Plans for the "off season"?

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Plans for the "off season"?

#1 Unread post by madjak30 »

So, is anyone planning new wheels or upgrades for next riding season?

My whole situation has changed this year. I didn't get to ride much due to my marital changes...selling house, moving, trying to see the kids as much as possible & take them on summer vacation, working out of town...it's been a crazy year. But now that life is settling into a rythm I am thinking of next season.

Since I crashed my MT-01, I don't think it is worth selling...so that will be staying as my "toy", but my new GF wants to ride with me so I am considering a touring bike. I'm currently leaning toward a bagger, but I do like the idea of an adventure touring bike...jury is out on that one right now but the budget is there, so since I seem to like spending my money...why save when you can have a new toy?

Just wondering what others were planning...I'm also hoping I get to go to the bike shows this year, missed them last year due to work :cry:

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#2 Unread post by JackoftheGreen »

MadJak, I'm upgrading to an '03 Mean Streak next summer just as soon as one pops up at the right price. Kudos on the GF ready to ride with you, is that something she's done before? If she's new to riding, a plushier bike will make her want to go again yaknow?

As for what bike, let me ask you this:

What does the Yama FJR1300A, the Kawi Concourse, the MG Cali 1400 and the Triumph TBird all have in common?

They'd all be great touring bikes, and you voted them all AWESOME on the Cool Wall recently. (-:

That's a great place to start.

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#3 Unread post by madjak30 »

Thanks...the only reason I can give for not looking at sport touring is, I'm keeping the MT-01 which is sporty enough (more of a muscle bike, but...) Still looking at baggers & adventure touring...if I was dumping my current bike, I would go with a sport touring bike for sure...but I want to keep my toy & get a comfy tourer...the adventure might be a better choice just for the longer travel suspension, lots of frost heaves & cracks in the road to deal with...never mind the pot holes.

Yes, she has ridden before. She used to ride with her Dad when she was younger, but wants to do it again. Might consider an older Goldwing? Dunno...really do like the idea of a sport touring bike, but comfort over power & speed...won't feel pushed by the bike to go faster if it's more of a layed back ride.

Mean Streak is a nice one! Joint venture between Kawasaki & Suzuki...Marauder 1600 is basically the same bike...muscle bike category.

Anyway, good luck!

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Internet glitch...posted twice :oops:
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I'm not changing bikes. Just giving my bike some delayed maintenance.
Changing pushrod tube seals, changing rear drive pivot bearings, pulling and opening and cleaning up the carbs.
Already greased clutch splines and replaced the drive shaft (precautionary) this Fall.
And all this started because I needed new tires in midsummer - the old ones were just old and hard from age (and disuse).

Been thinking about what kind of small dirt bike to get for trail riding if I should be so lucky as to retire in the forseeable future.
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#6 Unread post by blues2cruise »

You could try a Super Tenere.
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#7 Unread post by GS_in_CO »

blues2cruise wrote:You could try a Super Tenere.
It has a great reputation and many fans and that's where I'd look if I were going to replace my R100GS. But I'm not in the market.
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blues2cruise wrote:You could try a Super Tenere.
I'm considering that...they have dropped in price too, not as popular as Yamaha thought they would be.
Also eyeballing the Versys 1000, the 2014 Suzuki V Strom 1000...but if I'm going to stretch the budget, I really like the Triumph Explorer!

We'll see...might just go with a touring bike (Yamaha Venture...very comfy)

Don't know which direction I will go...I think I need to have a garage full of bikes to be satisfied!

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madjak30 wrote:
blues2cruise wrote:You could try a Super Tenere.
I'm considering that...they have dropped in price too, not as popular as Yamaha thought they would be.

I think the price was an issue. They are expensive. Here in Canada they only had the 1200cc model. They may have sold more in Canada if they brought the 800cc here. I think they were more popular in Europe.


We'll see...might just go with a touring bike (Yamaha Venture...very comfy)

You could ask drbar what he thinks of the Royal Venture....I did a demo ride on one. In Colorado to be exact. I went to a women's motorcycle conference there. Each demo ride lasted about 30 minutes. I thought it was underpowered for being a 4 cylinder bike. It didn't seem to have much acceleration on the highway. Or maybe I just didn't know how to handle it.... :dunno: It was also too big structurally for me. Later.
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#10 Unread post by GS_in_CO »

From my reading elsewhere I think there are rider-selectable programs for the ST.
And the aftermarket reprograms are where folks are very happy with those bikes - they say it really wakes it up as well as makes it less throttle snatchy.
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madjak30 wrote:Also eyeballing the Versys 1000, the 2014 Suzuki V Strom 1000....
I can whole heartily recommend the 1st gen V-Strom 650, the 1000 was pretty much the same oomph as it has more weight to pull but the engine wasn't as smooth and more thirsty. The DL650 could go 500 miles on a tank! The Versys 1000 is a really sweet bike, I saw it/sat on it the day it was released and it's a cross between a inline-4 sportbike and a tourer. I'd go for that myself if I wanted that power for touring, but if it was for dual-sport, I wouldn't consider a inline-4 off-road really. But if you are looking for muscle-touring, the Versys 1000 is right in that ball park.

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As for winter plans for me, there isn't nearly as much excitement as what y'all are doing as I bought my new bike last year. (wow, it's been 1 year, I'll have to post that in my blog now). So I'll just be continuing to ride over the winter and enjoy year-round riding! Never know how long that opportunity might last so I plan on taking advantage of it as much as possible. :D

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#13 Unread post by sunshine229 »

LOL had to laugh because I just came out of the off season in September... ;)

I have no plans on switching up my Ninja 650R, I love it waaaayyyy too much!
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