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Old 07-17-2013, 03:14 PM   #1
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The Ultimate Thumper???

Alan Millyards latest offering...a 5 litre V-Twin

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Old 07-17-2013, 03:21 PM   #2
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A twin is NOT a thumper , dork.
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Old 07-17-2013, 03:44 PM   #3
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A twin is NOT a thumper
True (by this forums definition anyway). But at five liters it should certainly pack a "thump."
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Old 07-17-2013, 03:47 PM   #4
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True (by this forums definition anyway). But at five liters it should certainly pack a "thump."
Not just by this forum's definition. A single cylinder 4-stroke IS a thumper. Where do you people come from?
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Old 07-17-2013, 03:53 PM   #5
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two cylinders is one cylinder too many.
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Old 07-17-2013, 04:27 PM   #6
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The OP may have blown it in his first post, but he does bring up an interesting question.

What is the "ultimate" thumper?

Thoughts?

Even though I just bought an XR600, I think the "ultimate" thumper is the KLR.

IMHO if you want an affordable, versatile, easilly maintained, do everything motorcycle, the KLR is your best bet.

YMMV.

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Old 07-17-2013, 04:40 PM   #7
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I would say a DR. From what I've seen it would be the best. This is technically an opinion but as far as adventure thumpers go, I would say it's between the KLR and the DR650.
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Old 07-17-2013, 04:43 PM   #8
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Oh come on. Everybody knows it's the CRF50R.
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Old 07-17-2013, 04:46 PM   #9
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ultimate thumper: XR650 hands down

Watch the Baja races...

IMHO, I think it's the best because you literally can buy it at a dealer one day, then take it to race in the BAJA 1000 the next and be competitive (if your a good rider). Then if you want to ride long distance, get a softer seat, maybe a larger gas tank or extra jerry rig, and a set of moderate dual sport tires.


Plus, it is rock solid reliable and its as simple as a pencil. All maintenence can be done in your own garage. Plus it's quite powerful...

The only thing some folks have a issue with is seat height really...

One last thing- if your a savy CL shopper, you can pick up an early 2000's bike for less than 2K. And the later 2000's models frequently go for 2500-3500ish. That's not a lot of cash to spend on Baja/offroad royalty
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Old 07-17-2013, 04:52 PM   #10
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ultimate thumper: XR650 hands down

Watch the Baja races...

IMHO, I think it's the best because you literally can buy it at a dealer one day, then take it to race in the BAJA 1000 the next and be competitive (if your a good rider). Then if you want to ride long distance, get a softer seat, maybe a larger gas tank or extra jerry rig, and a set of moderate dual sport tires.


Plus, it is rock solid reliable and its as simple as a pencil. All maintenence can be done in your own garage. Plus it's quite powerful...

The only thing some folks have a issue with is seat height really...

One last thing- if your a savy CL shopper, you can pick up an early 2000's bike for less than 2K. And the later 2000's models frequently go for 2500-3500ish. That's not a lot of cash to spend on Baja/offroad royalty
I have to agree. And they don't need daily oil changes or weekly rebuilds.
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Old 07-17-2013, 09:23 PM   #11
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The Ultimate is a KTM 450 XC-F race bike with softened suspension, recluse clutch and a custom gearbox for the task at hand. It's a monster! I'd rank my 690R up there too. Lowered with a link and set up for travel. Nothing more spirited than 66hp cradled in 310lbs.
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Old 07-18-2013, 03:06 PM   #12
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The OP may have blown it in his first post, but he does bring up an interesting question.

What is the "ultimate" thumper?

Thoughts?

Even though I just bought an XR600, I think the "ultimate" thumper is the KLR.

IMHO if you want an affordable, versatile, easilly maintained, do everything motorcycle, the KLR is your best bet.

YMMV.

My signature answers that statement for me, but the real answer; it doesn't exist. I'm 6'1", you're 5'7". He's 300 lbs and the next guy is 150. If you did a spec comparison against all the thumpers ever made, two bikes would come out on top; the mighty XR650R and the KTM 690 E Enduro R. I own both. No other bikes have their winning power and reliability coupled with raw HP and "do it all" capabilities. The Euro XR even came with an e-button.
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Old 07-18-2013, 03:15 PM   #13
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KLR... Too primative... here is my ultimate

CCM 450

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Old 07-18-2013, 06:05 PM   #14
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+1 more for the xr650r
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Old 07-18-2013, 06:07 PM   #15
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