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Old March 25th, 2008, 04:35 PM   #1
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Considering buying motorcycle for commuting. Halp.

Kickin' around the idea of buying a motorbike for fair-weather commuting. I'm leaning towards a dual sport because I can take back roads, some of which are dirt. Stats to help you influence my decision:

Commuting distance: 64mi round trip
Lardass factor: 270# (and slowly getting lighter)
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Road types: rural highway, rural paved, rural dirt, urban paved.

Lookin' for something comfortable, reliable, good fuel economy, and add-on storage capabilities. Suggestions?
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Old March 25th, 2008, 04:37 PM   #2
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how much you looking to spend?

most true dual sports are cool, but the seat, lack of weather protection, and vibrations will get old.
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Old March 25th, 2008, 04:38 PM   #3
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you'll even have room for a passenger
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Old March 25th, 2008, 04:40 PM   #4
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Old March 25th, 2008, 04:41 PM   #5
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what's your price range? That will be more helpful than anything.
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Old March 25th, 2008, 04:41 PM   #6
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Kickin' around the idea of buying a motorbike for fair-weather commuting. I'm leaning towards a dual sport because I can take back roads, some of which are dirt. Stats to help you influence my decision:

Commuting distance: 64mi round trip
Lardass factor: 270# (and slowly getting lighter)
inseam: 34"
long torso, ape arms

Road types: rural highway, rural paved, rural dirt, urban paved.

Lookin' for something comfortable, reliable, good fuel economy, and add-on storage capabilities. Suggestions?

Kawasaki KLR650...I just bought one and got 67mpg on my first tank...it's down to around 60mpg with alittle more heavy riding...everything you are looking for in a dual sport...and it will do 90+ on the e-way..
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Old March 25th, 2008, 06:19 PM   #7
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Let's say $5k.
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Old March 25th, 2008, 06:23 PM   #8
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Let's say $5k.

you could buy a dual sport and a nice one at that for $5K
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Old March 25th, 2008, 06:39 PM   #9
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A co-worker just bought a Hayabusa today- he figures he'll get 200 mpg.....


Take it up to 189mph for the first mile.
Shut it down and coast the rest of the way.

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Old March 25th, 2008, 06:57 PM   #10
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5 Grand is a lot of Gas. Tell us the real story you just want a new toy.
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Old March 25th, 2008, 07:00 PM   #11
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Hancho's on the right track, you and I are to large for good response & handling out of an average bike. I have also been looking at enduro type bikes. wr from Yamaha in the 426,450 & 500 range are good. the Honda line up are the CR 450, 500s and then XR 400,500, 600,650L & 650R. the 650L is their well behaved street model. its old school air cooled engine is easy to look after and its got real cushy suspension.
KTM also has a couple of nice ones as well as the Kaw's that Hancho talked about. I guess its all in how you intend to use it.
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Old March 25th, 2008, 07:06 PM   #12
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Hancho's on the right track, you and I are to large for good response & handling out of an average bike. I have also been looking at enduro type bikes. wr from Yamaha in the 426,450 & 500 range are good. the Honda line up are the CR 450, 500s and then XR 400,500, 600,650L & 650R. the 650L is their well behaved street model. its old school air cooled engine is easy to look after and its got real cushy suspension.
KTM also has a couple of nice ones as well as the Kaw's that Hancho talked about. I guess its all in how you intend to use it.
That KLR is a big bike...I'm 6' 190lbs and I can just stand flat footed at stop lights...And I know a alot bigger people than me that ride them...The KTM's are sweet but, seem more off a dirt bike with a street kit on them though
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Old March 25th, 2008, 07:06 PM   #13
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Mike's KLR or an older KTM 640 single (LC4 engine): Here is an example.
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Old March 25th, 2008, 07:12 PM   #14
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Hancho's on the right track, you and I are to large for good response & handling out of an average bike. I have also been looking at enduro type bikes. wr from Yamaha in the 426,450 & 500 range are good. the Honda line up are the CR 450, 500s and then XR 400,500, 600,650L & 650R. the 650L is their well behaved street model. its old school air cooled engine is easy to look after and its got real cushy suspension.
KTM also has a couple of nice ones as well as the Kaw's that Hancho talked about. I guess its all in how you intend to use it.
CR's are two strokes, right?

Personally, I didn't like riding a 2 stroke on the street, too peaky of a powerband.

But that's just me.

Mikey's bike would be a good choice.
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Old March 25th, 2008, 07:19 PM   #15
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Hancho's on the right track, you and I are to large for good response & handling out of an average bike. I have also been looking at enduro type bikes. wr from Yamaha in the 426,450 & 500 range are good. the Honda line up are the CR 450, 500s and then XR 400,500, 600,650L & 650R. the 650L is their well behaved street model. its old school air cooled engine is easy to look after and its got real cushy suspension.
KTM also has a couple of nice ones as well as the Kaw's that Hancho talked about. I guess its all in how you intend to use it.
Most of those listed are not street legal from the factory. you would have to convert them. I agree if your driving to work on a 64 mile trip, i would say Kawasaki klr 650. And i have them in stock, and they are right at your price range, and turn key street legal and not too bad on the freeway if you had to. Im located just south of detroit but we do offer free delivery and a gl4x4 discount! My number is 734-775-4005 if your interested, we carry kawasaki, suzuki, and yamaha.
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Old March 25th, 2008, 07:25 PM   #16
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5 Grand is a lot of Gas. Tell us the real story you just want a new toy.

x2. With that rice-burner-wannabe car of your's $5k would last you 10 years in gas.
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Old March 25th, 2008, 07:44 PM   #17
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Thats a bad way to look at it. you guys are looking at it as your giving away $5000 that you will never get any of back. think positive, you get a new toy that you can save gas money with, even if you save $1500 over a year and sell the bike for $3500 next year you break even. and have a new toy that you used and had fun with. think positive guys!
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Old March 25th, 2008, 07:44 PM   #18
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x2. With that rice-burner-wannabe car of your's $5k would last you 10 years in gas.

that is so not true...if you have to spend 200+ on gas a month, you could buy a bike, insure it and put gas in it for less than 200 a month, you get the bike and are ahead of the game...but the bike doesn't pay for itself unless you are riding it...
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Old March 25th, 2008, 07:45 PM   #19
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that is so not true...if you have to spend 200+ on gas a month, you could buy a bike, insure it and put gas in it for less than 200 a month, you get the bike and are ahead of the game...but the bike doesn't pay for itself unless you are riding it...
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Old March 25th, 2008, 07:54 PM   #20
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that is so not true...if you have to spend 200+ on gas a month, you could buy a bike, insure it and put gas in it for less than 200 a month, you get the bike and are ahead of the game...but the bike doesn't pay for itself unless you are riding it...
He gets 35mpg now. He buys this enduro and gets 45mpg. He has saved 10mpg. He drives 64miles per day. That's 1.83 gallons with the car and 1.42 gallons with the bike. A savings of 0.4 gallons a day. Let's assume he works 52 weeks at 5 days per week = 260 days x 0.4 = 106 gallons he has saved per year. Even at $4 per gallon

that's only $424 in savings per year. :miff: Go back to math class dumbass.
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