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Offline AAK

Opinions on older/cheaper 650 class adventure bikes
« on: June 10, 2020, 03:33:26 pm »
I'm thinking of letting my 990 go :'( just thinking, not nearly made up my mind) Want to free up some cash for other ventures, and I don't ride alot nowadays.
Plan is to get something in the 650 class, not keen on scramblers, XRL,TE, etc. Want to do long stretches of highway when I get the chance. Price wise around R30k.

But what can one get for R30k.????? Want something RELIABLE, with good parts availability. Fuel consumption don't really matter.

What do you guys think/propose???
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Re: Opinions on older/cheaper 650 class adventure bikes
« Reply #1 on: June 10, 2020, 03:34:54 pm »
Honda Trans Alp 650. :thumleft:
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Re: Opinions on older/cheaper 650 class adventure bikes
« Reply #2 on: June 10, 2020, 03:44:46 pm »
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Re: Opinions on older/cheaper 650 class adventure bikes
« Reply #3 on: June 10, 2020, 03:45:12 pm »
V-Strom.
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Re: Opinions on older/cheaper 650 class adventure bikes
« Reply #4 on: June 10, 2020, 03:50:50 pm »
how much offroad?

I would also vote for a softroader like Vstrom or transalp.
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Re: Opinions on older/cheaper 650 class adventure bikes
« Reply #5 on: June 10, 2020, 03:51:48 pm »
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Re: Opinions on older/cheaper 650 class adventure bikes
« Reply #6 on: June 10, 2020, 03:52:01 pm »
Only 1 choice really...the mighty but old KLR!
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« Reply #7 on: June 10, 2020, 03:52:21 pm »
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Re: Opinions on older/cheaper 650 class adventure bikes
« Reply #8 on: June 10, 2020, 03:54:12 pm »
OP said highway use, you can get an R1150GS for R35 k, or maybe a Varadero, the big old DP's are good value.  :sip:
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Re: Opinions on older/cheaper 650 class adventure bikes
« Reply #9 on: June 10, 2020, 04:13:36 pm »
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Re: Opinions on older/cheaper 650 class adventure bikes
« Reply #10 on: June 10, 2020, 04:33:30 pm »
My 1st choice also TA 650. But always good to hear what other people suggest.
My offroad will be nothing more than twee spoor veldpaaie -10%
Open gravel roads - 50%
Tar roads - 40%
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Re: Opinions on older/cheaper 650 class adventure bikes
« Reply #11 on: June 10, 2020, 04:34:08 pm »
I'm thinking of letting my 990 go :'( just thinking, not nearly made up my mind) Want to free up some cash for other ventures, and I don't ride alot nowadays.
Plan is to get something in the 650 class, not keen on scramblers, XRL,TE, etc. Want to do long stretches of highway when I get the chance. Price wise around R30k.

But what can one get for R30k.????? Want something RELIABLE, with good parts availability. Fuel consumption don't really matter.

What do you guys think/propose???
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Are you not chuffed with the 990 ? You came of a Husky TE 610, isn't it  ;)

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Re: Opinions on older/cheaper 650 class adventure bikes
« Reply #12 on: June 10, 2020, 04:35:25 pm »
If lots of highway work stay away from singles, budget 30k I agree Transalp or maybe a V-strom 650 but reckon you will need to add about R5000 to your budget.
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Re: Opinions on older/cheaper 650 class adventure bikes
« Reply #13 on: June 10, 2020, 04:43:16 pm »
Transalp 650... you won't regret it.
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Re: Opinions on older/cheaper 650 class adventure bikes
« Reply #14 on: June 10, 2020, 04:54:46 pm »
Honda Trans Alp 650. :thumleft:

Excellent choice

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Re: Opinions on older/cheaper 650 class adventure bikes
« Reply #15 on: June 10, 2020, 06:39:40 pm »
I test rode a TA650 long ago. It was just pap and unimpressive. I've had a V Strom now for a few months. No comparison. Next the Strom the TA sees to be looking for parking all the time.
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Re: Opinions on older/cheaper 650 class adventure bikes
« Reply #16 on: June 10, 2020, 06:53:58 pm »
Dakar or standard gs650, in your pricerange and although you say you are not worried about consumption, but 25km/l or more makes a big difference to running costs.
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« Reply #17 on: June 10, 2020, 07:20:03 pm »
Bmw 650 as its easy to find spares and easy to maintain. 
 

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Re: Opinions on older/cheaper 650 class adventure bikes
« Reply #18 on: June 10, 2020, 07:35:22 pm »
Dakar or standard gs650, in your pricerange and although you say you are not worried about consumption, but 25km/l or more makes a big difference to running costs.
Yes the 650 GS is quite good on the open road.

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Re: Opinions on older/cheaper 650 class adventure bikes
« Reply #19 on: June 10, 2020, 07:43:32 pm »
Honda Trans Alp 650. :thumleft:

Excellent choice

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