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Old 04-03-2013, 12:44 PM   #16
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haha I thought I would throw "driver" in to see what happens lol
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Old 04-03-2013, 12:49 PM   #17
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Sv650?
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Old 04-03-2013, 12:51 PM   #18
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haha I thought I would throw "driver" in to see what happens lol
Posters say it all the time.

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Old 04-03-2013, 01:07 PM   #19
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Aprilia Shiver 750. You might be able to find a recent-year (but new) model and stay within your budget...
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Old 04-03-2013, 01:12 PM   #20
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hey guys

I am looking to get a new daily driver by new I mean used lol & thought I would get y'alls opinion. I have been riding a DRZ the past 4 years and have gotten bored with it. I am looking for something reliable, easy/ economical to maintain & have plenty of dealerships for parts, repairs or maintenance.

I have a 30 mile round trip commute I can take the freeway or coastal highway. I also want to go on longer touring trips so I want something that can handle that comfortably and reliably.


I am not sure which way to style of bike to go Hypermotard, Naked, Supermoto or .....?

I really like the look of the Hypermotard but I am open to your ideas, what bikes do you guys suggest?

Here are the bikes that have popped into my head so far:

Ducati Hypermotard

Ducati Monster

BMW R1150R/ R1200R,

Triumph Triple R

"Plenty of dealerships" = Harley or one of the Japanese brands. You will be hard pressed to find a BMW/Triumph/Ducati dealer in some places if you go touring. Around here (Nashville) there is only one BMW dealer, only one Ducati dealer, and only one Triumph dealer. I can think of at least 6 Harley dealers with a couple hours drive. Probably 4 or 5 Honda dealers, and a few of the Yamaha/Suzuki/Kawasaki variety. Of the bikes on your list, I would say BMW R1200R 1st, Triumph Street Triple R 2nd.

I think you should do yourself a favor and check out the Suzuki DL650 and Kawasaki Versys.
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Old 04-03-2013, 01:43 PM   #21
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Honda NT 700. You can probably find slightly used ones or even new leftovers from 2010-2012 within your budget. Great commuter, tourer, whatever. Exceptionally reliable, economical and comfortable with good wind protection and built in but unobtrusive luggage.



Check out this forum for more info:
http://www.nt-owners.org/
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Old 04-03-2013, 01:49 PM   #22
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Honda NT 700. You can probably find slightly used ones or even new leftovers from 2010-2012 within your budget. Great commuter, tourer, whatever. Exceptionally reliable, economical and comfortable with good wind protection and built in but unobtrusive luggage.
Yeah, I suppose if you want the epitome of reliable and unexciting, that would be it.

Me, I'll get one in my next life. For this go-round, I'm going to live a little.
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Old 04-03-2013, 02:00 PM   #23
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Yeah, I suppose if you want the epitome of reliable and unexciting, that would be it.

Me, I'll get one in my next life. For this go-round, I'm going to live a little.
I am looking for the "live a little" or "a lot" bike options (I'm under 30, what can you expect )
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Old 04-03-2013, 02:04 PM   #24
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OK, how about a Hayabusa? I tour on mine all the time. Been thru eleven states so far and have over 50,000 miles on it with nothing more than a small tank bag and a large seat bag behind me. Never, never boring....
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Old 04-03-2013, 02:06 PM   #25
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OK, how about a Hayabusa? I tour on mine all the time. Been thru eleven states so far and have over 50,000 miles on it with nothing more than a small tank bag and a large seat bag behind me. Never, never boring....
everybody knows you can't do that with a 'busa. Let's see some pics....

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Old 04-03-2013, 02:15 PM   #26
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A Suzuki Bandit 1200 or 1250 would keep you WAAYYY under budget and allow money for luggage/farkles. MPG Isn't stellar but the thing pulls.

Cheap, reliable, and fun. You really can have all three.

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Old 04-03-2013, 02:18 PM   #27
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Fz6 or Fz1, then used the left over dough for comfort mods and trips/rainy day fund.,
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Old 04-03-2013, 02:42 PM   #28
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None of the bikes you mentioned have a lot of support, though the Triumph should be reliable enough to not need much. BMWs and Ducatis are expensive brands with expensive problems. Your other choices are basically Harley or Japanese. Harley is different than any other bike, either you get it and really want one, or you don't. Japanese bikes offer a wide range of different types, and have the best support by far. But you really didn't say what type of bike you are looking for. A sport bike, sport touring bike, cruiser, standard, dual sport, adventure, or all out touring bike. I would love a DRZ, though I might have problems with the seat height. For a "daily driver" I would go for comfort, but comfort and exciting don't usually go together.
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Old 04-03-2013, 03:43 PM   #29
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"....not a lot of support..."

"expensive bikes with expensive problems"



OP, it's tough to buy a bad motorcycle these days - find something that gets you emotionally involved and you look forward to riding....and fits you well, you're good to go.

Spend a few Saturdays kicking tires, then read up on what catches your eye.

The two Ducs you mention are both small of tank...so if you'd like a bit of range that could be an issue. Same with the excellent Aprilia Shiver or Dorsoduro - but the Dorso would be on my list.

The R1150R might be the most practical choice, since it's a generation old and can be had for a good price.

The Triumph triples are very good and getting better every iteration (I've had two from the late 90's)
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Old 04-03-2013, 04:50 PM   #30
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This site is a good way to see how you fit on different models:

http://cycle-ergo.com/
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