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post #1 of 65 Old 06-26-2019, 09:21 PM Thread Starter
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Looking for next touring bike!

hey guys I currently ride a 2017 Yamaha FZ-09. I redid the suspension and all sorts of performance mods. The bike handles great but I'm afraid I have gotten bitten by the Touring bug!
I have started going on longer epic rides (800 miles or so) on the weekends. I really feel this is where it's at. I love exploring and finding new roads. My FZ definitely isn't built for that with
the small gas tank and lack of wind protection. It's extremely fatiguing to ride a naked bike for long periods of time on open roads with full wind blasts. My budget is around $13-15,000
Most of my friends ride Multistradas and swear by them. They say the bikes handle extremely well because of the electronic suspension and have tons of power. I'm just a little worried about the
maintenance costs on them and if anything breaks out in the middle of no where you are screwed. I started looking at VStroms because they seem to be pretty fun and handle well. I love
twisty roads / long sweepers. I was wondering if these bikes ( the new ones ) handle pretty well and feel planted in the corners? Is the suspension pretty soft and not confidence inspiring?
Will I need to modify the suspension? I weigh about 185 pounds and I'm not Valentino rossi or anything but definiely want something that handles well.

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post #2 of 65 Old 06-26-2019, 09:31 PM
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2018 xt 1000 adv tested and good reviews, 2019 is out now ND COUPLE OF FORUM MEBERS ALREADY BOUGHT.they are supposed to be betetr than 2018 , and within your budget.
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The Wee is a good'un for long distances. The 1000 should be equal.
What happened to 6 plus gallon tanks who knows? Nothing more bothersome that stopping for fuel on a trip.
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2018 xt 1000 adv tested and good reviews, 2019 is out now ND COUPLE OF FORUM MEBERS ALREADY BOUGHT.they are supposed to be betetr than 2018 , and within your budget.
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and what' is better about 2019?
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Perhaps in your case 1000 2018 and up will be good choice. Good power and torque, very good suspension, brakes and even cornering ABS.
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post #7 of 65 Old 06-27-2019, 08:07 PM
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Last year I was after riding with a group of folks in in the mid-Atlantic states (lots of mountain twisties) I found the DL650 was not what I wanted. It kept up in the tight technical stuff but hit an incline or straight and folks on bigger bikes would walk away from me. It was also work to get it to go where you wanted.

I have a buddy that has 6 or 7 hundred thousand miles on BMW so I finally decided to give a R1200GS a try. I didn't want new and found a like new 2006 with 11,174 miles, fresh dealer service full luggage and new tires for $7,000. I brought it home and have been completely smitten with it. Since 2008 I have owned a bunch of different motorcycles 13 Guzzi's, 4 Ducati's, 1 Royal Enfield, and a bunch of the Asian Big 4 and the BMW tops them all.

Comfortable, great ergo's, 100 HP, good factory suspension, great brakes and decent fuel range.

I liked it so much 3 or 4 weeks ago I sold my last 2 Guzzi's and bought another 2007 R1200GS for what will end up costing me about $4,200 w/ Ohlins suspension and full luggage.

Interestingly enough I just got back from riding with the same group of folks in the same area and the GS was amazing. The DL when riding these same roads felt like you really had to push and work the bike to get it to do what you wanted. The GS is just look through the turn and it goes. No forcing, no drama. Guy were asking me what I though about the GS compared to the DL and my response is the GS is easily 10X easier to ride.

The GS even the new ones are no rocket ships on top end. But in capable hands they can be ridden extremely fast through very technical stuff and with no drama.

A buddy of mine tours on a FZ09 and they are really nice light bikes but I also understand you wanting some more fuel capacity, wind protection and once you to long travel suspension it hard to go back. I'll take 3rd rate LT suspension over high end short stroke suspension.
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Thanks for the replies. I'm kind of hesitant on getting a BMW or a Ducati. So with the 2018+ models the suspension is pretty good and the power? I dont want to go crazy fast speeds just want something with enough power to not chug up mountain passes with. Hopefully I can find
a dealer that will let me test ride one! It looks like the vstrom comes with fully adjustable suspension. Anyone ridden a vstrom 1000 (newer ones) and also ridden a GS or Multistrada? I don't need like track ready suspension full Ohlins but something that will give me plenty
of confidence , feeling of being planted and holding lines in corners
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2018 xt 1000 adv tested and good reviews, 2019 is out now ND COUPLE OF FORUM MEBERS ALREADY BOUGHT.they are supposed to be betetr than 2018 , and within your budget.
Good luck
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what is better about the 2019?
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I've got a 2014 Vstrom 1000 and recently went on a tour in Europe where I rented a Multistrada 950. The ergos, power, braking and suspension are very similar. I liked the Multi but didn't like it any better than my 1000 (ok, I prefer the looks of the Multi over the Vstrom). The 950 is supposed to have a few more hp than the Vstrom 1000, but I really didn't notice it. I haven't tried the bigger Multistrada but that one has more hp than I need.
Try out one of the newer Vstrom 1000s - it may be just what you are looking for.
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