Originally Posted by DigB
Hey, I'm probably a year or three away from having the extra $$ to buy a motorcycle but I'm trying to narrow down my options. My Brother owns a Kawasaki KLR650 and he loves it and he is the main reason why I want to get a bike. I like the versatility of the KLR and the ability to go just about anywhere but I am not set on a KLR.....I am really wanting a nice touring bike but the off road ability is very appealing. so my main choices right now are a KLR650, a BMW R1200GSA or the smaller one, and a Suzuki V-Strom 1000 which I think is my favorite, more power than the KLR and not as expensive as the BWM. What is everyone's opinion of these and are there others that I should be looking at?
I know there is the KTM option but I've heard they are expensive. My budget would be about 5-7K.
With a budget of 5-7K, I think a R1200GSA will probably be hard to find. It is a great tourer though and easy to service. If you have the talent, will go through some pretty rough stuff with a set of TKC80 tires.
The KLR is not going to be a very good tourer when compared to the V-Strom. If you want a little more gravel road ability than the big V-Strom has, then take a good look at the 650 Wee-Strom. It has plenty of power for touring, better fuel range and is easier to ride off pavement.
The big KTM 950/990 (also expensive) is the dirtiest of all the big dualsport bikes and is serious fun to ride off pavement, but it's not as comfortable as the V-Strom or GS on pavement and is much more labour intensive to service.
I would suggest that for your budget, the 650 Wee-Strom would be a great bike. The suspension is just ok on the V-Stroms but they are affordable and proven to be very reliable machines.