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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, Little Ninja
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 & C90T, 2018 Indian Scout 1131
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 1200 Sportster SE Upgrades, Custom Paint
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
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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