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    Hi everyone from a Pommy expat living in Northern NSW, Australia - hope everyone is well

    Ok, So was on a hunt for a new bike and was tossing up between the 310R or the TKM 390 Duke - first world problems. Both bikes in my local dealer are exactly the same price.

    My needs are pretty simple, which is just nipping between towns in the local area and occasionally some highway which wouldn't really amount to more than an hour at a time. Also some touring occasionally, with a pillion. As I work from home, there is no commuting to contend with. I also have no car so this will be my daily driver.

    Anyway, so was deciding between these two bikes and then I found a used blue 800R Sport sat in a dealer some distance away. Its a 2016 model with only 10,000kms (6,000) miles on the clock (it has had it's 10k service) and at the same price as both of the bikes above - so the decision was then a new smaller displacement bike or a used larger bike that I am less likely to sell later, for the same on the road price.

    Because of the distances in Australia, this was going to be purchased sight unseen.
    I called the dealer and the salesman sent me every conceivable picture he could take of the smallest scratch or nick - which there isnt many. Yes he's a salesman, but he seemed pretty on the ball, and given that this is a BMW dealer with great reviews, I kind of agree with him when he said its not worth their while making a dodgy sell.
    So, I have agreed and have signed the purchase order. They are delivering it to my house for an easy $350 bucks.

    The first time I am going to see this thing is when it rolls off the truck - that will be a drum-roll moment

    Cheers
    Last edited by Kabodhi; 1 Week Ago at 02:04 AM.

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    good luck (((-;

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    Smart choice, in my opinion. As soon as you wrote about highways and two-up riding, I was wondering why the 300's. (Yes, it's possible - I owned a 300 for about a year. it. But.... possible doesn't mean practical. Or much fun after a while.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Runmyownlife View Post
    Smart choice, in my opinion. As soon as you wrote about highways and two-up riding, I was wondering why the 300's. (Yes, it's possible - I owned a 300 for about a year. it. But.... possible doesn't mean practical. Or much fun after a while.)
    Yes right, I hear you there. I guess I just wanted a 'new' machine and these were in my budget. But this bike, 4 years old and averaging 2500kms a year is pretty cool. Somebody's old 'parttime bike' is the next best thing and can't wait for it to arrive. I am also much happier having a larger engine and power output

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    welcome Kabodhi.
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    Welcome to the "F"amily Kabodhi.
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    Welcome. I hope this works out for you. Please upload the pictures of the bike. I love seeing other peoples rides.

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    I recently put a deposit down on a 2020 KTM 390 Duke at their dealership in San Francisco, just because it sounds like a lot of fun and would make a good addition to my motorcycle collection. However, due to the COVID-19 crisis, motorcycle shops have been closed as being "nonessential" (no so bicycle shops, though) and my KTM, along with my deposit, are now in limbo, as the California Governor just announced a state-wide "shelter-in-place" order - with no expiration date.
    Richard - Current bikes: 2016 BMW R1200RS, 2018 16.6 kWh Zero S, 2011 Royal Enfield Bullet 500 Classic, 2009 BMW F650GS, 2005 Triumph T-100 Bonneville, 2002 Yamaha FZ1 (FZS1000N) and a 1978 Honda Kick 'N Go Senior. 

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    I had a similar experience years ago. I had a friend sell off my 1955 Ariel Huntmaster and find a R75/6 BMW. I was looking actually for a R75/5 to turn into a poor mans' GS.
    The bike he found was a low mileage 1976 R75/6 in nearly perfect condition. Entirely too nice to morph into a GS.
    Hopefully you will find few if any real faults with your new bike. Enjoy.

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    Kabodhi, welcome from the coast of Kansas, USA. Glad to have you aboard. I believe you have made a good decision. Let us know how it works out.

    Good luck.
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    Welcome from Puget Sound! I think you'll be happy with the bike. I bought my GT with around 2000 miles on it, and now have over 50,000 on it. It's been a perfect bike for my use...which is similar to yours.

    Where do you live? If you add your location to your profile, it'll be there in the left side of your posts under your name. I think you'll find there's a lot of F800 owners in your area.

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