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All Rounder Super commuter ?

Discussion in 'Bike Reviews, Questions and Suggestions' at netrider.net.au started by marko66, Jan 1, 2009.

  1. Hi All

    I am looking for a good allrounder, I have a 110 kmh one way commute with mainly 130 kmh speed limits so I want something economical, reliable, nimble, probably half faired, pillion comfortable and sounds like a ktm superduke with akropovic exhaust :cool: , i'm 185 cm and about 100kg and think road rules are a loose guide as to road behaviour. I also work physically hard so i don't want a back breaker or leg cramper.

    Like the look of the triumph sprint st but have had v strom, TDM, Tiger and hyosung gt650s reccommended as well as the 1250 bandit and others as well.

    I am thinking that I want something that is fun to ride and economical on fuel and tyres as well as two up touring and i guess i want everything but would like to know about fuel economy at speeds and comfort> From what I have read the yamaha TDM is hard to beat on all counts but would love to hear from everyone who kknows of something better


    Thanks inadvance and Regards Marko
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  2. honda VFR800

    and check out bmw bikes as well, they make great tourers

    cheers
     
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  3. Sounds like you could also want my BMW F800S. Although, if you have 130km/hr speed limits you are probably in the NT and will not need heated hand grips.

    Otherwise, the F800S is a good allrounder, economical, reliable, nimble, half faired, pillion comfortable and suits an akropovic exhaust. It's comfortable in my opinion although some might say it has a parrallel twin high frequency vibration in the handle bars at certain speeds.

    I find fuel economy is between 4 and 4.5L/100km at highway speeds.
     
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  4. gde si marko..

    dont mention hyosungs in these forums :)

    go the yamahahahah and youll be hahahaing all the way home, yamaha is where its at, buts thats my personal preference, wish we had 130k roads here, spewin
     
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  5. There's roads that aren't in the NT that have 130km/h speed limits?
     
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  6. Hi All

    Thanks for the replies so far, I make it a rule to never go faster than the vehicle i'm using :grin: :p

    Regards Mark
     
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  7. I suppose the Adelaide Rver gave it away - jumping crocs, war graves and a straight fast roads if I recall
     
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  8. Hi All

    Guilty as charged cardinal :) I want something that eats miles economically and comfortably any suggestions?

    Regards Mark
     
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  9. Bandits are great bikes, and would be very enjoyable on that ride and eat it for breakfast, but there would be cheaper bikes to run in your list.
     
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  10. Probably not cheaper to buy, though, so if you're looking at Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) the Bandit is well worth a look.

    The VFR is a *very* nice bike too, but costs like one.
     
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  11. The Hyo would struggle on two-up unless you replace the rear suspension. TDM and Vstrom are comfortable and have good fuel economy. TDM is probably more nimble, but the strom has more weather protection.
     
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  12. The B1250 will return about 5.5L/100km at that speed but the stock D218 wont last long :LOL:
     
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  13. You might want to check out the Suzuki SV1000S as well. They are a bit lighter than the Bandit's and if you prefer the sound of a twin they're a decent alternative at a similar price.

    Another option would be a run out Honda Hornet 900 with an aftermarket screen.
     
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  14. Tiger would be an option, yeah. Perhaps a little expensive.

    ~5L/100km at 80-115kph. Good power compared to the other bikes in the medium-travel upright-seating sports-tourer category (V-strom, GS1200, KTM 990 Adventure, et al). Comfortable seating position, comfortable suspension, can reach "interesting" lean angles in the corners without touching parts down... though it's not as flickable as a race-replica, of course.

    Pillion seat is comfortable, though the rear shock could do with compression adjustability if you want to carry a pillion at high speed on rough roads. It's fine for high speeds on smooth roads and normal speeds on bumpy roads, with a pillion.


    On the downside, you must be "this tall" to ride the Tiger - 835mm seat height and a w i d e saddle make long legs very useful to have. 1050cc inline-3 makes it wider for lanesplitting than a V-twin, of course, but the tall seat and upright ergonomics give a great view over the cars ahead.

    Stock windshield buffets a little bit too, but that varies from rider to rider. Some people are just lucky. ;)

    I got 11,000km out of the Pilot Road tyres it came with. I'm 7000km into a pair of Pilot Road 2s and they seem to be wearing much much much much better.
     
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  15. go a vtrfirestorm ..... BAHAHHAHAHAHA :D
     
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  16. Marko the DL650 ticks all your boxes and then some.
     
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