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Old 03-09-2013, 05:46 AM   #2071
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Here is a pic of my Strada taken at the intersection of the Appalachian trail and Coopers Gap road up out of Suches, Ga. I am not a seasoned dirt, Fire, gravel road rider by any stretch of the imagination. The bike did great in the muddy sections and fantastic on the dirt/gravel sections. I might add a slightly more agressive tire in the future and again might not because the Strada is so much fun hauling butt on roads like 60 heading on up to Morganton. There are now no Chicken Strips on the tires at all. About 145 miles of mixed fantastic twisties on pavement and and dirt roads. The lean angles this bike will get on pavement are great. Again, I had an '05 KLR650, a BMW G650GS and now this best of the lot.

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Old 03-09-2013, 06:02 AM   #2072
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Hey Dean, nice picture glad to see you enjoying the strada. I'm familiar with the riding area that you talked about. Glad to hear the strada handled it well, that's what i would be using it for as well. Have fun!!
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Old 03-09-2013, 08:12 AM   #2073
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Tell me more about the transition to a Terra..... Why did you not just buy a Terra?

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Old 03-09-2013, 08:48 AM   #2074
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I'm still a little lost as to why people are buying Stradas... and taking them offroad?
Did your dealer not have any Terras?
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Old 03-09-2013, 09:17 AM   #2075
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I'm still a little lost as to why people are buying Stradas... and taking them offroad?
Did your dealer not have any Terras?
The Strada can handle off road duty. The wheels and tires are the only limiting factor. However, a lot of people want ABS these days, and the Terra doesn't have it. I can add spoke wheels and tires, but I can't add ABS.

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Old 03-09-2013, 09:31 AM   #2076
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The Strada can handle off road duty. The wheels and tires are the only limiting factor. However, a lot of people want ABS these days, and the Terra doesn't have it. I can add spoke wheels and tires, but I can't add ABS.

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Ah, ok. That front fender doesn't worry you though?

I thought the suspension dampening was also different between the bikes?

Does ABS really help? Can't it cause problems on the dirt tracks?
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Old 03-09-2013, 10:12 AM   #2077
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The Strada can handle off road duty. The wheels and tires are the only limiting factor. However, a lot of people want ABS these days, and the Terra doesn't have it. I can add spoke wheels and tires, but I can't add ABS.
And the Strada uses Tubeless tires, no? ... easier flat repairs. Some pretty decent knobby choices for the 19" front as well.
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Old 03-09-2013, 10:36 AM   #2078
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The DR650 is an awesome bike in a lot of ways. It's reliable, it's adaptable, and it's versatile. But it can't be the perfect bike for everybody. In fact, I'm quite certain the vast majority of DR650 owners do the following (or want to do the following): re-jet, new seat, bigger tank. Then they move on to tweaking the suspension and maybe adding a windscreen if they log a lot of hwy miles. None of which detract from it being a great bike.
This is all true. The DR takes a lot of mods to be its best. But so does your X Challenge. If we all used Colebatch's build as a guide ... well, have to mortgage the house! Will the Terra be the first bike in history to NOT need any Modifications? Lets see how things work out down the trail.

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I was on my way to getting a DR when the G650Xs got blown out for $5995. Like RT, I've never regretted it. Doesn't mean the G650X is "better" than the DR - just better for me.
Right on! You did good on that price. Would you consider trading in your X Challenge for a new Terra or Strada?

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Now last time I checked this was a TR650 thread with a bunch of happy owners and prospective owners. And most people came here to read about that bike. If they wanted to read about the DR, they could just go to one of the numerous KLR threads.
Yes, indeed ... a Terra thread. But I'm thinking comparisons are valid for anyone shopping for this bike ... or any other bike. No? Isn't that what most riders do?

Unless the haters here are afraid of a little competition, I see no problem with comparing bikes on a level playing field. I do NOT think any other brand should dominate the chatter ... but a few references and technical comparisons make it all the more interesting, IMHO.

That stupid Cycle World test was NOT a level playing field ... and I said that
when I posted notes on it a few pages back. It was a stupid concept for a comparison. I think Terra owners and experienced bike guys here can do a MUCH BETTER job of providing insight on the new Terra ... AND of other bikes in the class, which are its direct competitors.

Cool to see you guys getting out there and riding these beasts! I'll ask again ... who will be the first to do a RTW ... or similar tour on their Terra? Love to see how it performs and holds up on a 25,000 mile ride, fully loaded ... you know ... like an ADVenture BIke here on ....
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Old 03-09-2013, 11:44 AM   #2079
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Ah, ok. That front fender doesn't worry you though?

I thought the suspension dampening was also different between the bikes?

Does ABS really help? Can't it cause problems on the dirt tracks?
There is more space between the fender and tire than I thought. I was apprehensive about the fender, but if Walter Colebatch can run one on his crazy rides, then I can certainly run one on my little jaunts. (see link for more on low fender ADV bikes)

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=524638

The suspension is the same. Same shocks, etc. If anything, my Strada felt a bit stiffer than the Terra sitting next to it.

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Old 03-09-2013, 12:55 PM   #2080
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for the record. i was looking to buy a DR and bought a TR650 Terra instead. i feel it's a better DR (and I owned a DR350 previously). Just did my first ride on it at Interlake SRA....incredible bike.

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Old 03-09-2013, 01:46 PM   #2081
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Re the Terra v. Strada.....For my purposes.

First I wanted the cast wheels because of the tubeless tires and ease of plugging on the trail.

It is easy to switch off the ABS.

The bike is Dynamite on these tight twisty paved roads in this area.

My riding off of Paved roads is Forest/Fire/Gravel/Dirt roads but no serious single track trails.

The stock Strada tires are perfect in both on and off paved road situations for me.

I think that the front fenders are interchangable if need be.

I am even happier with my Strada esp. after yesterdays ride.
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Old 03-09-2013, 02:17 PM   #2082
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Yes the fenders are interchangeable, however I don't think there would be enough clearance on the low fender with the 21" front wheel. The high fender bolts right on to the Strada.

Also, the Terra front wheel has everything needed for ABS except the ABS ring. The spot for the ring is on the rotor. It bolts right up using the holes where the rotor bolts to the wheel.

Basically, all the parts are interchangeable between the two. Wheels, tires, fenders, plastics, and ABS are the only things that make them different.

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Old 03-09-2013, 04:37 PM   #2083
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Here is a teaser of my upcoming ride next weekend:


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Old 03-09-2013, 09:18 PM   #2084
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What size is that knobby? Looks too skinny to be a 140...Either way, the Terra is a whole new bike with some knobs. Youll love it!
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Old 03-10-2013, 01:04 AM   #2085
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Are there any clearance issues with that cross over header pipe and the bigger knobby tyres some re fitting to the Terra?
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