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Old 11-14-2006, 11:46 AM   #21
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Default Re: The Subsistence Bike: Highway Worthy, Lowest Price

It's hard to beat the Nighthawk for practicality and durability... as well as low maintenance.
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Old 11-14-2006, 12:07 PM   #22
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I think they were designed expressly for the sort of riding you described.
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Old 11-14-2006, 12:21 PM   #23
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Yeah, and the top ends wears out in 5000 miles, and bone heads HD mechs work on it. No thanks.



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Old 11-14-2006, 03:23 PM   #24
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The KLR600/650 has to be the everybike in all of this. Cheap, easy to maintain, durable, adequate performance, etc. You may even get it dirty!
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Old 11-14-2006, 03:24 PM   #25
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Actually, any big bore dual sport will fit the bill. The KLR650 and DR650 are the more roadworthy ones.
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Old 11-14-2006, 04:03 PM   #26
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Kawasaki EX500 or Suzuki GS500F. Both of these bikes are plenty powerful enough to get you into trouble (even with a better half aboard), have been made largely unchanged for over a decade and a half, and can be had for about 5 large. Both are very comfortable bikes that can easily handle any on-road job you can throw at them.



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Old 11-14-2006, 09:22 PM   #27
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Lots of bikes would work for this mission. Like has been said, keep looking at the classifieds for a good deal on a low mileage used bike. Concours, Nighthawk, SV or DL 650, mid-sized Kwak, all good choices.
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Old 11-15-2006, 11:25 PM   #28
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another vote for the kawasaki EX500. you might outgrow it slower than the GS500F.
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