Looking for a reliable trail suitable for a 70-year-old veteran biker

We love receiving inquiries to our MotoGuía section, but we are even more excited when they are from friends like José. At 70 years old and after riding a motorcycle all his life (he started at 14), he is now looking for a new motorcycle. His preferences are simple: a reliable trail to use on weekends and with a budget of 13,000 euros.

At the end of the day, the trail concept has been refined in recent years, and for traveling and road trips with no other pretensions than enjoying the road, they are a more than interesting option. And they are because their posture is comfortable, their features are perfect for traveling and they are lighter than the classic “tourer” ones.

As a consequence of this “boom”, the options available on the market are many and varied. The first thing that is important to know is that the vast majority of brands have a level that a few years ago was almost unimaginable, both in terms of performance and reliability. That does not mean that, at any given moment, our unit can fail. After all, they are machines and they all run the risk of suffering breakdowns, but the endemic problems of specific models are anecdotal today.

That said, we are going to focus on José’s question and we are going to rule out all the “big wheel” trails, the most adventurous ones with possible off-road use, and we are going to stick with the asphalt trails, with a maximum of 17 inches of wheel. lead. If we want to travel by road and there is no intention of going through the countryside, it is the best option without a doubt.

Reliable trail and for less than 13,000 euros: five options

And in that group and with a limit of 13,000 euros we have some options, although curiously we are at a barrier price that will make us opt for medium displacement models, although we have more budget for accessories and to be able to get the motorcycle ready to travel. to every train. And the 1,000 asphalt trails are already above that budget, but the 600-800 cc ones are even below the 10,000 euro barrier.

Honda NC750X

A good option is the Honda NC750X, which uses a parallel twin with a power of 59 HP and which makes its low consumption (it claims 3.5 liters per 100) its flagship. One of its great assets is that it starts right now at 8,800 euros and that it has a version with Honda’s DCT, the semi-automatic transmission, for 9,750.

Yamaha Tracer 7

Yamaha Tracer 7

If we look at Yamaha, the Tracer 7 is also a good option and, in this case, with more power because the V-twin produces 72.4 HP. Its marketing starts at 9,499 euros, although there are versions like the GT that cost 10,499. In any case, basically, we are far from the budget limit.

Kawasaki Versys 650

Kawasaki Versys 650

We cannot ignore the Kawasaki Versys 650 either, in an intermediate position as far as the engine is concerned. Also with a twin-cylinder although in this case in parallel it declares 67 HP and its price starts at 9,299 euros for the most basic finished model.

Triumph Tiger Sport 660

Suzuki V-Strom 650

Moving on to a three-cylinder engine but included in the same class, we find the Triumph Tiger Sport 660. We are talking about a motorcycle with greater power, with 81 HP and a somewhat sportier design but with the same driving position. Marketing starts at 9,695 euros, so although the basic model comes well equipped, you can go one step further.

Suzuki V-Strom

Triumph Tiger Sport 660

We can finish this small list with the Suzuki V-Strom, either the 650 or the V-Strom 800 Tech. That would depend on the tastes and the features you want, in addition to your own budget. The 650 is at 70 HP, 10 below what the 800 offers us. In any case, its proven mechanics give us guarantees that we are looking at a reliable and affordable trail bike.

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