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Old 11-08-2010, 07:05 PM   #32296
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If there was a cylinder sticking out, it'd swear it was a R1200GS
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Old 11-08-2010, 11:30 PM   #32297
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If there was a cylinder sticking out, it'd swear it was a R1200GS
Yeah, does resemble it quite a bit....shaft-drive too (tho I'd wager Honda's is a better system).

I know some people prefer a simple shaft final drive but I still value the ability to change gearing...for something you may offroad, I REALLY like being able to change gearing. On a sport-tourer? Shaft is fine.

I like the looks of that mocked up, updated Africa Twin, I so wish Honda would do a bike like that...they just tried it 15 years too early for the market, IMHO.
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Old 11-09-2010, 05:41 AM   #32298
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I guess we all get a touch of brand loyalty from bikes we own, as a result I have yet to develop a like or dislike for Honda. Maybe someday.
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Old 11-09-2010, 06:34 AM   #32299
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I've run Honda bikes for decades. They don't break, at least not until they get very old. I'm having some trouble with my Goldwing, but it's older than a lot of you.
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Old 11-09-2010, 06:40 AM   #32300
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anything breaks in the end. i used to be a honda guy but since im out cheating with others i guess i like them all now.
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Old 11-09-2010, 06:56 AM   #32301
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anything breaks in the end. i used to be a honda guy but since im out cheating with others i guess i like them all now.
I have yet to develop any brand loyalty, mainly because I have yet to find something that is clearly superior to the competition. In my experience, everything has pros and cons, and in the end it is down to a good deal that showed up, or the looks of the bike that may have won you over, or one or two features you really wanted, but none of that makes the bike a lot better than the competitors, at least from my point of view.
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Old 11-09-2010, 07:25 AM   #32302
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I have yet to develop any brand loyalty, mainly because I have yet to find something that is clearly superior to the competition. In my experience, everything has pros and cons, and in the end it is down to a good deal that showed up, or the looks of the bike that may have won you over, or one or two features you really wanted, but none of that makes the bike a lot better than the competitors, at least from my point of view.

Also, someone letting you ride a particular brand can help to influence what you want next......


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Old 11-09-2010, 07:29 AM   #32303
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In my experience, everything has pros and cons, and in the end it is down to a good deal that showed up, or the looks of the bike that may have won you over, or one or two features you really wanted, but none of that makes the bike a lot better than the competitors, at least from my point of view.
I tell those in the of-road world to buy what ever brand the dealer in a reasonable distance sells that gives you the best support AFTER you buy it.

Nothing like buying a bike then having to drive 75 miles to get parts for it or having a dealer that never stocks what you need. Yes, there is the internet but your leaving friday for a trip and find out you muffler bearing is toast on Wednesday and no dealers have one. I was lucky in my 950 battery, Thiels Wheels had one when I was leaving for Michigan and he was on our way.

You have to be careful what you buy also, It's like me and bicycles, I run Campagnolo components, no bike shops stock the stuff because it isn't main stream. It'd be like walking into Honda and asking them if they stock Transalp fairings.
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Old 11-09-2010, 07:33 AM   #32304
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Then, I sold the DRZ (to ADV inmate FUJIAN) ....



I wondered if that was yours when I saw it on Craig's List.
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Old 11-09-2010, 07:35 AM   #32305
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Also, someone letting you ride a particular brand can help to influence what you want next......


I agree 100% on that one!

That's what is nice about Demo Days, how often do you get to ride a dirt bike in the element it was designed for?

My friend let me ride his CRF250, I liked it, I'd buy one. I rode a KX250, hated it! YZ250, loved it but hated the WR426.

I always wanted a BMC road bicycle, found a good deal, the reviews were good, so I ordered it. Now I wish I hadn't, one ride and I am willing to sell it.
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Old 11-09-2010, 07:40 AM   #32306
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Also, someone letting you ride a particular brand can help to influence what you want next......


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Old 11-09-2010, 08:16 AM   #32307
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I wondered if that was yours when I saw it on Craig's List.
Yep, it WAS mine. The guy that bought it (inmate Fujian) came to Van Wert, Ohio from Victoria British Columbia! He took a ferry from Victoria to Seattle, a train from Seattle to Montana, Hitch-hiked from Montana to Casper Wyoming, got a ride from a guy that was moving from Casper to Jacksonville Florida so he rode the whole way with him, flew from Jacksonville Florida to Indianapolis, bummed a ride from Indy to Fort Wayne with a couple he met on the airplane, then hitch-hiked from Fort Wayne to my house in Van Wert. The total distance covered was over 4000 miles! All to buy a 2000 DRZ400. I wouldn't have believed it if I didn't see it myself. He bought the DRZ from me last Monday, and is riding it home, but looping through Texas, New Mexico and Arizona, into California, and then riding up the Pacific Coast through CA, Oregon, and Washington, and will then ferry the bike back up to Victoria. Ewan McBoreman's got nothin' on this guy. Now that's what I call Adventure riding.
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Old 11-09-2010, 08:46 AM   #32308
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Old 11-09-2010, 08:54 AM   #32309
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Surgery went well. ..............

I think I am addicted to Facebook. I keep looking for the "Like" button.
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Old 11-09-2010, 09:02 AM   #32310
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