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Old 10-02-2013, 12:23 PM   #16
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You know, I think I found it.

Going to go test ride one tonight.



It looks perfect. Right size, right wind protection, I think this could be the direction I am headed.
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Old 10-02-2013, 12:48 PM   #17
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I think Kraven makes a hugely convincing argument for a Harley, and it takes a lot for me to even type those words.
I feel dirty somehow just suggesting it.

But it is an earnest suggestion, nonetheless. TBH, all the mechanical reasons to not buy HD are pretty much dried up in the last 10 or 15 years since the twincam engine hit the scene. They don't leak oil, the injection works well, and the finish is probably the best on the market.

Just remember that you don't have to wonder. You can always just saddle up and ride down to the dealer, axe for a test ride, and they'll be happy to toss you the keys to one. So, it's not hardly a pig in a poke suggestion. You can definitively know whether or not you like it way before you decide.

Jesus, now I'm talking myself into one... what the hell?
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Old 10-02-2013, 04:06 PM   #18
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What's your budget? Prefer new or used ?
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Old 10-02-2013, 04:09 PM   #19
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Old 10-02-2013, 04:10 PM   #20
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Old 10-02-2013, 06:59 PM   #21
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After owning and loving the KLR ( ill have another) my 2 cents here is for the VStrom. Arguably the funnest bike i have ever owned.
Still capable of playing in the dirt if needed but fun enough to thrash on the twisties.
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Old 10-02-2013, 07:16 PM   #22
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So the ZRX doesn't do it for you? The idea of a supermoto doesn't do it for you either. This means you aren't necessarily looking for an adrenaline fix, but perhaps something more comfortable for longer distances.

Tough call. I have always had a sport-tourer, yet I find my R12RT somehow "boring" today. I'm considering trading it on something a little sportier or at least more visceral This, coming from someone who owned TWO ST1100s over a period of 12 years. The RT is a great bike, but I don't trust it on long rides and don't really enjoy it on short ones. Hence it has less than 3K miles per year on it.

I agree with earlier posters about spreading your multiple-bike syndrome among a broad set of categories. I have a DR650, a Guzzi, and a BMW tourer. Yet there is a gaping hole in there for something with some serious huevos in the three and I can feel it. Having ridden 6K miles on the DR last fall I understand touring isn't always about the bike, but your desire to ride it.

Buy whatever bike you think you will want to ride a lot, not what bike you think you can ride a lot. Ultimately it's about enjoying the ride. If you don't like riding it you won't ride it.

IMO: If you don't turn around and look at it at least once on the way into the store then you don't love your bike. YMMV of course.
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Old 10-02-2013, 08:22 PM   #23
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How about this one...
Fast? Yup. Bags? Yup. Handles? Yup. Dealer network? You bet. Parts? Definitely. Different from a KLR? Oh yeah. FJR for solo riding? I think so
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Old 10-02-2013, 08:33 PM   #24
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I come from the planet Reality. It's in a tight orbit with a companion planet Strict Budget. Your questions about complementary bikes frighten and confuse me.

I can barely afford a single motorcycle as it is. The whole point of my KLR is that it's one of the few bikes out there that can do a bit of almost everything, albeit not as well as a stable of dedicated single purpose motorcycles.

If I were looking for/could afford complementary bikes. I would never have settled on a KLR in the first place. Seriously. If two or more bikes were an option, I would have gone with a Concours, an EX500 and a DR250.

Just sayin'.
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Old 10-02-2013, 09:33 PM   #25
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Old 10-02-2013, 09:36 PM   #26
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The bikes in my sig compliment my KLR quite nicely
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Old 10-02-2013, 10:50 PM   #27
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considering the direction you seem to be leaning that ninja 1000 is one hell of an idea.
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Old 10-03-2013, 03:18 AM   #28
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Valkyrie. The sound of one on the pipe in your helmet is worth the price of admission alone. Power everywhere from idle too...... Can be had for cheap and stone axe reliable. My Valk makes me smile every time time I ride it. Hell, it even looks good sitting in the garage! For me, it's the perfect stable mate to my KLR.
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Old 10-03-2013, 10:33 AM   #29
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Valkyrie. The sound of one on the pipe in your helmet is worth the price of admission alone.
+1. Gawd, dat exhaust note.
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Old 10-03-2013, 12:36 PM   #30
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Well? How'd it go? This might be my next bike. This get's you out of the run of the mill bikes without going Italian.

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You know, I think I found it.

Going to go test ride one tonight.



It looks perfect. Right size, right wind protection, I think this could be the direction I am headed.
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