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Old Yesterday, 02:18 AM   #1
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Am I missing out?

Bit of a confession here, but the latest model bike that I have ridden in my 38 years of riding is 1988.Should I stay with the old girls I know or maybe see if the grass is greener? Surely things can't of improved to much
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Old Yesterday, 02:25 AM   #2
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Old Yesterday, 02:28 AM   #3
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As much as I'd love to have one of those old smick rebuilt Teneres you have Eric, you don't know what your missing out on. You could have the best of both world.
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Old Yesterday, 02:28 AM   #4
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It's the classic freudian slip... "come out of the closet, and jump into the jaccuzzi with the rest of us..."
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Old Yesterday, 02:41 AM   #5
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Karma might get me again When I rode the 88 model my favorite 83 model blew a head gasket the next day What's going to happen if I jump on a 2015!!!
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Old Yesterday, 02:42 AM   #6
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As a recent (4 years ago) convert to post 1985 motorcycles I would probably suggest having a go at something modern but dont let the older bikes out of your sight, there are some days on a modern bike that you miss the excitement and crap yer pants wierdness that came with mediocre suspension, elastic frames and maybe brakes........ what was once normal is now an adventure every time I get a chance to have a spin on a dinosaur
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Old Yesterday, 02:47 AM   #7
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Some people stay married to the same woman all their life...


... some change mounts regularly...


... a new ride can be exciting and offer totally diiferent challenges or experiences...

... but a lot can be said for staying on old faithful as well...

... an old bike will never take you for half of everything, when you trade up...






make of that lot - what you will...
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Old Yesterday, 03:01 AM   #8
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That's troy speak for " go ride a dr 650 and you'll think there is nothing wrong with old faithfull"

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Some people stay married to the same woman all their life...


... some change mounts regularly...


... a new ride can be exciting and offer totally diiferent challenges or experiences...

... but a lot can be said for staying on old faithful as well...

... an old bike will never take you for half of everything, when you trade up...






make of that lot - what you will...
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Old Yesterday, 03:05 AM   #9
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That's troy speak for " go ride a 2015 660 Ténéré and you'll think there is nothing wrong with old faithfull"
he know's me soooo well...


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Old Yesterday, 03:15 AM   #10
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In 2003 I purchased a new WR450f and my first thought was this is what a dirt bikes should have been like all my life.

I have had a smile on my face ever since that first ride.

The first thing you will notice is how well they stop.

The second is how well they absorb the rough stuff.

I still have my first wife and plan on keeping her but I do change my bikes when I see something that excites me.
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Eric, maaaate!
This is dangerous territory where these thoughts are going. It's gonna cost ya money.
But yeah, you're talking 25+ years of development in the current bikes. The last trade-up I did was 10 years, and I could see every days work that the boffins had done on the bikes design in that time. So 25 years? You'll be thrilled at the smoothness of engines, the confidence that suspensions will give you and sweet power of brakes.
Yes, you need to have a ride on one or two of the modern beasties.
And don't ride anything you can't afford to buy, otherwise it'll do your head in if you fall in love.......

But don't let any of us mongrels imply that you have to have a new one. 1980's isn't exactly stoneage, and if it's puttin' a grin on ya dial then it's doing it's job.
If you measure it in grins per dollar, I'll bet you're way ahead of most of the rest of us.

Cheers
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Old Yesterday, 03:52 AM   #12
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Eric,
nearly nine years ago, I sold a '98Guzzi at Liverpool, drove to homebush Olympic Centre and gave the money to another bloke for an '02 Aprilia.
Since then I've gradually kept doing upgrades & mods and have no real desire to sell it, however I'm still interested new models but just interested.
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Some people stay married to the same woman all their life...
... some change mounts regularly...
... a new ride can be exciting and offer totally diiferent challenges or experiences...
... but a lot can be said for staying on old faithful as well...
... an old bike will never take you for half of everything, when you trade up...
make of that lot - what you will...
Take it from me.
Not all changes in mounts are for the better.
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If you're riding, you're not missing out...
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Old Yesterday, 04:27 AM   #15
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Eric, "You are not missing out" But having said that what do you want to do with the bike whether its new or old? What's your riding stile eg: 80%bitumen 20%dirt? In my case its 95%dirt and I love riding my 3AJ through it all. Not to heavy and not to fast. The three of us did consider purchasing WR250R's with the safari kit, meaning tank and fairing. Plus a swag of other things to go on the WR. All our long trips we use a support vehicle which leaves us just to ride and enjoy without the struggling with the extra weight.
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