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Old 07-14-2008, 04:09 AM   #1291
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Hi Duchess and Flygirl

KCDakar, nice pictures of Salmon Glacier. It looks like you were up in AK about the same time as Sector. To bad the two of you didn't cross paths.

Prairierider, even if you didn't get to go to AK, this time, it's looks like you still got to ride some nice countryside.

JennaDR, riding the big bikes just takes practice or so I have heard and having long enough legs to touch the ground which I don't. I'll stick with the smaller bikes, they are more my size and a kick in the pants to ride.

Tempesta, nice new bike. Congratulations!
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Old 07-14-2008, 09:39 AM   #1292
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No kidding, how do they ride those big bikes? It's awesome. I try pushing around our Dakar and I'm sweatin' trying not to let it drop. I needs more spinach!

K
Thank gawd it's not just me...I almost strained myself just trying to get the GS off the kickstand.

My other half just stood there asking if I was done yet.

I thought I had a big bike moving from the XR200 to my DR350. But damn. Nice bike btw...I need to get a street bike one of these days, but for now I stick to dirt and riding 2 up with my cutiekins.
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Old 07-14-2008, 11:21 AM   #1293
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A 2009 G650 XCountry.

K

I LOVE IT I LOVE IT I LOVE IT!

hhmmm....I think I could almost see a set of dirt tires on that baby.....mmmmmm???
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Old 07-14-2008, 12:17 PM   #1294
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But look what followed me home the other day!


A 2009 G650 XCountry.

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oh noooo ... bike porn

Loving it, lucky lady !!

So how does it ride then? Come on, give me the low down .... (smile)
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Old 07-14-2008, 01:15 PM   #1295
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oh noooo ... bike porn

Loving it, lucky lady !!

So how does it ride then? Come on, give me the low down .... (smile)

yah....I want details too!!!
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Old 07-14-2008, 02:36 PM   #1296
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Hey Ladies,

The support in this thread is so great!

Way to go KC!! Keep it safe out there!

Here is the start of a ride report from my last week in the Oregon outback.

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=362625

Happy Riding, Everyone!!
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Old 07-14-2008, 02:57 PM   #1297
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Hey Ladies,

The support in this thread is so great!

Way to go KC!! Keep it safe out there!

Here is the start of a ride report from my last week in the Oregon outback.

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=362625

Happy Riding, Everyone!!

Hey SunnySide! I read the start of your trip report. It must of been hot as the hades of hell at this time of year. We did it last year in Sept & it was damn hot in the desert. I look forward to reading the rest of your report. That trip was the hardest thing I've ever done on 2 wheels but it was probably the most fun I ever had on 2 wheels!
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Old 07-14-2008, 04:39 PM   #1298
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It was H-O-T!!! And it was some very challenging riding!!
The confidence in my ability to handle my bike went through the roof in just a few days of riding some of that stuff. I could do it - I just didn't know I could do it!

And yes, I absolutely loved it too!! I'd love to go back and rip through some of that stuff on a dirt bike. I was riding my F650GS - a "big bike" for some of the stuff I was riding. But I also wouldn't trade it for the world, either!!
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Old 07-14-2008, 07:59 PM   #1299
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You want details, OK....

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yah....I want details too!!!
Where to start... I've been riding it almost a week now. Difference between old XT and new XCountry... I can go out in the morning now, and start it right up, without a petcock and choke and all that stuff. The XT is very cold blooded and have to ride 10-15 minutes with the choke on before it's warmed up enough. I sure don't miss that part! Fuel injection is bliss.

Fuel tank holds 2.5 gallons, but the XT has a small tank too so I'm used to frequent stops. Still figuring out the mileage, I think it's in the 50-60 mpg range. So for more isolated areas, would need to carry a bottle of fuel, or ride with someone who can act as supertanker

It rides stiffer than my XT. Well, the XT is old and the forks are probably tired and mushy. The XT just sort of floats its way over train tracks and manhole covers. The XCountry is more bumpy. Not a bad thing, just something I'm getting used to.

I don't have to shift to third to get across an intersection anymore; XCountry can do it in 1st. The first couple of days I was always going too fast because I was doing the XT shift pattern off the line, then would find myself flying along at 50 in a 25! And now I can ride on the freeway and not get run over! And can pass others with aplomb! The wind blast is pretty stiff above 55 mph, like to tear my head off , hence the windshield on order.

It feels very responsive to my shifting weight, which I like; it has two huge footpegs with rubber surfaces that encourages me to use my feet to help manuver the bike around our twisty country roads. I likey that. The XCountry is at least 50 lbs heavier than the XT but I still feel comfortable pushing it around the driveway (unlike our Dakar which is much more top heavy in relation).

I could go anywhere on this bike. Hell, I'd ride to the BMW Rally in Gillette right now if I had a windshield (oh, and if I gave proper advance notice to my employer ).

A set of TKC80s would be dandy. My Expert says you wouldn't need to raise the front fender to accomodate them. There is an XCountry thread under "Thumpers" on the ADV forum and there are better minds than mine who are committed to making this bike even more dirt-worthy.

We took our 2002 F650 Dakar on a tour in South America; it has basically the same engine, and it was relentless. It could go anywhere. No disrepect to the KLRs and DRs we passed, but pass you we did! Two-up, no less! The XCountry makes me feel the same way. I just love that rattley noise the motor makes and the way it tractors along.

Holy cow, I've written a novel. Thanks for listening!

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Old 07-14-2008, 10:16 PM   #1300
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Excellent novel at that!
+1 on that!!

Just looked up the specs...between that and your description, I might have something to aim for when I finish with (dropping) my current ride

Congrats!!!
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Old 07-14-2008, 10:19 PM   #1301
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Holy cow, I've written a novel. Thanks for listening!
Thanks for sharing!
I seriously want one now.
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Old 07-15-2008, 03:52 AM   #1302
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Tempesta, that's a super comparison of your bikes. Thanks for taking the time to write it up. Looking forward to ride reports and pictures from you.

Ah, I just noticed you're in Snohomish Co. maybe one day we can ride together.
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Old 07-15-2008, 07:56 PM   #1303
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Tempesta, that's a super comparison of your bikes. Thanks for taking the time to write it up. Looking forward to ride reports and pictures from you.

Ah, I just noticed you're in Snohomish Co. maybe one day we can ride together.
That would be great, Ladybug! I'm looking forward to getting out and playing with the rest of y'all! And maybe someday I'll post an actual report with photos! I enjoy everyone else's, would be nice to reciprocate.

XCountry got 61.5 mpg at latest fillup. My Expert rode it today to work (he had those puppy dog eyes, what could I do? I had to drive the car for other reasons anyway). He confirms that yes, it rides very stiff, and yes, it is easy to go too fast on it . And the seat is hellishly hard. We will have to figure something out about that. It's nice to know that it isn't just me. Here's his abbreviated report: "Rode to office, bike got drooled on by coworkers. Rode to job site, bike got drooled on by superintendent and masons. Rode to client meeting, bike got drooled on by client..."

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Old 07-16-2008, 04:56 AM   #1304
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Good reports !!!! The last one is priceless....
Drool drool.....

Going to see Kyle Petty today in WV.....
Will let ya'll know how about it....
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Old 07-16-2008, 04:04 PM   #1305
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That would be great, Ladybug! I'm looking forward to getting out and playing with the rest of y'all! And maybe someday I'll post an actual report with photos! I enjoy everyone else's, would be nice to reciprocate.

XCountry got 61.5 mpg at latest fillup. My Expert rode it today to work (he had those puppy dog eyes, what could I do? I had to drive the car for other reasons anyway). He confirms that yes, it rides very stiff, and yes, it is easy to go too fast on it . And the seat is hellishly hard. We will have to figure something out about that. It's nice to know that it isn't just me. Here's his abbreviated report: "Rode to office, bike got drooled on by coworkers. Rode to job site, bike got drooled on by superintendent and masons. Rode to client meeting, bike got drooled on by client..."

K
For the uncomfortable seat see: http://www.richscustomseats.com I've had three seats done by Rich in the last 3 years and I LOVE them. My main goal with my seats are to get me closer to the ground so I have him take out all the foam and replace it with a gel pad. I get closer to the ground and able to ride bike's I'd other wise not being able to touch on plus the bonus of a very comfortable high mileage seat. His customer service is the tops too.

I'm also sending you a PM - - - -

Enjoy that cool bike of your and be sure to take a wipe towel with you to get rid of all that drool.
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