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Old 04-21-2012, 07:27 AM   #47641
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I`ve found that it is whatever bike I am riding at the time.......I love every one I see,touch or ride !!!
Yep, the man loves motorcycles.
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Old 04-21-2012, 07:43 AM   #47642
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I started to post earlier that people should just learn to "ride" not just sniff the flowers along a graded road or drag your knees on a scooter. Once you learn to make your bike do what you want it to do, you can ride anything but I figured I'd piss off half the forum so I didn't, until now...
I don't know if I'll ever be able to get a large dual sport to do what I want, or at least the one I have presently. After taking the 800 on a small motocross track yesterday, experience left me thinking of looking at a lighter dual sport. The bright spot about the 800, is that it took up so much of the track, that my buddy on the XR250 couldn't pass, or was scared that it might drop on him if he tried.
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Old 04-21-2012, 07:45 AM   #47643
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I`ve found that it is whatever bike I am riding at the time.......I love every one I see,touch or ride !!!

I can't say that anymore, I rode my friend Jim's Sportster for 2 miles and couldn't wait to get off of it. Made my 640 feel like a VFR800

Sadly at the time I was riding an XL125 with a supertrapp and he had an original goldwing. He used to bitch he couldn't hear his stereo over my silencer. For a while he had a VT500 and I had an FT500 but those didn't last long. I go and trade the FT and EXC in on a whisper quiet Transalp and he goes and trades the 'wing in on the straight piped Sportster! I literally couldn't hear my own bike run.
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Old 04-21-2012, 07:47 AM   #47644
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The bright spot about the 800, is that it took up so much of the track, that my buddy on the XR250 couldn't pass, or was scared that it might drop on him if he tried.

Take the cases off!

You're 800 is capable, ask Flagger
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Old 04-21-2012, 07:49 AM   #47645
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No matter what anyone else says, I watch and enjoy the videos so keep posting them. Much more entertaining than the mountain bike banter that shows up here periodically.
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Old 04-21-2012, 07:50 AM   #47646
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Speaking of Transalps, anyone know this guy? Older with reddish graying beard

As seen heading southbound on SR21 in Massillon. Bike was getting ratted out and missing some parts.


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Old 04-21-2012, 07:58 AM   #47647
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. Later he may have a change of heart and decide the bike wasn't so bad and buy it back, then realize, nope it really did suck and sell it again.
I actually did this twice, with the same exact bike.

I had a FZ1 and got some wild hair up my ass to get a dual sport (my first one) in 2005; so I traded it for a new KLR650. I rode it for a week and hated it, so I went back to the dealer and traded it in on my old FZ1. Happily rode that thing to 50,000 miles. Along the way I also then picked up another KLR, which I began to appreciate enough that eventually, I sold the FZ1. I remember I was riding home from doing the MCCCT with Tim and Paul and I just realized, fuck, this thing does everything; I don't need a second bike. Sold the FZ when I got home.

A few years later, I was riding the KLR on the Blue Ridge Parkway with Meredith, and I was getting pretty aggravated at having to apply my brakes a mile before I stopped, and having to add a quart of oil every 7 feet, and I realized, fuck, this thing is a piece of shit; I need a better bike. Sold the KLR when I got home, bought a V-Strom.

A few years later, I was riding the V-Strom to Bellfontaine for a tag and it started missing real badly, the problem got worse and worse over the next few weeks, and no one was able to diagnose it or fix it. Reached a point where it became unrideable, and I ended up trading it in on a KLR. Rode the KLR for a month, put 4000 miles on it, had 3 warranty issues, and remembered why I had disliked my previous one; so when the dealer called to say he had figured out the issue with my Strom had been the wiring harness and it was now 100%, I bought it back. Sold the KLR. Then Meredith was like: "I don't want this fucking KLR anymore if you have a V-Strom again" (referring to her oil burning '08 that went through a battery every 2 months), so we sold that and bought her a V-Strom.

Along the way there's been tons of other ones but the FZ and the V-Strom I have actually rebought the exact same bike. Other duplicates, though not the same bike, have been a KLX, a KLR, a DR, and a WR.

But you are right, I ride a fair amount, and I also figure that riding is pretty much the only hobby I spend money on, so why not experiment? When I sell a bike at a loss, which is every time, I'm still only losing a few hundred bucks; I think the biggest beating I took was around $1000 from a dealer; and I guarantee I got $1000 worth of smiles out of the bike in the time I've owned it.

Since I happen to be dropping a deuce right now and have some time to think on it...


My lineage, in order, as I recall - with my mileage and length of ownership - since 1999, when I started riding. A lot of these bikes I had 2, sometimes 3 at a time in my garage:

1978 Suzuki GS750E - 24,000 miles - 1 year
2001 Suzuki Bandit 600 - 25,000 miles - 1 year
2003 Suzuki SV650 - 3,000 miles - 8 weeks (second bike to the Bandit)
2000 Kawasaki Concours - 2,000 miles - 2 weeks
1977 Yamaha XS400 - 100 miles - 1 week (extra beater bike)
1977 Suzuki GS750E - 100 miles - 1 week (extra beater bike)
2002 Yamaha FZ1 - 50,000 miles - 2.5 years
1981 Yamaha XT250 - 5,000 miles - 2 years (still in ADV family)
2005 Kawasaki KLR650 - 1,000 miles - 1 week (still in ADV family)
2002 Yamaha FZ1 again
2006 Kawasaki KLR650 - 1.5 years - 20,000 miles
2003 (?) Kawasaki KLX400 / DRZ400S - 6 months - 5,000 miles
2007 Suzuki V-Strom 650 - 4.5 years - 65,000 miles (current bike)
2001 Kawasaki KLR250 - 1 year - 6,000 miles
2004 (?) Honda CRF230F / plated - 6 months - unk miles
2009 Kawasaki KLX250S - 1 year - 12,000 miles
2008 Yamaha WR250R - 2 years - 12,000 miles (still in ADV family)
2002 (?) Suzuki DR650 - 3 months - 3,000 miles (still in ADV family)
2009 Kawasaki KLR650 - 4 weeks - 4,000 miles
2007 Suzuki V-Strom 650 again
2005 Suzuki DR650 - 4 weeks - 3,000 miles
2007 Kawasaki KLX250 - 4 weeks - 2,000 miles (still in ADV family)
2008 Yamaha WR250R - 3 months - 4,000 miles (current bike)

Damn. That took longer than I thought. After all that I'm pretty pleased with the DL and WR. At this point in their ragged ass lives they are pretty much worthless to anyone but me, so I plan on curtailing my bike purchases and just focusing on wearing these out - or building character, if you will.

And now my legs are all numb and tingly. Standing up to wipe may be excruciating.
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Old 04-21-2012, 09:04 AM   #47648
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Take the cases off!

You're 800 is capable, ask Flagger
The cases have been off since last fall along with the mounts. I think I need knobbies and lots of practice more than anything. I'm still learning how to ride these pigs. It was fun though, except the bottoming on the jumps part. Going to look and see if I bent the shock bolt later today. I'm taking the Montesa next time too.

I'm off to sniff some flowers, er I mean run some errands on the bike now.
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Old 04-21-2012, 09:54 AM   #47649
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MeefZah's 2007 klx250

Mark,I got your old KLX250 running much better. I replaced the carb which had the Dyno jeted carb with a used stock one from Ebay and reinstalled the air box snorkel. I am glad you saved the snorkel and did not throw it out. Carl
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Old 04-21-2012, 09:58 AM   #47650
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Mark,I got your old KLX250 running much better. I replaced the carb which had the Dyno jeted carb with a used stock one from Ebay and reinstalled the air box snorkel. I am glad you saved the snorkel and did not throw it out. Carl
I bet the MPGs go up a good amount. Thank the PO for keeping the snorkel, and while you're at it, curse him for installing the Dyno Jet. That should even out!
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Old 04-21-2012, 10:17 AM   #47651
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A lot of these bikes I had 2, sometimes 3 at a time in my garage:

2002 Yamaha FZ1 - 50,000 miles - 2.5 years
1981 Yamaha XT250 - 5,000 miles - 2 years (still in ADV family)
2005 Kawasaki KLR650 - 1,000 miles - 1 week (still in ADV family)
2002 Yamaha FZ1 again
2006 Kawasaki KLR650 - 1.5 years - 20,000 miles
I remember the day at Mohawk state dam. You were on the FZ1 and asked if I had a Happy Trails sticker on the KLR swing arm. Small world.


As a side note, since videos were a hot topic. Ryan, better known as Half Throttle is doing a boot giveaway. To enter just follow the instructions in the video.

Some of you may know him from his funny Harley videos or KLR videos. Nice guy and has shared info with me on Face book about video issues I've had on Utube.
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I remember the day at Mohawk state dam. You were on the FZ1 and asked if I had a Happy Trails sticker on the KLR swing arm. Small world.
I remember that we were riding together and we stopped on 541 on the one straight stretch near Woodbury Shooting Range outside of Coshocton. I was looking at the KLR and I was like: "Hmmm, you installed your heated grips switch in exactly the same place as I did when I had a KLR, and you have the same (Dual Star) sticker I had in the same place" and then conversation revealed that you bought it at the same dealership I traded it in at and we figured out it had been mine.

I can't recall the bike I was riding then, though. I doubt it was the FZ1 because I didn't really frequent the board up until about 2005-2006 when I started getting into dual sport riding, and we would not have known each other prior to meeting on ADV. I wonder if I was on my 2006 KLR at that time already or not?

Don't you have a video you can reference? See, there is a use for the videos, jogging my decrepit ass memory.
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Old 04-21-2012, 10:41 AM   #47653
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I remember that we were riding together and we stopped on 541 on the one straight stretch near Woodbury Shooting Range outside of Coshocton. I was looking at the KLR and I was like: "Hmmm, you installed your heated grips switch in exactly the same place as I did when I had a KLR, and you have the same (Dual Star) sticker I had in the same place" and then conversation revealed that you bought it at the same dealership I traded it in at and we figured out it had been mine.

I can't recall the bike I was riding then, though. I doubt it was the FZ1 because I didn't really frequent the board up until about 2005-2006 when I started getting into dual sport riding, and we would not have known each other prior to meeting on ADV. I wonder if I was on my 2006 KLR at that time already or not?

Don't you have a video you can reference? See, there is a use for the videos, jogging my decrepit ass memory.
I just remember the time at Mohawk I was on the Vmax and you were on your sport bike. It probably was a Dual Star sticker not a Happy Trail one. I thought it was the FZ1 but I'm probably wrong about that too. It had an in line 4 I think because we compared the bikes at Peggy sues later. No video of THAT day, but I do still have these.



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Old 04-21-2012, 10:57 AM   #47654
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My lineage, in order, as I recall....
Glad someone's owned more bikes than me.


I did buy one bike back, an '81 XL185 and was given back an '84 XR200R when the repair bill was more than I sold it for so I fixed it up an resold it.
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Old 04-21-2012, 11:02 AM   #47655
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I did buy one bike back, an '81 XL185 and was given back an '84 XR200R when the repair bill was more than I sold it for so I fixed it up an resold it.
and he's only 30 something too. ;)
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