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post #1 of 20 Old 08-06-2007, 03:19 PM Thread Starter
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Criteria for another bike

Hi everyone, I'm looking to "upgrade" from my V-Strom, mainly because after different bars/grips/extra rubber and nylon washers, etc. I still have issue with the vibrations carrying through to my hands and making them semi-numb to numb (because of sensitivity from carpal tunnel). There are SOOOO many things I love about the strom, I hate for having such a bad time in not getting it dialed in how I like it.

So. I've tried to make my list as short as possible to help in making any decision easier for you and me. Here they are:

1) Must have upright seating position.

2) Little to no vibration from the engine (especially to the bars).

3) Belt or shaft drive (since I'm changing, I might as well go for easier maintenance)

4) Option to mount hard luggage

5) Preferable for the engine size to be somewhere in the midrange for a not-too-heavy bike.

All of this being said, my strom is my ONLY personal vehicle. I use it to see family, buy groceries/shopping, vacations, etc. So the replacement bike must be as utilitarian as possible. I love to cruise at highway speeds (75-90 mph, indicated), use it for around town stuff and good to pack down for the long vacations (1000+ miles).

In my general search, it seems like I'm either going heavier to something like an ST100, FJR1300, R1200RT or minimalist down to an older Concourse or F650(GS?). I'd prefer to stay away from the heavier sport tourers for weight and maneuverability reasons, if possible.

I await your suggestions. Thanks in advance.
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post #2 of 20 Old 08-06-2007, 03:23 PM Thread Starter
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Oh yeah, I use it 95% on paved roads, 5% for occasional light dirt roads/gravel.
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post #3 of 20 Old 08-06-2007, 03:24 PM
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If vibration is an issue, stay away from the old Concours. It's tough to tame on that bike. Maybe it's too big for your purposes, but the reviews say the new Concours is silky smooth with an effective counterbalancer.

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post #4 of 20 Old 08-06-2007, 03:28 PM
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F800St if you dont mind cutting the 5-10% dirt time down to about 0%.

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post #6 of 20 Old 08-08-2007, 05:10 PM
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Forget the F650, Single cylinder thumper more vibration.
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Sounds like a Burgman650 candidate to me!!! :mrgreen:

Forget the BMW's they are like driving tractors.

You might look at the new Bandit 1250, or an ST or FJR. I think those are gonna be your only real options.

I'm not sure if you are on a 650 or 1000, but if it's a 650 and you think that's too much vibes, I have a bad feeling you are in for a long, expensive search for something that make not exist.

Seriously, if the CTS is that bad, you probably shouldn't be riding much, if at all, and certainly not as a primary means of transportation. A Burgman might just be the ticket if you have to stay on two wheels.

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post #8 of 20 Old 08-08-2007, 05:41 PM
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If touring type bikes are more your favor I have always thought I would own a FJR1300 someday or now the new Connie 1400! Love those bikes and when I retire in 18 years roughly from serving the tax payers I may buy one of those provided they are still making them.

I have to think the Connie will be around since it ran for 20 years in the 1000 cc version.

I will retire to only pavement then.

I rode a friend's 1000 Connie and it was a great ride. My hands got slightly numb but I think I was a little tense. I hate riding another person's bike. I am fearful of dropping it.

That said give the new FJR1300 a look. Has electronic shift now!
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post #9 of 20 Old 08-08-2007, 05:48 PM
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Suzuki is coming out with a new model for 2008, the GSX650F which appears to have an upright seating position. Kind of hard to tell from the pictures though:

It is a nice looking bike regardless.

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post #10 of 20 Old 08-08-2007, 05:50 PM
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Not sure how much you want to spend but if it is your primary vehicle I would look at the Honda Goldwing. I see you dont want a heavy bike but these things are awesome.

1) Very upright seating position

2) I dont think anyone makes a more smooth engine

3) I think these are shaft drive
4) Tons of luggage and storage options

5) humm... yeah, this is a really heavy bike

good luck in the search for the perfect bike!

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