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Old 02-23-2013, 11:34 PM   #21
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Put a topbox on the VStrom and you have the secure storage of the Honda with the proven goodness of the VStrom :-p
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Put a topbox on the VStrom and you have the secure storage of the Honda with the proven goodness of the VStrom :-p
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If you are looking in this range, you really ought to check out the Street Triple. I know it's not an adv tourer, but it's such a great all-around middleweight that handles brilliantly. Now that the '13s are out, you might find some good deals in a late model pre-owned.
Actually sat on one and feels good plus is the triple engine. I found a 2012 model too at a reduced price. The lack of a screen makes a less desirable long distance machine. Of the 3 I tested the Vstrom had the best wind protection.

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If you need/want good wind protection and touring ability, then the Street Triple is less than ideal. The Wee really is a good machine. Suzuki did a bang-up job on the '12 restyling. Suzuki took some inspiration from the Tiger 800, which is another great adv tourer. Tough call between the triple an the V-twin, which are 2 of my favorite engine configs.

I've never warmed up to inline2's. They just don't have the right staccato that makes a good V-twin so charming.

Don't overlook bikes like the FZ1. Mine easily got 40mpg just tooling around town, higher if you cruise steady on the hwy. Used ones are very reasonably priced, and even brand new ones are heavily discounted. It is as light on its feet as any of the 3 bikes you mentioned and arguably a more competent tourer. And... when you feel like getting angry with the right wrist every once in a while, that R1 motor will happily oblige. If I didn't like the SV1K so much, I would've kept my '07 FZ1.
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If you need/want good wind protection and touring ability, then the Street Triple is less than ideal. The Wee really is a good machine. Suzuki did a bang-up job on the '12 restyling. Suzuki took some inspiration from the Tiger 800, which is another great adv tourer. Tough call between the triple an the V-twin, which are 2 of my favorite engine configs.

I've never warmed up to inline2's. They just don't have the right staccato that makes a good V-twin so charming.

Don't overlook bikes like the FZ1. Mine easily got 40mpg just tooling around town, higher if you cruise steady on the hwy. Used ones are very reasonably priced, and even brand new ones are heavily discounted. It is as light on its feet as any of the 3 bikes you mentioned and arguably a more competent tourer. And... when you feel like getting angry with the right wrist every once in a while, that R1 motor will happily oblige. If I didn't like the SV1K so much, I would've kept my '07 FZ1.
What I have learned that it is hard to focus on one item when you are looking at a buffet (KPOP) ruined me. If the street triple had better protection from the wind that would be a contender though. Right now a Vstrom is looking good. It will be an interesting decision in the near future.
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What I have learned that it is hard to focus on one item when you are looking at a buffet (KPOP) ruined me. If the street triple had better protection from the wind that would be a contender though. Right now a Vstrom is looking good. It will be an interesting decision in the near future.
...which is why some of us go through bikes like Liz Taylor go through ex-husbands.
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...which is why some of us go through bikes like Liz Taylor go through ex-husbands.
Same is true with cars/trucks for me. I never have a big enough garage OR wallet.
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for track days go with the kawasaki, but it is also a great commuter.

How do I know? My round trip commute is 118 miles and I do it 5 days a week.

the honda is an automatic, and the suzuki has a 19inch front...not what I would look for on a commuter bike that I can use at the track.

on the versys you only feel the vibes around 3 or 4k. Humming along at 6-10k she is smooth.

you want to take your lid into the AC anyway...

and I bet you can get that versys for dirt cheap.

THe only issue I had with mine is the stator aka alternator burnt up at 33k miles. The new one seemed to not have the issues so I hope it will last much longer.

ps the versys does get a solid 50mpg if you keep your rpms under about 8k.
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The Versys vibration is a known issue. They resolved it in 2010, if you happen to locate one of those. And I get 45+ MPG, without even trying.
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The riding position is very comfortable on the Versys. I went to Austin and back for 15 minutes of work one morning, up and down 290, and didn't need to stop for gas or to rest.

The wind protection on the Versys is pretty good, being 6'5 I have to tuck a little if I want to get under the wind though. Top Speed is 120, but if you are keeping your other bikes, you won't need to worry about keeping up on spirited paced rides.

If the lane splitting bill passes, I will be getting narrower handlebars, as they are a bit wider than I would like for splitting traffic at speed, squeezing between two SUVs, the mirrors line up quite well with them currently.

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I split all the time, the barsn mirrors are not an issue for me.

I worry more about my foot pegs hitting a car bumper.

Mine does 130+
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Think i need to lose some weight then if you have gotten over 130. Yea I have gotten stuck between a couple SUV/Trucks with their big mirrors on surface streets a couple times. I normally just filter at lights though.
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The NC700X is on my very short list of new bikes I want to buy soon. Super smooth, built in cargo carrying, 60 MPG 250 mile per tank, cheap tire size, low buy in price, good looks, and 8000 mile oil changes. Can't go wrong with this Honda if you are OK with the low rev power output.
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ADV rider has v-strom vs NC700x discussions. Hard core adventurers like the V-strom. More street oriented like the NC.

FYI, the NC500X is on it's way for $6k ish price tag. Less mileage, same power, not sure if all details released yet.
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Ignore all those, buck up and get the fz8. Is this bike for traveling or riding more primarily?
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The Versys vibration is a known issue. They resolved it in 2010, if you happen to locate one of those. And I get 45+ MPG, without even trying.
I thought I read that the vibration issue was solved. My biggest complaint were the gearshift and brake. Did not feel natural at all, but that would probably change over time.

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I worry more about my foot pegs hitting a car bumper.

Mine does 130+
130+, is that with a taile wind? Would need to lose a few pounds as well.

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The NC700X is on my very short list of new bikes I want to buy soon. Super smooth, built in cargo carrying, 60 MPG 250 mile per tank, cheap tire size, low buy in price, good looks, and 8000 mile oil changes. Can't go wrong with this Honda if you are OK with the low rev power output.
This is on my short list for sure.

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Ignore all those, buck up and get the fz8. Is this bike for traveling or riding more primarily?
HB, will be doing more traveling and two up riding. Price point on the FZ8 is good but the wind protection missing is a definite minus. The Vstrom offered the best protection from the ones I tried and I was able to sit up without a lot of discomfort.
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The bike makes 56hp correct?

With all honesty the controls are perfect for good body position (on the track or off).

When you drop your bike on the side they will get bent in more and you will see how they "adjust on the fly".

Kawasaki added some rubber engine mounts in 2010 and also did away with the troublesome cowling that buzzzzed at low RPM's.

The last part you can use to negotiate.
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The bike makes 56hp correct?

With all honesty the controls are perfect for good body position (on the track or off).

When you drop your bike on the side they will get bent in more and you will see how they "adjust on the fly".

Kawasaki added some rubber engine mounts in 2010 and also did away with the troublesome cowling that buzzzzed at low RPM's.

The last part you can use to negotiate.
UXJ, for me the controls were not good at all
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thats fair

bikes are like women, everyone lieks something different
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