »
Air cooled 1200GS is baie ligter as a 1150GS...
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Re: Looking for the perfect pillion friendly adventure bike
« Reply #12 on: January 07, 2020, 02:39:08 pm »
Air cooled 1200GS is baie ligter as a 1150GS...
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Re: Looking for the perfect pillion friendly adventure bike
« Reply #13 on: January 07, 2020, 03:37:06 pm »
Is the the Strom 1000? Which model year?
Doesn't look half as bad as I thought.
Draadwiel Strom, spokes.

Same power as the 1150, but a few kg lighter, V-twin motor, 21 lt fuel tank.

Easy to raise, excellent motor, running in usa with 300k miles without being open once
 

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Re: Looking for the perfect pillion friendly adventure bike
« Reply #14 on: January 07, 2020, 03:42:55 pm »
Nope, this is the 650, reason why I sold my 1100GS many moons ago, still think it is the ideal DS Bike.

Most comfortable pillion bike as well according to my wife.

Same power, 50kgs lighter
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Re: Looking for the perfect pillion friendly adventure bike
« Reply #15 on: January 07, 2020, 03:44:51 pm »
How about a 800 GS ADV ?
Reasonable weight and good fuel capacity.
Enough power?
Pillion friendly?
Easy maintenance?
 

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Re: Looking for the perfect pillion friendly adventure bike
« Reply #16 on: January 07, 2020, 03:47:20 pm »
1000 Strom.

I prefer the 650 however.
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Re: Looking for the perfect pillion friendly adventure bike
« Reply #17 on: January 07, 2020, 03:48:07 pm »
Just go test drive them, buy the one you like.

You dont have many options anyway
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« Reply #18 on: January 07, 2020, 03:52:52 pm »
Out of all the bikes I had, my wife liked the V-Strom the best w.r.t pillion
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Re: Looking for the perfect pillion friendly adventure bike
« Reply #19 on: January 07, 2020, 04:18:31 pm »
Dont know what they go for, but a 1200 triumph shaftie?
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