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Old 05-29-2015, 08:02 AM   #1
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Help me pick the right bike

I'm looking to get an adventure bike and could use some sage advice of the pros and cons of displacement, wheel size, and makes/models

Been riding for about 8 years. Riding 2up for the past 2
Past bikes
1972 Honda CB350f
2000 Suzuki SV650
Current bikes
2013 Ducati Monster 796
2003 Harley Sportster (Scrambler Project)

Ill probably sell the Ducati, possibly the Harley too, so this new bike will be my main bike.
Realistically 80% road 20% dirt
Most of my riding is in the canyons riding spiritedly, so I want a bike that is still fun, can be pushed in the corners and has good power.
Would like to be able to take 2-5 day road trips with the lady on the back

My thoughts have been on a middle weight bike like a tiger 800 or a BMW 800gs. Is this enough engine for traveling with 2 people? My 796 does great 2up, but weighs less and doesn't have any luggage to add even more weight.

Front wheel.... 21 vs 19... is a 21 really that bad to turn in on the canyons? is a 19 really that bad "off road" (not super tech single track)

I'm sure I'm over looking things i should be considering...
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Old 05-29-2015, 09:08 AM   #2
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The new V-Strom 1000 should fit your needs. Rides 2 up just fine. Plenty of power and quite nimble for carving twisties. I have the adventure, added a top box and had enough luggage for me and the girlfriend to take a 5 day trip. Works great for fire roads and gravel. I wouldn't take it on anything too rocky (cast wheels). I just think the power and the weight are spot on with this bike.
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Old 05-30-2015, 04:15 AM   #3
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The BMW F800GS would be a good pick if you can find a place to store the ladder you need to get on it.
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Old 05-30-2015, 04:39 AM   #4
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F700GS could be worth a look. Has more power than the 800 at legal speeds (they are the same 800cc motor, just different state of tune). Great road bike with off road ability.
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Old 05-30-2015, 10:51 AM   #5
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The right bike

No one can help you pick the right bike. Whats right for you may not be for someone else. You know about opinions. Pick what you want. Your the one that's going to ride it.
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Old 06-01-2015, 07:45 AM   #6
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however people can give me their thoughts and opinions on bikes...
pros and cons
real world experiences

please keep in mind this isnt my first or 3rd time buying a bike
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Old 06-01-2015, 08:24 AM   #7
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IMHO @ Curtis If you go with the 80-20 solution for your needs you will get a "Jack" of all and "master" of none type bike. That said, seems like you need an advtourer: Take a look at the following:
1_ Vstrom
2. F800 ( You mentioned this. I rented one two years ago- No problem with two up riding)
3. KLR
4.Yamaha MT-09X or Super Tenere
5. Triumph Tiger (I've ridden it- pretty sweet gig Rented it and rode with my wife for a weekend- it was wicked fun and the engine handled both us perfectly.)
6. Guzzi Stelvo
7. Hyperstrada <--------- I added this. This just might be what you need :)

My thoughts - keep the monster. Buy a dedicate dirt/trail bike.

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Old 06-01-2015, 01:08 PM   #8
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was it the tiger 800 or the 1200cc bike?
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Old 06-01-2015, 04:19 PM   #9
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Here's my 2 cents:

I have a Hyperstrada and I love it. worth a look. Smallish but should be good for 2 in a pinch. The bags are good and 110 creamy eager hp is nice indeed. As the salesman said:"It goes where you point it."

The Yamaha fj-o9 or mt-09 - worth a look. I'd sure cross shop it.

Triumph xrx - bigger - and a little lower in power but plenty. The bigger should work nicely for 2. Has all the mod cons. That's all I know about it.

I'd say this list is in order of sportiness and inverse for 2 up. But 2 up is best answered by the actual 2.

You could throw in the honda interceptor - if that was my kind of bike I'd want it badly.

I didn't list BMW because I can't make peace with that rotax - there are some super nice motors on my list - the rotax is a real dog. It might never stop, but you might wish it would. Don't hate me cause I'm beautiful...
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Old 06-01-2015, 09:54 PM   #10
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was it the tiger 800 or the 1200cc bike?
Sorry, forgot to mention that. It was the 800. I'm 5'10/185lbs. Wife is 5'5/ 110lbs. Add som eextra for full motogear and the bags were filled overnight type stuff. No issues with the weight, no issues with passing power on the freeway. If I was in the market for an ADV tourer- it would between the Triumph and BMW 800series.

If I was in the market for more a tourer and some adventure- then the HYPSTRADA would be it. Actually I am in the market for one ;)
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Old 06-01-2015, 11:08 PM   #11
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The new V-Strom 1000 should fit your needs. Rides 2 up just fine. Plenty of power and quite nimble for carving twisties.
very capable Bike..
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Old 06-02-2015, 12:00 AM   #12
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Its a mistake going back to one bike. Once you have the taste of two, one isnt enough

Get an older bike and keep the hd
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Old 06-02-2015, 06:22 AM   #13
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Old 06-02-2015, 08:42 AM   #14
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I agree with two bikes. It's very hard to be pleased with only one bike- after you have had two!
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Old 06-02-2015, 10:27 AM   #15
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agreed... id like to get to the point of having 3 really

right now most of your tips and opinions are confirming mine...
BMW 800gs or Tiger800 (to replace the monster)

If i sell the HD ill get some older play bike to tinker on, or convert it to more of a cafe vs scrambler or who knows

Oh and im 6'1 so im not worried about standover

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