Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: southern Arizona, USA
First of all, I would recommend waiting until you are pretty much healed up to figure out what, if any, new physical limitations will effect your riding. I found that a broken clavicle on my dirt bike, after age 70, slowed down my off-road riding substantially. I can no longer ride comfortably wearing my camelbak, and now I strap it to the rack with the toolbag.
I ride a (street bike) CB500XA for its ergonomics, despite my 28-inch inseam. I can just barely back the bike on tippy toes if the ground is flat and paved, otherwise I move the bike before mounting it. The X feels bigger than the R or F, but still is not well set up for touring. I added the OEM centerstand and luggage rack just to make it usable for touring. Below is a shot of the bike at Quake Lake, Montana, from when I did a 3300 mile trip on the bike in 2015 when I was 73. I didn't push hard, 400-450 miles per day made it a 4 day trip each way from southern Arizona to central Montana. The bike was all that I hoped it would be. I took "scenic routes" including Utah 150 through the Uinta Mountains, so speeds were more in the 65-70 mph cruising range.
The X has a 4.6 gallon gas tank, which gives it a good cruising range between fuel stops. I've averaged 69 mpg over nearly 15K miles. Running 80 drops the fuel mileage down to the high 50s for me.
One of the riders here swears by his new Kawi Z900. It is a lot of bike for the money, but it also drinks lots of gasoline. Blipco is guessing that he will get 45 mpg with it once it is broken in.
As I said, wait until the time is closer before cutting back the bikes you might consider.
John '14CB500XA (White), '09CRF230L (L'il Red Piglet), '89NX250 (sold, White)
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1st bike: a slightly used 1958 Matchless 250 thumper
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