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Old 12-04-2012, 06:54 AM   #54811
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Old 12-04-2012, 07:04 AM   #54812
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What's the wheel size of those Buels that are ridden on the road enduros? 17"?
It was my experience on a Buell (with a 17" front wheel) that has lead me to believe that an adventure bike needs a 19 or 21 inch front. This new Honda is a 500cc bike... It's not made to compete with 'big adventure bikes'. It could've been made to fill a niche in between the more dirt oriented DR/XR 650 and the more street oriented Vstrom/650GS. I really think it could've been a true KLR competitor... that kind of wierd niche between more road, and more off-road worthy. Some people want a twin over a thumper, the new tech could put the performance comparable despite the cc disadvantage... 6 speeds, fuel injection, cheap... all great things. Unfortunately they threw that 17" front on there that screams (to me) IT'S NOT REALLY CAPABLE OFF ROAD!!! It'll cater towards road only folks, but they make 3 versions of this exact bike... do they all need to cater towards road only folks?

I agree with you that it's a status thing with this bike; it's not a real adventure bike, that's why I was disappointed.


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You guys have probably forgotten what it's like, but it's so nice being a new rider. I can ride anything without any preconceived notions of how it's supposed to be and head down the road grinning from ear to ear.
Actually, that's exactly how I am in real life. Both my current bikes I bought without a test ride. They're motorcycles... I'm going to enjoy them... I'll ride with folks on any other make/model bike... and if we get a chance to trade, I'm all for it... doesn't even matter what you ride.

But on the internet I've come to bitch about stuff more than I ever have before. It must be pretty bad if I'm noticing it myself. I got in a pissing match with someone over in Thumpers yesterday out of sheer boredom. Not sure what my problem is lately... I think, since I've recently shaken my hardcore fan-boy status and am trying to remain open to all now, other fan-boy types (not personal, no one here) just rub me the wrong way, and I always want to play devils advocate just to erk them.

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Old 12-04-2012, 09:46 AM   #54813
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You guys have probably forgotten what it's like, but it's so nice being a new rider. I can ride anything without any preconceived notions of how it's supposed to be and head down the road grinning from ear to ear.
I'm like that, too. I just started riding last year on the KLR650, got my official M endorsement this spring. I noticed after a few put downs it was kind of a pain to pick up the heavy KLR up. Ended up buying a WRR a couple months ago just based on talking with an owner or 2 and reading some reviews. Rode it up to a Adv/road enduro & tried it out. I got a lot of strange looks when I said I rode to the ride & planned riding back home. I guess I'm not smart enough to know you shouldn't ride 400+ mile/12 hr days on a 250. I'm just enjoying it and don't really give a shit what anyone else thinks.

BTW I'll likely put a 100-200 miles in the SE corner together this weekend, if anyone wants to join. The weather looks fantastic. I really like gravel.
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Old 12-04-2012, 10:19 AM   #54814
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The danger of the GIVI cases.
the story behind it...

http://www.grindtv.com/outdoor/blog/...into+sailboat/
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Old 12-04-2012, 10:32 AM   #54815
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I'm very interested in this one:



2013 Honda CB500X
Looks like honda is aiming for the rider who can't choose between this

and this
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Old 12-04-2012, 10:49 AM   #54816
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BTW I'll likely put a 100-200 miles in the SE corner together this weekend, if anyone wants to join. The weather looks fantastic. I really like gravel.
I could be up for a gravel road tour this weekend. What day are you thinking?
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Old 12-04-2012, 11:18 AM   #54817
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I could be up for a gravel road tour this weekend. What day are you thinking?
Sunday weather looks a little better. Probably go for a 10 mile trail run Sat morning, so that would put me out near noon. Sunday does seem to be better.

Pretty open to meet up spots, I was looking around some Noble Co stuff last Saturday. I know a kind of cool route from Marietta to Woodsfield & back. I can just kind of go with the flow. I'll have the WRR so 75-80mph is about max.
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Old 12-04-2012, 11:29 AM   #54818
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Sunday weather looks a little better. Probably go for a 10 mile trail run Sat morning, so that would put me out near noon. Sunday does seem to be better.

Pretty open to meet up spots, I was looking around some Noble Co stuff last Saturday. I know a kind of cool route from Marietta to Woodsfield & back. I can just kind of go with the flow. I'll have the WRR so 75-80mph is about max.
Sunday is fine by me. I can meet you somewhere in the Marietta area if you want to do the Woodsfield route. I'm not a speed demon so the 75-80 max speed should be fine . I'm located just south of Crooksville for reference.
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Old 12-04-2012, 11:52 AM   #54819
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Sunday is fine by me. I can meet you somewhere in the Marietta area if you want to do the Woodsfield route. I'm not a speed demon so the 75-80 max speed should be fine . I'm located just south of Crooksville for reference.
Well sometimes 90 feels good on a short section of 26. Whatcha riding so the route can be tailored accordingly? I put a GS in a place he didn't want to be earlier this year. Don't want to make that mistake again.

Anyone else want to tag along? I'm open to whatever pace.
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Old 12-04-2012, 12:27 PM   #54820
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Well sometimes 90 feels good on a short section of 26. Whatcha riding so the route can be tailored accordingly? I put a GS in a place he didn't want to be earlier this year. Don't want to make that mistake again.

Anyone else want to tag along? I'm open to whatever pace.
I'll be on my KTM 690 Enduro
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Old 12-04-2012, 12:43 PM   #54821
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Can't any mfg make a 350ish pound wet bike with a 21"/18" spoked tire,6 speed, and a decent travel suspension? That should satisfy most adv guys for a mostly road bike.
Meet The KTM 690 Enduro R





...or did you mean why won't anyone make one that isn't orange?
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Old 12-04-2012, 01:18 PM   #54822
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Wow, I watched the video and posted it here when it had less than 100 hits on it and now it has over 1 million. ;)
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Old 12-04-2012, 02:08 PM   #54823
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Wow, I watched the video and posted it here when it had less than 100 hits on it and now it has over 1 million. ;)
And only 900 of those views were from people not clicking on your posted links
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And only 900 of those views were from people not clicking on your posted links
I only posted it here too...unlike one of my videos.
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Old 12-04-2012, 02:58 PM   #54825
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No BMW's have 21" front wheels and no one complains about them?

It looks just about as dirty worthy as GS650 or Vstrom
Don't forget that Honda Transalp 600 and 650 both have 21" wheels. Africa Twin too.
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