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01-07-2019, 16:32   #16
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One thing from this thread you'll learn is there's a lot of great bikes in the adventure bike category and everyone has their favourite.

Personally I'd go with a multistrada.
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As a big man who rides many k miles for pleasure and the (long) daily commute, I want to point one more finger at the Varadero. I have one for a couple months now and I'm well pleased. Huge tank, range worthy of respect, massively comfortable and many other pro's that I will only list if anyone is interested in the topic.
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As a big man who rides many k miles for pleasure and the (long) daily commute, I want to point one more finger at the Varadero. I have one for a couple months now and I'm well pleased. Huge tank, range worthy of respect, massively comfortable and many other pro's that I will only list if anyone is interested in the topic.
The only advice I'd offer for a prospective Vara buyer is to get the later fuel injected six speed one. The earlier carb model was a bit unrefined in comparison. Watch out for camchain tensioner rattles.
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The only advice I'd offer for a prospective Vara buyer is to get the later fuel injected six speed one. The earlier carb model was a bit unrefined in comparison. Watch out for camchain tensioner rattles.
Is there any difference in fuel consumption between the carb and fi model? Cheers.
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I'm on my ninth 1150 GS Adventure. It's a 2002 model with 27,000 miles on it. It's my main transport and is used every day. Wont rust, wont stop working because of canbus or a computer :-) . And they don't depreciate.
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I'm on my ninth 1150 GS Adventure. It's a 2002 model with 27,000 miles on it. It's my main transport and is used every day. Wont rust, wont stop working because of canbus or a computer :-) . And they don't depreciate.
Why you on your ninth then ?

If you changed one every two year's since they started making them then you wouldn't have had it long enough for problems
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Why you on your ninth then ?

If you changed one every two year's since they started making them then you wouldn't have had it long enough for problems
I love the chase involved in the buying process. Always buy in October to January (much lower prices) and sell in May to August. I've just seen a 2005 1150 Adventure with 6,000 miles on it so here we go again. . . . . . . . . . .
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Money no object I would get the KTM 1290 Super Adventure S.....PURE BIKE PORN WITH THE POWER TO MATCH!
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Money no object I would get the KTM 1290 Super Adventure S.....PURE BIKE PORN WITH THE POWER TO MATCH!
Meh!, I just think the big headlight on the KTM’s and the VStrom are so fugly. It’s a face only a mother could love
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Meh!, I just think the big headlight on the KTM’s and the VStrom are so fugly. It’s a face only a mother could love
I'm with you on the KTM''s. ....Suzuki I could live with
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Meh!, I just think the big headlight on the KTM’s and the VStrom are so fugly. It’s a face only a mother could love
No way.

Its an absolutely stunning piece of kit from top to toe....I know beauty is in the eye of the beholder but its nice to see bikes breaking from the norm. And the technology in that front headlight is unreal.

IMHO, its just incredible.
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I have a 1290s, you get used to the headlight, looks better when it's actually on. Most of it is the cornering lights....
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Another thing to consider with adventure style bikes is, if you live in a housing estate, can you get it down the side of the house. Had a vfr , could basically drive through my side entrance, have since owned a VARADERO 1000, VStrom 650 and Nc750x and it's a bit of a struggle to get them through a 36 inch door. Was looking at a Super Tenere, but with the handguards I've read they are about 39 inches.
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Another thing to consider with adventure style bikes is, if you live in a housing estate, can you get it down the side of the house. Had a vfr , could basically drive through my side entrance, have since owned a VARADERO 1000, VStrom 650 and Nc750x and it's a bit of a struggle to get them through a 36 inch door. Was looking at a Super Tenere, but with the handguards I've read they are about 39 inches.
Same with the BMW adventure bikes, all very wide. We had to cut up our side gate to get them in.
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I have a 1290s, you get used to the headlight, looks better when it's actually on. Most of it is the cornering lights....
How do you find the Wings exhaust? And where did you purchase it from?

Also do you find the powerparts seat over the stock worth the investment?
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