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Adventure Bike Opinions...

Discussion in 'General chit chat' started by Bigjimknickers, Aug 12, 2018 at 5:07 PM.

  1. Bigjimknickers

    Bigjimknickers Busy Member

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    I’m looking for a few opinions, I’ve had a lot of bikes over the years but not had one since my street triple in 2013.

    Looking at getting a bike on a budget, 2000-2500 max

    Here are my choices so far:

    Triumph tiger 955i
    BMW F650 gs
    Kawasaki versys

    Am I missing any? Opinions welcome!
    It’ll be used possibly commuting & general scratching.
     
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    I'd go Tiger all day long, but not sure what sort of Tiger you will get for £2.5k?

    What about old school, eg: Yam 600 trailie big single thumper?
     
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    Have you considered a 2005 hornet? Very comfy bike, did plenty of 6hr plus rides on mine. Sold it for a new fireblade and regretted everything.

    Other bike I can recommend in that price range would be a cb1000f rode one for a bit and was the comfiest thing ever.

    I would avoid the versys, particularly if you carry pillions. The base er-6 was a better bike all round.
     
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    Hmm, the 2005 looks nice... :thumb:
     
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    If you don't plan to go off road then an "adventure bike" is not necessary for touring. If you do then do you have experience of off roading? A big heavy bike like the tiger is not necessarily a good thing off road, especially if you plan to travel alone. Make sure if you drop it you can pick it up!

    I toured France years ago two up on a Suzuki G500e with my ex wife. We covered 2500 miles in 13 days and had a whale of a time. People told me you can't tour on a small bike but as long as you plan in advance you can tour on anything. A good bet might be a second hand Yamaha TDM 850 or 900. I ad the 900 and it was superb, even fully laden with hard luggage and travelling two up. It munches miles in comfort and gives up to 60mpg fully laden at sensible speeds. This pic is from a France tour with my daughter in 2009.

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    I started motorcycles off road with a Yz80, then at 12 my dad bought me an RM250 I rode all over with that, tracks woods, trails wherever I could, I’ve had all bikes from gsxrs to naked bikes, mainly fast sports bikes so I’m used to big heavy bikes yes.
     
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    You'll already have a good idea of what will work for you then. I hope you find something nice soon.
     
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    Hi Big Jim - I've had a few Beemers in my time (and in fact still do in R1100s form), however the F650GS is a single thumper that would probably disappoint on the speed and acceleration front. It's not that big as I'm a short-(****) person and could ride it. My money would be on the Tiger. It's got a good solid reputation and is capable of doing a bit of off-roading. Big enough to tour and commute with ease. Don't know much about the Versys - bit like the V-Strom I believe. So another vote for the Tiger.
     
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    I have the BMW and it is quite a fun bike. I've done some light off road work and it's ok. It's not that quick but is a good commuter and is good on fuel. It's also pretty comfy. If off road isn't a priority then keep an eye out for the 1000 versys, it does seem to have a lot of fans
     
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    Hi Big Jim

    I have just done a load of research myself. I wanted a cheap adventure ish bike that was highly loved, reliable and good to ride. I eventually went for a Vstrom 650. Good on fuel, cruses at 85 all day long if needed, very comfortable and very good handling. I purchased it for a future tour of the Highlands that I am hoping to do in September. I did not want to use my VFR800, so I bought a vstrom for 1900 quid all ready to go. And I love it.

    vstrom 1.jpg vstrom 2.jpg
     
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    That’s a bargain bill, what reg is that?
     
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    2006 plate. They are available if you look for them. :thumb:

    This bike is growing on me. It's lovely to ride. I can't wait to do my Highlands trip. Camping and biking for a week.
     
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    It’s a stunner, especially for that price! I admit they are in my criteria, only I’ve not found one this way for a decent price, there are a few 100 plus miles away.
     
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    Good choice I'd love a triple, another couple worth looking at are the early Ducati Multistradas or BMW R850GS or R.
     
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    Over all the bikes I’ve had the Daytona with the ToR exhaust sounded the best, it was simply sublime in full chat!!
     
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    Start looking on eBay with the limit set as your top budget and see what jumps out at you.

    I did the WW1 memorials in Belgium and France on a CB500f with my Dad who was on a CBF250.

    Most modern bikes will do most things so pick something random.

    Personally I would be looking at a nice SV650 for that sort of money
     
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