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    I'm biased as fuck but...it's very hard to beat the GSX1400 for the reasons DQ outlined and many more.
    The only issue is the width of the tank and your hip.

    Ninja-1000 would be worth a test ride, in the new bike range.

    Good luck with the hunt.
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    Gordon at Flashpixx has a great GSXS for sale and I love my ZRX1200
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    Sorry I wasn't able to comment on previous posts due to the fact that inadvertently found myself out of any sort of coverage for a couple of days.

    To start with, I will just say a huge 'like' to every post that members have posted.
    I was surprised by the variety of bikes suggested, and hadn't even considered a number of them. Many are very suitable to the life they will live, and are priced very conservatively.

    I too failed to mention that performance was great if it existed, but not a deal breaker if it was toned down. As long as it is capable. Am no MotoGP pilot..
    Many of the roads are fairly bumpy and uneven too, so being a light weight with narrow hips does factor into both riding weight of the bike, AND slow/ stop mobility.

    Will take some time to look online at a few of the bikes suggested , then trundle off to actually sit on them.

    Cheers for the input and am happy to exposed to more should any one else have other suggestions. [ insert thumbs up emoji here.. ]
    Sventek, being a predominantly lazy fuck can you please purchase some for me, bring me the stuff, create something I want after you think of it for me then clean my house, wash my car, dog, bike breathe for me.
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    If you're 62 kg and 5'8, with hip issues, tall heavyweight bikes are probably not going to help your cause.
    What do you require for fun country riding? 70 hp and some kind of fairing? Or triple that horsepower and ten engine modes?

    Anyway.
    Just in case you don't have enough browser tabs open:
    -versys 650 gets rave reviews, still kind of tall like the V strom, but much more secure handling with 17in road tyres
    -tracer 700 is well loved also
    -tidy fz8s can be had for a song
    -xj6 diversion
    -honda hornet

    if you want something unreliable
    -buell ulysses
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    I'd be curious to know a bit more about your motivation and circumstances.
    Let us know how the search pans out, and how you feel about the bikes you pass up.
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    A word of caution about the MT09. As mentioned the seat on the older models has an uncomfortable lean down towards the tank. Also the oem one....other than the newer Yamaha comfort seats...is the most uncomfortable seat I have ever had.

    I bought an airhawk and got a couple of 15mm dia closures, you see them on the bottom of tubular chair legs. Fit these to the seat underside frame pads to lift the front end up very slightly, a little side cut out is all that is needed. The seat on my 2015 model is now very comfortable and I can ride for extended periods unlike before.

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    owned a '08 street triple for around 6 years.
    It has a narrow tank, kerb side weight is 185kg and power output 79kw.
    OEM Sprockets and chain were replaced at around 50k.(which surprised me)
    Being a triple, power & torque hits the sweet spot.

    I'm 5'8, weight is 80kg and my toes touched the ground which was never problem
    for me. I've ridden metro and country runs(so many I lost count).
    The seat is a little hard and the forks were non adjustable but found this
    overall to be a balanced bike and very flickable.....So much fun.

    Go for the R model as it has fully adjustable suspension. The only downside with nakeds is the wind blast at the
    quickish speeds as you know.

    Currently looking for another bike. I test rode a ninja 650 -the twin cylinder felt under powered for mine
    but was an easy bike to ride.
    Also test rode a z750. The 4 cylinder had more power but it's a little heavy. I didn't mind it though.
    I sat on a FZ8. The seat on these are surprisingly comfortable so might test ride one soon.

    New bikes: mt07 worth a look or may be the Tracer model.

    There are sports tourers of course which are heavy ; gsx650f, triumph sprint ST(underrated bike),
    vfr800(early models didn't have the silly vtech engine)
    ....left field suggestion; Cruiser- many have narrow tanks.
    eg. yamaha bolt.

    let us know what you end up buying
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    Quote Originally Posted by Green Trident View Post
    I'd be curious to know a bit more about your motivation and circumstances.
    Let us know how the search pans out, and how you feel about the bikes you pass up.
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    Yes, that would be a much clearer reason for my asking.

    My circumstance is pretty well this..

    We have purchased a property approx 120 k's East Mandurah and around 100 k's south from Armadale. We are 25k's EAST of Boddington.

    The surrounding roads are the typical country type. Relatively fast,open, but with a whole series of 'landmines' like Roos , potholes, fallen branches and broken shoulders. [no curbs ]. I am fairly conservative with road riding and don't often flick the switch unless conditions are perfect.

    I will ride the majority of the time, in all weather and temps. I will need to head to Mandurah for medical treatment and also to catch the train to Charlie Gardners, reasonably often. Will then need to return back home as well.
    As we are a little isolated, i would like to do numerous rides to the Blue Wren and socialise with the rest of the crew who make the trip down that way, to keep my sanity.

    The closest stop is Boddo at 25k's.

    For fun, I will ride to a mates place in Margaret River every month.

    ..and finally, the old fart brigade will be doing a run to the Finke and a run to PI , because we are too stupid to realise the pitfalls of what we have entered into.

    Very few pillions, and I would like to have a reasonable all rounder that will be kept for as long as possible , with lots of kilometres on the clock by the time it finds a new home.

    Note: i'm a shit rider.
    Sventek, being a predominantly lazy fuck can you please purchase some for me, bring me the stuff, create something I want after you think of it for me then clean my house, wash my car, dog, bike breathe for me.
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    Well, if you're a shit rider, you really do need to get the best possible bike. 😋
    The perfect combination would have reliability, usable horsepower, narrow seating position, ability to stop, manoeuvre around or over Roos and a few other plus features, such as the ability to handle spontaneous off road excursions.
    The only thing wrong with a perfect ride to work is that you end up at work.
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    Cool

    Thread update...

    With all the work done with settlements and a heap of crappy weather, I was able to drop into numerous outlets and test my theoretical perfect bikes AND think more clearly on what I want/ need/ am able to ride.

    After trying the numerous larger nakeds like the GSX1400, the XJR 1300 and Bandit. Also the Z900rs ,and the DL series bikes, I have discovered that the more plush seated bikes are too wide in the seat for the hip drama. I am yet to try the ZRX1200, so is also on the list as well.
    It also put an end to my dreams of any real long distance sojourns.I reckon I realistically have 100 k's one way without a decent break and I'm done.
    Looks like a camper van with a dirty in the back instead.

    SO, tomorrow I head out to try the MT series bikes [MT 07-09 ] , the Ninja thou and the Z series bikes. Will also poke around many of the more narrow stanced bikes with a reasonably upright riding position.
    Pretty well anything with a narrow seat will get my discerning , busted arse , placed upon it's being.

    Answers at 7....


    [* next thread- what dirt bike for a broken midget with absolutely NO skillz or fitness? ]
    Sventek, being a predominantly lazy fuck can you please purchase some for me, bring me the stuff, create something I want after you think of it for me then clean my house, wash my car, dog, bike breathe for me.
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    Narrow seated bikes.. Try the Triumph range of parallel twins, so narrow I thought it was going to end up a g-string.
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    How much money are we spending? Lots of somebody else's? KTM Superduke GT
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    A brother picked up a Duke 790 yesterday. Nice bike. Light weight but around 100hp, narrow at the seat and doesn't cramp at the knees. Only problem is new and cost.
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    Regarding the zrx Recon I think you would find it pretty much the same as the other big bores. It has a nice wide comfy seat as well and the tank is pretty solid. I had no problems with it but my dimensions are different as I'm 6'1.

    Just on tanks I think my zx9 was the widest tank on a bike that i've ridden. Super comfy bike but every now n then the tank just got in the way.

    Good luck with it.

    Have you tried any other adventure style bikes? Africa twin, 690/790 adventure, GS series or tigers?
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    Amazing what you can pick up in hospitals these days, enough to turn anyone off of visiting a hospital.

    As a part time rider of a ZRX I think this sort of bike might be too heavy for you, the ZRX along with its contemporaries GSX1400, ZZr's are heavy bikes.

    Lots of choices out there, middleweight appears to be the most appropriate choice for you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nero Diablo View Post
    How much money are we spending? Lots of somebody else's? KTM Superduke GT
    I've sold a house and this will pretty well be a final chance of buying 2 bikes. Budget is 10k for a roady and around 10k for a dirty. I can stretch a bit for a light weight dirty as it will [hopefully] see more use. Unless my pole dancing career picks up soon, these bikes will be around for a good number of years or my hip ends up as jelly and I can no longer ride.

    Quote Originally Posted by AZAZL View Post
    A brother picked up a Duke 790 yesterday. Nice bike. Light weight but around 100hp, narrow at the seat and doesn't cramp at the knees. Only problem is new and cost.
    As mentioned, prolly top out at about $10 k. It may very well see most of it's time polished up and under a blanky.

    Quote Originally Posted by xrsism View Post
    Regarding the zrx Recon I think you would find it pretty much the same as the other big bores. It has a nice wide comfy seat as well and the tank is pretty solid. I had no problems with it but my dimensions are different as I'm 6'1.

    Just on tanks I think my zx9 was the widest tank on a bike that i've ridden. Super comfy bike but every now n then the tank just got in the way.

    Good luck with it.

    Have you tried any other adventure style bikes? Africa twin, 690/790 adventure, GS series or tigers?
    I have realised that my rampant midgetness HAS impacted on my choice of ride. Will def give the adventure style bikes a try, but so far ive found that seat height and being a bit toppy has been a drama. Am yet to find the Africa twin though, so will track one down and give it a go.

    Quote Originally Posted by Crim View Post
    Amazing what you can pick up in hospitals these days, enough to turn anyone off of visiting a hospital.

    As a part time rider of a ZRX I think this sort of bike might be too heavy for you, the ZRX along with its contemporaries GSX1400, ZZr's are heavy bikes.

    Lots of choices out there, middleweight appears to be the most appropriate choice for you.
    Yep, and my drive will have a very steep descent before levelling out, so any return on a damp day might end in a tits up disaster. As my 'plan' has been drastically altered due to the realisation that i'm soft as yoghurt, the middle weight bikes will definitely be explored.
    Sventek, being a predominantly lazy fuck can you please purchase some for me, bring me the stuff, create something I want after you think of it for me then clean my house, wash my car, dog, bike breathe for me.

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    Don't know if mentioned but TL1000? Narrow not too heavy and a mid range sports bike
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    Quote Originally Posted by AZAZL View Post
    Don't know if mentioned but TL1000? Narrow not too heavy and a mid range sports bike
    Thyink most of them would be pretty long in the tooth by now although would come in well under 10k.
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    Yeah, you'd think that, TL owners seem to be try hard Ducati owners in disguise and demand top dollar for what would be considered borderline wrecks.
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