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Old 24th January 2019, 06:05 PM
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Default Which bike to buy - lanky - 80 miles round trip - daily motorway

Hi All,

Fu€king usual question on the forum - can throw it in with the which insurance and what tyre questions that are always asked

Looking for a new (to me) bike. I will be commuting round trip of 80 miles a day (up to 4 days a week) .

Im quite tall - looking for a good bike for the motorway with good wind/weather protection but as I will be riding though Galway looking for something that can filter aswell (No BMW'er RT's)

So far I've been thinking:

Kwacker ZZR1400
Yamaha FJR 1300
Yamaha TDM
Triumph Tiger (Was thinking the 800 but would this be ok for motorway riding (mostly))
Yamaha MT09 Tracer
Kawasaki Versys

Looking for a bike with low maintenance and wont leave me stranded.

Forgot to add - in the ballpark around €8-9k

No need to go two up or for massive luggage allowances

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Old 24th January 2019, 06:24 PM
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Originally Posted by manbearpig
Looking for a bike with low maintenance and wont leave me stranded.
It'll be Japanese so
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Old 24th January 2019, 06:55 PM
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And buying rear tyres in bundles when you see really good offers
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Old 24th January 2019, 09:41 PM
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Z1000sx might tick the boxes.
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Old 24th January 2019, 09:50 PM
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gtr you would have it all,reliability comfort well sheltered lots of power and cheap
to maintain.best of luck hope you find what suits you
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Old 24th January 2019, 11:06 PM
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You dont say what your budget is, so hard to say .


GTR or FJR would be my choice simply because thats an awful lot of chain maintenance otherwise. Shaft drive will eliminate a lot of your maintenance costs as well a eliminating oiling, adjusting and cleaning a chain on a very regular basis.

Doing the same mileage myself every day on a GSX 600F.
if you are on a tight budget you might consider a GSX-F VFR or Honda Deauville. they can be bought relatively cheap and all are fairly bullet proof.

Something else to consider before splashing all your cash on a bike is to make sure you have appropriate clothing. commuting is not fun in the pissing rain everyday for most of the year.
Two pairs of gloves, jack-et, boots, and leggings. Make sure they are decent quality waterproof leggings. A leather jack-et wont be worth a carrot commuting so either a decent quality waterproof textile jack-et, or a waterproof over jack-et to put on top of the leather jack-et.

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Old 24th January 2019, 11:31 PM
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What about the k1300s. Its fast, comfy and well specced. Heated grips and quick shifter are standard, and the electronic suspension is cool. I'm 6'1 and find it all day comfortable. Shaft drive, and servicing costs aren't too bad.
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Old 24th January 2019, 11:53 PM
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You want something with a good tank range.
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Old 25th January 2019, 01:06 AM
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KTM Adventure
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Old 25th January 2019, 01:54 AM
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Vfr 1200f get some good deals in the uk. Im 6`7" and shes very very comfortable. Doin a 60 mile round trip motorway myself and she pulls like a train. Honda build and shaft drive never gives an ounce of issues. Very underrated bike as they never sold well thus the good value in 2nd hand.
Bike mechanic buddy of mine who will only ride 1l sports was very impressed by the performance.
One issue is small tank = 18.5 litre so im getting red light on at 180 km. The reserve is about 3.5 - 4 litres and you will get another 30/40km on reserve
So thats a potential 210-220 kms a fill.
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Old 25th January 2019, 08:17 AM
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MT09 Tracer would be both comfy and savage to ride, lots of accessories for it as well at the moment to adjust to your liking.
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Old 25th January 2019, 09:30 AM
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Originally Posted by Jfarrell32
KTM Adventure
He's looking for a bike that is low maintenance...
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Old 25th January 2019, 11:28 AM
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Originally Posted by efanton
You dont say what your budget is, so hard to say .

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Around the 8-9 k.

In terms of gear - I've already added that into the equation. Commute on the bike (Honda X11) at the minute but just getting blown off it if I take the motorway.

Currently 20-25 min commute (40 - 50mins round trip) will be turning into a 40-50 min commute (1hr 30mins approx round trip)

Need good gear for any bike ride - buy cheap buy twice and all that
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Old 25th January 2019, 11:52 AM
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Who the tf uses miles. We use km in this country and have been for a long time.
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Old 25th January 2019, 12:48 PM
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Originally Posted by Christopher Livingstone Eubanks
Who the tf uses miles. We use km in this country and have been for a long time.
We're a bastard-mix when it comes to the Imperial/Metric standards.
Know anybody that goes out to the pub for a few 'half-litres' of beer?
Weight wise, a lot of people still use stone/pounds instead of kilograms.
Height, most people would use feet/inches instead of cm

Sad but true...

I don't mind km though - at least my German import beemer's speedo is fine here - no mph on it!
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Old 25th January 2019, 01:37 PM
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Yamaha SuperTenere 1200
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Old 25th January 2019, 01:45 PM
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just out of left field, why not get an older pan 1100, does everything , huge tank range, easy filter believe it or not they are quite slim, great fairing , shafty, easy maintain, stable in high winds etc and lots of good ones still out there for 2-3000, you could have a second fun machine then as well for your budget.
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Old 25th January 2019, 01:48 PM
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Default Re: Which bike to buy - lanky - 80 miles round trip - daily motorway

Originally Posted by manbearpig
round trip of 80 miles a day (up to 4 days a week) .
a good bike for the motorway with good wind/weather protection
something that can filter aswell (No BMW'er RT's)
Looking for a bike with low maintenance and wont leave me stranded.
Forgot to add - in the ballpark around €8-9k
No need to go two up or for massive luggage allowances
Unless you have a heated garage where you can oil your chain every other day and you love that sort of thing - I would suggest going for something with shaft or belt.

BMW F800GT can do it all to be honest, but everyone says Honda/Yamaha would be more reliable and cheaper to look after.
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Old 25th January 2019, 03:31 PM
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MT07 or MT09 Tracer should be comfortable and good for decent mileage. I have the xsr700 and it's great for my 30ish minute commute. It's a little exposed for motorway driving though. The MT07 or MT09 would be much better.

Personally, I think the 75 bhp MT-07 twin has is plenty of power for a commuting bike and comfortably cruises at motorway speeds. I'm not sure you'd really need (or could even easily use) the extra power of the MT-09. However, your current bike is well over 100bhp so it might feel a little underpowered in comparison.

I'm also interested to know if the lower maintenance cost of a shaft drive is offset by the normal rip-off servicing that BMW charge for everything else :)
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Old 25th January 2019, 03:54 PM
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Originally Posted by niallo
What about the k1300s. Its fast, comfy and well specced. Heated grips and quick shifter are standard, and the electronic suspension is cool. I'm 6'1 and find it all day comfortable. Shaft drive, and servicing costs aren't too bad.
Like the look of these, I'm same height so interesting you find it comfortable. Not many around though..
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