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Moving to Canberra, dual sport or street bike?

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    Hi all,

    I will be moving to Canberra in a few months time. I am in the process of trying to research and buy a bike for my arrival, or even before I arrive. Need to have it ready and waiting!

    Now I'm trying to make the decision between a dual sport (Tiger Explorer 1200) or a street sport tourer (Concours1400). Thoughts?

    I am not sure what kind of riding there is out in Australia, Canberra specifically? Is it mostly street/tarmac or will there be a lot of need for the off road capability?

    I am torn between the Concours1400 and the Tiger. Any advice? I know they are completely two different riding experiences. I just don't know what opportunities there will be out there beyond street...Once you get out of the city is it mostly street or are their dirt trails to tackle?

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    Dual sport :) No question.

    Oh, OK. I'm biased (I have two dual sports - a baby one and a middle-sized one).

    From Canberra there is a ton of good riding of both types. Great mountain passes to play in the twisties, not far from the twisties in the snowfields (in summer), lots of good options for country road day trips (or longer). And TONS of good dirt options - from country back roads to easy fire trails through the mountains.

    Get yourself a copy of the HEMA motorcycle atlas if you can - you can then read up on all the rides around here.

    And think about the 800-version Tigers too.
     
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    Super sports.

    They are capable of 99% of the roads around Canberra. Even most of the firetrails.

    Id get the tiger because in reality it's a road bike and Im a triumph fan.
     
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    I might be biased as well but I too thow a vote in the dual sport basket. Even if you are primarily prefer to ride on tarmac, there are some areas which have some dirt between the sealed good bits (e.g. Mountain Creek road to Wee Jasper).
     
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    Yep, super sports for canberra. There isn't much dirt around here, which sucks, even though I only own dirt bikes.
     
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    Get a roady. Should you wish to tackle firetrails you'll be able to do it on a roadbike anyway.
     
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    There are dirt roads around here, but, predominantly it's all very nicely sealed tarmac. I'd be going road touring bike, unless you specifically want to tackle some of the more beaten tracks.
     
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    You need to start looking a bit harder.

    Get a roady. Riding firetrails is rubbish. If you're going ride dirt get a dedicated enduro.
     
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    I used to live down the bay. There compared to here = no dirt here.
     
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    But seriously...

    Canberra is in a good spot for riding. If you love road riding there are lots of options. If you love dirt riding there are lots of options and if you like dual-sport riding there are lots of options.

    No matter what you get, you won't be bored.
     
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    Hi & welcome aboard.

    There is any sort of riding you like in Australia - its a big country. Canberra specifically ? well its pretty much like any developed city in the western world, the roads are all tar including the good local twistys, until you get out into the country a bit, where you can find lots of mountains and plenty of dirt.

    The Concours 1400 would not be a good option for commuting here, but great if you had to travel to Sydney or Melbourne frequently, or enjoyed doing long road trips in the country. Dual-sport is a good option as there is plenty of dirt once you head out of the city a bit.

    :cool:
     
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    sounds like plenty of both types of riders! man, this doesn't make my decision any easier.

    Any opinions on Canberra Motorcycle Center or (in Victoria) Doyle and Shields Motorcycles?

    The reason for the Victoria one, they have a nice looking Concours1400 available with all the accessories I'd want to begin with. At what I gather is a good price...

    http://www.bikesales.com.au/dealer/...430 1626 1429 1626 1428 4294967215 4294959537
     
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    Welcome! Buy both!!
     
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    Lets just ignore all the random fire trails wriggling their way over the map..... :lol
     
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    aye, there are tonnes of dirt roads to explore... but you don't need a dual sport if that doesn't excite you.
     
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    Curious why you would say the Concours1400 wouldn't be a good commuting bike?

    Any concerns I should know about with Canberra Motorcycle Center? How about any problems if I were to buy a bike from Victoria and have it freighted over? I am looking at this one -

    http://www.bikesales.com.au/dealer/...430 1626 1429 1626 1428 4294967215 4294959537

    They mentioned they wouldn't be able to license it in Canberra, how much hassle/cost is it to register something like that?

    Thanks
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    There's no drama with communting on the Coucours1400, I have a friend that has one and commutes on it everyday to work and loves it very comfortable.

    Canberra Motorcycle Centre are one of the main dealers in Canberra (not much choice around here I'm afraid, unless you want to go to Sydney), they have good customer service for gear.

    You can't licence a bike from another state, you would have to have it delivered to Canberra and then taken over the pits (so to speak) to licence in Canberra but not that much of a drama, really.
     
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    Hi David,
    Nice machine you are looking at, the only problem may be the exhaust. If the Two Bros system is too loud for initial registration inspection then you would have to find original parts. If the exhaust is quiet enough for the registration inspection, then all that is needed is have it inspected and pay for the ACT registration. Our inspection is the same as Victoria so if they can get it passed in Victoria then it should have no problem here.
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    Is there any reason you are dead set on buying a bike unseen?

    Wouldn't it be a bit wiser to get here first then have a look around?
     
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    At least buying it from a dealer just means a roadworthy here, no ID check if the receipt has the dealer info on it.

    CMC is ok but if you are looking to buy beyond Canberra and get it here the look anywhere from Brisbane to Melbourne; if you include freight options I would look at what deals are doable anywhere around the country.
     
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