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On Two Wheels / Re: Suggestions for a motorway commuter
« on: January 14, 2019, 03:55:53 PM »
*Originally Posted by Jonathan [+]
A lot depends on the Life table data for that particular vehicle...back in the day you could insure a CB1000 for less than an RD 350LC...age was irrelevant...LCs tended to be ragged senseless everywhere, wrapped around trees on a daily basis and stolen for fun, so from an Insurer's point of view, a much higher risk.

Yup, I understand the logic of how it works...it's just interesting to see how it plays out sometimes as this isn't what I'd remotely expect. The NC750X has the same story. Maybe the profile of the Tiger 800 rider is traditionally older and wiser and less accident prone so there are less claims, making it a better bike to go after.

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On Two Wheels / Re: Suggestions for a motorway commuter
« on: January 14, 2019, 12:03:41 PM »
Ha, could be!

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On Two Wheels / Re: Suggestions for a motorway commuter
« on: January 14, 2019, 11:04:56 AM »
Today I've mostly been amazed at how changing my job title has had a dramatic impact on my insurance premium (the job title is still accurate).

I'm also baffled about a Tiger 800 XRT [value at 8k - Insurance Group 14] is over 200 less to insure per annum that a Suzuki V-Strom 650 [valued at 7k, insurance group 9].

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On Two Wheels / Re: Suggestions for a motorway commuter
« on: January 11, 2019, 06:05:13 PM »
*Originally Posted by AJC500 [+]
Just killing time, and nosing through the local Honda dealer's website... I could put up with riding either of these, for looks anyway, I've never ridden either!!

https://www.victordevine.com/used-bikes/suzuki/v-strom-650/7236.htm

https://www.victordevine.com/used-bikes/honda/nc750/7250.htm

Don't know how the prices compare, I suspect we pay a bit more up here, but it's fun to look around.  :001:

It is, isn't it?

They both look pretty reasonable to me. The V-STROM is a good spec there too (it's the X variant I think, based in the kit it's got - they've just kept the topbox).

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On Two Wheels / Re: Suggestions for a motorway commuter
« on: January 11, 2019, 09:00:18 AM »
*Originally Posted by UnmzldOx [+]
For some on this forum this might sound backward since they were there once. Have you considered the CB650F? Ergos are sorta upright. Smooth power comes on at higher revs. An afterrmarket screen and tail bag might make it a solid commuter.

I have - absolutely LOVE that engine, but it's got naff all weather protection and this will likely be ridden in whatever weather (try saying that three times fast...) Britain can throw at me. Similarly the new CB650R looks stunning, if it was going to just be a play thing then it'd be no contest, I know where my money would be going. If they did a CB650X I'd be all over it, but alas they do not.

From a practicality point of view I'd want a reasonable sized topbox on the back and it really ruins the aesthetics for such a bike. The tail bag is the best looking solution but doesn't give me enough volume. I have an aversion to wearing rucksacks on my back unless I've got my laptop in there (save it from the vibrations in the topbox).

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On Two Wheels / Re: Suggestions for a motorway commuter
« on: January 10, 2019, 10:02:45 PM »
This is what's killing my choice atm, once I get above 650cc the insurance costs roughly equal the cc of the bike on the cheapest premium (fully comp), but the next cheapest policy is double that. Apart from the insurer MCE every quote I've got is over 1.5k, usually over 2k.

Having really looked at the V-Strom 650 I think I've got to go and try it. The latest XT guise is the one I like the look of. I rode a 10 year old SV650F the other day and that has more than enough to for me.

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On Two Wheels / Re: Suggestions for a motorway commuter
« on: January 10, 2019, 08:06:32 PM »
Aha, the XT1200! Insurance is hideous unfortunately due the engine capacity.

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On Two Wheels / Re: Suggestions for a motorway commuter
« on: January 10, 2019, 07:32:27 PM »
*Originally Posted by Herman [+]
I am biased here as I have one but you could get a very nice S10 for your budget, winglets and a screen spoiler sort the buffetting . Shaft drive too. Come Armageddon the only things left will be cockroaches and S10s. They are a bit of a best kept secret in this country as the press are fed BMW pies but stateside they do huge miles on them compared to us.

Stupid question... what's an S10?

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On Two Wheels / Re: Suggestions for a motorway commuter
« on: January 10, 2019, 02:28:21 PM »
*Originally Posted by uku383 [+]
I completely agree!!!! I'm happy without all of the fancy gizmos like engine mapping modes, but EFI and ABS mean reliability, efficiency and safety.

Sounds worryingly like the NC750X... it's like the "spare car" that'd stalk Jeremy, Richard and James on the TG big adventures.

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On Two Wheels / Re: Suggestions for a motorway commuter
« on: January 10, 2019, 10:00:19 AM »
*Originally Posted by AJC500 [+]
Don't think I'd want an old bike (even an old Honda) for a long daily commute.  Nice modern mechanicals, ABS and fuel injection for me!!  I know, I'm getting lazy and soft in my old age!!  :001:

That's the stuff I want too, you're not alone there!

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