Go Back   Horizons Unlimited - The HUBB > Technical, Bike forums > Which Bike?

Which Bike? Comments and Questions on what is the best bike for YOU, for YOUR trip. Note that we believe that ANY bike will do, so please remember that it's all down to PERSONAL OPINION. Technical Questions for all brands go in their own forum.
Contact Overland Solutions for all your custom modifications and setup for overland travel.


LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 3 Oct 2002
Registered Users
New on the HUBB
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: Vancouver
Posts: 3
Where to start?

After many childhood moons of dreaming about getting my own road-bike, I'm finally getting my act together and looking for a bike. The grande plan is to do some touring in central america next summer...

However, my problem is that I really dont know what type of bike will meet my needs?

I'm 5'8", will be touring with a passenger, and am trying to spend under $3000 CDN on the bike. I have ridden dirt bikes for the past few years but have no road experience.

My main concerns are comfort (both passenger & rider), reliability and luggage carrying capacity.

Do you think my budget is unrealistic?

Any comments or suggestions would be gratefully appreciated as this is completely new territory for me.


Reply With Quote
Old 4 Oct 2002
Registered Users
HUBB regular
Join Date: Sep 2002
Location: Manchester
Posts: 54
I think the fact you are taking a passenger and luggage for two will limit your choice and put your budget at risk. No offence to your passenger, but with him/her and their kitchen sink you are adding some serious weight to the rear axle and, I presume, going to ride on bad and bumpy roads....not all bikes can handle that! You could start by working out how much weight will be on the bike and check which machines can handle this officially. All bikes have a maximum load figure. At a guess I think you may be in BMW/Pan European (Pacific Coast?) territory, and these bikes are rarely cheap.Others could include the Yamaha XJ900N Diversion and possibly the NTV 650 (Deauville ) or good old Transalp XL650V. These bikes get good reviews from owners and passengers, although I doubt if many of them have covered the distances you hope to travel! If there is one thing I can gaurantee you, it's that almost ALL of the luggage you intend to take as a first time traveller, can be left at home. Good hunting!
Reply With Quote
Old 10 Oct 2002
Registered Users
New on the HUBB
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: Vancouver
Posts: 3
Thanx for the advice John,

The Yamaha XJ900N Diversion could be a possibility, although I havent seen many around, the NTV 650 (Deauville ) I know nothing about, and the Transalp XL650V isnt sold this side of the water.

However, there are lots of old hondas around, and one I looked at recently was a 78 CB750K. Any comments on this machine?

(I love the style!!)


Reply With Quote
Old 24 Oct 2002
Registered Users
New on the HUBB
Join Date: Sep 2002
Location: Melbourne
Posts: 4
Hi Peeko,

I think you'd be alright with an CB750K. I've ridden from Seattle to Panama on a Yamaha XJ650 (shaft driven) two up partway and had no issues at all! In Central America most of the time you'll be on paved or gravel road, so a CB750K will do the job. the most important is to testdrive it with a passenger and make sure it's in sound condition.

One thing I found helpful, when riding 6-8 hours, is the good old sheepskin: it widens the sitting surface and soaks up the sweat !

I can only say, go for it, have fun and enjoy every moment

Reply With Quote

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 Registered Users and/or Members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


NEW! HU 2015 Motorcycle Adventure Travel Calendar is now available! Get your copy now for some terrific travel inspiration!

HUGE, 11.5 x 16.5 inches, beautifully printed in Germany on top quality stock! Photos are the winning images from over 600 entries in the 9th Annual HU Photo Contest!

Horizons Unlimited 2015 Motorcycle Adventure Travel Calendar.

"The calendar is magnificent!"

"I just wanted to say how much I'm loving the new, larger calendar!"

We share the profit with the winning photographers. YOU could be in the HU Calendar too - enter here!

HU DVD Autumn Special!

Take 40% off Road Heroes Part 1 until October 31 only!

Road Heroes features tales of adventure, joy and sheer terror by veteran travellers Peter and Kay Forwood (193 countries two-up on a Harley); Dr. Greg Frazier (5 times RTW); Tiffany Coates (RTW solo female); and Rene Cormier (University of Gravel Roads).

The first in an exciting new series, Road Heroes features tales of adventure, joy and sheer terror by veteran travellers."Inspiring and hilarious!"

"I loved watching this DVD!"

"Lots of amazing stories and even more amazing photographs, it's great fun and very inspirational."

"Wonderful entertainment!"

Check it out at the HU Store! Remember to use Coupon Code 'HEROES' on your order when you checkout.

Renedian Adventures

Renedian Adventures

What others say about HU...

"I just wanted to say thanks for doing this and sharing so much with the rest of us." Dave, USA

"Your website is a mecca of valuable information and the DVD series is informative, entertaining, and inspiring! The new look of the website is very impressive, updated and catchy. Thank you so very much!" Jennifer, Canada

"...Great site. Keep up the good work." Murray and Carmen, Australia

"We just finished a 7 month 22,000+ mile scouting trip from Alaska to the bottom of Chile and I can't tell you how many times we referred to your site for help. From how to adjust your valves, to where to stay in the back country of Peru. Horizons Unlimited was a key player in our success. Motorcycle enthusiasts from around the world are in debt to your services." Alaska Riders

contest pic

10th Annual HU Travellers Photo Contest is on now! This is an opportunity for YOU to show us your best photos and win prizes!

NEW! HU 2014 Adventure Travel T-shirts! are now available in several colors! Be the first kid on your block to have them! New lower prices on synths!

HU 2014 T-shirts now in!

Check out the new Gildan Performance cotton-feel t-shirt - 100% poly, feels like soft cotton!

What turns you on to motorcycle travel?

Global Rescue, WORLDwide evacuation services for EVERYONE

Global Rescue is the premier provider of medical, security and evacuation services worldwide and is the only company that will come to you, wherever you are, and evacuate you to your home hospital of choice. Additionally, Global Rescue places no restrictions on country of citizenship - all nationalities are eligible to sign-up!

New to Horizons Unlimited?

New to motorcycle travelling? New to the HU site? Confused? Too many options? It's really very simple - just 4 easy steps!

Horizons Unlimited was founded in 1997 by Grant and Susan Johnson following their journey around the world on a BMW R80 G/S motorcycle.

Susan and Grant Johnson Read more about Grant & Susan's story

Membership - help keep us going!

Horizons Unlimited is not a big multi-national company, just two people who love motorcycle travel and have grown what started as a hobby in 1997 into a full time job (usually 8-10 hours per day and 7 days a week) and a labour of love. To keep it going and a roof over our heads, we run events (22 this year!); we sell inspirational and informative DVDs; we have a few selected advertisers; and we make a small amount from memberships.

You don't have to be a Member to come to an HU meeting, access the website, the HUBB or to receive the e-zine. What you get for your membership contribution is our sincere gratitude, good karma and knowing that you're helping to keep the motorcycle travel dream alive. Contributing Members and Gold Members do get additional features on the HUBB. Here's a list of all the Member benefits on the HUBB.

Books & DVDs


All the best travel books and videos listed and often reviewed on HU's famous Books page. Check it out and get great travel books from all over the world.

Motorcycle Express for shipping and insurance!

Motorcycle Express

MC Air Shipping, (uncrated) USA / Canada / Europe and other areas. Be sure to say "Horizons Unlimited" to get your $25 discount on Shipping!
Insurance - see: For foreigners traveling in US and Canada and for Americans and Canadians traveling in other countries, then mail it to MC Express and get your HU $15 discount!

All times are GMT +1. The time now is 12:35.