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Old 10-11-2012, 05:58 AM   #1
mtnbikeboy OP
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Location: Longview, TX
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Question Advice requested on next bike

First off, if this is the wrong forum, please move this post.

So, my '89 TA was stolen about 1 month ago 300 miles after I had spent 2 yrs assembling it from tubs of parts. I have been thinking about which bike to get next and have decided on the following options. I would like to stay below $3k, and the lower I go the more insurance money I have left over for farkles. I would like to have something that I can at least dream about riding on the TAT, but this bike will be a daily commuter. The wisdom of the asylum is requested and appreciated.

KLR650
Pros
Lighter than TA
Parts/Farkles readily available

Cons
Not as good on slab

DR650
Pros
Lighter than TA & KLR
Wife has one
Good aftermarket

Cons
No windshield stock
Stock seat sucks for long trips
Small Fuel tank

XR650R
Pros
Streetable in TX
Proven offroad pedigree
Fast
Have a spare set of forks on hand

Cons
Kickstart only!
No windshield stock
Harder to mount farkles due to dirtbikeishness
Apparently likes to eat rear tires
Short maintenance intervals


TransAlp
Pros
Unique
Smooth V-Twin
Very familiar with assembly
Already have XR650 Forks to put on
I liked the one I had

Cons
Would require a fly and ride to obtain
Heaviest
Plastics expensive and hard to find
Less aftermarket/ Stock parts harder to find

I believe I have hit most of the high points. I have ridden my TA and my wife's DR so I know how they feel. A friend is going to let me ride her KLR and I'm working on finding an XR to test ride. It will be about a month or so until I have the insurance money, so I have plenty of time to research and think about this. Thanks for your help.

Sorry for the format. I had it all spaced out into a chart & vBulletin deleted all my extra spaces.

Tim
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