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Old 07-26-2012, 08:38 PM   #121
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That's the bastard child of a Harley sportser and a KLR. It's a Harley MT-500, actually made by Arstrong. Most armies in the world use them and have used them for decades.

Harley wanted to get the Military contract so they bought out armstrong along with all the tooling to make these. then the Army turned around and said, yea, we're gonna go with the KLR instead. So Harley said fuck, what the hell are we going ot do with all these big green dirt bikes? Each dealer got one, most didn't even bother taking them out of the crate, and they sat and sat because ain't no one spending 12 grand on a big green heavy dirt bike. No matter how tough they are (story goes, they were designed to be dropped out of helicopters for soldiers stuck behind enemy lines). They also did courier work, they were available with dual front panniers for sensitive documents and a gun carrier for the SA85 assault rifle. Here's a pic fully outfitted.


My wife is going to hate you. Now I want one!!!
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Old 07-27-2012, 12:52 AM   #122
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My wife is going to hate you. Now I want one!!!
Be VERY careful of these, very few have the proper paperwork to back them up. If you get one with no paperwork, not even a MSO getting it registered in most states is damn near impossible.

Fewer than 25 or so are actually registered for street use out of the 200 or so out there (for the 200 model year, there were more in '99).

If you're genuinely interested, I am half considering either selling mine, or putting it in my living room. It's only got a couple hundred miles on it.
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Old 07-27-2012, 08:31 AM   #123
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Any word on vests for the BMW F650GS line ? I have a 2003 and would love a vest for it.
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Old 08-06-2012, 01:53 PM   #124
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Any word on vests for the BMW F650GS line ? I have a 2003 and would love a vest for it.
Working on setting up a patterning for one. We're getting there slowly. We need bikes to pattern. Ideally, we'll be patterning all of the BMW bikes this year. We just need to get samples to do it.
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Old 08-08-2012, 10:57 AM   #125
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I need to throw out a Kudos to IMS. We contacted IMS concerning the possibility of a loaner 10 gallon tank for the KLR series to pattern. They did us one better. They gave us a tank to pattern and use as a display. It's a second but that's okay.

The folks at IMS are top notch and really went the extra mile for us at TankVest.com. They have our thanks!

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Old 08-09-2012, 09:34 AM   #126
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Get Clarke to hook you up with a DRZ 400s tank.
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Old 08-10-2012, 07:19 AM   #127
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I'll call them on Monday and see what we can work out.

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Old 08-10-2012, 07:50 AM   #128
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GTG. I have a ton of MOLLE gear for the VEST, plus I need a place to mount my holster.

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Old 08-13-2012, 10:50 AM   #129
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Spoke to Clark Tanks. They are going to have someone call me later about getting a tank to pattern.

On another note... Here's the IMS tank on a stand we threw together with a KLR 650 Gen 2 vest on it...

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Old 08-13-2012, 11:58 AM   #130
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As soon as you get the DRZ 400S clarke vest done, just put me first on the list.
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Old 08-14-2012, 07:20 PM   #131
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Missing out on a huge market of dr riders!!
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Old 08-15-2012, 01:43 PM   #132
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we have located a DRZ 400 for patterning. We'll have it set up soon!
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Old 08-15-2012, 01:53 PM   #133
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I looked through the thread, and also your web site, but didn't see a R1100GS on there. Maybe not surprising, but I was still curious if you had one yet for my bike. Thanks!
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Old 08-15-2012, 03:16 PM   #134
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we have located a DRZ 400 for patterning. We'll have it set up soon!
Is that with a clarke tank or stock?
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Old 08-16-2012, 07:35 AM   #135
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I looked through the thread, and also your web site, but didn't see a R1100GS on there. Maybe not surprising, but I was still curious if you had one yet for my bike. Thanks!
We had someone with one of these bikes and we had arranged to pattern the bike and then he just disappeared. We're looking for another bike now for that.
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