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post #31 of 53 Old 04-08-2019, 02:38 PM
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You have a 110 mile commute?

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You have a 110 mile commute?
I'd imagine 55 miles each way?

Not so uncommon. Both my wife and I have a 55 miles (110 mile round trip)commute work. Our offices are about a mile apart, we both have the same start time and each drive separate.
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I love my 650. It makes me smile every single time I swing my leg over it. I do lots of very long days on all kinds of roads - from slicing and dicing through heavy traffic to scenic back roads to freeway droning and everything in between. I load it up with groceries and camping gear. It does everything without a whimper or a whine. It takes off from stop lights without a hiccup even when I leave it in third gear every now and then. The brakes work pretty well although it does take quite a pull on the lever to really haul it down fast. I find it very comfortable and it gets pretty good gas mileage even though economy was not part of the purchase decision. It's nimble in the city and I have zero issues with it on the freeway or in cross winds (semis do move it around a bit but I can go faster than them!).
It really is a great do it all bike.

Yet, I find myself constantly looking for more. More speed at times. Better panniers and top box when I'm packing for a road trip. A more sedate engine on those long freeway runs. Better brakes when I haven't paid as much attention as I should. Better weather protection when it rains. The list goes on and on. I can alway find something to fault. Clean and lube the chain again?? you've gotta be kidding.

But then I think about the compromises I would have to make if I had a different bike. I haven't yet found another bike that has the right mix of attributes that would keep me satisfied. Every other bike I've looked at is lacking in one way or another. If you can only have one bike like me, it comes down to what is most important to you for the way you ride and what are you willing to live with.

I love my 650. It makes me smile every single time I swing a leg over it. Perfect? Not a chance. But I'm willing to look past the imperfections and enjoy the ride.
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I too love my DL650 and it is set up perfect for me, and even has brand new tires.

But a recent trip to the dealer had me drooling over a 2019 DL1000 Adventure in blue.

It was all I could do to walk away, but I'm still thinking and plotting.

What a beautiful bike!
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My commute is 55 miles each way, fairly common in SoCal, wages are higher near the coast but homes are much cheaper 30 miles from the coast. My main commuter bike is a K1600GT, or my car...but I prefer to ride the bike.


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55 is such a long commute to me, I guess that's why everyone does 85. I have a slog of a 9 mile commute that takes around 45 min on a bad day and that's getting too far for me. 55 miles at 85 actually sounds good compared to that.

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I think @Rev D put it together nicely. There is a compromise in motorcycles as with just about everything. Space, cost, weight, plastic bits, yucky chains. If I was just doing cross country rides, and I had the space and budget, I'd probably be after a big touring bike. If I was just doing city comments and errands, I'd stick with a scooter. Happily, I have the Wee and the T-Max so I'm fixed for virtually all the riding I'll have time to do. (Though I do think about selling the T-Max and getting a smaller scoot for urbanizing).

It sounds like the OP has two bikes anyway, so maybe he is in the same situation. But as he hasn't followed up in four pages of chatter, maybe we offended him. Otherwise I don't think too many here care whether or not others like what we ride.

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I love my 650. It makes me smile every single time I swing my leg over it. I do lots of very long days on all kinds of roads - from slicing and dicing through heavy traffic to scenic back roads to freeway droning and everything in between. I load it up with groceries and camping gear. It does everything without a whimper or a whine. It takes off from stop lights without a hiccup even when I leave it in third gear every now and then. The brakes work pretty well although it does take quite a pull on the lever to really haul it down fast. I find it very comfortable and it gets pretty good gas mileage even though economy was not part of the purchase decision. It's nimble in the city and I have zero issues with it on the freeway or in cross winds (semis do move it around a bit but I can go faster than them!).
It really is a great do it all bike.

Yet, I find myself constantly looking for more. More speed at times. Better panniers and top box when I'm packing for a road trip. A more sedate engine on those long freeway runs. Better brakes when I haven't paid as much attention as I should. Better weather protection when it rains. The list goes on and on. I can alway find something to fault. Clean and lube the chain again?? you've gotta be kidding.

But then I think about the compromises I would have to make if I had a different bike. I haven't yet found another bike that has the right mix of attributes that would keep me satisfied. Every other bike I've looked at is lacking in one way or another. If you can only have one bike like me, it comes down to what is most important to you for the way you ride and what are you willing to live with.

I love my 650. It makes me smile every single time I swing a leg over it. Perfect? Not a chance. But I'm willing to look past the imperfections and enjoy the ride.
Well stated and my sentiments exactly.

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It sounds like the OP has two bikes anyway, so maybe he is in the same situation. But as he hasn't followed up in four pages of chatter, maybe we offended him.
4 pages? I'm only on page one with only 38 posts. How can I be missing the other 80+ posts?
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Well stated and my sentiments exactly.



4 pages? I'm only on page one with only 38 posts. How can I be missing the other 80+ posts?
Page size (length?) Can vary with your settings.

I have it all on one page.

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