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Apr 17th 2018, 09:49 AM   #1
 
  Mar 2018
  Gig Harbor

  2008 BMW R1200GS Adventure
Help me choose a new bike... Donít worry about why...

So, insurance totaled the VROD.

A blessing in disguise as I was already tired of the small tank and lack of bag options. But I know better now what I want.

Looking at something like a Street Glide now. OR an adventure touring as I am getting into fly fishing and this is my primary means of transportation.

I know absolutely nothing about adventure touring, so if you guys have tips on your favorites, thatíd be great.

Looking to be under 9-10k.
Apr 17th 2018, 10:17 AM   #2
 Tripledij's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Custer WA

  Aprilia Tuono 1100
Your thread title gave me a good laugh.

Too bad about the vrod.

Take a look at the Triumph Tiger 800. It's a good balance for on and off road.

Lots of options in the ADV sector.
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Apr 17th 2018, 10:23 AM   #3
 Bob R's Avatar
 
  Feb 2016
  Near Spokane

If you decide to go the street bike route don't forget to look at the Triumph Rocket 3.

bob
Apr 17th 2018, 10:33 AM   #4
 CaptainAwesome's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  WA

  Harley Davidson LR-S
Well that sucks.

Street Glide is a good choice if you want bags. It won't be as quick as the VRod, or as nimble, but they're popular for a good reason.

This place might make it easier to find more out about them:
https://www.hdforums.com/forum/


An Adventure-touring bike may be more useful for you if you're planning on doing anything off the beaten path. Plus more tire options. The Versys 1000 is a popular choice. KTM pops up a lot. If nothing else AT's are not nearly as expensive to fix if they get dropped.
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Apr 17th 2018, 10:55 AM   #5
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  Feb 2016
  Gig Harbor

AdvRider is the adventure touring forum, although it covers most everything now. You can read threads there for pretty much forever.
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Apr 17th 2018, 03:23 PM   #6
 Burphel's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Travelling around the NW

  Triumph Bonnezilla, Little Ninja
Best of both worlds: Triumph Scrambler. Reasonable handling on fire roads, lighter than most big ADV bikes, welcome at most Harley rallies. You'd have to rig some saddlebags, but that's not too tough.

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Edited by Burphel on Apr 17th 2018 at 03:33 PM
Apr 17th 2018, 03:34 PM   #7
 Skiffman's Avatar
 
  Apr 2016
  Kitsap

  Yamaha Venture --Victory Octane
Bummer. Hope the insurance takes care of you. The BMW gs800 is the funnest motorcycle I have ridden on the street besides my beloved ZX14. The only reason I don't have one is because I am a absolute idiot on the dirt. Spent 10 years motocrossing and believe if you ain't crashing you are doing it wrong. Good luck with this search!
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Apr 17th 2018, 05:43 PM   #8
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  Jun 2016
  Poor Tortured

  2015 Kawasaki Concours 14 - The Origame Sea-Dragon
you want to wait for the 790 ADV.
Apr 18th 2018, 03:45 AM   #9
 
  Mar 2018
  Gig Harbor

  2008 BMW R1200GS Adventure
^^ haha. Iím not very good at waiting. But the 790 does look fun. So far I like a Tribute Tiger I found on Craigslist. But Iím just opening the door on the adventure touring class, so Iím trying not to jump in before I do my due diligence.
Apr 18th 2018, 05:10 AM   #10
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  Apr 2016
  Kitsap

  Yamaha Venture --Victory Octane


2013 Kawasaki Vaquero! - $8195 (Moon motorcycles Issaquah)
https://seattle.craigslist.org/est/m...554074390.html

Fair more reliable than any HD. And that should be a BIG concern since you will be riding daily.
Apr 18th 2018, 06:08 AM   #11
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  Jan 2016
  welches, Oregon

  08Kawasaki Versys(Sylvester),72Suzuki RV90(vanvan),81Honda TwinStar(Bobber),Yamaha225,Honda Shadow
versys its a great sport touring bike, can put some semi knobie tires on it and they do just fine off road (know people who do the d2d race on them) they have loads of bag options , upright seating position, and same motor as the 650 ninja but with a few different parts inside so it gets more torque

Edited by SilvieFox on Apr 18th 2018 at 06:11 AM
Apr 19th 2018, 09:51 AM   #12
 
  May 2016
  Milwaukie, OR

  2016 ZX-10R; 2009 F800GS
A sorted (recalls done) used F800GS. Ignore the "buzzy engine," complaint every single reviewer has made. The engine smooths out dramatically with mileage, and really only buzzes over 6K rpm (> 95 mph in 6th) [redline is 8500]. It is glassily smooth below that - vibrates less than my ZX-6R, which is nicely tuned.

Mine has 60,000 miles on it, doesn't use oil or coolant, and returns 48-53 mpg, no matter how hard (or how slowly in city traffic) I ride it.

If you get one, you'll want to do a tubeless conversion to the rims, though - that was worth every bit of effort.

Does great with knobbies - wore TKC 80s like a champ.
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Apr 19th 2018, 08:00 PM   #13
 
  Mar 2018
  Gig Harbor

  2008 BMW R1200GS Adventure
Been doing a lot of research and inventory searches.

I think I've settled on either a BMW 1200GS or a Triumph Tiger Explorer. There are a few available around me, but they have pretty high miles. I had a temporary lapse in judgment in which I was strongly considering a used HD Street Glide, but I was only going to be able to afford one that had either been dropped or that had 110k+ miles.

There is a 2014 Tiger Explorer with 44k miles (eesh) that I'm strongly considering at the moment:

"Beautiful Triumph Tiger Explorer in excellent condition. 1216cc, 6 speed, Shaft Drive, Premium Adventure Bike. OEM 12V powered Top Box to charge your phone and accessories. Triumph OEM Panniers. Fully loaded; Heated Seats, Heated Grips, Fog Lights, HD Generator, Exc. Tires, GPS, Cruise, Digital Fuel Gauge, Adjustable windscreen, Tire pressure sensors, Handlebar risers, Engine guards and skid plate. Everything is in perfect working order. Adult owned and never been down. Always dealer serviced and maintained. Very nice, smooth power. Outstanding Triumph quality ! Only selling because I have too many bikes. Priced to sell at $9,900 firm."

There are better options thousands of miles away, but I'm in a pinch and really need to get something by this weekend.

Do you think the mileage and price is reasonable enough with all the extra features and excellent condition (no drops/blemishes)?
Apr 19th 2018, 09:22 PM   #14
 
  Mar 2018
  Olympia

  2016 Kawasaki Z1000,2015 Polaris sportsman XP1000,2017 Ktm 690 enduro R
Quote:
Originally Posted by Didley
Been doing a lot of research and inventory searches.

I think I've settled on either a BMW 1200GS or a Triumph Tiger Explorer. There are a few available around me, but they have pretty high miles. I had a temporary lapse in judgment in which I was strongly considering a used HD Street Glide, but I was only going to be able to afford one that had either been dropped or that had 110k+ miles.

There is a 2014 Tiger Explorer with 44k miles (eesh) that I'm strongly considering at the moment:

"Beautiful Triumph Tiger Explorer in excellent condition. 1216cc, 6 speed, Shaft Drive, Premium Adventure Bike. OEM 12V powered Top Box to charge your phone and accessories. Triumph OEM Panniers. Fully loaded; Heated Seats, Heated Grips, Fog Lights, HD Generator, Exc. Tires, GPS, Cruise, Digital Fuel Gauge, Adjustable windscreen, Tire pressure sensors, Handlebar risers, Engine guards and skid plate. Everything is in perfect working order. Adult owned and never been down. Always dealer serviced and maintained. Very nice, smooth power. Outstanding Triumph quality ! Only selling because I have too many bikes. Priced to sell at $9,900 firm."

There are better options thousands of miles away, but I'm in a pinch and really need to get something by this weekend.

Do you think the mileage and price is reasonable enough with all the extra features and excellent condition (no drops/blemishes)?
I don't know much about those triumphs,but that seems like a lot of miles. Don't be in a rush,you can miss a weekend ride. Keep looking and get the best bike you can with the least miles on it.

Here's a tiger 800, don't know the miles on it,but looks nice.

https://seattle.craigslist.org/kit/m...564119993.html
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Edited by 16Z1000 on Apr 19th 2018 at 09:27 PM
Apr 20th 2018, 08:26 AM   #15
 
  Mar 2018
  Olympia

  2016 Kawasaki Z1000,2015 Polaris sportsman XP1000,2017 Ktm 690 enduro R
Here's another one to look at,I don't know much about them but they seem to be nice bikes. And this one only has 750 miles. You might be able to get him down a little to be at your $10000 budget you mentioned.

https://seattle.craigslist.org/sno/m...566087925.html
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