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Thelostone
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PostPosted: 19:39 - 20 Sep 2017    Post subject: My turn for a recommend me a bike thread Reply with quote

I have £2,500 burning a hole in my wallet and so am looking to replace the now dead Freewind. Can anybody recommend something similar but newer? The Freewind (a DR650 in a fancy dress) was very capable both on and off road, whereas (as I understand it) the replacement Vstrom is a road bike styled as an adventure bike.

Short term it will be used for a London commute with frequent trips to Devon. Come the new year it it will be used for a 30 mile rural commute including a 2 mile unmade lane.

I would like an upright riding position, and I prefer a gentle bimble rather than scraping the pegs/knee down. And reliability is very important.

Considering the Vstrom or Versys, how do they compare reliability wise or is there something else I should consider.

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Fazer The Bastard
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PostPosted: 20:20 - 20 Sep 2017    Post subject: Reply with quote

FZS600.
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garth
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PostPosted: 20:32 - 20 Sep 2017    Post subject: Reply with quote

Owned two FZS600's, suit hooning more than bimbling.

Replaced my V Strom with a Versys, my second Versys actually, this time a 2011 mk2.

Didn't care for the bulk of the Strom, or how much of a pain it was to work on. Versys handles much better, is lighter, good on fuel, reliable ( I did 2300 miles two up in two weeks ) and generally, for me, more fun. And looks better.

You can have mine for a very large chunk under your budget if you want. 2011, full luggage, red, new exhaust, recent tyres, mra screen etc etc

Mine has an ER6 engine fitted, which gives it a free-er revving nature, but could be changed back with a cam swap if you prefer. (I have still)

Let me know if you want pics.
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garth
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PostPosted: 20:38 - 20 Sep 2017    Post subject: Reply with quote

Re reliability, many people have done mega miles on V Stroms, but the thing that made me not want to take it on my euro trip was when the high pressure filter blocked. Changing it was costly, and time consuming. Then the idle control valve went tits, then a wire in the loom broke. This was on a 6 year old 12k mile bike!

Maybe I got a lemon but it annoyed me enough that I sold it on asap.
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Thelostone
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PostPosted: 20:54 - 20 Sep 2017    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cheers garth. I hadn't thought of ease of working on, the Freewind was a right pain in that regard.

Yes I am interested in your bike if you could pm me pics/info.

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garth
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PostPosted: 21:08 - 20 Sep 2017    Post subject: Reply with quote

PM'd.
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PostPosted: 21:40 - 20 Sep 2017    Post subject: Reply with quote

Transalp. Newest model in your price range.
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stinkwheel
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PostPosted: 23:34 - 20 Sep 2017    Post subject: Reply with quote

Don't feel you need to get an adventure bike just to ride along the lane. I take my fully laden VFR750 along rediculously rough dirt tracks for the last couple of miles of camping runs. You can easily ride a road bike on offroad conditions.

That said, you'll get a very tidy "cartoon" 955 Triumph Tiger for the money you're talking about
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