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Old 10-25-2012, 01:45 AM   #14041
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Platty.....are you big into AR15s and live between colorado and nz?
Well some would say I'm big ... yes I'd love to caress an AR15 ... and the NZ was close

Just noted that I hadn't loaded some basic details so have updated accordingly.

Windscreens - happy to ride wind-in-the-face but I'm getting on in years and looking for comfort Have the Yamaha large screen fitted and its generally fine but thinking about some long distance touring so considering options.

Being located in Oz it's not possible to just go down the road and try another supplier coupled with the fact that the logistics of getting something from overseas do take a bit of organising. My rational with something tall is that it's always possible to trim but adding more is something entirely different
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Old 10-25-2012, 02:34 AM   #14042
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That Vstream is a sail of windshied, way too big. I hate looking through windshields too. What happens in dusty conditions or heavy bugs, especially at night with on coming headlights? <-- you can't see, that's what happens.

If wind really bothers you then get a Goldwing.
There's this thing that you look for when shopping for a windshield..it's called 'sizes.' The Vstream is available in 3 different 'sizes'.
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Old 10-26-2012, 02:09 AM   #14043
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Question....why do people who dont own and have done nothing more than a 20 minute test ride say the S10 is a pig and to heavy to ride on anything but pavement?
Because, It weighs a lot and few people will give YAMAHA credit for knowing a thing or two about engineering, despite a history of making slightly heavy bikes go pretty well, in this case off road.

All things are not equal, but often people just see max HP and weight.

I think there is also a bit of intimidation factor going on as well. In the early days the "on road" guys thought it was a pig off road, (if they even bothered) and the "off road" guys tended to think it was great. I think it was just the "off road" guys being comfortable off road to begin with and could push things harder and were surprised.

Having said that, if they made a lighter smaller bike I am sure it would be even betterrer off road.
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Old 10-26-2012, 09:11 AM   #14044
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Having said that, if they made a lighter smaller bike I am sure it would be even betterrer off road.
Like the XT660Z perhaps. It is a great all rounder except perhaps for 2 up adventuring.
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Old 10-26-2012, 09:13 AM   #14045
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Don't you have a wheel to go spin?
Er ..yeah ...sorry. No offense I was only joking.
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Old 10-26-2012, 09:17 AM   #14046
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I wanted to still run tubeless tires so they have a silicone seal and then a tape
seal around that. We'll see.




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Pluric, is there a chance that when you hit a big bump and the wheel flexes that the spokes may poke through the seal ??
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Old 10-26-2012, 09:26 AM   #14047
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Er ..yeah ...sorry. No offense I was only joking.
You can't offend me. I can take a good rib poking too.
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Old 10-26-2012, 09:34 AM   #14048
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Pluric, is there a chance that when you hit a big bump and the wheel flexes that the spokes may poke through the seal ??
I'm trusting Woody's Wheels to knows what they are doing. I really don't know. I've checked
the air pressure twice sitting in the garage (been snowing here) and it was spot on.

I would be very surprised if there would be enough rim movement to poke a spoke through it.
I'm more concerned with the rim keeping it's original shape!

Hopefully I'll get what I paid for....

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Old 10-26-2012, 11:22 AM   #14049
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Hopefully I'll get what I paid for....

Is it all ginger ?
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Old 10-26-2012, 11:28 AM   #14050
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I think they're making the right choice; I don't think there's much of a market here for a high end 650.


Now, I do think the market is begging for a WR450R class bike.
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Old 10-26-2012, 11:29 AM   #14051
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Is it all ginger ?
I need another $20 fast to find out.

Damn. Brazillian carpet. I'll know in a few weeks.

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Old 10-26-2012, 12:04 PM   #14052
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I think they're making the right choice; I don't think there's much of a market here for a high end 650.


Now, I do think the market is begging for a WR450R class bike.
Unless it deserved the high price. I too wanted a 660 until you look close and
it seems kinda dated on the suspension. 450s are a little limited on our US
slab speeds. Even if Kawasaki would bring back the KLX 650 with a few updates.

It ends up I will take Tenere where I took the KLR so I'm not as motivated for
a new mid size bike anymore.

The one that is fun for me is my KLX 250. It had a bearing go out in the motor so
as long as it was apart I put a Bill Blue 351cc kit on it.
Fantastic mid range trail riding power. Still the weight benefits of a small bore with the power
of a larger bore. Now if I could just get it to float.

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Old 10-26-2012, 01:05 PM   #14053
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I think the price is a key point honestly. I personally think the 660 Tenere would be the perfect blend. a bit lighter than the 800 options, but mainly the reliability history. I personally wouldnt feel comfortable buying an 800xc or gs due to the issues. The 660 will run for thousand and thousands of miles without any headaches. I basically want the reliability of my xt1200z in a smaller package. having the two would be a perfect pair for me. put it this way....I am tempted to use my families address in Italy and buy one from there when my citizenship goes through.
The European prices are steep! That said, my son joined the air force and I would be up for getting a used one for sure.
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Old 10-26-2012, 07:25 PM   #14054
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I think the price is a key point honestly. I personally think the 660 Tenere would be the perfect blend. a bit lighter than the 800 options, but mainly the reliability history. I personally wouldnt feel comfortable buying an 800xc or gs due to the issues. The 660 will run for thousand and thousands of miles without any headaches. I basically want the reliability of my xt1200z in a smaller package. having the two would be a perfect pair for me. put it this way....I am tempted to use my families address in Italy and buy one from there when my citizenship goes through.
I have both available to me, but, as said earlier, the XT660 price point is a bit high for what you get. I think the design is due for a major upgrade. Their are obvious advantages of lighter weight and more ground clearance, but the big XT12 is actually more stable in many off-road conditions. I'd consider an XT660 if they upgraded the suspsension and tweaked the geometry just a bit. The engine is old school as well. I will definitely acknowledge the reliablity over most any bike in its class though. I suppose if Yamaha sought to aggressivley change the under-powerd, overweight equation with that bike, they might lose some of that reliability.
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Old 10-26-2012, 07:40 PM   #14055
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Now if I could just get it to float.
Yeah. Float.


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