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Old 06-01-2012, 08:25 AM   #136
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'09 DL650. I love it but would never buy the same bike twice. Dunno yet what the next one might be.
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Old 06-01-2012, 08:32 AM   #137
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2005 R1150GSA - Absolutely
2010 F800GS - Absolutely
2011 F650GS - Not sure. Trying to talk my bride into moving up to a larger F800
2001 Confederate Hellcat/Confederado - Absolutely
2009 KLX250SM - No
1990 CR250 - Absolutely
2005 1150 GSA
2010 F800 GS
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Old 06-01-2012, 06:06 PM   #138
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Owned since new 04 DL1000, NO, NEVER, NADA !

I like a bike that runs on rails at 100mph and stays planted in it's lane in high winds and this ain't it.

Damned 1st Gen FJR I demoed in gale force conditions last fall, easily met the above requirements,
but was WAY TOO BUZZY through the bars, they're off the bucket list.

DR650K7, I'd buy another one in a heartbeat !


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Old 06-02-2012, 10:16 PM   #139
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Originally Posted by rodr View Post
'09 DL650. I love it but would never buy the same bike twice. Dunno yet what the next one might be.

I'm on my 3rd. Probably says more about me than the bike.
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Old 06-03-2012, 05:11 PM   #140
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05 Tiger 955i

Can't think of another bike I would rather have (realistically speaking).
Have owned 23 bikes in 33 years of riding all styles/types. THe Tiger is the ONLY bike I have owned more than 3 years. (going on my 5th year with her) and frankly don't expect to ever sell it.
I would ---if something happened-- purchase another in a heartbeat.
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Old 06-03-2012, 07:23 PM   #141
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second that! 955 Tigers Rock

06 Tiger, and it's with me for life, like riding a reliable, comfortable, quick freight train... although I am trying to find it some company so it's not lonely at night!
06' Triumph Tiger (my lifer)
05' Husqvarna TE510 (yeller and blue)
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Old 06-03-2012, 07:33 PM   #142
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Shhhhh. . . 955 Tigers, best kept secret in used bikes
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Old 08-16-2012, 05:38 AM   #143
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I never ride anymore, it wears me out on the interstate and the DR pulls like a 4 banger Camry
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Old 08-16-2012, 06:26 AM   #144
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I don't think I updated my last post. I bought my third Suzuki DL650 this year.

in order of ownership
1971 Honda CB350, 2 1973 Honda CB500s, one was stolen, 1974 Can-Am 175 TNT, 1978 Yamaha XS11, 1978 Honda CX500, 1975 BMW R90S, 1983 BMW R65LS, 2005 Suzuki DL650 totaled, 2007 Suzuki DL650A, 2012 Suzuki DL650A
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Old 08-16-2012, 08:00 AM   #145
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1991, bought a red/black Honda CBR600FM brand new, they were the new model back then and I went everywhere on it. 36k in the 2 years I owned it.
2011, bought a red/black Honda CBR600FM, exactly the same model and colour as the original one. It was going for 800, was totally original and ran well. Couldn't really turn it down. Still going strong and takes me into work every so often now.

So hell yeah, I'd buy another!

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Old 08-16-2012, 09:54 AM   #146
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Versys, and yes.

So much fun for so little money! (bought 2nd hand)
Great commuter and gravel road/double track explorer.
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Old 08-16-2012, 09:57 AM   #147
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05 BMW f650GS Dakar... Definitely. Put 18k before selling. Great first bike

03 BMW r1150 GS Adventure. Definitely. 83k miles and climbing. Will replace with the same if I ever wear it out.

05 Triumph Tiger. Not sure. Put 10k on it in Europe, loved the ride and sound, felt top heavy to me. YMMV. (sold after trip)

81 BMW r80g/s . Definitely but not at the stupid money they fetch. Fun ride, will probably sell and regret it.

02 BMW r1100s. No. Cheap to buy, Undervalued for what it is (which is a great bike). It's just not me.
"And if we have food and covering, with these we shall be content."
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Old 08-16-2012, 08:18 PM   #148
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This is a great post.
It really is helping me make up my mind to sell my two road bikes and buy my dream ride, a 2012 Wee Strom Adventure.

I have a 1999 Yamaha Road Star Silverado big twin cruiser that I hardly ever ride. It's a beautiful bike for me and the wife to cruise around on, but not a bike I would load up and go camping with.

My 1997 BMW 650 Funduro is a fun bike, but not exactly what I'm looking for if I could only have one bike.

I do have other toys in the garage but it's hard to give them all equal attention. I think as I get older I don't need 7 different rides. Perhaps just one nice steed in the shed. I have never owned a brand new bike.

I have looked at the 650 Strom at the Dealerships and have read everything I could find on the Wee. I've finally decided that I'm going to pull the trigger and sell both and buy a Wee in the spring of 2013. I just have not told the wife yet....

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My Kids May Be Smarter Than Me, But I Know More.

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Old 08-16-2012, 08:28 PM   #149
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I think maybe the bikes age like wine. Maybe we dont keep them long enough. Maybe they're like old relationships. Are we popping corks early and selling them off too early for the next best thing???

The proofs in the pudding...seems to be a lot of eyes on the beautiful classic motorcycles that pop up in pics around here from time to time.....

"I change by not changing at all....."
Pearl Jam.
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Old 08-16-2012, 08:29 PM   #150
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I love threads like this. This is the kind of stuff I ponder while I'm on road trips.

- '05 Daelim Forte 125cc scooter: I'd buy another in a heartbeat if they were sold in the US (I had mine while I was living in Korea). Fun, quick, practical, and 70 mpg when treating the throttle like an on-off switch.

- '08 Hyosung Beaver 125cc scooter: Another Korea-only scooter. I'd buy one again just because of the name.

- '08 MV Agusta Brutale 910S: Absolutely brilliant, stunning bike, but I don't think I'd buy another. It made me smile and laugh every single time I rode it, and I loved it to bits, but was way too much bike for me. If I can wheelie a bike accidentally and at virtually any speed, I probably shouldn't be riding it. Plus even though the riding position was relatively upright, due to some bad neck/spine problems, it got to the point where I could only ride it for 10-15 minutes before pain set in. That's not the bike's fault though. My experience with the Brutale, although positive, is what keeps me from buying an Aprilia Tuono V4R APRC ...that V4 engine would be amazing, but it would probably kill me.

- '09 Aprilia Dorsoduro: That thing was stupid amounts of fun. I'd buy one again...if I can get my neck fixed. Either the Dorso or a Ducati Hypermotard.

- '11 BMW F800GS: Nope. Good bike, no doubt. But it was very sensitive to crosswinds...any winds, highway speeds. I'd get blown all over the highway even in mild winds, and if I'm getting blown all over the highway I'd rather it happen in a car with tinted windows. Anyway... The BMW was kinda like riding a dishwasher...the whole experience was kind of antiseptic. No passion, nothing about the riding experience was much fun. Not bad in any way, just not much fun.

- '11 Moto Guzzi Stelvio: Yes. No doubt. She's heavy pushing her around the garage, but at even a walking pace, the pounds melt away. Grab her by the scruff of the neck and toss her around like a big dirt bike, and she's a blast. She talks to me when I ride...loads of feedback, yet it's not sensory overload. Great shifter, great brakes, comfy seat, great wind protection (with the Givi screen), and she is definitely a looker, at least to me. And the engine sounds...pure sex (with an aftermarket exhaust can). It sounds like the Italians decided to build a V-twin for NASCAR.

'13 Yamaha Super Tenere - my dream bike

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