January 11, 2015

Possible Means of Transport


I went a bit deeper into that rabbit hole of my latest flight of fancy. If I were to buy a bike overseas, what bike would it be? My budget is somewhat limited, as the vehicle will also need insurance as well as proper maintenance, plus I might need to have it stored between rides. Also, I'd like to have an appropriate financial wiggle room for food and shelter (you might have already guessed that I neither do camping nor fast food...).

A handful of models tickled my interest. Of course a Sportster would have to be on top of my list, as this is the bike that I am used to, and I really got into appreciating the laid back cruiser style.

Talking about cruisers, I looked up the usual suspects of classified ads, and found quite a few interesting Japanese cousins of Sporty priced for under 3,000 bucks, be it something along the lines of Yamaha Roadstar, Honda Shadow, Suzuki Marauder or Kawasaki Vulcan. Now we are talking!

2007 Kawasaki Vulcan 500LTD

A cruiser might be one option but what if there's gravel involved? I certainly know that my Sporty doesn't handle off-road stints very well. A Honda NC700X might do the trick on and off the road, albeit the investment will be considerably higher (4 - 5k $)

2012 Honda NC700X

One other viable model could be a street bike such as the Suzuki SV650. Supposedly it's quite the working horse, and often to be found well farkled up and equipped for long distance traveling.

2004 Suzuki SV650

Got any other ideas? Then please leave a note in the comment section. I am open to suggestions.

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Transportmöglichkeiten
Während ich so darüber nachdachte, welches Motorrad ich in Übersee kaufen würde, bin ich über einige Modelle gestolpert, die ggfs. in Frage kommen könnten. Mein Budget is natürlicherweise begrenzt, das Bike muss versichert und versteuert werden, braucht ab und zu einen Service und evtl. einen kostenpflichtigen Lagerplatz. Darüber hinaus benötige ich noch einen Spielraum für Essen und Schlafen, und der/die geneigte(r) Leser(in), wird inzwischen gemerkt haben, dass Camping nichts für mich ist und ich mir nichts aus billigem Fast Food mache.

An oberster Stelle steht natürlich eine Sportster. Ich bin mit dem Fahrverhalten vertraut und mag inzwischen den relaxten Cruiser Fahrstil. Manche japanische Verwandte der Harley sind drüben bereits für unter 3.000$ zu haben, wie z.Bsp. die Yamaha Roadstar, Honda Shadow, Suzuki Marauder oder Kawasaki Vulcan. Das hört sich schon mal interessant an.
Aber was ist, wenn ich mal auf Schotterstraßen unterwegs bin? Ich weiß ja, dass meine Sporty da etwas kitzlig ist, also doch etwas, dass sowohl auf Straße als auch für off-road geeignet ist? Die Honda NC700X könnte hier passen und wechselt für etwa 4-5.000$ den Besitzer, ist also schon etwas teuerer. 
Eine andere Option wäre ein Straßenmotorrad wie die Suzuki SV650, ein echtes Arbeitstier, wie ich heraus fand, oft bereits mit Tourenausstattung und trotzdem unter 3.000$ verfügbar.
Habt Ihr noch andere Ideen? Dann hinterlasst doch einen Kommentar. Ich bin für alle Vorschläge offen...

19 comments:

  1. Sidecar rig.....the snow won't stop you then..... ;)

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    1. Of course you had to bring that up. Come along as my mechanic, and I will consider it.

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  2. I've heard lots of good things about the Honda NC700X. Charlie6 is right about the sidecars...I wish I had enough experience to consider one.

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    1. Robert, on feature I really like with the NC700X is the front storage. Pretty cool.

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  3. I'll vote for sidecar rig just because of the cool factor. :) I can't really help with other dual-sport type bikes. The only ones I've looked at are the small ones. Will enjoy following your search though!

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    1. Kari, I wouldn't look that cool anymore sitting on the road side not being able to fix something. For some reason I believe that motorcycles that are no hacks simply don't have breakdowns.

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  4. Stilecht wäre in Übersee natürlich eine Sportster. Mein Favorit ist, na klar, die Honda NC700X. Ihr Staufach ist eben unschlagbar ;-)

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    1. Ach HerBert, ich sinniere auch noch. Eigentlich gehört die Sporty ja zum Amerika Trip dazu, aber ich wäre auch neugierig, mal was anderes zu fahren und die NC ist halt total anders.

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  5. Hmmm, if you are wanting to stay cruiser but also be good on gravel, look up used Triumph Americas. Brad had no problem on gravel with us two up on his. Can usually be found used at a reasonable price too.

    Because they don't sell the SV 650s anymore they can be hard to find used. But I am sure Mr. Everyday Riding (Chris) would highly recommend one.

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    1. Brandy, I had thought about interviewing you guys about the America because it is a fairly affordable bike. The only thing that worries me is Triumph's poor dealership network.

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  6. I liked the look and potential reliability of the Honda but didn't care that the only way to get ABS was to also opt for the clutch-less transmission which added quite a bit to the price. I haven't looked on the used market but I still think that it would be a good choice.

    I am also a big fan of shaft drive. One less thing to worry and less on the road maintenance.

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    1. Richard, I don't understand this policy either, why not a combination with gear shift and ABS, that would be perfect. Good point about the shaft drive, but these bikes are often quite a bit more expensive than a chain driven motorcycle.

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  7. The Kawasaki ER series might also be worth looking at. A used ER-N 650?

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    1. I was actually thinking about that model but the seat hight might be an issue, and I don't like tiptoeing around.

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  8. I'm thinking that you have many great choices and they will be narrowed down by condition, price, constraints that you've already mentioned. Good luck with you shopping!

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    1. Hi Doug, thanks for your email, I really appreciate the intel on the NC700.

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  9. Have fun shopping ... I have to agree with Richard though, (whatever brand) shaft drive makes travelling the distance way easier.

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    1. Thanks Karen, shaft drive or belt drive (my Sportster never gave me any grief) is an advantage. But chain drive isn't too bad these days either and I have been told, they are also becoming quite low-maintenance.

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  10. A shaft drive and Japanese motorcycle for reliability and dealers is all you need for fun. Oh, by the way, you can leave the bike at my house, I will keep in good condition by taking it for a ride once in a while. :-)

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