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Old 04-02-2012, 01:25 PM   #1
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How many 25 year and older Thumpers still on the road?

Hello Everyone!,
Thanks for making this a great site. I have been reading the many great threads for a while here, and now joined. I ride a 79' XT 500 Yam. in great shape. How many of you still ride a vintage bike? Sure would love to hear from you and see some vintage motorcycle Thumper Porn!!!

I'm looking now to buy a 2012 DR650se or KLR650. both great bikes. Sure would be nice to just hit the starter button to start things up! Got to go and kick my bike, VM.
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Old 04-02-2012, 04:47 PM   #2
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Last fall I rescued an '85 KLR600 from a friend's garage that I use regularly. It's almost like a free bike,$17 a year for insurance and one time fee for the antique tag. I also run an '89 KLR650, not quite 25 years old, but ridden regularly. I bought the '89 new and it has almost 30,000 miles.
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Old 04-02-2012, 05:46 PM   #3
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I sold my KLR a while back and then decided I missed the occasional dual sport experience. I've been 'making do' with a 1975 Ossa Super Pioneer I restored. Kinda sucks on the road but it gets me there. Definitely a sweet ride in the dirt
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Old 04-02-2012, 05:49 PM   #4
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Commuted on my '76 today!

My thrashed '82 is dead, requiring a new countershaft seal, and I don't have the tools or skills to DIY and the bike ain't worth enough to pay someone else to do it. boo.
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Old 04-02-2012, 05:55 PM   #5
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1974 Yamaha TY250, 1978 Kawasaki KE125, 1979 Honda CT90 (trail 90), 2 1984 CT110's. All running, all licensed.
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Old 04-02-2012, 05:58 PM   #6
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my 79 yammer
antique plate good for 4 years here in Texas.
starts & runs very well
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Old 04-02-2012, 06:25 PM   #7
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Nice!

Now that is one sweet bike! I like the clean and simple look. Mines all stock. Hope to start riding it this weekend. Should make 60 outside. will be the first ride of the season.
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Old 04-02-2012, 06:32 PM   #8
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1974 Yamaha TY250, 1978 Kawasaki KE125, 1979 Honda CT90 (trail 90), 2 1984 CT110's. All running, all licensed.
Any pics of your herd of steeds?
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Old 04-02-2012, 06:52 PM   #9
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I've got a 78 SR500 street tracker about ready... Give me another month or so. I've had it since around 1992. I took it apart about 15 years ago starting the street tracker transition. After all the street trackers with tails I had to do something different. Look in the SR500 thread here in the Thumper area for some pictures.
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Old 04-02-2012, 06:55 PM   #10
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This thread makes me feel old! Only 2 of my 30 bikes are under 25!
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Old 04-02-2012, 09:52 PM   #11
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24 years old, close enough?

It just occurred to me how old my XT350 is. I brought it home with the engine in boxes, and should have it running (hopefully) by the end of the week.



With any luck, it will be replacing my SV as a daily rider for at least a little while.
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Old 04-02-2012, 11:34 PM   #12
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... I also run an '89 KLR650, not quite 25 years old, but ridden regularly. I bought the '89 new and it has almost 30,000 miles.
I'm running a '90 KLR-650, bought new in '91 - so that's 21 actual riding years, and I've got 40,000km. I don't feel so bad now... here I was thinking I've got such low miles on the thing it's hardly worth insuring With all those people putting 100,000Km per year... riding around the continent (with their dog on the tank or whatever) making me feel like a whus. Glad to know I'm not alone.

When I get up to 25 years, I'll have been riding that one bike for half my life - just put a new radiator on it now and can't wait to get out... next weekend is looking good, 'cept the wife is now muttering about "going somewhere" for the long weekend. Whole family won't fit on the bike any more... sigh

what's that song?? I don't want a pickle, I just want to ride my motorcycle...

David...
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Old 04-03-2012, 12:00 AM   #13
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Old 04-03-2012, 12:15 AM   #14
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I too ride a 1985 KL600 that I bought last year.
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Old 04-03-2012, 03:35 AM   #15
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1987 Honda XL250R. I bought it new in March 1987. It now has about 18k miles. I just rebuilt the top end and it's running smooth. I can't wait for good weather so I can use it as a commuter again.

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