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Old 02-13-2012, 08:09 AM   #44491
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Great ADV articles in Feb Cycle World & the March Dirt Rider. Seems like ADV riding is getting huge. Looks like all the old dirt riders are getting on ADV bikes, The bikers that are getting old are tuning to trikes & Spyders & the old ATV guys are turning to side by sides. Seems like motorcycling is sorta re-inventing itself.

My primary MC has been a large displacement dual purpose bike (KLR650) since 1989. I guess I was an early adopter.

Weird looks were the norm back then, and most of the gas station chit chat was based around WTF is that? What do you do with it? & why wouldn't you pick a regular MC of some sort?

Last year I was doing a little 800 mile weekend on the 1200 when I was approached by a very excited middle aged man wanting to know where I was from & where I was going. He seemed disapointed when I told him that I was less than 200 miles from home and had only come over to the Ozarks to ride around a bit for the weekned. Because of the hard bags and me being agatt he was certain I was on some sort of huge world crossing ride. he was dumbfounded that I would wear all that gear and ride such an ugly bike to only be a few hours from home.

Perhaps these things are getting too mainstream for me. Maybe it's time to get into vintage Rokons or trials riding or somethink a little more obscure.
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Old 02-13-2012, 08:32 AM   #44492
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Perhaps these things are getting too mainstream for me. Maybe it's time to get into vintage Rokons or trials riding or somethink a little more obscure.
What, being part of the crowd isn't more fun than being the obscure guy with the funny looking plated dirt bike? I agree that DS riding and riders are growing very noticeably. In part I think it's due to decreased large off road access in the US. But I see the DS bike style and performance as being a factor too. Today DS rides are far better than the old enduro farm bike of the 90's. the sport bikes and cruisers are just so limited in what they can do and where they can comfortably go. I Expect more from my bike!
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Old 02-13-2012, 08:45 AM   #44493
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There's also the fact that fuel is so expensive. If i'm going to wheel my trail truck, I have to buy diesel for my 12 mpg tow pig and gas for the 2 mpg trail rig. Then I have to tow 2 hours minimum to get to a trail. Also, I much prefer busting 50-60 mpg on a bike that cost less than the tires for my truck.
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Old 02-13-2012, 08:59 AM   #44494
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Motorcycles aren't cheaper to operate than cars though , because in my opinion the frequent tire changes/oil changes/gear costs/farkles still make the motorcycle as expensive, if not slightly MORE expensive than an economy car.

I justify it with smiles per mile!
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Old 02-13-2012, 09:12 AM   #44495
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They are when your "car" is a 3/4 ton 4x4 diesel.
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Old 02-13-2012, 09:44 AM   #44496
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I'm stumped on the one on the county line, I can't picture it. I drive seasonally for FedEx here in Sorrow county, so I kept my eyes peeled for the ones that are abandoned and made notes to find them on my county maps.
I will have to look it up, I want to say TR 88.

Edit, yeah, just looked it up, it is TR 88 between TR 89 and 87, just north of I-71. The play area west of the road seems pretty well used and I believe is on Amish property, they have always waved at me when I rode back there.

Another neat road right around there is Lanning Rd, though not abandoned.
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Old 02-13-2012, 09:51 AM   #44497
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So, does anyone have an opinion on Toyota fj cruisers?
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Old 02-13-2012, 09:52 AM   #44498
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They are when your "car" is a 3/4 ton 4x4 diesel.

True, but I always laugh at people that buy a bike to save gas.

Dollar for dollar if you decided that you needed 200,000 miles of transportation over 10 years you could do it so much cheaper in a Toyota Yaris than you could on any motorcycle.

The difference is the fun factor....how much value do you put on the enjoyment of riding?

Most motorcycles are pretty exciting, most economy cars are beyond bland.
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Old 02-13-2012, 09:54 AM   #44499
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I will have to look it up, I want to say TR 88.

Edit, yeah, just looked it up, it is TR 88 between TR 89 and 87, just north of I-71. The play area west of the road seems pretty well used and I believe is on Amish property, they have always waved at me when I rode back there.

Another neat road right around there is Lanning Rd, though not abandoned.


See.....I am going to screw it up.....I am going to go over there on my 450 and raise holy hell..............The Amish are going to hate us now!
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Old 02-13-2012, 10:02 AM   #44500
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See.....I am going to screw it up.....I am going to go over there on my 450 and raise holy hell..............The Amish are going to hate us now!
YOU BASTARD!

When are we going???
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Old 02-13-2012, 10:18 AM   #44501
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YOU BASTARD!

When are we going???
Pretty sure that Lanning road is only about 10 minutes from my house.

I have plans for a gnarly single track on my neighbors 67 acre lease. I have his OK, but I'll have to keep it lowkey. It would take me forever to blaze it by myself, but with a couple of other quiet riders that could keep a secret we could have a honey hole.
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Old 02-13-2012, 10:32 AM   #44502
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fj cruiser

My wife bought a new FJ in 2007 - nice vehicle. She is driving a Tundra now and I think I liked the FJ better than she did. Her biggest complaint was the blind spots although she never had a problem and I didn't think it was so bad. Fuel mileage was pretty good but was recommended to use premium, I think about 18-19 MPG.
I now have a Tacoma but really don't have alot of use for a truck anymore and often think I would have been happier keeping the FJ for myself. Good luck with your decision.
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Old 02-13-2012, 10:35 AM   #44503
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... and I believe is on Amish property, they have always waved at me when I rode back there ....
What else are they going to do? They can't use a phone to tell anyone about it.
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Old 02-13-2012, 10:45 AM   #44504
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"What else are they going to do?"

They could shoot your sorry ass...most Amish are armed
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Old 02-13-2012, 10:53 AM   #44505
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"What else are they going to do?"

They could shoot your sorry ass...most Amish are armed
Really? Was unaware.

#thingsthatmakeyougohmm

And you don't know my ass well enough to know it's sorry, pal.
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