Time for a new bike...again?

User avatar
madjak30
Legendary 500
Legendary 500
Posts: 563
Joined: Wed Jul 27, 2011 1:29 pm
Sex: Male
Years Riding: 3
My Motorcycle: 2006 Yamaha MT-01
Location: Central Alberta, Canada

Time for a new bike...again?

Unread post by madjak30 » Wed Jun 06, 2012 12:51 am

Now that I have gotten the go ahead from wifey to take our daughter on rides...she has now said that she wouldn't mind going for a ride once in a while too...so I'm thinking that the Yamaha MT-01 isn't the right bike for two up touring...so I will probably be trading this great bike in on a more sensible choice...

I'm kinda leaning towards a Suzuki DL1000 VStrom...it's not pretty, but it will do everything I might want to do...I'm just wondering if I should go with a more touring oriented bike, either sport touring or cruiser, or if the adventure touring is the way to go...I went for the "Cool Bike" last time and I am finding that it really wasn't the best choice. Don't get me wrong, I still love the MT-01 but the 15L tank and more sporting ergonomics...well I could have picked a more sensible bike for the riding I do...commuting & touring.

Anyway, what would your suggestion be for a bike? The budget will be $8-9000...I'll start shopping...

Later.
-=-= Remember, if you're not having fun you're doing it wrong!! =-=-

User avatar
sapaul
Legendary 2000
Legendary 2000
Posts: 2381
Joined: Wed Jul 20, 2005 9:45 am
Sex: Male
Years Riding: 90
My Motorcycle: 2011 R1200R 07 BMW GS, Kymco 250 Dink
Location: South Africa
Contact:

Re: Time for a new bike...again?

Unread post by sapaul » Wed Jun 06, 2012 3:43 am

PPFFF nothing wrong with a DL 1000, great bike and very few get to this bike's limit I can tell you. How about the TDM 900 or a BMW R1150/1200R
I spent my therapy money an a K1200S
The therapy worked, I got a GS now
A touch of insanity crept back in the shape of an R1200R

Wrider
Site Supporter - Gold
Site Supporter - Gold
Posts: 5285
Joined: Wed Aug 16, 2006 7:46 pm
Real Name: Ryan
Sex: Male
Years Riding: 4
My Motorcycle: 2005 Kawasaki Z750S
Location: Colorado Springs, CO
Contact:

Re: Time for a new bike...again?

Unread post by Wrider » Wed Jun 06, 2012 4:50 am

The DL is a good bike for sure!
If you're going for adventure touring, it is compulsory I throw in the Yamaha Super Tenere. Comes with extra slots in the fuse block, mounts for foglights, adjustable seat height, heck it even has a remote preload adjuster for the rear shock. A friend of mine is setting his up for a trip to the Arctic Circle this summer and I'm very jealous of it lol.
Ironically though, his son is joining him (son's my age) on his very own DL1000.
Have owned - 2001 Suzuki Volusia
Current bike - 2005 Kawasaki Z750S
MMI Graduation date January 9th, 2009. Factory Certifications in Suzuki and Yamaha

User avatar
BobK
Legendary
Legendary
Posts: 251
Joined: Wed Feb 15, 2012 12:03 pm
Real Name: Victor Robert Kennedy
Sex: Male
Years Riding: 43
My Motorcycle: Harley-Davidson XR1200

Re: Time for a new bike...again?

Unread post by BobK » Wed Jun 06, 2012 10:27 am

I had a backrest installed on my bike and my wife and daughter both say it makes riding much more comfortable for them. If it's only for short rides I don't think it would be worth selling your bike and getting another one, unless you want to get a different bike anyway.

User avatar
ceemes
Legendary 2000
Legendary 2000
Posts: 2134
Joined: Fri Jun 22, 2007 11:35 pm
Real Name: a big secret
Sex: Male
Years Riding: 26
My Motorcycle: 1998 Triumph Trophy
Location: Burnaby, BC, Canada, Sol 3, the Milky Way Galaxy, the Known Universe.

Re: Time for a new bike...again?

Unread post by ceemes » Wed Jun 06, 2012 6:42 pm

If you want a truly sporty sport touring bike, you can't go wrong with the Triumph Sprint ST or GT models. The older Kawasaki Concours are also a great bike. Not to sure about the new Connies and Honda ST's, they seem a bit big.
Always ask why.

Image

Wrider
Site Supporter - Gold
Site Supporter - Gold
Posts: 5285
Joined: Wed Aug 16, 2006 7:46 pm
Real Name: Ryan
Sex: Male
Years Riding: 4
My Motorcycle: 2005 Kawasaki Z750S
Location: Colorado Springs, CO
Contact:

Re: Time for a new bike...again?

Unread post by Wrider » Thu Jun 07, 2012 4:48 am

If you're just going for sport touring, I'd definitely suggest you take a look at the C14, the ST1300, and the FJR1300.

C14 is very fast (local guy has one and can outrun me when we're both at full throttle), and both the C14 and ST1300 come in police versions so you know they handle well (our local cops are on ST1300s). The FJR is pretty much agreed upon by reviewers as the sportiest of the choices, but still very comfortable.
Have owned - 2001 Suzuki Volusia
Current bike - 2005 Kawasaki Z750S
MMI Graduation date January 9th, 2009. Factory Certifications in Suzuki and Yamaha

User avatar
Grey Thumper
Legendary 1000
Legendary 1000
Posts: 1434
Joined: Thu Apr 26, 2007 5:21 am
Real Name: Dino
Sex: Male
Years Riding: 9
My Motorcycle: 2004 BMW R1150Rockster, 2015 BMW R1200GS
Location: Manila, Philippines

Re: Time for a new bike...again?

Unread post by Grey Thumper » Fri Jun 08, 2012 6:08 am

madjak30 wrote:Now that I have gotten the go ahead from wifey to take our daughter on rides...she has now said that she wouldn't mind going for a ride once in a while too...
Doesn't sound like you're going to be needing a sport tourer for an occasional quick ride. Like BobK said, it'd be a pity to sell a bike you already love.

But if you still feel like getting one, might want to consider a Honda VFR800 or a BMW F800ST. The 1000cc + sport tourers have already been mentioned. A smaller bike might be cheaper to buy and run, as well as more fun to throw around. As always, depends on how you want to ride.
"If you ride like there's no tomorrow, there won't be."

User avatar
sapaul
Legendary 2000
Legendary 2000
Posts: 2381
Joined: Wed Jul 20, 2005 9:45 am
Sex: Male
Years Riding: 90
My Motorcycle: 2011 R1200R 07 BMW GS, Kymco 250 Dink
Location: South Africa
Contact:

Re: Time for a new bike...again?

Unread post by sapaul » Fri Jun 08, 2012 7:00 am

Good choices there too
I spent my therapy money an a K1200S
The therapy worked, I got a GS now
A touch of insanity crept back in the shape of an R1200R

User avatar
High_Side
Moderator
Moderator
Posts: 4509
Joined: Fri Nov 28, 2003 8:05 pm
Sex: Male
Years Riding: 41
My Motorcycle: Multistrada, SuperDuke 990, Africa Twin
Location: Calgary AB, Can

Re: Time for a new bike...again?

Unread post by High_Side » Fri Jun 08, 2012 7:53 am

The DL1000 is a great bike and I have ridden with a guy who can really make his move through the twisties. Besides the looks the only bad thing that I can say is that some guys who have bought the super-practical V-Stroms after coming of of sport-tourers missed the sharper handling and fun factor of these bikes. I had convinced myself at one point that the V-Strom is what I need until I rode one - and it was like giving up the sports-car for the station wagon. "Damn this wagon is handy, but why am I not smiling?" It's a subjective thing and many guys can have more fun being practical. It's all whatever floats your own boat.

User avatar
sunshine229
Moderator
Moderator
Posts: 1837
Joined: Sun Nov 23, 2003 6:02 pm
Real Name: Andrea aka Mrs. Total Motorcycle
Sex: Female
Years Riding: 14
My Motorcycle: 2013 Moto Guzzi V7 Stone
Location: Waterloo, ON

Re: Time for a new bike...again?

Unread post by sunshine229 » Sat Jun 09, 2012 12:20 pm

Well said High_Side - and given that Mike owned one (DL 650) and said practically the same thing that you just said, must mean it's a common thought. Mike called his bike "Chesterfield" becuase it was like a big old comfy couch, but in reality didn't give him as much fun as he was hoping for.
Andrea :sun:

User avatar
madjak30
Legendary 500
Legendary 500
Posts: 563
Joined: Wed Jul 27, 2011 1:29 pm
Sex: Male
Years Riding: 3
My Motorcycle: 2006 Yamaha MT-01
Location: Central Alberta, Canada

Re: Time for a new bike...again?

Unread post by madjak30 » Sat Jun 09, 2012 8:02 pm

You guys are right...I just did a Suzuki Demo Dayz...tested the M50 cruiser again (they didn't have any bigger ones, so I wanted to just see the wind protection), but that just isn't for me...I also tried the DL650 (again they didn't have the DL1000 out for demo), it was a nice bike to ride. Quite comfortable, but just not as fun as I would want...not yet anyway...I got back on my bike afterward and it just reminded me why I bought it in the first place...NO REPLACEMENT FOR DISPLACEMENT!! Torque rules.

I think I will just pick up a fly screen, luggage rack and keep the huge grin behind my helmet...I do love my bike. Unless wifey lets me get a second bike, that's a whole different situation.

Later.
-=-= Remember, if you're not having fun you're doing it wrong!! =-=-

User avatar
BobK
Legendary
Legendary
Posts: 251
Joined: Wed Feb 15, 2012 12:03 pm
Real Name: Victor Robert Kennedy
Sex: Male
Years Riding: 43
My Motorcycle: Harley-Davidson XR1200

Re: Time for a new bike...again?

Unread post by BobK » Sun Jun 10, 2012 9:32 am

I've never seen one in person, but from the Youtube videos I've seen, the MT-01 might be the only bike to tempt me off my XR1200.

User avatar
sunshine229
Moderator
Moderator
Posts: 1837
Joined: Sun Nov 23, 2003 6:02 pm
Real Name: Andrea aka Mrs. Total Motorcycle
Sex: Female
Years Riding: 14
My Motorcycle: 2013 Moto Guzzi V7 Stone
Location: Waterloo, ON

Re: Time for a new bike...again?

Unread post by sunshine229 » Sun Jun 10, 2012 11:29 am

Glad to see you've renewed your love for your MT-01! To me, it sounds like a the test drives led to a great resolution. :mrgreen:
Andrea :sun:

User avatar
madjak30
Legendary 500
Legendary 500
Posts: 563
Joined: Wed Jul 27, 2011 1:29 pm
Sex: Male
Years Riding: 3
My Motorcycle: 2006 Yamaha MT-01
Location: Central Alberta, Canada

Re: Time for a new bike...again?

Unread post by madjak30 » Sun Jun 10, 2012 11:56 pm

BobK wrote:I've never seen one in person, but from the Youtube videos I've seen, the MT-01 might be the only bike to tempt me off my XR1200.
I don't know if you are from the States or not, but the MT-01 was never imported by Yamaha USA...so Canada only...and sales were slow for it, they are a bit of a rare bike. As for Harley, there are only a few that I really like...and the XR1200 is definitely among them (I've always liked the Vrod, but there are a few Buells that I like...motors based on Sportster motors like yours)

Anyway, I'm still going to keep looking...but the one I choose will have to put the same smile on my face and offer a little more of either comfort or versatility (preferably both!) I do still want to try the Versys 1000, the Triumph Tiger 800XC, Yamaha FJR1300 and Honda ST1300...so I will watch for bikes in the show rooms and ask for test rides...I'll have to make sure I take my VholdR camera with me on the test rides (I did for the M50 & DL650...videos to come)
sunshine229 wrote:Glad to see you've renewed your love for your MT-01! To me, it sounds like a the test drives led to a great resolution. :mrgreen:
Yup, when I got on my bike and fired it up...my immediate reaction was "nope, those just won't cut it...not compared to this...", and as I rode away I could see others watching me leave, possibly wondering what bike I was on...like BobK said, not a lot of people have seen one in person and hearing it is just that much better...kinda like seeing a muscle car in a parking lot, then hearing it fire up and pull away...that's the feeling I get with my MT-01...ROCK STAR!

Later.
-=-= Remember, if you're not having fun you're doing it wrong!! =-=-

User avatar
BobK
Legendary
Legendary
Posts: 251
Joined: Wed Feb 15, 2012 12:03 pm
Real Name: Victor Robert Kennedy
Sex: Male
Years Riding: 43
My Motorcycle: Harley-Davidson XR1200

Re: Time for a new bike...again?

Unread post by BobK » Tue Jun 12, 2012 3:43 pm

Nope, not in the States. I have the only XR1200 in Slovenia. I bought it in Austria and had to go to the local DMV here to register it. They had to make a new entry in the database for this model. Just about every place I park it, some old guy comes up and says "Is that really a Harley? I didn't know they made Harleys that look like that!"

Post Reply

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 58 guests

cron