Choices and confusion
Hi All, new to the thread and yet another person requiring advice regarding suitable bikes.
Not been on a machine for long time but keen to get back in the saddle. Looking for something cheap to run (and small maintenance) that will provide me with scope for travel on occasions 2 up for touring in UK or Europe alongside regular communting.
I prefer adventure style/type of machine to the other types out there.
I notice that the Kawasaki KLE500 has a dedicated band of followers. The current price with discounts for end of line machines at the moment seem good, around £2,995.
I like the look of the transalp but being a Honda appears to have higher purchasing and running costs. Pre-reg TA's are around £4,300. Have also considered the Yamaha 660 which appears around the £3,999 mark.
Price is a serious consideration, I need new and because returning to the saddle do not want to spend a fortune to decide that it is not for me anymore (seriously hope not) or that I cannot find enough time to get out on it. Looked at the Aprilia Pegasus Trail as well, which are being advertised for around £4,000 as well but some reports seem to indicate that this machine is not reliable as it gets miles on it.
Thought the choosing would be easy but life is never so simple.
Appreciate any views or thoughts on the matter.
Excellent web-site by the way, been comparing info for weeks on it.