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Old 04-20-2015, 10:09 AM   #1
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Help me choose my next bike (step up from XT250)

I am looking to for a bike to supplement my 2012 XT 250, which is my first bike. I really love my XT and I have ridden it everywhere, but I am looking for something that will be good for commuting and possibly some 2-3 day trips.

My commute is about 30 miles each way, a lot of it on a 65 mph highway. This would be the number one use for my bike, but I would also like something that can handle a little dirt so I'm not limited to pavement. It doesn't have to be true off-road capable. That is what the XT is for. I would like that ability to handle forest roads and go to lookout towers, ect.
I also may wish to ride to the Oregon coast or to Yellowstone park from Southern Idaho.

I like the DR 650 but I'm afraid if I buy it I won't ride my XT anymore. I still love my XT for what it was intended for.

I looked at the BMW 650 and 800 Adventure bikes, and they are nice. The 800 seems really big and heavy to me, also expensive. I would probably get used to the weight. I like the 650, but is it big enough? Also, I prefer the simplicity of an air cooled bike.

I looked at the Yamaha SR 400. I really want to like this bike, but I don't think the 400cc engine is enough for 70mph every day. Am I wrong?

Finally, I looked at the Triumph Scrambler. I like this bike a lot. It is heavy but seems to have a low center of gravity.

I am interested in hearing what other people ride in addition to their 250cc dual sports, and what you guys think might be a good choice for me. I am 5'11 160lbs.

Thanks a lot

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Old 05-19-2015, 03:59 PM   #2
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Take a look-see...

2010 DRZ400S...571 miles. Mint! $4,800
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Old 05-19-2015, 06:00 PM   #3
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I rode my Ninja 300 all over dirt roads and even a few trails. Your describing and naming a few street bikes in your list. Anything can ride down a dirt road.

N300 or the new R3 will cruise at 85 actual mph easily. Either are cheap and will fly with your weight on them. Lighter than anything you mentioned except the DR but then you won't need your XT.
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Old 05-19-2015, 06:25 PM   #4
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Versys or GS650 thumper. Both have plenty of power, good handling, comfy seating, and can do dirt roads. The Versys is much sportier, the GS is much better off-road.
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Old 05-19-2015, 06:32 PM   #5
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How about the Honda cb500x ? Almost the same power as the gs650, great commuter, designed for about any road in America and a lower price tag.
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Old 05-19-2015, 07:35 PM   #6
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I think it's too hard to ask for suggestions from people. We don't know what your tastes are like in bikes. So everyone will suggest the bikes they like, but you may not like.

You shouldn't look at any other dual sports, because as you said it will make your XT obsolete and you will want to sell it. Then a few months later, wish you hadn't sold it.

My first thought was a Vstrom 650, but I am sure you will find it a bit heavy. People are known to take them offroad, but compared to your XT, the Strom will feel like a pig.

I think the suggestion of a CB500X is a good idea. Though I have never ridden one. You can be assured it will feel much heavier than your XT. Anything will.

You need to choose two or three models you are interested in, then ask for feedback. And understand buying a bike is always a compromise.
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Old 05-19-2015, 08:41 PM   #7
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Look at the first gen. Ducati Multistrada's - esp. the 2006 620. Might be the bike for you. Nice ones can be had for less than $5k.
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Old 05-25-2015, 12:25 PM   #8
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Thanks for the suggestions guys. I'm going to go sit on and ride some different bikes if possible.
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