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Old 18.07.2019, 18:51
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Help me pick a [motor]bike...

I need a new way to commute as car parking near my office is running at 200-400CHF per month.

As I don't want to use my "fun" bikes to commute (two dukes and a cagiva) - which costs an arm and a leg to service every year, I'm looking for something else.

Budget is as low as possible as this will be used purely for commuting (30mins or so each way), but it's maintenance costs that I'm keen on keeping down.

Any ideas/thoughts/suggestions? I may even stray from Italian bikes

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Re: Help me pick a bike...

https://www.englishforum.ch/items-sa...a-cbf1000.html
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Old 18.07.2019, 19:11
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I need a new way to commute as car parking near my office is running at 200-400CHF per month.

As I don't want to use my "fun" bikes to commute (two dukes and a cagiva) - which costs an arm and a leg to service every year, I'm looking for something else.
My 3 dukes cost very little to service, but I do it all myself, my Guzzis even less.

For around town, the Guzzis are better, mine are 33 and 34 years old.

My daughter uses a '81 Yamaha RS125 as a daily driver, my wife bought it for CHF 800 a few years ago. I also have a '92 XV250 that I got for free, both require little maintenance.

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Old 18.07.2019, 20:42
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Re: Help me pick a [motor]bike...

Depends where you live but have you considered ebikes that are legal to 45kph? Specialized Vado would work if you can short cut through the forest.
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Old 18.07.2019, 21:10
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Re: Help me pick a [motor]bike...

Yamaha YS125?
Chf 3200 brand new with 3 year warranty.

1 year old with 6500km for 1900 on motoscout

https://www.motoscout24.ch/de/?make=195&model=2801
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Old 18.07.2019, 21:23
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You can't go wrong with an Honda Revere. Right now there's only 1 in MotoScout: https://www.motoscout24.ch/de/d/hond...548&vehtype=60

1600 chuffs with only 60K km, fresh out of the MFK. A catch.
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Re: Help me pick a [motor]bike...

Are 125cc's allowed on motorways?

I was thinking more in the 600-900cc range... maybe with panniers (three laptops to carry quite often)...

@st2lemans - what dukes do you have? I have a 900ssie and 750ssie, and they need a new timing belt every year. I opened the cover once, looked at it, and decided it was something best left to someone else... (and I've been servicing my rally cars for about a decade now).
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Re: Help me pick a [motor]bike...

I fancy a Ducati Monster, do you bikers have any experiences with them, good or bad? Just to use as a daily commuter too for around 10km each way, no motorways, was thinking 696 or 821.
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Old 19.07.2019, 13:48
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@st2lemans - what dukes do you have? I have a 900ssie and 750ssie, and they need a new timing belt every year.
I change every 4-5 years. ST2, SS1000DS, 999R.

I also have complete shim kits for the valves, plus tools, etc.

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Old 19.07.2019, 13:49
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I was thinking more in the 600-900cc range... maybe with panniers (three laptops to carry quite often)...
So an 800cc bike with low maintenance costs? Well, BMW made the F800 series with belt drive...
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Are 125cc's allowed on motorways?
It is allowed on Swiss Autobahn. Must have more than 50 ccm and must reach at least 80 km/h Art. 35 VRV https://www.admin.ch/opc/de/classifi...index.html#a35
Other countries, other rules.
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Re: Help me pick a [motor]bike...

Can recommend the Honda nc700 or 750 with the DCT option got one and i love it !
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Re: Help me pick a [motor]bike...

I'm about to sell my Peugeot Speedfight 3 125cc if you're interested n a cheap runner? has 9800km on the clock and is from 2016. just did the 10k service which cost me 160chf and insurance is about the same so is about as cheap as you can get. Comes with 2 keys and a 60l top case. When I talked to the guy that did the service, he said (according to his little booklet) that the market value is 1500chf with a Peugeot trade in value of 2100chf. I'd be willing to sell it for around 1250chf
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