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2nd motorcycle!

I can't believe I got the green light from the wife to get a second bike! Now I just need to figure out what I want and how I'm going to pay for it!

An RT, dual sport, maybe even a Harley. I really like the new triumph trophy but it's out of the price range.

Right now the RT has the edge. I want the 2nd bike to be a completely different riding experience than the LT.

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post #2 of 18 Old Mar 25th, 2013, 12:48 pm
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Re: 2nd motorcycle!

That's exactly why I bought the G650 Xcountry

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Re: 2nd motorcycle!

I just picked up a new DR650 and love how light it is. I have set it up for Adv riding with Wolfman Expedition bags skid plate etc.. Plenty of stuff available to setup the bike however you want to use it. Inexpensive to buy and to own. Compare the cost of parts between BMW and Suzuki. Easy to work on and maintain. When traveling there is always a dealer somewhere closer than BMW shops. Dependable. Capable. Another similar alternative is the Kawasaki KLR650. I wanted to be able to get off the beaten path is why I chose the DR650. And don't forget whatever you decide on make sure it gives you that smile factor as you are going down the road. Just my 2 cents.

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An RT would be good, but a GS would be quite a difference.

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post #5 of 18 Old Mar 26th, 2013, 2:56 pm
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Re: 2nd motorcycle!

How is an RT completely diffent from a LT?
And I imagine you asked if it was OK to get a 2nd
bike but have little idea of what you want? Then why
do you need one? Figure that out first.
"Different" how?
Looks? Handling? Size? Weight?
IMO A R1200C is a nice complement to an LT.
The LT for distance and the C for shorter hops.

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Re: 2nd motorcycle!

I think get what you like but if it was me I would go for something that will play in the dirt or at least on gravel. To me the KLR suggestion seems spot on but if you prefer the RT to compliment the LT why not.

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An RT, dual sport, maybe even a Harley. I really like the new triumph trophy but it's out of the price range.

Right now the RT has the edge.
Do I assume your talking about a second hand RT then? Because new the Triumph is cheaper than a similarly spec'd RT. btw, I have one and it's brilliant and what you want - a totally different riding experience to the LT. In fact you won't need to keep the LT!
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Re: 2nd motorcycle!

I am looking at the F 800 ST ot new GT for when I get to that point.

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...IMO A R1200C is a nice complement to an LT.
The LT for distance and the C for shorter hops.
+1

I have an LT and an R1200C, keep trying to convince myself to sell the C and get a GS because I got a hankering for one real bad. The problem is that every time I hop on the C I just fall in love with it all over again, I think I really need a third bike - yeah, that's it, a third bike

I will say this about an R1200C, if you ever think you want one, look for and buy one with the extras and farkles that you want already installed and pay the price because accessories for that are more expensive than for an LT - that is if you can even find them. As an example, it you wanted to add saddlebags to an R1200C you're looking at $700-$800 for average condition used gear. I would like to put a windshield on mine and might even be willing to pay the ~$500 to do so, but in 3 years I have been unable to locate the correct arms for my handlebar configuration.

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I am looking at the F 800 ST ot new GT for when I get to that point.
For these bikes, the rubber toothed drive belt is $434 and the replacement interval is 24K miles.

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Do I assume your talking about a second hand RT then? Because new the Triumph is cheaper than a similarly spec'd RT. btw, I have one and it's brilliant and what you want - a totally different riding experience to the LT. In fact you won't need to keep the LT!

Yes, I'd be looking for a used bike. I need to keep the LT for my SO. A dual sport sounds great but I'm afraid I'd get tired of that. I'd use an RT or similar for commuting to work and short hops around town

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Re: 2nd motorcycle!

My wife loved our 2003 LT. She's the reason we bought it in the first place. Put over 69,000 miles on it with her, including a Saddlesore 1000.

That all changed when she got on the Multistrada. "Get rid of the LT and get this."

Yes, dear...

This past August we did a Saddlesore 1000 on the Multistrada. Actually two but didn't document the second. Rode from SoCal to Portland, OR on a Thursday and returned home on Sunday.

Good luck in your search!

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I can't believe I got the green light from the wife to get a second bike! Now I just need to figure out what I want and how I'm going to pay for it!

Good for you. Unfortunately I'm in the one bike, one wife camp, and more than one of either will get me in trouble.

So are you going to bring something new to the STC?

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Good for you. Unfortunately I'm in the one bike, one wife camp, and more than one of either will get me in trouble.

So are you going to bring something new to the STC?

Naw, it wont happen that fast. Still not real sure what I want

More than likely I'll end up with an RT

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Now I'm leaning more toward the dual sport option. I have a buddy that has the Yamaha super T and he loves it. I have my eye on a used Triumph Tiger 800. The price is much closer to my price range and we have lots of gravel up here in N. MI. The thing I really don't like is the 32.7" seat height. It seems all of the dual sport bikes have a very tall seat. Being 5'7" with a 30"inseam that means I'll be on my tip toes.

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Hey Dave,

Have you considered a classic, maybe mid-80's Air-Head? Quite different in every respect, except the RT provides the protection you enjoy on the LT. I'm no gearhead, but I find its simplicity a great way to learn and become comfortable with wrenching. Not that I've done all that much, but tech sessions happen more frequently than I have found for the LT.
Just a thought since that's the way I went to find something completely different and I've always wanted a "classic" BMW MC.

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Good for you. Unfortunately I'm in the one bike, one wife camp, and more than one of either will get me in trouble.
A few days ago, I mentioned to my wife that I would like a second bike. Her reply was "can I get a second husband?"

Iknew where she was going so I said "if you think you really need one"

That didn't go over so well.

If a second bike was to come into the garage, it would be F800GS, KLR, or V-Strom 650, but I don't see that happening.

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Negotiating now on a used Triumph Tiger 800.

None of those old bikes interest me like the dual sport.

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