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post #1 of 47 Old 12-20-2016, 06:32 PM Thread Starter
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Should I (or why am I) thinking of another bike?

I have only been ridding for about 10 years, averaging only 2k-3k miles a year. I am 63 and ride mostly 2up. Most of my riding is done on country roads (hate city traffic) in Florida or up in NW North Carolina.

I have a 06 650 Vstrom with 14k miles on her. runs great never really had any issues other than starter relay/solenoid . I love my strom and think it is a great bike, I have only had one other big bike a Yamaha 1100 Virago which I started off riding. ( I do have a Yamaha TW200, but thats not a real bike)so I dont have much to compare with.

However lately I have found myself 'eyeing' other bikes, thinking that maybe a smoother, lower CG bike, that is perhaps a little more forgiving for the few occasions that I may have to go off pavement on a gravel road. I am planning on doing a lot more riding in the near future and I am finding that 2up on the Strom tends to get strenuous at times.

Knowing that no one bike can fill all needs, and being very budget conscious, so I would probably be buying used. Is there another bike I could consider?

I have thought of the Honda ST 1100/1300, or the FJR's

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post #2 of 47 Old 12-20-2016, 06:43 PM
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"Better 2-up" and "better off-road" don't really go hand-in-hand. More like opposites in most cases. Anything better off-road is going to be a taller (higher CG) bike.

If you're never riding 2-up off-road, you're probably better off replacing the Wee with two separate bikes, like a KLR/DR and a ST/FJR/concours.
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Well, I'd say you're eyeing other bikes because it's sometimes to cold out to ride depending where you live, but seeing you're in Florida you have no excuse. Kidding. My .02 is the, what's that bike like? Or, will that suit my/our riding needs better? Or, that's a nice looking motorcycle. Since you live in a state that has a longer than most riding season, check out when dealers are having demo days. Sit, ride, test, read everything you're interested in. Decide from there. Only you will know. Good luck in your research, have fun. Keep us posted.

Btw, the FJR, ST, Connie, RT family, Trophy, GW, are on the sport touring/ touring side. They significantly more than the Wee. Some just as top heavy, or more. Some carry their weight a little lower but like I mentioned, weigh more. Maybe V-twin tourers from H-D, and the big 4? but they weigh a lot more as well but do carry it low. Again, good luck. Your new bike is out there.....or you already own it...??
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That's a tough call since once your mind starts entertaining something different, it's hard for anyone to talk you back off the ledge. I look at it this way, life is short, bikes come and go depending on finances and what pleases us....so there is nothing wrong with getting a new to you ride.
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I am 63 and ride mostly 2up.
However lately I have found myself 'eyeing' other bikes, thinking that maybe a smoother,
Knowing that no one bike can fill all needs, and being very budget conscious, so I would probably be buying used. Is there another bike I could consider?
your feedback appreciated
Dude, at your age, buy everything, your heart desires. You may not wake up tomorrow. Don't worry about leaving money to any relatives.
Go buy a 2017, whatever floats your boat.
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You already have basically a street bike that's very forgiving when you go off pavement, and is good for two up riding. Any other bike you find that has similar qualities (A Triumph Tiger, or a BMW GS, or a Versys, or a Super Tenere) are liable to have the same top heavy feeling that you now experience, and will be as much or more strenuous than what you're riding now.

I love the FJR for its great engine, but after years on a V-Strom and a Super Tenere, it felt cramped as hell. Also pretty heavy; you probably wouldn't notice it on the highway, but it might be a handful at low speed maneuvers, or on a dicey gravel road.

Have you considered something like a Honda CB1100? It's definitely a street bike, but it's a lot like one of the Universal Japanese Motorcycles that you used to see back in the 70's. I don't think a gravel forestry road would be beyond its capabilities, though it's by no means an off-road bike (neither is the V-strom, for that matter). Low saddle height, easy on and off for both rider and passenger, 540 pound curb weight, good dealer network. I've even seen them outfitted with aluminum panniers for adventure touring.
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just a thought but....

I'm liking the Ducati Scrambler. Lighter, would be great on gravel, light weight, good horsepower, I rode 2 up on my DR 650 so I'm probably not much of a good judge there. Possibly a bit exotic (dealer support) but it would suit me I think. Maybe you too. I'm 65.

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I have thought of the Honda ST 1100/1300, or the FJR's



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I don't see how those would be more forgiving on gravel roads. I did find that putting more aggressive tires (Mitas e07s) on my 650 made a huge improvement on gravel roads and still makes for a quality on road experience.




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I have only been ridding for about 10 years, averaging only 2k-3k miles a year. I am 63 and ride mostly 2up. Most of my riding is done on country roads (hate city traffic) in Florida or up in NW North Carolina.

I have a 06 650 Vstrom with 14k miles on her. runs great never really had any issues other than starter relay/solenoid . I love my strom and think it is a great bike, I have only had one other big bike a Yamaha 1100 Virago which I started off riding. ( I do have a Yamaha TW200, but thats not a real bike)so I dont have much to compare with.

However lately I have found myself 'eyeing' other bikes, thinking that maybe a smoother, lower CG bike, that is perhaps a little more forgiving for the few occasions that I may have to go off pavement on a gravel road. I am planning on doing a lot more riding in the near future and I am finding that 2up on the Strom tends to get strenuous at times.

Knowing that no one bike can fill all needs, and being very budget conscious, so I would probably be buying used. Is there another bike I could consider?

I have thought of the Honda ST 1100/1300, or the FJR's

your feedback appreciated
Take a look at the Triumph Scrambler or other scrambler type bikes.
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67 here, do about 10,000 a year and a lot of that two up and on gravel roads. Have a 2015 650XT. Same as a previous poster I put different tyres on it, Heidenau K60 scouts, and the difference on gravel is remarkable. Just been for a three hour round trip to pick up some boat bits and no matter how much I like the looks of other bikes, especially cruisers, this one ticks all the boxes for being a two wheeled Jeep.

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