MyBB Motorcycle Owners Thread (2nd gear)

GhostSixFour

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80-90kgs (give or take a few).

TBH not interested in speed. If it can cruise all day long at 80-90km/h I'll be happy.

It'll maybe do those speeds on a level road. Not sure when the road points up if you'll make that or have anything left for overtaking, or even merging if you need to.

What is your max budget?
https://www.autotrader.co.za/bike-for-sale/bmw/f650/25889093 - a BMW 650 for R5k more than the Honda - it'll be a MUCH better experience though. And these will actually sit at 140 all day long.
If you can stretch your budget to like R50k - you can get a lovely vstrom 650: https://www.autotrader.co.za/bike-for-sale/suzuki/dl650/25867272
 

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It'll maybe do those speeds on a level road. Not sure when the road points up if you'll make that or have anything left for overtaking, or even merging if you need to.

What is your max budget?
https://www.autotrader.co.za/bike-for-sale/bmw/f650/25889093 - a BMW 650 for R5k more than the Honda - it'll be a MUCH better experience though. And these will actually sit at 140 all day long.
If you can stretch your budget to like R50k - you can get a lovely vstrom 650: https://www.autotrader.co.za/bike-for-sale/suzuki/dl650/25867272
What's the spares and services situation with the BMW like?

Can you service it yourself, and is spares generally available for it?
 

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What's the spares and services situation with the BMW like?

Can you service it yourself, and is spares generally available for it?

As far as I know it should all be available. Join the wilddogs forum - ask the questions there. I have the 800gs and I know there is more aftermarket stuff available for my bike than most others. Services really isn't that much different than other bikes.
 

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Other thing is - I've not been riding a motorcycle recently, a 650cc motorcycle will be a bit cumbersome to me, being not used to it.

I'd rather have something small and light first, get used to it, then upgrade to a larger one later.
 

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Fuel-consumption wise, is the BMW heavy on fuel?

It's a single cylinder - they aren't the lightest, but it'll also probably not be much heavier than a 125 carb. Again, on the 800 I get around 5.2l/100km - but that is with off road tyres and a heavy mass on the throttle.

I don't think this will be much more cumbersome than a 125 - I would just feel rather unsafe on something that doesn't have the go to get me out of dangerous situations.
 

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I know someone selling a 2012 KLR with 47000 km and top box for R45k. Also maybe selling my Yamaha YBR250, has about 60 something thousand kms. Wife was learning on it but needs to move to something else now.
 

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Fuel-consumption wise, is the BMW heavy on fuel?
The 650gs is a brilliant bike. I owned one for just over 2 years before I got my 1150. Great fuel economy, I got between 21 and 23 km/l. Some of the servicing you can do yourself like oil, air filter and plug etc but bigger tasks like valve clearance and brake fluid is best left to a dealer.. Parts are not a problem as there are still many of them on the road and BMW has an excellent dealer network..
 

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Had a rude awakening plus realization - motorcycles are not safe in my area - they tend to go walkabouts during the night.

So unfortunately I have to scratch this option... better this than losing a fairly-sized chunk of money due to ne'er-do-wells taking what is not theirs. :( Bummer :(
 

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Had a rude awakening plus realization - motorcycles are not safe in my area - they tend to go walkabouts during the night.

So unfortunately I have to scratch this option... better this than losing a fairly-sized chunk of money due to ne'er-do-wells taking what is not theirs. :( Bummer :(

That blows dude. :(
 

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Hi all. I'm in the market after a bit of a break. Any thoughts on HD ownership in JHB?

(Feel free to add the usual banter too - bike-curious/assless chaps/dress like a pirate/convert fuel into mostly noise :) )
JHB has re-opened as Mzansi HD. There is also ROC (Alberton) and Goldrand (Boksburg). Depending on whether you are going new or pre-owned, you get much better deals on private sales for pre-owned. Sorry for only getting back now, I took a shortcut back from my Sunday ride.
 

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JHB has re-opened as Mzansi HD. There is also ROC (Alberton) and Goldrand (Boksburg). Depending on whether you are going new or pre-owned, you get much better deals on private sales for pre-owned. Sorry for only getting back now, I took a shortcut back from my Sunday ride.

I was starting to think all the HD riders had breakdowns, and there wasn't enough oil in harties.
 

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This is what I meant about buying prvate. You can end up with a bike that has already been kitted out for the same price that the stealerships will sell the basic model.
 

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For the GS riders, I have a Toolbox that fits onto the pannier rack of a BMW GS. This is from a 1200 LC so it will fit a GS/GSA 1200/1250. R800. I am somewhere near Centurion.
 

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