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    Motorbike advice

    Hi all,

    I'm looking at getting a new motorbike soon. I had a semi-auto scooter for a year, then moved country and for the past couple of months, I've been riding a TVS HLX 150 - basically a cheap, Indian manual bike that's only 150cc and tops out on the flat at 70 km/h.

    I'm wanting to upgrade to something with a bit more power than can handle both longer distance road trips, and rough terrain (the road to where I live is on the side of a mountain and is so bad it may as well not exist).

    There are a bunch of late-model dirt bikes in town - CRF230f, CRF250f, KLX230r etc - which are all around the $2000 mark. There are also a bunch of larger bikes - CRF1000R Africa Twin, BMW R1200GS etc - which are more like $3000 - $5000.

    I'm not really sure what to buy. I feel like the dirt bikes won't be great on the flat once I get down the mountain, and the gas tanks will be smaller. The bigger bikes are far bigger than anything I've ever ridden and I'll probably die if I try them. So, if you were in the position where you were going to be doing 80% on-road and 20% off-road, and had a relatively small budget, what bike would you buy and/or suggest for a fairly new rider?

    Thanks in advance!

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    Get a medium sized [up to 650cc] dual purpose bike, it'll do both jobs fine.

    Stay right away from the big bikes, they're huge heavy machines and require a high level off road skills.

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    Royal Enfield Himalyian

    check out this channel if you want to see one cover large distances https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEI...W9WmYtsOcJBwTg

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    guv wrote:
    Royal Enfield Himalyian

    check out this channel if you want to see one cover large distances https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEI...W9WmYtsOcJBwTg
    Get a grip.

    https://www.trademe.co.nz/motors/mot...e1565de65b-004

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    I do like the look of the Himalayan but unfortunately it isn't available in Tanzania where I am now. I'm stuck with mostly big adventure bikes or smaller dirt bikes unfortunately.

    Do you have any thoughts on the BMW G650 GS or the KTM Enduro 690? I Imagine I could get either of those.
    Last edited by theradio; 11th September 2019 at 6:37 pm.

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    theradio wrote:
    I do like the look of the Himalayan but unfortunately it isn't available in Tanzania where I am now. I'm stuck with mostly big adventure bikes or smaller dirt bikes unfortunately.

    Do you have any thoughts on the BMW G650 GS or the KTM Enduro 690? I Imagine I could get either of those.
    Both great bikes.

    Himalayan is a simple bike and good in parts of the World where it's parts and service are available, but it's old tech and wouldn't compete with either the BMW or KTM.

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    Do you have the appropriate license to ride the likes of the Africa Twin and GS? Insurance
    I recommend checking out the BMW 800 GS

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    jdz wrote:
    Do you have the appropriate license to ride the likes of the Africa Twin and GS? Insurance
    I recommend checking out the BMW 800 GS
    License isn't the point, read his post.

    OP doesn't have anywhere near enough experience to ride those bikes.

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    Zarkov wrote:
    OP doesn't have anywhere near enough experience to ride those bikes.
    Fair call.
    I'm a pretty big advocate for starting small and working your way up

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    jdz wrote:
    Fair call.
    I'm a pretty big advocate for starting small and working your way up
    Yeah I've been riding for a couple of years but only on scooters and smaller bikes. I want to work my way up, but it seems like there's only dirtbikes and huge adventure bikes here

    I might be asking for the impossible. I'd rather something that was more road bike than dirt bike (but able to handle some rough roads), still relatively small (maybe between 250-400 cc), and cheap-ish. Large-ish fuel tank and comfortable seat.

    I rode an old Honda FTR 223 a bit back in Cambodia and that was a perfect bike - I loved it. Can't really find them here though. Something similar would be perfect. I might just have to try and find something like a CRF250L and pad the seat and fill up often.

    License isn't an issue. Trying to find a bike I won't die on is. :P
    Last edited by theradio; 13th September 2019 at 4:31 am.

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    I think I may have found the answer...

    https://rideexpeditions.com/bmw-g310...venture-light/

    It's made in India to BMW's spec by TVS, which is the Indian company that made my current little 150cc bike. Means I can probably get it here.

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    theradio wrote:
    I think I may have found the answer...

    https://rideexpeditions.com/bmw-g310...venture-light/

    It's made in India to BMW's spec by TVS, which is the Indian company that made my current little 150cc bike. Means I can probably get it here.
    Perfect.

    Wouldn't mind one myself.

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    Agree, that's perfect.
    Saw a woman on one a few months back and didn't even realize it was a 310!

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    theradio wrote:
    I think I may have found the answer...

    https://rideexpeditions.com/bmw-g310...venture-light/

    It's made in India to BMW's spec by TVS, which is the Indian company that made my current little 150cc bike. Means I can probably get it here.
    Cool bike.

    That article should really have been proofread by a native English speaker though.