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Old 10-11-2012, 11:07 AM   #1
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Its been a long time since I rode in Houston traffic, back then I was on a Yammy XJ550 followed by an 883 Sportster. I am about to start some new work in College Station which means a daily commute from Webster/Clear Lake which means I will destroy my Jeep and my wallet to fuel it. Its not that I am too old for a sportbike, but I no longer have a desire to run one that long, every day. I am thinking something more upright, good enough to keep up with (and get away from) Houston 5am and 6pm traffic, comfortable enough to haul for an hour & 1/2 to two hours each way (wind protection is a must), reasonable on fuel and range and will last for this trip for a year or so. I am thinking KLR 650 right now as they can be had relatively cheap and with a little care are pretty bulletproof. SV650's are nice but again, no wind protection. I am aware of the WeeStrom but I would prefer to be on something that looks good as well. Caging it is an option but if I'm going to spend that much time on the road, I'd rather enjoy myself.
Come the spring my lease ends and I will probably move up to Cypress or perhaps Katy anyway, but for the next few months I need to get something to basically cross the entire goddammed city on up to Aggie-town.

Bike opinions, everyone's got one, let's hear yours.

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Old 10-11-2012, 11:13 AM   #2
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ex500/500r

routinely got 50mpg and sometimes 60mpg if I babied it. (200 miles to a tank)
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Old 10-11-2012, 11:15 AM   #3
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plus everything about em are cheap...

bike - cheap
insurance - 9 bux a month (for me)
gas - 87
tires - last for ever and are cheap

comfy seat and riding postion too.
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Old 10-11-2012, 11:29 AM   #4
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Everything he said Chris said ^^^^. Enough pep to move you around, upright ergo, okay wind protection, dirt cheap maintenance and cost.
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check out a versys, WAY better for commuting than a KLR.

I love mine. 30k miles, and no issues.

It's fun at the track too.

Upright riding position. nice big seat... full handlebars. 50mpg and plenty of power for the street.

and it's a kawasaki

my insurnace, full coverage is less than 400 a year.
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Check out the vstrom 650 too

also, check out the honda nc700x, it liiks very interesting....

PS I commute all year on the moto, not just nice weather but inthe rain, cold and heat.
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itd be cheaper to break your lease and move up there then mess with this...financially speaking.
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itd be cheaper to break your lease and move up there then mess with this...financially speaking.
Break my lease with four months remaining? No, my credit is wrecked enough as it is after short-selling my house in Florida.
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That bolded sentence goes in the Cons section...
Thats YOUR opinion.

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Old 10-11-2012, 01:21 PM   #13
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ex500/500r

routinely got 50mpg and sometimes 60mpg if I babied it. (200 miles to a tank)
Hadn't even thought about the EX500, thanks.

Trying to keep this purchase under $3-4K so anything new or even recent is right out, so no Versys, no Guzzi V7, etc. And probably nothing too exotic just because of maintenance & parts over the long haul. I've already had a friend try to sell me his Husky TE510, nice idea but no way.
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nc700 is very nice for commuting, molded in luggage...I love the VFR800 for anything, older ones are not too expensive and get decent mpg with comfort and the ability to play in the twistys. The ex500 is also a great bike.
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you should be able to get a used versys for 3k

I saw one for sale on ADV the other day, 30k miles for 3.5k.

I will go see if it is still there.
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darn no link, but guy is in "Canyon County" CA

http://advrider.com/forums/showthrea...76645&page=358

Hey versys owners, does this sound like a deal or not really,

2008 versys, red 30K THOUSAND MILES, Givi Luggage racks (top and side) for monokey luggage, Rox Risers, Fat Bars, Handguards,

$3,500, bike looks used, not bad, but has some scratches on the engine cases, like its been maybe dropped while standing, or maybe just slid a bit, what worries me is the high milage, what say you pros?


checked cycle trader, wow the versys really does hold it's value!
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If you have to buy a bike just to ride for a few months, you'll have to get it el-cheapo to save money overall. Covering that much distance, even a little better mpg will add up to significant savings. Then again, that much riding also means you'd better get a comfy bike. Dual purpose like KLR might wear on you after a while. You'll have to decide how to balance between the two. I'd look at FZ6, GSX650, Ninja 650. Get an oldie but goodie on the cheap, cus you're fixing to put some serious miles on the poor sucker. By the time you are done with it, you probably couldn't give it away.
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Sv650 with a double bubble, plenty of protection.
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You really think the ninja riding position is confortable?

look at the angle between the pegs, seat and bars vs the versys.
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You really think the ninja riding position is confortable?

look at the angle between the pegs, seat and bars vs the versys.
you talkin to me? Come at me bro!

Yes, on the 500, the riding position is extremely comfy and the seat if better for comfort as well.
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