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Aug 15th 2017, 08:49 PM   #1
 
  Aug 2017
  East Wenatchee

Question Need help! What should I get?

Hey all,
I'm new here. Looking to change what I ride. I currently own a 2003 Kawasaki ZX-12R. I want to switch to an adventure bike. Not really sure what to start out with. I'm 6'4" and weigh about 270 lbs. Comfort is my biggest concern. I would like opinions on what I should look at.
Thanks,
WookieG0420
Aug 15th 2017, 10:50 PM   #2
 
  Jan 2016
  Renton

  2011 Triumph Daytona 675, 1975 Honda CB550K1
Depends on how deep into the woods you want to go, what your needs will be. If you will mostly stay on pavement will an occasional dirt interlude, something like a V-Strom or Versys might do it. Or a Multistrada, or Tiger would give a bit more oomph for highway transits. Some of the most capable big overland bikes are the GS, KTM Adventure and the Yamaha Super Tenere. Or if you really wanna bug out on the tight trails, you pack light and could go full thumper with a DR 650 or KLR 650. It depends on your needs/desires/intentions. If I were planning to fly solo, I might go to the smaller end of the spectrum, if I were traveling 2-up, I would consider one of the larger, comfier machines with more power and luggage capacity.

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Aug 16th 2017, 12:34 AM   #3
 
  Aug 2017
  East Wenatchee

I'm currently looking at a 2007 Suzuki V STROM DL1000, 2010 DUCATI MULTISTRADA 1200S, and a 2015 Aprilia Caponord 1200 ABS. I would mostly be riding on the street but want to venture out on some fire roads and jeep trails around the Wenatchee area.
Aug 16th 2017, 03:31 AM   #4
 Dubnut's Avatar
 
  Apr 2016
  My Garage

Personal preference plays a big part in it.

I've not seen a Caponard in action so not too sure on their capabilities..

Dig the Multistrada but not big on the dent the service work makes in the pocketbook..

The V-strom does suprisingly well off-road and doesn't hurt the pocketbook too much, but it won't win any awards for power or creature comforts out of the box..

So depending on price point, and what they're coming with as far as accessories, I'd likely go for the Strom if it's coming loaded for the same or lower price of the Ducati.. Otherwise I'd pick up the Multistrada... (And now I'm gonna go do some Caponard research)

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Aug 16th 2017, 06:48 AM   #5
 Mudslinger's Avatar
 
  Sep 2016
  Seabeck

  Africa Twin
I have the Honda CRF 1000 now as it is (I believe) the best available in my price range. It is more offroad oriented but livable on long tarmac rides and 2 up. If I had the money I would have gone with the KTM 1290 Superduke R GT. But what it comes down to is what puts the biggest smile on your face and the Africa twin certainly does that for me.
Aug 16th 2017, 08:14 AM   #6
 Nathan's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  space needle

super duke.

a few of my happy buddies have defected from Kaw 1200s to Duke 1200s


#2 good post :thumbsup
Aug 16th 2017, 08:37 AM   #7
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  Jan 2016
  Muklilteo, WA

  Suzuki DL1000, Honda XR650R, KTM 250 XC-W
The Duke isn't really an ADV bike. I would recommend the 1290 Super Adventure instead. The Multistrada Enduro or Caponord 1200 would also be good. I love my Vstrom 1000, but it does require some mods for better comfort and performance.
Aug 16th 2017, 10:42 AM   #8
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  Jun 2016
  Poor Tortured

  2015 Kawasaki Concours 14 - The Origame Sea-Dragon
without a doubt you want either the Africa Twin or the 1090 Adventure R.

Without a doubt.

(and by "you want" I mean "I want")

still...those are the best choices.

Aug 16th 2017, 12:12 PM   #9
 
  Jul 2016
  Oregon

  RGV250, Speed TripleR, Street TripleR, 1290 SD
I've got a 1290SD and a Caponord 1200TP and the Capo is the more comfortable long distance bike. Left over 2015's were going for under $11,000 OTD when I got mine so it was an easy decision to buy. Not much for off road, the 17" wheels and all and there is a low hanging sensor under the motor. Bash plate would be mandatory real quick.The 180 rear tire needs to be replaced with a 190/55 to fix the slow handling feeling. The only drawback so far is it puts out a lot of heat from the lower exhaust pipes. Other than that it's been good and the 6 gallon tank makes up for the mediocre mileage.


Dennis
Aug 16th 2017, 01:40 PM   #10
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  Jan 2016
  Stumpy Puddleton

  R1200ST, CB350
V-Strom's crazy reliable, relatively cheap to service, and just a good all around bike, but it's low end, and shows it both in the comforts and middling-grade components. Not quite the bike for a big dude who's going to make it work for a living. Personally I'd look at the Triumph Explorer -- endless smooth power and darn comfy straight off the dealership floor -- the Yamaha Super Tenere or the Honda VFR1200X. All good choices if your adventure bike is also your only bike.
Aug 16th 2017, 01:45 PM   #11
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  Jan 2016
  In the past.

I'll shill for the tiger. I have the 800 XC that I bought when I was monthly commuting to the eastside of WA. Great on highway with range of about 200 miles. I rode quite a bit on the forest service roads over there and I think it was better than my abilities. I think it is geared more for the road but that can be changed along with more aggressive tires than stock.
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Aug 16th 2017, 01:55 PM   #12
 
  Jan 2016
  Kennewick

  Depends on my mood.
Having owned a 2006 DL1000 and with a 2014 1200 Explorer in the garage currently, you can't go wrong with either one. Both need some mods to make them more comfortable, both are fine for unpaved roads, and long distance travel.

I do give the edge to the Explorer though for the engine and brakes as well as traction control, ABS and that wonderful 3 cylinder engine and shaft drive. Oh yeah, and cruise control! The stock seat is the most comfortable stock seat I have ridden, which ain't saying much.

Both hauled my fat ass around just fine. The Triumph a bit better!

Dusty
Aug 16th 2017, 02:06 PM   #13
 WarpShatner7's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Stumpy Puddleton

  R1200ST, CB350
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bald Guy
Having owned a 2006 DL1000 and with a 2014 1200 Explorer in the garage currently, you can't go wrong with either one. Both need some mods to make them more comfortable, both are fine for unpaved roads, and long distance travel.
How would you compare the suspension and running gear? I had a DL-650 and the front fork and axle linkage felt flimsy. Scared the shit out of me on grid deck Columbia crossings until I put a fork brace on it, which is downright silly for a modern bike meant to be multi-mode and durable.
Aug 16th 2017, 04:31 PM   #14
 
  Jan 2016
  Kennewick

  Depends on my mood.
Quote:
Originally Posted by WarpShatner7
How would you compare the suspension and running gear? I had a DL-650 and the front fork and axle linkage felt flimsy. Scared the shit out of me on grid deck Columbia crossings until I put a fork brace on it, which is downright silly for a modern bike meant to be multi-mode and durable.
The Explorer feels much more substantial and planted than the 06 DL1000. I think that is from 8 years difference than anything else. New Strom's may fair differently in comparison. The 1st thing I noticed was the handlebars. The Strom's bars felt like slightly under cooked noodles. The Triumph bar is much stiffer. I never put the fork brace on the Strom, but was going to add that and new handlebars if I kept it.

The engine and transmission prize goes to the Triumph. Again, with several new iterations of the Strom, my mind could be changed, but I do loves me that triple!

Suspension wise the Triumph feels much better. Not as soft and handles weight much better. Brakes are much better too, but we are comparing bikes with an 8 model year difference!

I saw my old bike for sale on Craigslist a while back. Cheap too. I had no desire to try to get it back.

If I were looking at 2017/2018 Stroms and Triumphs, It could be a tough decision, especially with a 6 or $8000.00 dollar difference. I can buy a lot of stuff for the Strom and still have wads of cash left over!

Edited by Bald Guy on Aug 16th 2017 at 04:34 PM
Aug 16th 2017, 05:57 PM   #15
 WarpShatner7's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Stumpy Puddleton

  R1200ST, CB350
Yeah, checking online and it looks like the V-Strom 1K has had a couple of refreshes, and at least has modern inverted forks and plenty of mod cons. Suzuki occasionally lets a bike get stale if it continues to sell (SV anyone?), but they step up and make it right sooner or later.

But the OP said he's considering a 2007 1K, which is a different kettle of bouillabaisse. Seriously left behind by the more modern bikes under consideration.
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