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    Quote Originally Posted by HenryDorsetCase View Post
    Sorry yes you're right - typo. I've fixed it in the original post. Its actually your fault by the way for buying that KTM. I do have a bob each way in that I havent sold the Street Triple
    Haha - mea culpa I must agree with you that the KTM isn't a particularly good looking bike but its handling and overall performance still makes me laugh out loud. A mate has a Husky 701 with lots of trick stuff and he feels exactly the same about that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sidecar bob View Post
    Rego, Lol.
    to us mere plebs its part of the running costs of a bike.
    Its more expensive for a bike than a car.
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    i had a suzi carry 660 on a farm rego pretty sure it would beat the running costs of most bikes
    likely more economic on fuel as well.
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    Yep Rego is just a fact of life, I do like the Husky's.and the price is very appealing, test ridden both models and they are great bikes marginally prefer vitpilen I think, just unsure what effect the importer abandoning the models after one year will have, also with price drops on the FE/FS701's wondering if Husky road bikes are being dropped from NZ market altogether.

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    Imagine riding a Guzzi and worrying about manufacturer support

    Buy a FS701, about the most fun you could possibly have on a commute.

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    Good point well made, but previously wasn't my primary transport so didn't worry me so much, V11 is not really supported by factory anymore so reliant on Guzzi specialists to source parts and that is frustrating at times but generally most things are available for a cost with delivery from EU/GB or US so require some patience. And that's part of my reason for a change along with having had the bike 10 years and feeling like something new.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gsp0702 View Post
    I thought I would check in with Kiwibiker for a bit of advice.

    Had a recent change of job location and with parking being a royal pain in the backside, I am going to be commuting by bike, current one is a 2001 Guzzi V11 Sport, yes it can do it but not it's forte and hell maybe I fancy a change.

    Current thinking is :-

    1) KTM 690 Duke - Fun when not commuting, reasonable service spacing, 2014 bikes not bad money, engines great and would seem like a good option for commute. Superficially looks like a good option but maybe a little fragile for commute purposes.
    2) Aprilia Shiver - Fun but again how solid is this for long term day to day commute?
    3) Kawasaki Z900 - Jap so assumed reliability, would be interested to know what they are like.
    4) BMW F800R - Again 2014 bikes look good money, well spec'd but again any known issues?

    Any other suggestions would be interested to hear, not to keen on Adv Bikes, had gen 2 Tiger 955i and frankly didn't really gel with it.

    And anyone interested in a 2001 V11 Sport Rosso Mandello drop me a line, happy to discuss.

    Andy
    From your list I'd say that the Shiver and the Z900 are the better commuting bikes. The F800R is also an option but they are more of an acquired taste whereas the Shiver and Z are more conventional in the way that they look, sound and feel.

    I took a Z900 for a ride a year or two back - I liked it a lot but at that price the lack of TC on what was a new model at the time made me look elsewhere. It's up to you how significant this is though.

    As for the money aspects versus commuting by other means - It all depends on what price you place on the benefits a bike brings to you personally.

    Have PMd you ref the Guzzi.
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    Cheers have responded to your DM. And yes the Shiver is a good option (must ignore the Dorsoduro) and lack of electronics on Z is odd considering it's not the budget option

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    Although a fun idea, for one that can ride in all weathers anyway ... the actual thing may not be that much fun.
    I commute 15km each way in all weathers on my 2016 GSXR750. Perfect. And on a nice day when I decide to go the long way home it is a bit more fun than a GN125 would be.

    Anything can commute. It is all in the mind.

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    One of the things OP should consider is an e-pushbike. No rego, quick AF across town (they will do 32kph) and entry cost $5k maybe more maybe less..... and cost to operate is functionally zero because you're already paying for power and you won't notice the "extra" of charging an ebike battery.
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    That's a far to sensible suggestion, have to say I wouldn't be able to bring myself to sped 5K on bicycle (e-assisted or not) but thanks for the suggestion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HenryDorsetCase View Post
    One of the things OP should consider is an e-pushbike. No rego, quick AF across town (they will do 32kph) and entry cost $5k maybe more maybe less..... and cost to operate is functionally zero because you're already paying for power and you won't notice the "extra" of charging an ebike battery.
    I'm seriously considering this myself. My commute is about to drop from 100km each way to 12km each way, so I'm motorbike shopping. But I'm also seriously considering upgrading my mountain bike to an ebike, and test rode one yesterday (Giant Trance E+, somewhere around $5k). I was seriously impressed with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike.Gayner View Post
    I'm seriously considering this myself. My commute is about to drop from 100km each way to 12km each way, so I'm motorbike shopping. But I'm also seriously considering upgrading my mountain bike to an ebike, and test rode one yesterday (Giant Trance E+, somewhere around $5k). I was seriously impressed with it.
    I'm a super evangelist for them - I have a Trek Powerfly LT7 Monster Truck. Its great. Makes me feel young and fit again. The only thing it isnt great for (which is something its not designed for) is Adventure Park laps. But, that feeling of whipping up hill at 20kph cannot be beat. Plus on the trails it rides like a (big, long travel, very slack geo) mountain bike.
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    I found the KLR650 to be an excellent commuter. The main disadvantage will be the high annual registration costs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Berries View Post
    What kind of asshole does that? I wouldn't dream of wearing fingerless gloves on a sports bike.

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