I'm new here and looking for a dual-purpose bike for commuting duties. The search facility is down at the mo, so I'll have to start a new thread.
Ok, a little background:
I'm have been riding for 5 years, but that has been on road\sports bike. I'm a regular mt. biker, but havent gone off road on a m\c yet. So, I'm keen to do some trail riding as well.
Anyways, my commute is in suburban\CBD of Sydney, AUST., so there's not many freeways involved. But lots of potting around and splitting lanes in traffic. Each trip is around 30kms [~20miles].
For my budget, I'm looking at late 90's to early 00's models of the following:
- Honda NX650, XL650V, XR650L
- Suzuki DR650R\SE
[would love the new DRZ400SM Supermotard, but 3X budget limit] Click
- Kawasaki KLR650, KLX650
- Yamaha XT600E/Z
What are your thoughts ?
I dont know much about these bikes, but I'm 5"8 and would like features such as Electric start, Tacho, reliability, and decent fuel tank. 95% would be commuting, and 5% firetrail when I have time
Also, what's your opinion on air cooled vs liquid cooled engines ? I've had liquid cooled twins and IL4's, so servicing isnt a problem. And since I'm mostly road riding, I wont be dropping the bike as I may do offroad [minimise damage].
Thank you for your time. Any input is much appreciated.