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Old 02-02-2013, 09:43 AM   #31
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As a former 365-day commuter with an 80-mile round trip I would say hard bags are a must!
I commute farther than you and I never take hard bags on the commute anymore. There was a time I did it with a top case. Wouldn't do it with side cases if I could help it.

I expect the need for storage if any has more to do with the logistics at work and what you do between work and home than with the commute distance.
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Old 02-02-2013, 10:04 AM   #32
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My wife commuted on her 650 GS single for a few years cheap to run, good mileage and abs.

I think that any bike with abs is a good choice

SV 650

650 v Strom are the cheapest to run

a 650 paris dakar or the vstrom will give you the best ergonomics and road view
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Old 02-02-2013, 10:12 AM   #33
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I think that any bike with abs is a good choice
His commute is 170 miles round trip. Any bike that won't easily do that on a tank (and there are many) is a inconvenient choice. Commuting isn't like touring and you don't want extra fuel stops. If you can do 2+ commutes it's much more convenient. But hard to find for his distance. 1 1/2 commutes is better than one, and might be doable in his price range. With that range, you can skip the gas station every 3rd day.
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Old 02-02-2013, 10:32 AM   #34
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His commute is 170 miles round trip. Any bike that won't easily do that on a tank (and there are many) is a inconvenient choice. Commuting isn't like touring and you don't want extra fuel stops. If you can do 2+ commutes it's much more convenient. But hard to find for his distance. 1 1/2 commutes is better than one, and might be doable in his price range. With that range, you can skip the gas station every 3rd day.
V-strom is sounding better and better for him. 5.8 gallon tank I think on them, vs the 4gal on the SV.
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Old 02-02-2013, 10:34 AM   #35
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I think the SV or DL 650 would be a great choice. The SV is more sporty, but the Strom is more practical, comfortable, better wind protection, luggage available.
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Old 02-02-2013, 11:17 AM   #36
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I have a one way freeway commuting distance of 75 miles. My Concours does well for this. You can pick up excellent, 1st gen Connies easily for $4k or less.

On the down side, the fairing and windshield can be a curse in hot weather.
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Old 02-02-2013, 12:35 PM   #37
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I have a one way freeway commuting distance of 75 miles. My Concours does well for this. You can pick up excellent, 1st gen Connies easily for $4k or less.

On the down side, the fairing and windshield can be a curse in hot weather.
What do you get for mileage with the liter bike?

Arn't there vents that could be opened? Gets quite warm here in the summer ...
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Old 02-02-2013, 01:53 PM   #38
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You should find and buy a Triumph Triple.



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