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Apr 12

Posts: 3

bigrye2kx says:

Best Adventure type bike for restricted licence holder (33BHP restriciton))?

I am currently on the restricted licence which dictates that I cannot ride a bike over 33bhp for the first two years, I really like adventure bikes as I am 6ft5 and a well built bloke which means I find the more common bikes that are restricted such as bandits and sv650s too uncomfortable .

My question is what would the best adventure bike to get as I want one that I can unrestricted and continue to use after the restriction ends

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Apr 08

Posts: 9338

old(ish)git says:

the vstrom...

as been around for at least 10 years.So there should be plenty of cheaper ones out there.Although the cheapest one here is nearly 3 grand.

V stroms for sale.
but of course the site won't load.:mad:

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Aug 07

Posts: 4252

used2bfast says:

AsOldish said

plenty of v-stroms about, and really good if you are a big lad

Have fun!

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Sep 10

Posts: 104

Mannakin says:

+1 on the V-strom

It's a good all rounder bike, check out some of ride reports on VSRI International forum if you're interested on how adventurous you can get!

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Jul 08

Posts: 286

MCN LiamM says:

+1 on the V Strom and Versys

Both bikes are well suited for taller folk, the Versys a little more so.

I owned a 33bhp SV650 for a year (same engine used by the V Strom) and it was spot on. It was easily powerful enough to have fun on, due to the grunty nature of V-twins.

The Versys is a little bigger and leans more toward pure road riding, with 17 inch wheels and road tyres. The engine is very similar to that of the V Strom.

As mentioned the BMWs are also good bikes, but for me they feel to lack a little in the engine department compared to the V Strom and Versys.

If it was my choice it would be a very tough call between the Suzuki and Kawasaki, but for me the Kawasaki just edges it.

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Apr 09

Posts: 1910

mostlyslowly says:

Big rye

I'm only a dwarf next to you at 5'10" but the V-strom 650 is a brilliant all rounder.  I've got a 2009 and it does everything I want it to do really well.  I've done 300 miles in a single sitting on a tankful, and I've done a track evening on it.  Only negative for me is the poor paint finish on the engine. Oh, and it'll be for sale shortly cos the Blackbird has usurped it's position in my affections:smile 

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Aug 02

Posts: 969

ANichol says:

all good suggestions

so far.
Can only think to add a KTM Adventure 640 into the mix - don't know about restriction options though.

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Oct 11

Posts: 16

Englishman says:


I'd say the Versys, but I've got one so I'm biased. I've no idea what it would be like restricted, but with half the horse power I have in mine it'll be a hell of a thing to you when your time is up and you can get the full fun out of it.

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