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TomSmith 01-02-2007 09:25 AM

Re: Poll: Choose Your Swiss Army Bike
FIRST!! A 2007 Triumph Tiger or Ducati Multistrada. My former all-purpose bike was a 1951 BSA Gold Star - bought new in 51.

acecycleins 01-02-2007 09:35 AM

Re: Poll: Choose Your Swiss Army Bike
The 'Strada fits the bill the best, but a good BMW GS will do if you don't mind the weight.

lionroyboy 01-02-2007 09:39 AM

Re: Poll: Choose Your Swiss Army Bike
Right now, my needs are being met with a ZX-14. It's relatively comfy, relatively good handling, is very easy to control at low speeds, has good cornering clearance, and accelerates like mad. I plan on using it for long distance rides over several days. The only thing keeping me from going on rides that take over a week is not being willing to use too much of my vacation time on one trip! I'm confident that I'll be able to do long distance riding without being in pain! Plus, if I want to stop using my soft saddle bags, Corbin sells hard bags that look like really nice with the bike. I can basically have a sport touring bike for less money than it would cost me for any "sport touring" bike out there right now that I would ever consider owning.

longride 01-02-2007 09:39 AM

Re: Poll: Choose Your Swiss Army Bike
A Harley E-Glide Classic is mine Swiss Army bike. I only have the other 4 bikes just for impressing bystanders.

Fenton 01-02-2007 09:55 AM

Re: Poll: Choose Your Swiss Army Bike
I went from 4 bikes down to 1 and picked the R1150GS. A bit heavy, good touring and fairly sporty.

I could deal with a DL1000, FJR1300 or a R1200GS.

It has taken years to learn I'm not any faster on a fast bike.

HelterSkelter 01-02-2007 09:56 AM


Failing that, A Buell or a Monster S4R with Leatherlyke side bags.

tomk2 01-02-2007 10:04 AM

Re: Poll: Choose Your Swiss Army Bike
In 2005 I chose a Multistrada.

This year buyers have got a new Tiger, the (already inproved) Ulysses and a new 1100 Multistrada to look at.

Looks to me like three very good bikes, all three manufacturers offer demo rides... have fun making your choice, no bad answers here.

trenttheuncatchable 01-02-2007 10:38 AM

Re: Choose Your Swiss Army Bike
My priorities are different than most. I want a sport bike that's relatively inexpensive, has really good fuel economy, and while mostly used for commuting isn't slow. It also has to be able to ride 2-up in relative comfort. For me that boils down to one of two bikes depending on whether I do more or less 2-up riding. If I do more then I want a 2006 Kawi Z750S. If I do less then I want a 2006 Kawi 650R. If I get the Z750S I'd swap out the seat, handlebars, and add lower fairings. Right now I ride a 2005 Kawi Ninja 250, and its ergonomics seem ideal. If it had EFI and a bit more weight so the wind wouldn't blow it around as easily it'd be the perfect short-distance single-person commuter bike. As it is, I'm not complaining.

Zooba 01-02-2007 10:39 AM

Re: Poll: Choose Your Swiss Army Bike
A "Swiss Army Bike" by definition must be able to do all things, even if it doesn't excell any at one thing -- right?

So take the KLR650 or better yet the new BMWG650 and ride it down any road, anywhere, even if there's no road to speak of. If you're over 6' then it's probably the GS1200!

mjs 01-02-2007 10:43 AM

Re: Choose Your Swiss Army Bike
I've owned a lot of bikes and my present FJR1300 fits the bill quite nicely.

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