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Old 07-09-2012, 03:42 PM   #46
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I have a Ducati but it hasn't been started since 2006. I ride a Yam 250 out west, and a KTM 690 at home. My rides are mostly multi-day trips. I have a fly screen, heated gear, luggage and Sheepskin butt pad. All I need.
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Old 07-09-2012, 04:22 PM   #47
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Lately I've been going through bikes like $hit through a goose. KTM 400xcw (awesome, keeper), KTM 990 (Fast, sexy, and sold), KTM 690 (First 690, awesome, sold), BMW GS Adventure (boring, sold), new to me and my second KTM 690 and that's what I'm keeping. The 690 is the only bike I have bought twice! For me, it is the best balance of dirt/street. I can do B level enduro loops and 100 miles of slab to get home.

Big street bikes do nothing for me, tried it, didn't like it. The only reason to ride any slab is if there is no dirt between trails.
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Old 07-09-2012, 06:40 PM   #48
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do they really get 60 to the gallon?

Intrigued.
No, mine doesn't get 60..... It gets 70 on average .... And I have seen as high as 73 while cruising with my buddy on his Vespa. I am no hot shot though and I like to ride easy. It absolutely incredible the mileage these things get.
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Old 07-09-2012, 07:09 PM   #49
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I'm not in this situation now but for 19 years, 1978 to 1997, this was the only bike I drove.

Two versions of me and the C&J XL440

1976 C&J framed Honda XL440

On my C&J XL350 Firebird Raceway May 1988

C&J XL350 (412cc) ll
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Old 07-09-2012, 11:49 PM   #50
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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.
WR450F. I cruise 70 and ride that nasty singletrack the big bikes can only dream about
I sold my XR650L and XR250R and havent looked back
You will never see anything but thumpers in my shop

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Old 07-10-2012, 06:30 AM   #51
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I'm not in this situation now but for 19 years, 1978 to 1997, this was the only bike I drove.







Quite the multiple use XL350 you have there Jehu! It looks sweet in the dirt only guise with the Elsinore tank. Any engine work done to it?
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Old 07-10-2012, 12:34 PM   #52
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I brought up this very subject as I own a DR650 and a 650 Bandit. Can't ride both. I was wondering if I could ditch/sell the Bandit and be happy with the DR (after I re tyre the thing.....D606's a little too much) as an only bike. I'll probably keep both though, the Bandit won't bring in enough to make it worth selling. It's always nice to have a loaner.
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Old 07-10-2012, 12:44 PM   #53
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Same situation here, but those Aprilia Dorsoduros look really nice........and fun!

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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.
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Old 07-10-2012, 04:31 PM   #54
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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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My DR650SE isn't my ONLY bike, but my other bike stays parked for weeks at a time. While many thumpers may not be good slab bikes, ALL thumpers don't "suck" on the interstate. A sorted DR or F/G650GS is perfectly fine on interstate. I rode the DR from out past Tyler TX to near Melbourne FL in a day, and even use it for quite a bit of 2up around here in Central FL. My other bike is a ridiculously-smooth 600cc, air-cooled I4 standard...the Yamaha Radian.

I'd rather ride the DR most days. It cheats wind well, but is not as spacious with a passenger, topbox, and tank luggage. The stock DR seat is too hard, narrow, and short for 2up comfort, but I'm OK on it all day when solo. For distance, the Radian seat is too short in the passenger area, and rider legroom is cramped 2up if there are no touring pegs installed. My DR has more legroom, but I've lowered the rider AND passenger pegs, and added touring pegs. The DR is next getting a Seat Concepts kit for even more comfort. Both bikes are great around-town scoots, but the DR is more flickable and WAY more versatile though. It'll run over potholes or speedbumps like they aren't even there. The air/oil-cooled DR isn't an overheating concern in summer traffic either, like an air-cooled or water-cooled bike could be. Tuning the carb for cooler running and better pull helps.

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Old 07-10-2012, 04:44 PM   #55
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I brought up this very subject as I own a DR650 and a 650 Bandit. Can't ride both. I was wondering if I could ditch/sell the Bandit and be happy with the DR (after I re tyre the thing.....D606's a little too much) as an only bike. I'll probably keep both though, the Bandit won't bring in enough to make it worth selling. It's always nice to have a loaner.
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Keep a decent dirt-biased DS tire on the front, and use a street-biased DS tire on the rear. I currently use a $21 80/100-21 AMS Sand Snake MX knobby up front, but it's definitely not a street-friendly tire so it's getting swapped out for a Shinko 244 this week. I run a Kenda K761 in the rear, and have 6K miles on the current one. That's getting swapped for a newer K761 this week too, as I have a 2up trip to Atlanta and back planned for later this month. I may throw the current tires back on when we return, as they have some mileage left on them. This combo goes pretty well in the sugarsand around here for me, but the Sand Snake front is squirrelly on pavement when leaned over. It also isn't going to last 10K+ miles like some street-biased tires can.
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Old 07-12-2012, 07:08 AM   #56
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Quite the multiple use XL350 you have there Jehu! It looks sweet in the dirt only guise with the Elsinore tank. Any engine work done to it?
It was a 403cc the day I bought it and 440 on the day it was sold. It had a C&J frame also. I did everything on this bike. Even rode it to Alaska from Salmon Arm, BC in 1982. It was 412cc at the time and averaged 74mpg on the 4800+ mile round trip.
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Old 07-12-2012, 07:22 AM   #57
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It was a 403cc the day I bought it and 440 on the day it was sold. It had a C&J frame also. I did everything on this bike. Even rode it to Alaska from Salmon Arm, BC in 1982. It was 412cc at the time and averaged 74mpg on the 4800+ mile round trip.
Nice!
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Old 07-12-2012, 01:17 PM   #58
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well, i wont say much except i commute daily on my bike so seat time & distance aren't a problem, and it does dirt just fine.





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