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Old 05-01-2013, 08:06 AM   #91
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Old 05-01-2013, 07:48 PM   #92
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I kinda disagree with this. You should own a sensible bike only to contrast with something...less sensible.
You mean like an RD400 that gets 25mpg on $10 premix but sounds and smells soooo good? :-)


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Old 05-01-2013, 07:51 PM   #93
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You mean like an RD400 that gets 25mpg on $10 premix but sounds and smells soooo good? :-)


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Old 05-02-2013, 12:23 AM   #94
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Apparently, generating $h1t-eating grins uses a lot of fuel. (My Daytona was ridiculously low on the MPG, too. I didn't care, either.)
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Old 05-02-2013, 06:35 AM   #95
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I've owned over 30 motorcycles the past 25+ yrs. Without a doubt my Aprilia SXV550 is the most outrageous and most likely to loose my lic category.
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Old 05-02-2013, 07:17 AM   #96
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Everyone must own a klr, only then will you be taught the secret handshake.
Is this behind the depot where you steal all the milk crates?
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Old 05-02-2013, 09:53 PM   #97
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I've owned over 100 bikes since 1971, 70 registered for the street. The bike that stands out for me as the all time had to own it for a while was a 2004 Ducati S4R with Arrow pipes. People would gather around for the start up. Maybe the runner up was a Honda racing team cast off Baja XR630 racer with the biggest dirt bike engine I've ever ridden, tall and stiff it wasn't happy under 80 mph.

My favorite bike for the time was a 1978 Bonneville (young Navy sailor in San Diego). The bike I most regreted selling at the time was my first RD250, since the Navy changed my orders at the last minute and sent me to San Diego instead of Holy Loch Scotland. The bike I wished I still had is the first of my airheads - a sweet R75/5. Goofiest bike that's more fun than logical is my wifes Wolf Classic (70mph on 47" wheelbase!). The bike I loved but that hurt me repeatably, the XR630

Models I've owned three times:
SR500, CT90
I've owned twice:
RD250, Dakar, R75/5, Sprint RS 955i


At various times I seriously lusted after:
RC30
MH900
999(S or R)
XR750
Norton Commando (boy, am I glad I didn't go there)
old Maico and Husky

I still want:
990 SMT
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Busa or ZX14 (something that GOES 200MPH!)
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Old 05-03-2013, 12:26 AM   #98
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After you said S4R with Arrows I had to go find one on YouTube.

The vid probably doesn't do it justice but is it close?
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Old 05-03-2013, 03:05 AM   #99
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I have a bunch of "must own bikes" but I guess I'll focus on ones that I can actually afford or find. In no particular order:

Honda RC51 (SP2)
Kawasaki ZRX1200
Honda VFR800 (5th Gen)
Yamaha R1 (latest crossplane model)
Ducati 900SS Final Edition
Suzuki Hayabusa or Kawasaki ZX14
Kawasaki KLR 650 (gotta try these suckers at least once)
Triumph Bonneville
Aprilia RSV Mille or Tuono
Buell 1125
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Old 05-03-2013, 09:43 AM   #100
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You guys make me wonder about the klr. What the heck is the big deal?! Granted, I have never ridden one.
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Old 05-03-2013, 10:58 AM   #101
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You guys make me wonder about the klr. What the heck is the big deal?! Granted, I have never ridden one.

Wow, how to explain KLR-dom. I don't know if it's possible but I will try.

Most of it stems from the belief that it is the ultimate do it all motorcycle. Jack of all trades, master of none. It will, run errands, take you down the gravel road, do highway, single track, around the world or just commute. It does all of these things worse than a dedicated machine but the point is, it does them all.

And they are cheap. So cheap that if you come out to find that someone has stolen it that you lament the loss of the farkles such as your aluminum panniers more than the bike!

You can fix it with a rock and duct tape. It doesn't make enough power to really hurt itself. Load it down like a rented mule. Ignore it, abuse it, never ever wash it, change the oil occasionally, replace the doohickey and it will still take you places and do things that you have never seen before.

It is brilliant in its wide ranging mediocrity.
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Old 05-03-2013, 11:09 AM   #102
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+1 on what he said about the KLR,it's like a Ford F150,it's like your favorite old dog,and you become a tanker on long rides when everyone else runs low on fuel.
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Old 05-03-2013, 01:37 PM   #103
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Wow, how to explain KLR-dom. I don't know if it's possible but I will try.

Most of it stems from the belief that it is the ultimate do it all motorcycle. Jack of all trades, master of none. It will, run errands, take you down the gravel road, do highway, single track, around the world or just commute. It does all of these things worse than a dedicated machine but the point is, it does them all.

And they are cheap. So cheap that if you come out to find that someone has stolen it that you lament the loss of the farkles such as your aluminum panniers more than the bike!

You can fix it with a rock and duct tape. It doesn't make enough power to really hurt itself. Load it down like a rented mule. Ignore it, abuse it, never ever wash it, change the oil occasionally, replace the doohickey and it will still take you places and do things that you have never seen before.

It is brilliant in its wide ranging mediocrity.
This. Can't explain it any better. I rode mine to work yesterday. Left the GoldWing and the Valkyrie in the garage. Crazy, but I really like my KLR.
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Old 05-03-2013, 06:08 PM   #104
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After you said S4R with Arrows I had to go find one on YouTube.

The vid probably doesn't do it justice but is it close?
Yes, that's it! Mine was all black and pretty menacing. No, the sound quality doesn't do it or mine justice. Reality is much deeper and smooooooth. The clutch on that one is a little loud and clankie, mine was tight and tinklely, like little silver bells... and the timing belts whirr was an acoustical icing on the whole thing.

The bike had gravitas, the power was so chunky, the sound so deep and smooth, and it handled like on rails. My buddies 1050 Speed Triple was like a tinny cheap thing in comparison (but easier to live with for sure!). Even though the Speed Triple had basically the same peak horsepower the SR4 felt WAY more powerful. Ultimately I just want a bike with less harshness. I ride South Sierra roads with frost heaves, potholes, and sand in the corners. The SR4 just wasn't that much fun doing that.
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Old 05-03-2013, 08:49 PM   #105
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A Ducati 900cc or bigger.
A BMW GS, an Adventure even better.
A Suzuki Hayabusa.
A hand-shift Indian.
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