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Old 03-15-2010, 11:48 AM   #1
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I'm trying to find a good offroad/cross country/cruiser bike. I have a 72' cb350 that is great for around town, dirt roads, and under three hour rides on sub 65MPH roads. But its old and im afraid its going to have problems it i try to take it on high speed or extended highway rides. The seat isnt comfortable for the really long stuff either. Now before you say it, i know that one bike cant be the best at everything... im just looking for one thats decent at all. Ive been looking at the BMW 650/800 GS models at the moment but they dont look like they would be a great improvement on the comfortable meter. I have dreams of doing the TAT someday, but until then mostly to work and back, nearby country and dirt roads, and the occasional ride to and through the appalachians (3 hours just to get there on highways). It doesnt have to be a 2010 bike, im perfectly happy with an 80's era. So, i guess im looking for a solid road bike with offroad capabilities? Any recommendations?
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Old 03-15-2010, 01:04 PM   #2
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I have a friend with a BMW, sorry not sure which model, but I know it has factory heated grips and a power adjust height windshield, and 7 gallon tank (if that helps). He is in his 60's has 4 bikes & rode his whole life, did over 60K miles last year alone loves the Beamer said it does everything ok but nothing great. Sounds like a good fit for what your looking for.
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Old 03-15-2010, 01:26 PM   #3
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. Ive been looking at the BMW 650/800 GS models at the moment but they dont look like they would be a great improvement on the comfortable meter.

Try a DL650 VStrom, also known as the "Wee-Strom" on for size. Great on/off road performance, big, roomy ergos, decent performance, ABS available, huge aftermarket support. For more performance on-road, less usable off-road, the DL1000 is an excellent "all-rounder."
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Old 03-15-2010, 02:22 PM   #4
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wee strom with an aftermarket seat and your done.
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Old 03-15-2010, 02:28 PM   #5
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I'm hoping for a new Triumph Tiger Cub, with the 675 motor...
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Old 03-16-2010, 05:56 AM   #6
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KTM 990 Adventure, Kawasaki KLR650, Suzuki DR650.

I have friends with the KTM990 and BMW GS800. They are both competent at the conditions you describe. The KTM is better off road, and more powerful, but has a poor stock seat.

The KLR is has a lot of aftermarket support, and will do the job, if you can tolerate a big, counterbalanced single.

The DR650 is the lightest, has a decent engine, and is OK off-road, but has no stock weather protection.

You can find lots of DR's and KLR's cheap on the used market. Not so much on the Beemer and Katoom.

If you want even more off-road capability, there's the Honda XR650L and Suzuki DRZ400S, but it sounds like my defintion of off road doesn't quite mesh with yours.
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Old 03-16-2010, 08:13 AM   #7
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thanks all, i'll start looking as some of those.

ya, i just tossed offroad in there because if I saw cross country, I would think of a Florida to Cal 'cross country' cruiser. I had in mind a road bike that can easily handle dirt/sand roads with the occasional muddy stream crossing. The TAT is really just wishful thinking... maybe
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Old 03-16-2010, 10:07 AM   #8
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I'm liking the looks of the wee strom... now if only it had a kickstart option
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Old 03-16-2010, 10:11 AM   #9
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I'm liking the looks of the wee strom... now if only it had a kickstart option
It has the bump start option...
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Old 03-16-2010, 10:13 AM   #10
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Nobody has kickstarters any more. And if you buy an 80s BMW the kickstarter is basically window dressing anyhow.

But the Kaswaski Versys was made with you in mind. It's like the V-Strom except it hasn't been beaten by the ugly stick.
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