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First choice = Versys. Second choice = never mind. The Ducati will suck up funds like a black hole, while the others weigh slightly less than a small moon. Just my opinion of course. Your mileage may vary, some assembly required, warning: contains peanuts!
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That article is a joke. I own an older BMW... if you don't have money and mad mechanical chops you're not going to keep that bike running inexpensively. The one bike they absolutely missed - the #1 choice is a Kawasaki Concours 1000. Nice ones can be bought for 2500.00 and they'll give 250,000 miles with very little other than regular maintenance.
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That article is a joke. I own an older BMW... if you don't have money and mad mechanical chops you're not going to keep that bike running inexpensively. The one bike they absolutely missed - the #1 choice is a Kawasaki Concours 1000. Nice ones can be bought for 2500.00 and they'll give 250,000 miles with very little other than regular maintenance.
I mean not even a ST11/1300 on the list. Again like the Concours will run forever with oil changes and shaft oil change.
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That article is a joke. I own an older BMW... if you don't have money and mad mechanical chops you're not going to keep that bike running inexpensively. The one bike they absolutely missed - the #1 choice is a Kawasaki Concours 1000. Nice ones can be bought for 2500.00 and they'll give 250,000 miles with very little other than regular maintenance.
I sold my Connie 1000 with over 234k miles on it. The current owner has over a quarter million miles on that bike, and still climbing. And it never left me stranded on the side of the road. Awesome bike, no doubt.

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And most of Canada too, eh?
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I mean not even a ST11/1300 on the list. Again like the Concours will run forever with oil changes and shaft oil change.
Nor did they mention the FJR1300. I wonder if the person who wrote the article is even a motorcycle rider.

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That article is a joke. I own an older BMW... if you don't have money and mad mechanical chops you're not going to keep that bike running inexpensively. The one bike they absolutely missed - the #1 choice is a Kawasaki Concours 1000. Nice ones can be bought for 2500.00 and they'll give 250,000 miles with very little other than regular maintenance.
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Nor did they mention the FJR1300. I wonder if the person who wrote the article is even a motorcycle rider.
How do you not put the ST/FJR/Connie on this list? (rhetorical question)

If you look around you can even find older 1400 Connies for under five grand.

But, almost any bike can be used for touring. KLR comes to mind. I rode mine from FLA to Cali one year and lots of other folks have done a lot more on them.

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