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Old 07-08-2012, 09:45 PM   #31
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Don't forget about the lowly F/G650GS. Great single ds...and probably about as smooth as they get. Just did 6 hours on the slab trying to get home quick and it wasn't buzzy at all. I like it.
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Old 07-08-2012, 09:47 PM   #32
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Don't forget about the lowly F/G650GS. Great single ds...and probably about as smooth as they get. Just did 6 hours on the slab trying to get home quick and it wasn't buzzy at all. I like it.
do they really get 60 to the gallon?

Intrigued.
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Old 07-08-2012, 10:33 PM   #33
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do they really get 60 to the gallon?

Intrigued.
Yes. I have a 2002 Dakar and in 3 tanks of fuel I got 60. 59. and 59 in all kinds of riding not being particularly nice to the throttle.
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Old 07-08-2012, 11:14 PM   #34
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wr250r

My only bike is a WRR. It can do pretty much everything I need. Commut, trails, hwy, etc. I had to add a few extras, but it wprks very well. Better than my old xr650l.
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Old 07-09-2012, 03:19 AM   #35
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That is truly amazing. 35 years riding experience and you have never experienced the rush of a 4 cylinder liter bike at full wail?

You probably don't want to start now.

Ever ride an open class two stroke MX bike? That is the kind of rush I dig.

I have never really enjoyed riding pavement though I do it a lot. I would choose to pull the trigger on an MX bike over a fast street bike every time.
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Old 07-09-2012, 03:43 AM   #36
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Okay, how many of you have a KLR, DR, DRZ....etc., as your ONLY bike?
Advantages? Shortcomings?
I know they all suck on a 5 hour "cruise" on the Interstate.
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They don't suck as much as a road bike off-road. :p

The 640 Adventure has been my only road bike for the last 5 years. Does everything from enduro cross and cross-country races to multi week road trips and iron butt rides. What's not to like?

Ok so it doesn't have the turbine-like potent engine of a big street multi, but it's better in the tight corners and in the rough. And it doesn't do pillions very well - need the twin for that.
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Old 07-09-2012, 04:19 AM   #37
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Although I have three bikes...

...at the moment - Victory hack, WR-R and Dakar - if I had to own just one bike it would be the Dakar hands down. I've put over 70K miles on it over the past five years and it's been a great all-arounder! And they really do get 60+ mpg (I got 72 mpg for a tankful once putting along thru the Smoky Mountains in traffic).

See pix of each bike by clicking the links in my sig line.
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Old 07-09-2012, 06:53 AM   #38
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I know they all suck on a 5 hour "cruise" on the Interstate.
Suck? Really?

Not be as comfortable as a Goldwing, or as good at losing your licence as a sports bike, maybe, but any 650 class dualsport should cruise at 70-80mph all day long.
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Old 07-09-2012, 06:59 AM   #39
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Okay, how many of you have a KLR, DR, DRZ....etc., as your ONLY bike?
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Hi Lyle,

I'm on my 2nd KLR they were/are both my only bikes at the time. No regrets. For around town they are superior to a street bike. For exploring dirt roads and traveling backroads they are great. The only place I feel I lose out is covering big miles fast at high speed on the highway.
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Old 07-09-2012, 07:03 AM   #40
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Reading this, I happened to think of an older gentleman I see all over the place--including the freeways--on an old Yamaha SR500. He rides that thing everywhere, rain or shine. It makes me think; what do you need, I mean really, really need for highway use. I think it comes down to what you WANT and not NEED.
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Old 07-09-2012, 07:04 AM   #41
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the WR250r is actually good on the highway

I actually prefer my WRr on the highway compared to my xr650l. Less vibes, better stock seat, most of all though is the increased distance between the seat and pegs... Huge difference for me in comfort, I could have put a tall seat on the xr, but then I would not have been able to touch the ground (and my bike was lowered). The six speed ratios in the WR are far superior to the stock xr as well.
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Old 07-09-2012, 07:31 AM   #42
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This DR650 is my current primary vehicle and I'm at little want for anything more. Since this pic was taken, I've switched the tires over to Shinko 244s and added GPS and a Pelican top case. Matching side cases and a Renazco are next. Been thinking about picking up an Airhead BMW just 'cause I think a fellow should own one at least once, but that would be more of a tinkering/learning experience. I do own a small pickup but often forget where I've parked it! Going anywhere in it usually involves jump starting, airing up a tire, or both.

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Old 07-09-2012, 08:02 AM   #43
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I've had lots of bikes over the years and as my finaces and perceived needs have changed so have the types and numbers of bikes I've owned at any given time. For the last year all I've had is a XR 650-L. I bought it because I was tired of getting in too deep over my head off roading my DL 1000. I also am not planing any bigger road rides in my near future like I've done in the past. So for right now I'm happy with my choice and who knows what the future holds.
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Old 07-09-2012, 08:15 AM   #44
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If I could only have one bike, it would be a mid-sized thumper. 450 EXC is my current favorite, but a WR450 would be pretty nice too. Way more versatile than the KLR, especially in the direction I like to go (hitting technical trails faster than walking speed and the occasional race). If the highway run is too long I'm not too proud to just truck it (OP said only bike, not vehicle )

I had an XR600R once, and that's about as heavy as I would go for having only one bike.
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Old 07-09-2012, 09:33 AM   #45
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Laugh yamaha wr250r

Have the small thumper as my only bike. Sold the KTM 990S and got this small DS last year. Have put 14,000 miles on it since. Just rode it from 7,000 miles from Oregon to Death Vallley and all through southern Utah. On the road at 70-75 is thrilling. On the big KTM twin I just wanted to go faster. It is a little gutless around town but is quite flickable. The wind pushes it around on the freeway but that's part of the thrill. Ok, I don't like riding it on the freeway. Freeway riding sucks! I haven't wanted to add another bike to stable for any reason other than the usual lust for a "cool" looking bike. All my friends with their vast stables think I'm a bit nuts but I'm the one riding all of the time. Their bikes seem to sit most of the time except for the occasional cafe run.
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