After the sale of my FJR1300 in Japan I wished to get a motorbike in Australia however wasn’t 100% certain about any new mannequin or if I’ll keep in Australia long run. I made a decision to get one thing cheap for awhile.
Desirous about bikes I’ve loved on my abroad rides the Yamaha XT660R and the BMW G310GS stand out. I additionally regarded on the refreshed Kawasaki KLR650, it being one of many inexpensive new bikes and thought of a Royal Enfield since I loved using them within the Himalayas.
I almost purchased a tidy XT660R. The bike I rode in Turkey was very simple touring and nice on filth roads, however tube tyres are a giant detrimental for me. A flat with a tube is a problem, and tubes can often blowout which is harmful.
The KLR 650 at $10,000 is twice the worth of an XT and while I actually prefer it, doesn’t add a lot for me over the XT. And once more tube tyres are a giant detrimental.
The Royal Enfield 500cc Basic additionally has spokes however the 350cc Basic may be had with alloy wheels. They need about $8000 for one which appears good for a brand new bike however the 350 engine is underpowered for our highways.
Of all of the bikes I’ve rented all over the world none impressed me as a lot because the BMW G310GS and so it got here to be I bought this low km instance at a great value.
I rode a identical color 310GS throughout South Africa and down the troublesome Sani Go. With twin objective tyres that is very succesful bike off the tarmac. It weighs simply 159kg but it has sufficient energy to do 140kph on the freeway which equals adequate to go caravans.
My plan is to discover the tablelands and nationwide parks of the far north in a month when I’ve changed all my rider gear after Australia Publish couriers “misplaced” (stole) two registered mail tea chest cartons enroute from Sydney to Townsville 🙁 Then if well being permits I’ll do a tour south to experience a bit little bit of filth.
While doable, I don’t foresee the newborn GS being a stepping stone to me proudly owning it’s huge brother. I favor bitchin bitumen to dusty gravel. Filth doesn’t scare me, however I’ve been there achieved that already thus I think as soon as I experience the few unsealed routes on my listing I’ll extra seemingly return to a giant tourer.
However you by no means know. A lot is dependent upon how my most cancers is which dictates if I keep residing in Australia, a spot I like however discover insanely costly. Most issues listed here are 3 or 4 occasions the associated fee they have been in Japan but of a decrease high quality. However anyway I’m alive in 2023 and I now have a motorbike! 🙂