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Offline bartman

What Bike?
« on: July 31, 2021, 09:26:26 pm »
Evening,
I have an itch that wants/needs to be scratched and have being looking at various bike options and what is available.
I was at a place today and if conditions had been slightly more favorable, I would have pulled the trigger.  But I spoke to a wise man on the way home and he gave me some additional points to ponder and now I have even less idea as to what to go for...
I eventually sat down and made a list of what I think I would like in a bike, but I might be (most probably) blinkered into thinking a certain way.  So I pose the question to the Forum as to what bike would satisfy the following criteria?
I plan to use the bike for:
 - Commuting (25 km a day)
 - Car replacement transport
 - General run around
 - Medium distance touring and other buggering around
 - Light to mediocre off road capability
 - Occasional pillion
I have listed my critical criteria in order of criticality and those areas that are not too essential in italics.
  • - Seat height up to max of 795 cm (Seat/suspension lowering option but at no extra additional cost). I have God given short suspension (Short legs) and while I am aware that there are plenty of shorties riding tall bikes, I might need to get other novice riders a chance to learn and gain experience as well as confidence.
     - ABS and other safety features
     - Reach at least 150 kph and maintaining it
     - Good local support and range of spares and accessories
     - Elements of self maintainability
     - Cheapish spares (Relative, I know.  What is cheap for you might not be for me)
     - Light to Medium weight
     - Fuel economic
     - 2013/4 model or later
     - The less Kms the better
     - 600 - 800 CC
     - Preferably a model still in production
     - Manual
  • Someone told me that buying a bike was an emotional choice and I tend to agree.
    Budget?  Under 100K
    I am also aware that some of my criteria might be contradictory so please excuse that.
    Looking forward to responses

 

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Re: What Bike?
« Reply #1 on: July 31, 2021, 09:42:58 pm »
These should be on your radar.
No doubt others will add some more
650 V Strom - would be my choice.
Honda NC 700/750
Not sure if the Transalp can reach 150 kmh. If it can add that too.
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Re: What Bike?
« Reply #2 on: August 01, 2021, 06:53:17 am »
I had the nc700. Was nice in all the regards mentioned. It did not have abs though but it was a 2012 model so I presume the later models would have it.

When looking at your budget I would say go for 800gs. It fits all your needs I think. I commuted daily with mine for three years. Was a pleasure.

Im also short. I eventually had the seat cut in. Worked perfect. Cost me R300.


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Re: What Bike?
« Reply #3 on: August 19, 2021, 09:09:48 pm »
Thanks for the inputs. Appreciated
 

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Re: What Bike?
« Reply #4 on: August 19, 2021, 10:15:03 pm »
Have a look at the 800cc twin version of the F650GS. Much cheaper than the F800GS and really only sacrifices off-road capability and 15% of the F800GS's power.
NC700/750 is a good choice too. Not as quick as the GS but incredibly fuel efficient.

Transalp is great but the engine has a 270deg crank and is essentially a thumper - didn't seem very happy at anything over the speed limit.
The DL650's v-twin is even-firing (180deg?) and is a completely different ball game. Can't speak to its performance since I've never ridden one.
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Re: What Bike?
« Reply #5 on: August 20, 2021, 08:03:18 am »
Have a look at the 800cc twin version of the F650GS. Much cheaper than the F800GS and really only sacrifices off-road capability and 15% of the F800GS's power.
NC700/750 is a good choice too. Not as quick as the GS but incredibly fuel efficient.

Transalp is great but the engine has a 270deg crank and is essentially a thumper - didn't seem very happy at anything over the speed limit.
The DL650's v-twin is even-firing (180deg?) and is a completely different ball game. Can't speak to its performance since I've never ridden one.
do you rather mean the 700cc twin, surely?
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Re: What Bike?
« Reply #6 on: August 20, 2021, 08:28:42 am »
do you rather mean the 700cc twin, surely?

I see he want's 2013/14 or newer, so it would be the F700GS. The F700GS and F800GS had identical 800cc twins. The F800GS just had an extra 7kW and 3Nm, plus taller suspension etc.
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