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Old 11-19-2007, 11:28 AM   #1
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Default Advice needed for "mid-life" bike

OK, I am not going through some mid-life thing, I rode in my early teens until I was 22. I rode a lot of dirt and then rode a Suzuki GT550 for 2 years. I put some 20,000 miles on that bike (which I loved back then).

But, I've always had the jones for a bike. Every spring. You know the feeling.

I have read and looked at a LOT of bikes. Oh man, I love them all but, change my mind every day about which one to get!

I LOVE the KTM Adventure 990 but, wonder about if I can really enjoy this at the age of 52 now.

I love Harley's too. I never wanted to be in the "club" of them but, the new FatBob is very nice.

I also love the Yamaha Royal Star Tour Deluxe. I sat on one and was very impressed with how much bike you get. I sat in a BMW GS 1200 but, man, that's a big bike. I love the Buell Ulysses too.

I live in Maine. The roads are less than ideal. I want something that handles them (hence the Adventure thing) but, I want to be able to take my wife out for a ride too.I feel that the new Kawasaki Versys is nice but, I'd want something a bit faster after awhile. The Suzuki V-Strom 650 impresses me too but....

Hey, any advice appreciated. I know there are sooooo many bikes and I love them all. I love the Moto Guzzi Norge, the Yamaha Raider is VERY nice looking as well. I am very much in love with the British Twins. If they made a (as rumors swirl about it) bigger sized twin I'd be all over it. Love the Triumphs. But, really, you can get the underpowered Bonny's or the brutish Rockets. Wish there was a nice 1200 or so twin! Confused yet? So am I. Help me!!

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Old 11-19-2007, 01:02 PM   #2
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Well, don't solicit advice from Ken, or you'll NEVER decide on a Moto.............
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Old 11-19-2007, 01:12 PM   #3
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I LOVE the KTM Adventure 990 but, wonder about if I can really enjoy this at the age of 52 now.
Good grief. You're just rotting away aren't you.

Look, get the bike that turns you on. Quit worrying about how blankety old you are. I'm older than YOU and I never let my age stop me. And no OTHER committed rider would either.

My advice is to find something that does what you need, period.
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Old 11-19-2007, 01:27 PM   #4
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Yeah, um...52 isn't old anymore. Besides, there was a KLR owner on here for a while that was in his late 70s.

Last we heard from him; he was attempting to tow a boat with his KLR. Haven't heard from him since...
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Old 11-19-2007, 01:59 PM   #5
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What's wrong with you? I'm 59 and I am jonesing for a Tiger or a Speed Triple. Currently riding a ZRX100, GL1100, 700Magna and a DR400. What's holding you up? Go for a Ducati GT1000.
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Old 11-19-2007, 02:19 PM   #6
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Those "underpowered" Brittish twins are more fun than a pillow case full of puppies, a Trebuche`, a large piece of plywood and a gallon of paint, a 2 in. horse hide brush, a "bullseye" stencil, a keg of decent Amber Ale, a few gallons of gasoline and a book of matches!!!!!

To be honest I think your best bet would be the 650 WeeStrom...650's today are much more powerful then they were a few years ago. I think you'll be surprised.

The next bike I get will be along the lines of a Vstrom or Ulysses
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Old 11-19-2007, 04:11 PM   #7
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Bikes can handle more than the reviewers would lead you to believe. You don't need a 990 Adventurer just because the roads are less than ideal. A sport bike with springs that aren't too stiff would be fine on any thing that could be called a paved road. I've actually ridden my RS250 on a 5 mile fire road and it was just fine. (I know your not looking for that type of bike but just as an example)

Secondly your only too old if you think you are. My father is in his 70's he's racing motorcycles and goes on 8 hour rides on a bike most old people would say they couldn't even ride a mile (RS250)
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Old 11-19-2007, 05:25 PM   #8
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Oh, I really don't think I'm too old. Really, it's more to do with the time that has elapsed since my last bike. I've ridden a few. Rode my friend's loaded ElectraGlide and liked it but, it was just too mammoth for me. Trying to turn it around in the driveway was nerve racking!

See, my back is not in the best shape (degenerative disc disease) so, I'll not be doing any whoops or berms. But, I do love the idea of the Versys. If it were a bit bigger I'd like it. But, I do want something along the lines of the Adventure. I like the idea of adding luggage, and the overall less-bulkiness compared to the GS1200. Then again, I have grown fond of the Yamaha cruisers too (dealer nearby). I don't know, I'm going to get something for sure. Appreciate all the advice here.
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Old 11-19-2007, 05:44 PM   #9
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Oh, I really don't think I'm too old. Really, it's more to do with the time that has elapsed since my last bike. I've ridden a few. Rode my friend's loaded ElectraGlide and liked it but, it was just too mammoth for me. Trying to turn it around in the driveway was nerve racking!

See, my back is not in the best shape (degenerative disc disease) so, I'll not be doing any whoops or berms. But, I do love the idea of the Versys. If it were a bit bigger I'd like it. But, I do want something along the lines of the Adventure. I like the idea of adding luggage, and the overall less-bulkiness compared to the GS1200. Then again, I have grown fond of the Yamaha cruisers too (dealer nearby). I don't know, I'm going to get something for sure. Appreciate all the advice here.
Bigger? It was said earlier, don't sell current 650's short. Unless of course you're some type of behemoth.
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Old 11-19-2007, 06:35 PM   #10
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Well, don't solicit advice from Ken, or you'll NEVER decide on a Moto.............
That's ridiculous. Everyone knows that the perfect motorcycle for this man is a gently used Kawasaki Concours 1000. I'm thinking silver, pehaps with some nice accessories like a fork brace, Rifle fairing, and Corbin seat with backrest. If he could find a bike with around 30,000 miles for under $1,300, say, I dunno, $1,200, he'd be all set. He'd get the power he needs to make it fun, the comfortable and low seat, lots of storage in the quick detaching saddlebags, and plenty of protection from that cold Northern weather with the Connie's generous full fairing. If only there were such a bike for him...if only...

YOU BUY MY BIKE NOW! YOU CLAZY YOU NO BUY MY BIKE TODAY!!!!
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