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Aug 21st 2016, 04:16 PM   #1
  Aug 2016

Question Used V-Twin Bikes Reliability Less than $5K ?

For $5k or less, what would be best bet for a used v-twin bikes?
Function > Fashion.
Freeway commuter.
Aug 21st 2016, 04:39 PM   #2
 Rustydust's Avatar
  Jan 2016
  Emmett Idaho

  2010 Honda Goldwing, 2007 Suzuki Burgman 650, 2005 Kawasaki KLR 650, 1995 Honda PC800
A 95-98 Honda PC800. Should to able to find an almost perfect one for much less than $3K. Smooth, quiet, 50+ MPG, no adjust valves, shaft drive, and very retro looking. Large spacious trunk is super cool too.

Of course, the fact that I still own the one that I bought new 93,000 trouble free miles ago might influence my thoughts on this somewhat.

Aug 21st 2016, 05:26 PM   #3
  Jun 2016
  Portland area

Vstrom 650 is tough to beat. Test ride a used 2008 +-. has all your answers.

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Aug 21st 2016, 06:12 PM   #4
 Parilla125's Avatar
  Jan 2016

There are a bunch of Kawasaki Vulcan models in that price range too. Depends on what style of bike you want to do ride.
Aug 21st 2016, 06:51 PM   #5
 Burphel's Avatar
  Jan 2016
  Travelling around the NW

  Triumph Bonnezilla
Sv650. Same engine as the VStrom but in a semi-sporty or nekkid package.
Aug 21st 2016, 07:02 PM   #6
 Suzuki Stevo's Avatar
  Jan 2016
  Seattle ,Wa

  Burgman 400, TW200, Boulevard M50, 2018 Indian Scout 1131, 2018 Indian Chieftain Classic
Originally Posted by Burphel
Sv650. Same engine as the VStrom but in a semi-sporty or nekkid package.
Almost true, the V-Strom engine has a little more flywheel and a little less cam, the SV makes a little more HP.

(To the OP...Any Boulevard)
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Aug 21st 2016, 07:16 PM   #7
 ShootPDX's Avatar
  May 2016
  Happy Valley area (Clackamas)

  SV650S Silver - HD 1250 Hammer Sportster w/Screaming Eagle stuff - GSXR-750 K12
SV650/1000 or the VStrom variants...of course...there's a guy with over 400K on the 'Strom and all he has done is routine oil and a couple of valve adjustments. Air cooled Harleys would have done 2-3 (or more) complete engine rebuilds by then. Honda made a VFR750 (pre-Vtec)...I want to say 95-2000-ish maybe...absurdly reliable...there are some 200K+ bikes out there...

Beyond those machines...not much...

Check my brain...VFR is not a twin...duh!

Changing my answer to RC51...any year...if you can find one that hasn't been wadded...Superhawk...same motor...detuned...

Edited by ShootPDX on Aug 21st 2016 at 07:24 PM
Aug 21st 2016, 07:29 PM   #8
 dragracer1951's Avatar
  Jan 2016

  07 XB12 Buell Lightning
I have a Buell XB12 for sale
Aug 21st 2016, 07:45 PM   #9
 TimberMoto's Avatar
  Jan 2016
  Salem, Oregon

  Supermoto Dreaming...
If your looking for cruiser style I would look at Kawasaki Vulcan 900 & Yamaha Star line.

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Aug 21st 2016, 08:12 PM   #10
 Flyboymedic's Avatar
  Jan 2016
  Hazel Dell, Wa

  Honda VFR800, Husqvarna TE 610, Ducati Hypermotard 1100S, Suzuki VStrom 650, Yamaha Radian, MZ 125SM
Older Multistradas can be had for slightly more money.
I'll have a Monster 600 for sale soon for around $2700 but probably not what you're looking for.
Aug 21st 2016, 10:23 PM   #11
 Thumperpilot's Avatar
  Jan 2016

  SV650S, CRF450R, and others
I thought my post went through but it hadn't. So, instead it looks like I'm repeating. Here goes. Liter bikes:TLR 1000, SV1000 (tuned), Superhawk, RC51(uncomfortable but awesome), Ducati Monster, Aprilia Tuono/Brutale/Futura

Half pint size: SV650N for most comfort, S for more giggles. They REALLY are ridiculously fun bikes and do almost anything. (Commute, track, sport-touring, wife-bike).
Aug 21st 2016, 10:56 PM   #12
  Apr 2016
  Milwaukie, OR

  2016 Kawi H2, 2014 CBR 1000, 2007 VStar 1300
If looking for a cruiser, I have an 06 Honda Shadow 750 and an 07 VStar 1100 for sale.
Aug 22nd 2016, 07:02 AM   #13
  May 2016
  SW Portland

SV650. Believe the hype.
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Aug 22nd 2016, 08:06 AM   #14
 Arnbo's Avatar
  Jan 2016
  Ferndale Washington

  ZX10-R GSXR 600 Track Bike
Look for a used Tuono .Svs just don't cut it ....Let the flogging begin,....
Aug 22nd 2016, 08:08 AM   #15
 HalcyonSon's Avatar
  Apr 2016

Parallel Twin - Ninja 650R
Because why choose one of Function or Fashion when you can have both?
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