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Mar 21st 2019, 07:37 AM   #16
 
  May 2016
  Milwaukie, OR

  2016 ZX-10R; 2017 Z900
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Originally Posted by Dragon Rider
here is a 2018 duke 690 for $5,999

https://www.powermotorsports.com/def...=xNewInventory

has warranty till 12-9?-19. It was a press bike, so warranty was activated when they put it into service.

I got a new zero mile 2017 instead of it, but it rode OK, clutch seemed a bit weak. But kinda expected when press riders used and abused it for 3,000 miles.

Thank you! Let's hope I can get the GS back in service and sold in time to grab it. Looks like a great option.
Mar 21st 2019, 07:39 AM   #17
 
  May 2016
  Milwaukie, OR

  2016 ZX-10R; 2017 Z900
[QUOTE=unicycle;54223]Had a 12' Street Triple R and loved it! Put over 17K miles on it in the first year I had it. Sold it with over 29K miles. Only issue I had was the rectifier which was replaced under warranty.

I was recently in the market for a commuter bike. My list of wants were:

Inexpensive
reliable
low maintenance (no 6k valve checks or belt replacements thank you)
good fuel economy
some weather protection (I was taking a beating on my Super Duke in the wind on hwy14)

Good to know about the Street Triple. I see there are a couple on CL now.

Agree with your categories! I will say that in one unexpected benefit of riding the ZX-10R, it has MUCH better weather protection than the GS. That really has been nice - arrive to my destination much less drenched/cold.
Mar 21st 2019, 09:44 AM   #18
 
  Jan 2016
  Oregon

  2018 Kaw Ninja H2 SX SE
Why not get something fun and cool?

This bike has a tremendous bottom end, but you can also take it on weekend trips two-up!

2001 Suzuki Hayabusa $5K

I can think of several others which fit the bill, if you are willing to think outside the box... Triumph SPEED Triple, Suzuki Bandit 1250, Ducati ST3, Moto Guzzi Griso, '07 GSXR 1000... All of these bikes have much broader range and performance than the bikes you are considering, yet also make excellent commuters...
Mar 21st 2019, 12:45 PM   #19
 
  May 2016
  Milwaukie, OR

  2016 ZX-10R; 2017 Z900
Quote:
Originally Posted by motoman
Why not get something fun and cool?

This bike has a tremendous bottom end, but you can also take it on weekend trips two-up!

2001 Suzuki Hayabusa $5K

I can think of several others which fit the bill, if you are willing to think outside the box... Triumph SPEED Triple, Suzuki Bandit 1250, Ducati ST3, Moto Guzzi Griso, '07 GSXR 1000... All of these bikes have much broader range and performance than the bikes you are considering, yet also make excellent commuters...

Very good points! I happened to watch a Moto Guzzi review not too long ago - maybe an 850? Kind of made me want to experience one. I've ridden a Bandit and GSX-R1000 before. Not a Speed Triple or Hayabusa.... Both would be great fun.
Mar 21st 2019, 04:03 PM   #20
 liberpolly's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Seattle

  Ducati Diavel, Aprilia Scarabeo
I cannot imagine having more fun during commute than on Ducati Diavel
Mar 21st 2019, 08:47 PM   #21
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  Feb 2016
  Washington

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Originally Posted by WarpShatner7
Anything based on the Suzuki 650 v-twin -- SV650, V-Strom, Gladius, etc. -- would be a reliable, performant, cheap and easy to maintain commuter. I commuted about 30mi/day on a V-Strom for a couple of years, the handguards and added CalSci windshield and madstad bracket made it fun year-round. Good value, fun and bulletproof.
I commuted on my SV650 almost every week day for 5.5 years. 10,000 miles per year. I added an MRA VarioTouring windscreen, heated grips and wiring for heated gear. Those are the must haves for commuting east of the Cascades.

Needless to say, the SV benefits from improving the suspension. The handling is very good once the suspension is sorted.

Ridden at a sane pace 50mpg was normal.

Anyway, another vote for the SV and its variants.
Mar 21st 2019, 10:05 PM   #22
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  Feb 2016
  Bellingham, WA

  Yamaha FZ-07
I have a friend who has had a Street Triple for eight years with no problems except the rectifier (a warrantee repair). I have had my FZ-07 for almost five years with zero problems.
Mar 23rd 2019, 05:21 PM   #23
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  Jan 2018
  near the Socialist Republic of Seattle

  '13 BMW S1000RR
Iím VERY biased. Might I suggest a S1000R (single R)?
Jun 5th 2019, 07:24 AM   #24
 
  May 2016
  Milwaukie, OR

  2016 ZX-10R; 2017 Z900
Well, the saga finally ended last night - with me riding home a 2017 Kawasaki Z900 from Motosport Hillsboro. Had 2 miles on it! Non-ABS model.

Pretty lit up over it!
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Jun 5th 2019, 03:24 PM   #25
 liberpolly's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Seattle

  Ducati Diavel, Aprilia Scarabeo
Quote:
Originally Posted by liberpolly
I cannot imagine having more fun during commute than on Ducati Diavel
And I stand corrected by my own self
Jun 5th 2019, 04:07 PM   #26
 
  Aug 2016
  Snohomish county WA

  2009 harley fat bob , 2012 FZ1 ,1979 gs425 project
I am sure you got a pretty killer deal on the z900. Congrats
Jun 6th 2019, 05:36 AM   #27
 
  Apr 2017
  Seattle

  DL650A
I'm a bit older, so I'd pick a "standard", what we used to call a UJM. After all, you aren't going far, and you aren't going fast.

I currently ride a 2013 V-Strom 650. One reason I chose it is because my motorcycle shop teacher commuted on one for 120,000 miles. I guess that's pretty reliable for a motorcycle. And at 45 mph I will get 50-ish mpg, or better.
Jun 6th 2019, 08:43 AM   #28
 
  May 2016
  Milwaukie, OR

  2016 ZX-10R; 2017 Z900
It's been a super-fun commuter so far.

I've ordered the taller, plusher accessory seat from Kawasaki -- that will be nice.

Otherwise, I've been messing with the suspension every night, as I'm around 140 lbs, and tend to get hammered but what feels to me as super stiff suspension. All the preload is gone from the shock, and the fork has about 1.5 turns in from full soft - the ride in today was great! Small tweaks to the rebound.

What a great drivetrain, though! Burly power, good tranny, and glassily smooth engine. Reminds me of my former ZX-9R, which I also found super smooth. Quick, stable direction changes, and strong brakes. Definitely a keeper.

Anyway, thanks for all the good comments!
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