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Old 6th November 2017, 09:12 PM
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After having no road bike all year and track time finished for the winter, I've decided to try and get something for the road again for a few months.
As it's obviously not sportsbike kind of weather, I'm thinking sports tourer or maybe adventure bike, something that's reasonably fun to use in the shitty Irish weather.

What's a decent option for around €3k?
I had a VFR 800 in the past, I found it very practical and a decent handling bike with a couple of tweaks. Never had any kind of adventure bike. I like the idea of hand guards and upright riding position but I've no idea what the fun factor would be like.
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Old 6th November 2017, 09:53 PM
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Not sure if this suits you but i have this for sale

https://www.donedeal.ie/motorbikes-f...r-600/17146190
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Old 6th November 2017, 10:21 PM
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I'd definitely be looking for something with a bit more wind protection
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Old 6th November 2017, 11:38 PM
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Originally Posted by sean61
I'd definitely be looking for something with a bit more wind protection
https://www.donedeal.ie/view/17113906
Honda varadero xl 1000
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Old 7th November 2017, 11:17 AM
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I saw that varadero all right and I'm interested. Specs say its 273kg, it must be hard to manage at slow speeds?

There are a couple of Aprilia Caponards on done deal too, I wonder what they be like in comparison?
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Old 7th November 2017, 11:54 AM
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Originally Posted by sean61
I saw that varadero all right and I'm interested. Specs say its 273kg, it must be hard to manage at slow speeds?

There are a couple of Aprilia Caponards on done deal too, I wonder what they be like in comparison?
Any caponards I’ve ever came across we’re broke down. Stick to a jap if you want a reliable yoke
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Old 7th November 2017, 12:54 PM
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For 3k sit up adventure style stuff with wind protection theres not much choice.

Varadero.
Tdm 900.
1150gs.
Transalp but its down on power.

Maybe a tourer would be a better option.

Fjr1300
Pan european
Dueville, again underpowered a bit.

My personal option would be a well sorted Blackbird with bar risers, a very capable and powerful bike!
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Old 7th November 2017, 01:50 PM
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Another option is VStrom 650 or 1000.
As for caponards, every one I’ve ever seen had broken dashboard...
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Old 7th November 2017, 02:42 PM
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Well that's the caponard out of the question so!
There are plenty of blackbirds for sale and to be honest I've been strongly considering one, see what all the hype is about. The only thing putting me off is that they generally don't come with luggage and the hands will be as cold as on a spin on a sportsbike.
V strom would probably be my top choice if I could find one for decent money but the bird is the most likely choice at the moment

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Old 7th November 2017, 09:48 PM
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I have this one for sale..same owner since 03.. No luggage though.

http://touch.adverts.ie/car/motorbik...kbird/14113902
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Old 14th November 2017, 05:36 PM
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I know of several Caponards around with over 100,000 miles on the clock so that's a load of nonsense anyway :)
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Old 14th November 2017, 06:00 PM
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Ive a 2000 varadero ill let on for 2k... despite size they are well balanced and actually easy to manouver around.

Also all the weak points that these have, have been addressed.
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Old 15th November 2017, 05:55 PM
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Default Re: Winter bike on a budget?

Originally Posted by sean61
I saw that varadero all right and I'm interested. Specs say its 273kg, it must be hard to manage at slow speeds?

There are a couple of Aprilia Caponards on done deal too, I wonder what they be like in comparison?
Much better engine and better handling, if one is sorted. Aftermarket suspension, a remap, a smaller front sprocket is a must. But then you will get a most comfortable wheelie machine there is.
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Old 15th November 2017, 06:24 PM
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I actually bought a blackbird over the weekend lads. Haven't been out in the dry or daylight on it yet so cant test the handling but the engine is a cracker. I know its a cliché but it really is like a turbine, smooth and powerful.
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Old 15th November 2017, 08:00 PM
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Originally Posted by sean61
I actually bought a blackbird over the weekend lads. Haven't been out in the dry or daylight on it yet so cant test the handling but the engine is a cracker. I know its a cliché but it really is like a turbine, smooth and powerful.

Well fair fucks tou you!
It fits the bill better than most others you mentioned.
I dont think you will be disapointed at all.
Get some pics up.

Theres loads of extras available for comfort and known issues.
Well wear.

http://www.jaws-motorcycles.co.uk/bird.htm
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Old 16th November 2017, 03:37 PM
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Originally Posted by johnny b
Well fair fucks tou you!
It fits the bill better than most others you mentioned.
I dont think you will be disapointed at all.
Get some pics up.

Theres loads of extras available for comfort and known issues.
Well wear.

http://www.jaws-motorcycles.co.uk/bird.htm
I've gone through all of the jaws website and there's plenty of goodies to be saving up for all right! I hope to do the fork springs after xmas sometime and maybe put a set of cans on her.

I see some people put vfr bars on theirs instead of risers. Are you familiar with this mod? I went for a decent spin the other evening and found my shoulders a bit sore after a while. Other than that they're a pretty comfy bike compared to sportsbikes which is what I'm used to
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Old 16th November 2017, 07:23 PM
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Originally Posted by sean61
I've gone through all of the jaws website and there's plenty of goodies to be saving up for all right! I hope to do the fork springs after xmas sometime and maybe put a set of cans on her.

I see some people put vfr bars on theirs instead of risers. Are you familiar with this mod? I went for a decent spin the other evening and found my shoulders a bit sore after a while. Other than that they're a pretty comfy bike compared to sportsbikes which is what I'm used to

Comfy enough, very comfy I find when moving especially on motorways, it just eats up the raod.
Start stop traffic can get a bit uncomfortable like any sporty bike.
I would hazard a guess the jaws risers are a good bit cheaper than even vfr ones from a breakers second hand.
They are in a bit of demand...
The vfr bars are mental money from honda about 190e each.
Just added the jaws risers to mine, ill let you know if they are good in a few weeks as I have a few jobs to do on her before she gets out on the road again.


Makes financial sense.
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