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i want to travel around thailand a bit but only a couple of hundred km per day, with lots of stops

 

i'm almost thinking of doing it on my PCX but if i could find a good second hand bike around 250-300cc for less than 150k baht, that would be better

 

i've seen some BMW G 310 GS's for around 150k which look great

 

although a big scooter like a forza would maybe be more practical but i think the forza is the ugliest thing i've ever seen

 

any ideas? what should i be looking for? i don't want a 650, i want something light and easy on the gas

 

 

 

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The words 'touring' and 'small' don't really go together.  I have an ER6N which is a 650 and I find it ideal for Thai roads.  I've done a little touring on it and plan a lot more - for me its been great.  It was a downsize from my UK bike but I soon got used to it.

 

The ER6 has plenty of power but its not huge and does well on fuel. Being an 'upright' its also more comfortable than its sporting cousins on long distance rides.

 

Its up to you but I wouldn't want to go too far on anything smaller.

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as much as i hate the looks of the forza, it has a lot of things i like, 1) automatic, i get bored changing gear in town and my left hand has a bit of a arthritis, 2) under seat storage for all my travel <deleted>. i guess the x max is the yamaha equivalent but they seem a lot more expensive second hand.

 

anyone tour on a forza?

 

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I think Blue Muton has recommended the perfect small tourer. A genuine 300cc , great reliability and re-sale values. An off-field bike could be the Benelli BN 300 TNT Tourer.

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i used to have a benelli 300 TNT but it wasn't real comfortable for me. i also did a 10,000km tour of mexico on a CB500X which is a great bike but i want something smaller, lighter and cheaper for thailand since only planning short rides each day

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If an automatic is going to be better for you , just use a scooter with a large top box , and pack accordingly. Even your PCX could do it , but with less luggage and speed.

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14 minutes ago, ktm jeff said:

If an automatic is going to be better for you , just use a scooter with a large top box , and pack accordingly. Even your PCX could do it , but with less luggage and speed.

my butt hurts after about 1-2 hours on my PCX and i have pretty long legs and feel the seat pushes me too far forward to get comfortable on a long trip. down to the pub, no problem at all, but phuket to samui in a day, or even 2 days, not much fun

 

also, if i can get all my luggage under the seat i prefer that to a top box. less likely to get broken into i think and looks better

 

its actually the older forza's that look boxy to me but that's what i can easily afford, about 65K for a 2013. newer models are all about 150k

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4 minutes ago, NCC1701A said:

i have a friend who goes to Hua Hin to Phuket and back every year on his Forza. He is 66 and puts his Thai wife on the back. He takes two days to get there.  

i will do that trip also but want to stop in the smaller towns along the way, like bang sapan, etc

 

i just saw a really nice looking forza on bahtsold in chiang rai, complete with loads of hard luggage. that would be a great trip from CR to phuket

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57 minutes ago, Blue Muton said:

Kawasaki Versys 300 all day long. The future is green. - BTW, 199,000 new.

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i have the 650 Versys for 5 years in Thailand and it has been bullet proof. But 650 would be too big and heavy for most people wanting a easier ride. 

This 300 looks to be a good size and Kawasaki sales and service is in many places in Thailand.

 

1 hour ago, steve2112 said:

i want to travel around thailand a bit but only a couple of hundred km per day, with lots of stops

 

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11 minutes ago, ktm jeff said:

A well made custom seat may be the answer.

Great idea.

 

One of the great things about Thailand is that you can get decent bespoke/custom stuff made at very reasonable prices. Back in the UK even if you could find somebody capable of and willing to make "stuff" it would most likely be really expensive.

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