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Old 06-17-2003, 07:49 AM   #51
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Default Re: Best all around/tourer for the money?

A VFR 750 will make you a great all around bike, they are dependable, fast, good looking and sound great to boot, did I mention that you can pick one up for a very good price and still have money left over for a nice vacation?

Oh, and before I forget, I happen to have a 1995 with 10.000 original miles, in pristine condition, that is for sale.
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Old 06-17-2003, 08:19 AM   #52
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i don't think 10,000 qualifies as reliable.

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Old 06-17-2003, 09:13 AM   #53
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Default And then you can ditch it for a Beemer!

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Old 06-17-2003, 09:49 AM   #54
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Only having 10,000 miles on his '95 really means he prefers his '85 VFR 1100 with 200,000.
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Old 06-17-2003, 11:55 AM   #55
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...Then I think he'd be prefering his VF1000 Interceptor... the 1100 engine was only used in the Magnas and Sabres.
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Old 06-17-2003, 12:16 PM   #56
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My mistake.....maybe he had it punched out?? I know of an '84 750 for sale that has been bored to 807 or something like that. It also has a full fairing Barnett clutch, and a bunch of other go fast goodies, runs great too, I know the guy that has it. I think that may be a worthy companion to the '94 Magna I have now.
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Old 06-17-2003, 01:39 PM   #57
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You would really be suprised at the capabilities and comfort of a Kawasaki KLR 650. Five grand on price too - cheap. Add huymongo aluminum bags and the aftermarket screen of your choice, then ride anywhere. See the Horizons Unlimited webpage for riders taking these around the world. My longest KLR650 ride is from DC to Lexington KY (many longer BMW rides) when I bought the thing sight unseeen in DC.
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Old 06-17-2003, 02:14 PM   #58
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Considering the miniscule torque your ZZR made, 14,000km per chain is pretty bad. Get yourself a Scottoiler and you'll hardly ever be shelling out your hard-earned yen to replace chains and sprockets. I got 20,000 km out of my VFR's chain and it was still like new when I sold the bike!
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Old 06-17-2003, 02:23 PM   #59
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I've ridden lots of sport-touring bikes in the past few years, among them a first-generation Bandit 1200S, ZRX1100, VFR800, R1100GS. The BMW is one of the best all-rounders of them all, but they aren't cheap. The VFR800 reeks of quality and is awesome in terms of handling, fit and finish, etc. If you don't mind the sportier position, you can pick up a clean used one for a good price. The Bandit is tops when it comes to bang for the buck in terms of performance, practicality and fun. But rather than buy a new one, I'd pick up a first-generation S model for about $3500 or whatever, then drop a few bucks on luggage and suspension upgrades if you think you need 'em. You'll have an excellent, bulletproof bike for a bargain basement price.
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Old 06-17-2003, 02:51 PM   #60
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I have to throw my vote at the SV Twins (650 or 1K), they really do the job required, don't cost too much, are sporty and fun, and go the merry-go mile. you can't go wrong here.
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