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Apr 12

Posts: 3

Olderbloke says:

First 650 at 56

Passed test 2 years ago and bought a 125 scooter to go to work on. I really like the biker bit more than a car.

Now I want something bigger, bit more 'go' on dual carriageways etc.
Need some good advice.
I am 56 and really don't want a sports bike, so am looking in region of Honda Transalp, Versys or V Strom. I am 6'4" and the joints are starting to creak, hence choice of a taller bike.
I welcome your thoughts and my choice. I would like abs and ability to carry a top box. Bike will be used daily for commuting.
Thank you in advance:blink:

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Nov 10

Posts: 30

mallic says:

First 650

You may like the Honda NC700S or NC700X for a first bike,good mpg figures being quoted.

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Jan 11

Posts: 204

frazmataz says:

How about

a Honda Deauville? Similar size to the strom with the benifit of built in luggage and shaft drive.

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Apr 12

Posts: 3

Olderbloke says:

First 650 at 56

Thank you for those suggestions. Think the nc 700 has not been out that long and perhaps maybe above my budget, though I am tempted.

I did not know whether the Deauville maybe a little too heavy for a new rider, had not considered it before.:smile

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Aug 07

Posts: 6169

stevebaldy says:

i know a few peeps

on here have had the Versys (versysboy, where did he go..?) and rave about them.  I would have thought a good bet, lightweight, nice upright position and reliable. might want to consider a taller or 'flip' screen though.

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Apr 09

Posts: 1870

mostlyslowly says:


I have a 2009 V-strom 650, its a brilliant bike.  275-285 out of a tank at steady motorway speed.  Handles well, very comfortable, a very versatile piece of kit.  Will be selling shortly as Honda Blackbird wants the garage space. Will pm you when I get to that point

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Apr 08

Posts: 3042

AdieR says:

What budget have you got?

If you haven't already, it's probably wise to consider insurance (although after 2 years, its less of a factor than for an absolute newbie).

Versys is probably a good choice - its based on the hugely popular ER6 so insurance should be quite cheap, easy on fuel and if I recall correctly, there is (or was) a Touring version available with luggage already fitted. Off-hand I don't know if it had / has ABS though.

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Oct 11

Posts: 16

Englishman says:


I'm on my first bike, and it's a 2010 Versys. I love it. Test ride one to see if it fits you, but I really can't recommend it enough. 300+ miles per tank, plenty of oomph, and an utter hoot to ride.

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