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Mark_S 03-02-2013 07:53 PM

I want I want I want - new(er) bike advice

I am planning to sell the klr because I haven't really been using it and every time I do use it something breaks (last 3 rides = seized speedo drive destroys front hub, cush drive bearing spins in cush drive damaging bearing surface,oil filter cover insists on leaking all over my boot,dribbling counter-shaft seal, rear rack mounts strip out - again (yesterday))

Also I'm kind of 'over' adventure riding as I get my off road thrills on the trail and trials bikes and I have never felt confident on gravel BUT I really really love playing silly buggers on sealed twisty back roads so replacement (used) bike needs to meet the following criteria:

price 7-10k (including any extras)
pref 2007 or newer
upright comfortable seating along with reasonable wind protection
ability to handle the very occasional gravel road at modest pace.
happy on bumpy back roads
good brakes (pref dual front disks)
at least 60hp/650 twin upwards
be able to fit solid panniers for overnighters
cant see me ever needing to pillion
all minor/medium maintenance doable at home
FUN in the twisties..

Without having ridden anything I can think of the following...
Kwaka Versys or maybe er6n/f
Maybe a Bonneville?

Vstroms are too ugly
Beemers (1100-1150) in that price range are getting pretty long in the tooth and are probably a bit big for what I want.

The versys is probably the leading contender but I haven't ridden one yet

Anyone got any polite suggestions?

rickcj7 03-02-2013 08:08 PM

Versys or Terra/Strada!

Underground 03-02-2013 08:19 PM

You've just described an Africa Twin with road tyres.

Padmei 03-02-2013 08:44 PM

What about a scrambler?

Edit - prob doesn't fit any criteria but looks cool.

Ducatijim 03-02-2013 08:53 PM

DR650 mate.......

You know thats wot u need!

Shoulda had onea them all along you know!

Its ok to admit ur wrong, even ok for a guy to cry.......go on......

Youll feel sooo much betterer! :D


kswaid 03-02-2013 09:10 PM

Could try to find a used Tiger 800. I have been seeing them pop up lately.

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ztaj 03-02-2013 09:24 PM

What about.....


Both above your budget, but think of the grin factor :D

innathyzit 03-02-2013 10:03 PM

Hearing ya Marks, been going through a similar experience myself except my KLR has stopped breaking everything. All I can come up with at the moment is Padmeis choice of a Scrambler, but then I think that I would just wreck it so a dedicated roadbike to stop me going offroad would be the way, but I just can't bring myself to do that .

Jatzs choices look about what you need.

Oaters 03-02-2013 11:29 PM

Hi Mark

How about a Kawasaki W650 like this

pampaX 03-02-2013 11:39 PM

Pete-NZ 03-03-2013 12:37 AM

Transalp 700

Box'a'bits 03-03-2013 01:34 AM

Try this. Just missing on price & H/P, but otherwise right on target..

gsd4me 03-03-2013 03:07 AM

Something like this?

Voltaire 03-03-2013 09:46 AM

The Bonnie/Thruxtons are ok but you would need to upgrade the shocks adn fit emulators to the front end. Brakes are adequate. Mates rode my Thruxton and were surprised by how heavy it felt. It was on TM a few weeks back for about 7k. High K's but a good bike.
I just bought cheap R100RTmono so looks like I'll be getting slippers next...:rofl

trustme 03-03-2013 10:42 AM

A mate had a very nice Versys that he spent quite a bit of time sorting suspension on, nothing major just fettling . He rode the wheels off it, went really well & could do a bit of gravel. Motor seemed buzzy & vibey at certain speeds compared to the Scram. Get rid of the standard tyres if you get one, watched him lose both ends in the wet when I was following. I shit , he double shit & put new tyres on the next day.

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