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post #1 of 47 Old 03-19-2018, 03:16 PM Thread Starter
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I'm Jonesing for a dual purpose bike

I've had the fever for a long time but have always talked myself out of it because the majority of my riding is 2up, long distance. I have the fever so bad, I really want to pick up something.
Been eyeballing several but the most interesting is the BMW G650 X Challenge
Love the BMW GS bikes, The Suzuki and Kawasaki 650's are also very nice.
What to do, what to do.....
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post #2 of 47 Old 03-19-2018, 03:48 PM
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I have a Triumph Explorer XC that I really like.

I had the Tiger 800 version, but I wanted shaft drive and cruise control. It’s a nice bike too. There are 2 on the front page of the Adventure Riders forum flea market page right now.

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It's hard to beat the Suzuki and Kawasaki 650s. I've always been a Suzuki fan for off highway bikes (owned several) and I also have been craving a DR650. I have a friend who has one and is selling his Kaw KLR 650 so no reason not to buy except..............am I really going to use it that much? Like I said I've had them before and sold them all in recent years because I never really rode them except to take them to Colorado for a meet up with family and friends all of which have also sold theirs.

Again for an inexpensive trouble free dual sport check out those 2 bikes. Maybe go to www.advrider.com and look under the sub forum "Thumpers" and you'll see threads on both of these bikes.
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I too have been eyeing the Suzuki DR line. Very useable and inexpensive enough where getting it smashed about in the wilderness doesn’t cause palpitations. The revised BMW F series has good reviews but I haven’t seen a US review yet.

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I had this conversation with my significant-O, she started mentioning some of my other toys I'd have to sacrifice.
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Everybody should have a dp in their garage too. There's as much (more?) fun off road as on.


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They are the SUVs of motorcycles. Don’t do it! Pretty soon you’ll tell me you have a minivan too!

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Really depends on your specific purpose. Dual sport rides? Trails? Starbucks? Coast to coast?

With decades of dual sport experience, I could offer a specific suggestion for a specific main purpose.

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Funny, as I too am thinking about one. I thought about a KLR650 as they run forever, require little maintenance and are cheap!!! Then I started thinking about the new 310GS, it's around 6k and it has a 36 month warranty. There were others but at my age (60), I figure it will be mostly used for back roads, trails and basic fu***ry. Nothing really serious for off roading. Oh, i also considered a FJ09 (used) and put some TKC 80's on it...that would be a hoot both on a off, for what my intended use would be.

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I went through this about 7 months ago...

Picked up a clean 09 GSA with 43k on the clock for 9500 bucks. Due to work I didn't get much of a chance to ride it this fall but I've got several day trip ideas for when the snow melts.
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