Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Albuquerque, NM, USA
Must decide how much power and versitility you need
Congrats on the LT! I'm going though a similar search to compliment my LT. I've decided fuel injection and ABS are my requirements, so that eliminates several possible contenders that you may wish to consider.
I've ridden the new Suzuki Vstrom 650; BMW R1200GS, and BMW F650GS Dakar as possible candidates. (I'm 6' 183 LBS., 31 inseem pant)
Here's my assessments for possible second bike:
F650 GS Dakar: great commuter! good-enough in not-to-harsh off-road dirt/sand/gravel, really good on slightly pot-holed dirt/gravel roads; o.k. at highway speeds less than than 70 mph. Price is right: new with ABS and heated grips $8750 ('07). However, I don't like that the controls are different than the majority of the BMW line-up. And, I'm not sure I'll like the tumper engine.
Suzuki: value is good and it would do around town, but I don't think it'll stand up to logging roads and pot-holed gravel roads I intend to ride about 20% of the time. And, I'm spoiled by BMW quality. The Suzuki dealer usually doesn't permit test rides, so I only road this bike 3 miles.
1200 GS - This one put the biggest grin on my face, but the price is steep for a second bike ($16K new w/ABS and $12K for a 2 year old in good condition). Compared to the GS Dakar: It handles much better on the street than any other bike mentione here, slightly less suited for logging roads and pot-holed gravel roads, and I don't like it's off road handling (too heavy).
I haven't ridden a used R1150 GS in the $8K price range, but I may rule that out because it might be nice to own something new or nearly new.
I also road the R1150 GSA and R1200 GSA, with the idea I would spend more for these do-all bikes, thinking maybe I would keep the LT or not. I decided the GSA's can not meet most of my touring needs - they are nowhere near as comfortable as the LT. So, the LT stays for now, and I'm looking for a fun around town, something to ride to the mountain crest, that will be fun to take on logging roads, and could be used for a touring trip in a pinch (when my brother is visiting the SW). While the GSA's could fit the bill, it's overkill and would drain my bank account as a second bike.
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