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Old 09-10-2006, 07:45 PM   #196
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Hey Guys,

I'm looking for a dual sport bike, and my wife has a F650GS she loves. I'm looking for something with a little more dirt worthy characteristics, but I'd like to be able to add panniers. Has anyone done this yet on this bike? How are people's impressions of this bike on the road? Compared to?

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Old 09-11-2006, 11:52 AM   #197
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Powercell you have one mean looking SEnduro Does the lights worked as well as it looks ?

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Old 09-13-2006, 04:22 PM   #198
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Old 09-13-2006, 04:48 PM   #199
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Old 09-13-2006, 04:55 PM   #200
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jeepboy pulled the trigger
i like the tank shrouds without the stickers
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Old 09-13-2006, 06:45 PM   #201
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i like the tank shrouds without the stickers
I agree. The dog is pretty cool as well.
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Old 09-14-2006, 03:57 AM   #202
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I was hesitant to pull off the stickers off but it does look alot better with them gone. CJ (the dog) was on bike watch
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Old 09-14-2006, 04:02 AM   #203
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I was hesitant to pull off the stickers off but it does look alot better with them gone. CJ (the dog) was on bike watch
Everyone has their own idea of aesthetics, and your bike does look different without the stickers. However, I think you have defeated three goals that the engineers/designers had in mind with the vinyl.

First, the graphics are designed to make dirt seem part of the way the bike looks. So, you don't have to wash the bike as much.

Second, the graphics create a visual illusion that the bike is smaller, especially in the tank area. By removing the graphics, you make the tank area look bulky again, like an SM.

Finally, like a true dirt bike, the vinyl is there to take the falls, absorb the scratches, and be easy to replace. Now, you will be scratching the side panels directly, which are more costly.

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Old 09-14-2006, 04:06 AM   #204
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For instance, here's my rear number plate. I took a pretty good fall in a mud hole in the Pine Barrens. The little scuff on the side is basically not noticeable because the graphics already look "beat up" a little. Without the graphics, the scuff would be much more noticeable. In addition, when I get tired of the collection of scuffs, I just get new vinyl.



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Old 09-14-2006, 05:19 AM   #205
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Old 09-14-2006, 06:01 AM   #206
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Here's mine...
Outstanding TSC!

A "small tank" Adventure really appeals to me. Though I'm thinking of going the other way- starting with an A and installing on of the smaller gas tanks for local use, and maybe putting the regulars on for ld work.
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Old 09-14-2006, 07:38 AM   #207
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thats is really cool troy
when i added the lower fastway pegs the break lever would nod adjust quite low enough for safe breaking so i used a piece of 5/8" copper tubing and dremeled it to fit giving an extra 1/2 inch at the lever
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Old 09-14-2006, 08:42 AM   #208
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For instance, here's my rear number plate. I took a pretty good fall in a mud hole in the Pine Barrens. The little scuff on the side is basically not noticeable because the graphics already look "beat up" a little. Without the graphics, the scuff would be much more noticeable. In addition, when I get tired of the collection of scuffs, I just get new vinyl.


later, barry
So what you're really saying is that the graphics are so ugly that you don't notice the scuffs.

Best part is you can't see the graphics from the saddle.

I love mine so much I'd get one even if it looked like a Husaberg.


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Old 09-14-2006, 08:59 AM   #209
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Old 09-14-2006, 09:12 AM   #210
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