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Old 07-19-2013, 04:43 AM   #5446
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Oh...defender right. Sand 2 has the same spec liner as my Sand "1". It's good for some light/medium rain. It will be soaked from outside, but the water proof liner will keep you dry. ;)


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I own also own a Sand 1. It's the best fitting Jacket I've owned, but I won't buy another. My next jacket will have a gortex shell; no more fussing with a removable liner. Like you said, it's good for light rain, but once the shell soaks, it's a matter of time before small amounts if water pass through the seams of the 'water proof' liner. My other complaint is that the stitching that fastens the pocket velcro has come loose after only two short seasons. I will try my luck with Klim next.

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Old 07-19-2013, 05:33 AM   #5447
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I've used Rev'It since when I started to ride (2005), love(d) the design and the fit! But I hate the fiddling with the rain layers. I used the Defender for crossing the Americas and when the rain poored down from the skies, it didn't kept me dry. Riding in the amazons, stopping and zipping the rain gear on was always a pain in the ass...

Now I'm trying to get my hands on KLIM (Badlands Pro). I've been told the gear is rainproof already. But the only problem is that they're hard to find in Belgium.
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Old 07-19-2013, 06:01 AM   #5448
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This bike is unstoppable!!! She took a nap for the first time in 13k miles on some really nasty greasy clay. Very impressed with the Anakee 3 tires, but they aren't knobbies by any means.

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Old 07-19-2013, 12:13 PM   #5449
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Old 07-19-2013, 01:04 PM   #5450
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Another non US bike. You and Jaumev just enjoy doing this to us huh?

The 650 flopped over here so it's our own fault.
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Old 07-19-2013, 04:30 PM   #5451
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The 650 flopped over here so it's our own fault.
That's because they heard rumours there was a W800 coming...
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Old 07-19-2013, 04:33 PM   #5452
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That's because they heard rumours there was a W800 coming...
Kind of like the Tenere 900 people are now waiting on???
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Old 07-19-2013, 06:15 PM   #5453
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Another non US bike. You and Jaumev just enjoy doing this to us huh?

The 650 flopped over here so it's our own fault.

Wasn't my fault...

I bought a beautiful, brand new 2000 silver-and-blue Kawasaki W650, and I loved it! Wish to hell I hadn't sold it. It was a far, far better retro-reproduction of a late '60's Triumph TR6 or T120 Bonneville than what John Bloor and Triumph themselves came up with...






Truly a stellar motorcycle that deserved better than it got... from either Kawasaki USA's marketing department or the American buying public.

Wish I could find another really nice one, or that they'd bring the W800 here. I'd buy one in a heartbeat.

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Old 07-19-2013, 06:34 PM   #5454
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I bought a new XS 650 in 74,75 and 76. I saw a mint one at a light the other day.
I wanted to make the guy an offer and then remembered what it must feel like
compared to what is available today. Passed.

That Kawasaki might be the ticket to relive my youth.
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Old 07-19-2013, 06:51 PM   #5455
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I also had one, very nimble handling and extremely fun to ride. Especially with it singing through the Daiwa Racing exhaust. A little more ground clearance and it would have been a great adv bike as well.

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Old 07-19-2013, 07:06 PM   #5456
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I bought a new XS 650 in 74,75 and 76. I saw a mint one at a light the other day.
I wanted to make the guy an offer and then remembered what it must feel like
compared to what is available today. Passed.

That Kawasaki might be the ticket to relive my youth.

Like you, I loved the ol' Yamaha XS650's... Well, except for the rather odd handling and the fact they would shake your teeth out!

I swear, those things vibrated *WORSE* than my old Triumph twins!

Not so with the W650. It handles so much like an ol' 1969 Triumph TR6 or T120 (and that's a good thing) that it's eerie, but it has a counterbalancer so it vibrates about the same as your Super Tenere. Power from the W650 is remarkably similar in output to one of the old Triumphs, and suspension, while better, has remarkably the same sort of feel (and that's not a bad thing).

The W650 is well and truly a terrific motorcycle, as I'm sure the W800 is, and it really is a shame folks didn't buy 'em. It probably was about all the bike lots of folks needed, and it really was quite a "time machine", taking you back to those days when riding a Triumph twin was about the best thing in the world... Only with the W650 the experience was suddenly totally painless!






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Old 07-19-2013, 08:44 PM   #5457
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. Only with the W650 the experience was suddenly totally painless!
It doesn't look authentic at all.

You needed to buy one of these otherwise it just looks like a poor imitation..

Real Triumph experience
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Old 07-20-2013, 01:59 AM   #5458
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It doesn't look authentic at all.

You needed to buy one of these otherwise it's just looks like a poor imitation..

Real Triumph experience
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Old 07-20-2013, 06:45 AM   #5459
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It doesn't look authentic at all.

You needed to buy one of these otherwise it's just looks like a poor imitation..

Real Triumph experience
Hahaha! Truth and humor well blended. You were about to take flak for showing compulsory loyalty to British bikes. :p

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Old 07-20-2013, 05:13 PM   #5460
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Hey......Back on track.......





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