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Old 03-17-2009, 05:56 PM   #92
Hello? Is this thing on?
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Joined: Aug 2005
Location: Eastern PA
Oddometer: 2,514
My Dakar
Carbon fiber fairings, ohlins, emulators, HID, staintune, techclusion, much lighter than stock

Touring in WV last year

My Dakar leads a hard life, touring, off road riding etc, however it has been very reliable.

I have been trying to decide between keeping this bike and starting over with an Xchallenge. If I keep the Dakar I will lighten it further and do the Yamaha front end. If I go with an X it will be another rally faired bike with a tall windscreen and provison for side cases.

In any case the Dakar has been a great machine for me, it will ride all day on the highway, works fine on dirt/gravel roads and does mild off road (if a little grudgingly). I have seen guys who are good riders do amazing stuff with it off road but the weight is a bit much for someone at my skill level.

"Mostly the animals understand their roles, but man, by comparison, seems troubled by a message that he cannot quite remember or has gotten wrong. Bereft of instinct, he must search continually for meanings." Loren Eiseley

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