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Hi all,
I've been riding my '12 250R since July 2012. It's my daily commuter and I do like it a lot. Until recently I only commuted 8 miles to work and back, but for the last 6 months my driving has jumped up to ~50 miles a day. This does include some 12 miles in the CoSal canyons, so I'm not complaining at all.
Long story short, I've been debating for some time on whether to upgrade, and more precisely on what should my next bike be. Mainly due to the fact that the 250R is kinda lightweight on the freeway, as it's absolutely great in all other circumstances.
There've been many bikes I've considered at one point or another, but I can't seem to make up my mind. My top contender would have to be the BMW F800GT, the worry there is that it might be a bit too serious/boring. I've also looked at the FZ6R and FJ-09, as well as the new Versys DL, which lately hasn't been getting very good press.
Anyway, I was wondering if any of you would have an opinion on the subject. May be upgraded and have a particular feeling about it you would like to share? I'm looking for something with a bit more power and weight, but still nimble in the twisties. Preferably not naked. Thanks in advance
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The BMW looks like a good choice. Any bike is only as boring as you make it. You've said you're buying a bike for road riding not the track so screaming top end power is not really important.
If you've go the money waiting to be spent then dealers should be falling over each other to give you demo rides. Get as many as you can before parting with your cash.
Other models I'd be considering in your position: Honda CBR650F or VR800, Kawasaki ER650F Twin, Suzuki SV650.
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Did you ever look at the brand new, 2016, CBR 500 R?



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A 2015 CBR650F? That's a long term keeper. Its just a tad wider than the 250R but just as capable on the twisties and is well sprung from factory with strong brakes.
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The VFR800 has quite a dedicated, cult-like following, and is reportedly one of the best all around bikes on the market today. Check out what owners are saying on the forum here:

Eighth Generation VFR's - VFR Discussion

If I was limited to one bike and had a longish commute, that'd be my choice...
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@Nithesh, yeah I have looked into the Honda's 500cc range, but wanted something in the 600cc range at least. That's why the FZ6R is on my list - it's a very similar bike to those entry level Hondas.
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@Nithesh, yeah I have looked into the Honda's 500cc range, but wanted something in the 600cc range at least. That's why the FZ6R is on my list - it's a very similar bike to those entry level Hondas.
Nithesh was actually suggesting the Honda CBR650F, not the CBR500R (it was another member who suggested the CBR500R).

If I were looking at getting a bigger sport bike, the CBR650F is one I'd seriously consider.

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@Nithesh, yeah I have looked into the Honda's 500cc range, but wanted something in the 600cc range at least. That's why the FZ6R is on my list - it's a very similar bike to those entry level Hondas.
As MotoMike has said, I was referring to the CBR 650F. Its like a modern avatar of the FZ6R in every possible way.
The FZ6R is a bit outdated now. I think a new FZ6R is long due for Yamaha to replace it with.

The one upfront is the CBR650F while the one behind it is the FZ6R and the Ninja 650(or ER6F depending on where you live) is on the left. Its a good upgrade from the 250 if you yearn for more power. Its pretty fast (0-60~3.7 seconds and abouts 155mph on the speedo) but not supersport level of intimidation.

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i'd also be looking at honda cbr650 for your situation..
as a honda man ['hondaka'] i am of course biassed..

factors such as weight and where assembled
would be high on my list..

that nice bmw [with toothed belt final drive]
is apparently to be assembled in india
[as is cbr650f] altho that could be for indian
market consumption [?]

price is a factor for you apparently,
as also should be access to a good outlet
for servicing/parts etc..

any of those motorcycles would seem suitable for
your miles and other riding.. for me the 'sit up and beg'
etgos would rule out that motorcycle design and for those
game changing higher miles you mention a well designed
full fairing [and related ergos] would seem the go..

ive always admired bmw motorcycles generally
but not enough to go past the honda lineup..

nice 'problem' to have tho...
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factors such as weight and where assembled
would be high on my list..

that nice bmw [with toothed belt final drive]
is apparently to be assembled in india
[as is cbr650f] altho that could be for indian
market consumption [?]
...
Afaik:

CBR 650's are from Thailand.
If I got that right, all Honda bikes, from 150cc to 650cc, and lots of the <150cc scooters, for the world markets, are from Thailand, these days
Plus the NC's

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