The Five Best Distance Bikes Under 500lbs

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Know what’s awesome? A comfortable motorcycle with good weather protection. Know what’s not awesome? Trying to maneuver a heavy bike through traffic, a tight road or around your garage. This is the happy middle ground, the five best distance bikes under 500lbs.

Selecting these bikes was actually a hard to make. What’ the first, realistically compact touring bike that comes to mind? 2014 Honda Interceptor? Well that thing weighs 525lbs once you fill it up with gas. 2014 Kawasaki Ninja 1000? Again, over 500lbs. Honda CTX700? Same thing. Crazy, right? Bikes have grown so huge that even supposed middleweights and learner cruisers are tipping the scales beyond our arbitrary line in the lard. But, you can get away with a genuinely comfortable, genuinely practical, genuinely distance-capable bike that’s both lightweight and affordable. Those two attributes seem to go hand-in-hand; the most expensive bike here is a $13,000 Ducati.

Suzuki V-Strom 650
Suzuki V-Strom 650 — 472lbs (wet)
We have yet to find a bike which is more comfortable than one of these, when equipped with the optional comfort seat. Even its big brother, the 502lbs (wet) V-Strom 1000 isn’t quite as comfy, suffering from a too-low screen and a too-hard seat. Don’t be fooled by the 650’s limited capacity, this is a smooth, flexible motor that’s more than capable of hauling you, a passenger and both of your luggage.

2013 Honda CB500X.
Honda CB500X — 430lbs (wet)
The little Honda that can. I did 1,000 miles in two days on one and not only did it not miss a single beat (and return 60mpg), but it was plenty comfy for those 500 mile days in cold weather. A slightly taller windscreen (available in the aftermarket) would make it even better. The parallel-twin revs high on the highway, but it’s so smooth it doesn’t matter.

Ducati Hyperstrada
Ducati Hyperstrada — 450lbs (wet)
The most fun bike on this list. We picked it over the 494lbs Multistrada 1200 simply because the smaller bike is more manageable and much slimmer, making it as good in traffic as it is on mountain roads or the highway. It’s amazing what an upright riding position, spacious ergonomics and a tall windscreen can do.

Triumph Tiger 800 XC
Triumph Tiger 800 XC — 474lbs (wet)
A large, flat seat leaves plenty of room to move around, low pegs leave tons of room for your legs and a large screen (an even larger one is optional) and the handguards do a good job blocking the wind. The triple is smooth, but still has character.

Kawasaki Versys 650
Kawasaki Versys — 454lbs (wet)
Probably the least comfy bike on this list, largely due to its vibey, 649cc parallel-twin. The seat, fairing and ergonomics are otherwise ideal, so owners have taken to filling the bars with lead shot or expanding foam in efforts to dampen the vibes. Fix that and you’ve got an affordable, practical, comfortable bike that’s pretty fun to ride too.

  • Dan

    Can you please explain the difference between the various weight measurements that manufacturers provide? Dry, Wet, Curb/Kerb, Ready to Ride, etc. Do any of these measures include the weight of a full tank of gas? That would seem to make the measurement more realistic (good), but would also penalize companies for providing generous fuel tanks (bad).

    • Braden

      Dry weight is generally the weight of the bike minus any consumables, so that leaves out the gas, engine oil, coolant, brake/clutch fluid and battery.

      Curb weight is usually the weight of the bike with everything required to actually use the bike, and wet weight is supposed to mean the same thing. I’ve noticed some curb weights have a mostly full tank of gas rather than one that is topped up. Some manufacturers (at least in the past) have been known to say “wet weight” even when all the necessary consumables in their optimal amounts were not included.

      • Dan

        Thanks. Personally I’d like to see something uniform like wet (no fuel) to allow for easy comparison across models. Then again I guess this is no different than quoting HP numbers at the crank, with significant variation in the losses due to drivetrain showing up at the rear wheel.

      • Rob

        That sounds like a reasonable explanation, but the math usually comes out funny. Example: the BMW F700GS; BMW lists a dry weight of 186 KG, or 410 lbs. but when Motorcycle Consumer News put it on the scale with a full tank they got 489 lbs. The fuel tank holds 4.2 gallons, so we’re at maybe 5 gallons of fluids plus a battery weighing 79 lbs.

        • Braden

          It could be that the definition of “consumables” is stretched to include tires. That might explain the extra weight after 40 lbs of fluids and battery.

          • Rob

            Wow Braden, you’re fast! I actually changed the post because in that particular instance the MCN bike had an accessory package that included bag mounts and a centerstand. Tires are consumables!

        • dinoSnake

          Here’s my take:

          For many manufacturers, “Dry Weight” does not include battery, motor oil, coolant, brake/clutch fluid, gasoline, tire air…and fork/shock oil(s). That last one is the kicker – when they say “Dry”, they really mean it! This can be “Shipping weight” for some manufacturers, they ship the bike without a single drop of anything and all must be added by the dealer at prep.

          “Wet weight” includes everything but gasoline, but for some manufacturers “Wet weight” includes ONE-HALF tank or so of gas.

          “Curb weight” includes everything that you would truly get on your own bike when you roll it out of its parking space to take it riding – read, *all* fluids AND a full tank of gas (usually, again some manufacturers may fudge with 3/4 or so).

          In reality: you just have to get to know the manufacturer in question and then add their “fudge factor” to come up with what you’ll really be dealing with after you buy it. Some companies are conservative – they tell you the Real Deal, real weight, and that’s it. Other companies ‘cheat’, you wonder if they remove the crankshaft for the weight rating so that it looks great against the competition – those you must fudge extra.

      • IRS4

        “Wet weight” can penalize a bike with a large capacity gas tank in comparisons.

    • Chris

      There is a specification in the EU, it’s just that no one follows it :)

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Motorcycle_testing_and_measurement#Wet_weight

  • Justin Henry

    i’ll take one of each.

  • Michael Howard

    Where are the maxi-scooters?

    • Clint Keener

      AGREED! (pushes up glasses with index finger)

    • Khali

      Nothing can beat an MP3 with french windscreen, hands covers and legs blanket! ha!

  • YBohler

    BMW 700GS and 800gs?

    • Scott Otte

      Most people like to have fun when they ride motorcycles. I’m not sure the 800 BMWs have ever been that great. Plus who wants to worry about it trying to kill you all the time, that tends to also be a fun leech.
      I would certainly rate all of the bikes here above the BMWs.

      • Guy

        The BMWs have a bloodlust?

      • RideaTart

        Having owned an ’09 800GS, I wouldn’t put it in the top 5 on this list. Great bike in the city or off road. I didn’t love it for touring. Shortish gearing, boring motor, and a subpar seat. Ergos and mpgs were good, so it could be shoehorned onto a top 10 list like this.

        • Nathan Haley

          Agreed on all counts. The Tiger 800 is a far better tourer than the BMW. Better seat, slightly better ergos and more characterful engine. You get the feeling that BMW held back on the F800GS touring finesse so as not to compete with R1200GS sales – the same can’t really be said about the Tiger 800 (and its big bro, the Explorer 1200).

        • Scott Otte

          I had an F800S, it was very practical. Like you said a good bike, but not a top 5 or so bike.

  • Scott Otte

    It’s like you went into my head and picked all the bikes I wanted… or you just read my blog. http://motocynic.wordpress.com/2014/01/29/dream-a-little/

  • Ansuz

    The CTX700 supposedly weighs less than 500lbs without the DCT.

  • markbvt

    +1 on the Tiger. I’ve put 50,000 miles on mine in three seasons. Awesome bike that loves to go all day.

    • Mr. White

      I’ve only had mine for a year and it’s currently and sadly hibernating in my garage, pining for a break in this brutal winter. It’s a great commuter bike on the mean city streets and is also a comfortable, stable and powerful ride on the freeways. Last summer I was lucky enough to ride Highway 1 from San Francisco down to Big Sur and then back up through the Santa Cruz Mountains. I absolutely adore the triple.

    • Joseph Brassard

      Only problem I have is that sitting in riding position for 400, 500+ miles at a shot locks up my knees. Seriously, I’m like an arthritic 90 year old. Going to look into getting the engine guards and putting some pseudo-highway pegs forward to at least let me change my knee angle, so I can, you know, walk when I get to my destination.

      It’s a shame, really, everything else about the Tiger is pretty great. I have no problem with wind, with the tall screen and handguards, and with cases and a duffel on the pillion I can carry half my earthly possessions with me.

      Even with heated gear, though, I tap out around 15 degrees. It’s just too damn cold, man.

      • Piglet2010

        Stand for a bit in low traffic areas – unless you are in a place where standing is considered reckless riding. :(

        • Joseph Brassard

          Ha, well, the worst was doing Boston to DC via various interstates. ~450 miles, stopping once an hour or so just to shake out the legs and top off the tank. Of course it didn’t help that it was 40 degrees in Boston but 90 in DC. A lesson in layering if there ever was one.

  • John Chavez

    Once again the KTM SMT was left off the list. At 434.3lbs, it’s lighter than almost everything you listed.

    • MichaelEhrgott

      And more badass than anything listed too.

      • John Chavez

        Agreed! I think Wes has something against KTM. :)

        • MichaelEhrgott

          Anyone who doesn’t have a KTM has something against KTM…….jealousy! ;)

          • Reid

            I went for a good long ride this Saturday and came upon a dude on this self-same Hyperstrada in one of the twistier segments of the route. Let’s just say my Duke’s more-or-less 100 pounds of weight savings vs the Duc made up for most of the difference afforded by his extra 30ish horsepower.

            • MichaelEhrgott

              The new 1290 Duke melts my face off. With equal riders it would smash any Duc IMO.

              • Reid

                That Super Duke is destined to go down in history as the first bike of the “power-is-greater-than-speed” paradigm shift. My 690 is not fated for the same recognition when it comes to either power or speed :) but it is a nimble little dude and the Hyperstrada did not get far ahead.

                • MichaelEhrgott

                  At first I thought you were talking about the 990 Duke but then I remembered your weight comment. Yeah I love the 690. Looks like a blast. How is the thumper on the slab for long distances?

                • Reid

                  It’s only the lack of wind protection (obviously the biggest shortcoming of any naked bike) and my own mechanical sympathy (I feel kind of sorry for the Duke since it’s only got a single cylinder doing all the work of carrying me at highway speeds over a long period of time) that limit the Duke’s ability to take you sorta-long distances. That’s just my opinion. Don’t believe the hype that it “gets unbearably vibey at high rpms or at highway speeds.” You wouldn’t want to ride it across the country, but the Duke is a very capable all-around motorcycle. Me and it have no problems riding at a sustained 70 mph in relative comfort. At that speed it’s only turning 4,000 rpm in sixth gear, so it isn’t exactly rattling itself to pieces, nor does it rattle the rider to death. Some people are just wusses.

                • MichaelEhrgott

                  I hear ya there. My other bike is a plated 2000 xr650r so I just laugh when people complain about vibes in new bikes.

                • Reid

                  Definitely. The 690 Duke is nowhere near as rough as a dirtbike, despite its engine being used in some dirtbikes. If it had a wee bit more horsepower and found its way into a sportbike, the LC4 could easily be classified as a “supermono” engine.

                • MichaelEhrgott

                  I want that rumored 390 Adventure more than any human should want something.

                • MichaelEhrgott

                  Fap.

                • Reid

                  Hnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnng. I would gladly add that thing or a 390 Enduro to the garage.

                • Piglet2010

                  I want a KTM 390 motard.

                • zedro

                  Make the fairing easily removable for d/s duties and uhh, yeah, fapfapfap…..

                • Matt C

                  nice XR, on my wish list for sure!!

        • Piglet2010

          Or maybe KTM does not loan Wes bikes out of their press fleet?

          • Reid

            I just can’t believe that there are no KTM dealers in LA County, California, when there is a darn good one in Walton County, Florida.

    • Justin McClintock

      I guess you missed the part about “most comfortable” hunh? This wasn’t a lightweight competition. It was a comparison of comfort in packages under 500 lbs. Otherwise you’d have some guy with a Ninja 300 complaining his bike didn’t make the list.

      • John Chavez

        Dude? Comfortable? Really? The ergos are outstanding! I’m 6’4″!!

        • MichaelEhrgott

          Yeah my 950 adventure is super freakin comfy. I’d argue the SMT is even more comfortable. Better seat.

      • Stuki

        Uh, Hyperstrada????

        • Justin McClintock

          They already explained that. No need to again.

    • motorock

      Exactly- the SMT is the ideal bike for all situations! If I could afford it, I would have gotten it. And one day, I might!

      • John Chavez

        I’m selling my 2010 with 18k miles in the next couple of weeks. I want the 1290 next!

        • MichaelEhrgott

          Can you wait until after I flog my 950 up to Alaska and back this summer? Lol J/k. I do want a 990 SMT after I get back though.

    • the antagonist

      Is the SMT in production any more? It’s not listed on KTM’s U.S. website. I think it was wise to limit the list to current bikes. If you were to open this up to all bikes of the past, it would be way too many to parse trough.

      • John Chavez

        I swear I just saw a 2013 riding around two weeks ago. That plus I went to a KTM demo and rode the 2014 late last year. Maybe they just decided last minute to pull it?

      • Justin McClintock

        Hmmm…this hits on a point I definitely missed. Yeah, doesn’t matter how comfortable it is if you can’t buy one.

      • Khali

        It is available in Europe, where they added a superlight ABS system as standard equipment.

      • dinoSnake

        The short answer: No.

        The long answer: The SMT has been “replaced” by the 1190 Adventure. Yeah. Sure. The Adventure has a 33-inch PLUS seat height, is heavier, and they claim it is the “replacement”.

        I told KTM “No thanks!”. Dropping the SMT and claiming the Adventure is the replacement lost me as a prospective customer.

    • Stuki

      Never ridden one, but per reputation it runs out of gas before it gets to do any kind of distance……. Of course, that may have more to do with a certain right hand condition affecting most KTM riders, than the bike itself.

      • John Chavez

        I get about 150-60 miles until the light comes on and a gallon left in the tank (5 gallon tank in the SMT). So around 40mpg cruising. It’s not the greatest MPG, but definitely the greatest FPG (fun per gallon :)

    • Jonathan Berndt

      The Super Duke is very comfortable as well, i can easily do 400 mile days and still walk after.
      also quite a bit under 500lbs

    • http://krtong.com/ Kr Tong

      Didn’t KTM leave the SMT off the list too? Ooooh snap.
      ah darn, @the_antagonist beat me to it.

    • Ayabe

      For significant portions of the country KTM’s don’t even exist except as dirtbikes and even then they are few and far between

      So I don’t see the problem here.

    • Nemosufu Namecheck

      1190 is a better bike, and actually in production. I test drove this bike along with the Multistrada and R1200GSA this year. All way better bikes unless lane splitting is a major concern. The 500lb weight requisite for this list is fun, but all three of those bikes performed much better than the aforementioned ones on this list.

    • dinoSnake

      The SMT is not on this list because KTM left it off THEIR list for 2014 – it is no longer in the line.

    • dinoSnake

      The SMT is not on the list because you missed the plot line: the SMT has been discontinued for 2014

  • notfishing

    I wonder how many adventure bikes ever see more than 5 miles of dirt with their owners? Do their skidplates ever get scratched?

    Is it like SUV’s or Jeep Wranglers?

    • Nemosufu Namecheck

      Trolol

  • Guy Simmonds

    Just picked up a used CBR500R – what do you reckon to the comfort differences between the 500R and 500X? Thinking of putting some hard luggage on the back of it and using it as my vaguely-sporty-looking commuter. I’ve found the ergos of the 500R pretty conducive to comfort so far but have yet to spend more than a couple of hours on it at a time…

  • Robert Glover

    I have a 2012 V-Strom and it’s setup for distance. It’s super comfy! My only complaint is a bit of a vibration at 5000 RPM (they all have it), but the key is just to stay above that and you’re fine. :)

  • Clint Keener

    I can’t get over the electronic throttle on the Hyper. I REALLY want to like the bike. It’s just to touchy, but not in a good way. Even in touring mode. Feels too synthetic.

    Maybe if I rode it for a week I would get use to it.

  • nobody24

    I have a 2013 Ducati Hyperstrada and while it surprisingly comfortable it could use a bit more protection from a bigger screen, it is a bit toooo much fun, as my face hurts from the grin muscles cramping from smiling so much. I also have a 1050 Triumph Tiger that is my primary tour bike, i have a Corbin seat on it, and can effortlessly do 1,000 km in a day. Its better (though slightly less fun) then the Hyperstrada.

  • nobody24

    It is also less than 500 lbs wet

  • http://metabomber.com/ Jesse

    To me, that Hyper remains the most lustworthy on that list. Do we have any confirmation that the California Cycleworks HM69 tank will still fit?
    Edited to add link, derp. http://ca-cycleworks.com/hm69-6729

  • RideaTart

    Great topic/article. A lightweight tourer is exactly what my next bike will be, and the Honda, Duc, and Triumph are all on my short list to buy.
    Curious, if touring is the main purpose, why you’d pick the TIger XC over the street version. Maybe just better for taller riders?
    Triumph’s mileage is probably the least good of all these bikes.
    I keep coming back to the 500X because, since I’m not a go-fast kind of rider, this bike would seem to tick all boxes and is enough under budget that I could also get the Honda hard bags, which look to be really good.
    Hyperstrada is more palatable now that service intervals have been lengthened, but is still a budget-stretcher for me.

  • Stuki

    Ho much does the new 1190 adventure officially weigh? That thing is just about as good as a bike gets. Feels like a 650 ‘Strom weight and sizewise i traffic, has ‘Strom like steering lock; but enough ground clearance to run up curbs like a DR. Riding position even more comfy than a ‘Strom; THE smoothest on-off throttle transition since the demise of Buell (and this on a 1200cc KTM!!!), magic carpet suspension that’s simultaneously better controlled than any ‘Strom ever made; and a Multistrada grade motor that even in “rain” mode pulls like an S10 at full power. ABS that lets you grab a handful while leaned over on wet cobblestone sounds nice too, but not really something I ever felt compelled to testing, on a friend’s new pride and joy :)

  • Nathan Haley

    Under 500lbs? Psh! Under 300lbs!

  • http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=858688 fred g

    Get the Hyper SP. It’s much snappier feeling. Put the Strada bags on it and it’s Jekyll & Hyde. Then try this, http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=933137

  • Conrad

    Picked up an all new 2012 Versys last September. Awesome value. The size of the tank is also a selling point (5 gallons). I usually fill up around 190 – 195 miles with still a good .8 – gallon left in the tank.

  • runnermatt

    All five of these, at one time or another, have been on my list as possible second bike options.

  • Guest

    I thought I recognized the location the HyperStrada?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rEbfteUIkYU

  • dinoSnake

    I would like to thank – and I mean seriously thank! – RideApart for putting this list up. Although not 100% complete, as the F800 series such as the new F800GT meets the qualifications, the list is exactly what I have been looking for and indeed lists just about every bike I have examined in the past 1.5 years.

    If anyone here can help me with some questions:

    I would like a bike just as described with some additional desires:

    - under 540 pounts
    - under 33-inch seat height, under 32-inch preferred
    - 75 to 85MPH continuous, comfortable cruising speed

    - AT LEAST 165 miles to reserve at said cruising speed (this is the real kicker nowadays)

    - ABS
    - enough alternator output for heated grips & vest simultaneously, ideally even with a set of driving lights as well

    My main problem is, as you look at this list, they are all “tall-rounders” – street bikes in dirt bike drag. Tall front wheels and taller seats are the norm, and since I don’t do off road of any style at all the entire marketing just leaves me cold. Thanks to their (ridiculously, for street use) long suspension, their taller heights also equates to taller centers of gravity, and you feel it when on them.

    The Triumph Tiger 800 (not the XC) was a serious contender at one time, while the F800GT is high on my list today. Looked at the VFR1200 – oh, so close! But too low bars and just a little short on range (as you can see, most of my requirements can be flexible. But I really want/need the speed and range). The F800GT is a FANTASTIC job by BMW…if only prior owners were more enthusiastic about recommending the series (problems, problems, problems, and high maintenance costs in my area).

    I went to the Ducati dealer and saw the Hyperstrada. Oh, yum. But then no one, not even the Ducati dealer when you really sit down and talk, recommends it for long distance – they say “Go with the Multistrada!”

    Versys is sweeeet, love the bike. Can it do 85MPH all day and get 165 miles doing it? Can’t seem to find that answer. Might wait for the new VFR800.

    So it might be back to the Versys (but can it do 85MPH comfortably all day??) or, most likely, the new VFR800. I’ll go look at the V-Strom 650 again, but honestly it is a bit, well, underwhelming IRL (sorry current owners!)

    • Conrad

      Hi dinoSnake,

      I recommend test riding a Versys. 5 gallon tank. I fill up at around 190 with at least .7 to a gallon left. It’s definitely the cheapest of the ones listed, but it’s great value. It’s a revvy engine, so doing 85 all day shouldn’t be a problem. The 2014 models come standard with ABS. ABS was not offered earlier so unfortunately if ABS is a “must” you won’t get a deal on a late model 2013.

      In my opinion, the V-Strom is more comfortable than the Versys but not by much (I’m 6’2″, 185lbs)

      • dinoSnake

        Thanks! When I have sat on the Versys everything seems very nice, “right” size, weight, etc. I’m only concerned about the cruising speed and range – 75-80MPH with power to accelerate beyond that and 165 miles at that speed. I’m 5’8″ and it seems most manufacturers are now going after you tall guys, but the Versys wasn’t out of my league in regards to it as it felt well sized.

        I am awaiting the VFR800 with ABS, TC and a large fuel tank, looks promising but I hope those bars aren’t too low. Until I find “Miss Right” I guess I’ll stay with what I have now, she’s great but big boned :p

        • Conrad

          That VFR is beautiful. The second I saw it I immediately thought that that would be my next bike. If you have the patience until it comes out, I’d definitely wait for that bike.

          • dinoSnake

            Yeah. I’ve waited two years already so I’ve decided until I find “just the perfect bike”, I’ll stick with my Meanie. She’s a pussycat and paid for, a nice combination ^_^

    • SneakyJimmy

      KTM 1190 adventure

      • dinoSnake

        Thanks, tried it at the International show. The 34-inch seat height on a street bike is stupid and a no-go for me.

        The reason I was in the KTM booth was because I DID believe I wanted an SMT. Which is discontinued this year for the 1190, regardless of the fact that some of us do NOT want a silly-tall “go anywhere” bike when we don’t go everywhere.

        • Doug Erickson

          i ride in very hilly downtown areas a lot and tall seated bikes with high centers of gravity are no-go for me. gimme a sport tourer over an adv ride ANY day.

          you may wanna see what yamaha announces, seems as though an fj-09 sport touring triple is in the cards…

        • Stuki

          At it’s lowest preload setting, the 1190 Adventure is not much, if at all, taller than the Versys or ‘Strom. The rear has a fair amount of static sag. Still too tall for most people in conditions (traffic) dense enough to require paddling and otherwise pushing the bike around; but nothing like some of the dirtier KTMs. But, in exchange for those inches, you do get the bestest bike around for fast, comfortable, long distance riding on less than smooth roads. It’s a veritable rocket powered flying carpet.

          The 1200GS can definitely be lowered/lowseated down to even below Versys heights. Although, at that point, why not get the new RT. Strip off the bags etc., and weight isn’t that much more than 540. Or perhaps the 1200R?

          Chances are, though, if you don’t mind the forward lean and more compromised legroom, you won’t find anything better than the VFR800. Even after all these years, it still seems to be the bike every sport minded rider finally settles down with, after having tried everything else.

    • Doug Erickson

      most of the f800st/gt issues are with the 06-08 versions of the s and st. (i own a 2012 f800st as my hauler.) i’ve ridden the ’14 gt and my biggest gripes are the scrooge-like low speed fueling and the moderate vibes over 5k; other than that, it’s a sweet and comfortable long-distance ride. my ’12 st has been rock-solid reliable so far.

  • enzomedici

    These are some ugly motorcycles.

    • Speedo007

      Title doesnt read “The 5 sexiest bikes under 500lbs”. ;)

  • Speedo007

    For the Versys, the vibrations have never been an issue, the windscreen (I’m tall, under 5’10″ you should be fine) and seat (horrible seat angle pushing your family jewels in the tank all the time) are it’s only problems. The Concept Seat is a great cheap replacement for the seat. And it’s a really fun, light handling bike, and will do well in dirt packed roads too with proper tires. Really hard to beat for the price.

  • Cesar D’Agord

    I would recommend you weigh these bikes before you state their weights. There is no way the Tiger 800XC is less than 500lbs when wet, for example. More like 520lbs! I know, I have one.

  • Lord Triumph

    The Hyperstrada? You’ve got to be kidding. It’s one of the smallest and uncomfortable bikes around at the minute. Useless seat, bars too close to the rider, cramped overall and far too pitched forward. Did the reviewer even test these bikes or just pick some out of a hat? I agree about the 800XC, it’s very comfy.

  • Scott Dabson

    I agree the Vstrom 650 is super comfy and certainly Strong enough motor for anyone. I’ve had many bike before and this is the best mile burner I’ve owned. I’m 6’1″ and have lots of room!!

  • JT

    KTM schmayteeum. If I wanted to ride a bike that hectic I’d buy a cheetah and bolt handlebars to his brain. And regarding these 5 bikes wow, they ain’t exactly killing it in the looks department. I’ll take the Duc but only if someone gives it to me as a gift, I’m saving my cash for a Brutale.

  • VagrantCoyote

    The Versys is actually a really great bike, have ridden my friend’s quite a bit and as an all in one package it is hard to beat.

  • Adriano Casemiro

    Came here to see my beemer F800GS but didn’t find it. Still, the best do-it-all bike I ever had.

  • Jim Keane

    I’d add the GSX 650 F from Suzuki. It just skims in under the 500 lb mark. It’s not available here in the states anymore, but our Canadian cousins (along with the rest of the world) get it with ABS. Basically a Bandit with Gixxerish fairing & relaxed ergos, I have no trouble doing 500 mile days, back to back, with gear for 2 weeks camping on board. (plus, it gets 50 MPG). It’s proof that UJMs became universal for good reason!