Adventure in Ohio?

Discussion in 'Central – From Da Nort Woods to the Plane States' started by somecallmetim, Nov 14, 2003.

  1. Danjal

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    Should've headed east out of town to the winery. Ravens Glenn I think. Pretty nice date material.
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    No BMW's have 21" front wheels and no one complains about them?

    It looks just about as dirty worthy as GS650 or Vstrom
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    Are you ok man? You seem argumentative and bitchy lately. That is my schtick, not yours.

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    I think Mikes talking about spoked instead of cast wheels, but even if Honda doesn't offer them, I'm sure the aftermarket will come up with something. And until we get more details, like weight and fuel capacity, its just a very interesting maybe. Its potentially a more light off-road capable offering than the NC700x, with its 472 lb wet weight. I'm thinking (hoping) that the 500X might come in around 400 lbs wet. If so, put some more aggressive treads on it, maybe raise that front fender an inch or two and it could be very fun.

    edit: just reread the article - 4.5 gallons fuel capacity...if it gets 50+ mps (likely) thats a decent 200+ mile range
  7. Gonzo_Matt

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    I like the looks and some of the tricks the 700 has (like the underseat fuel tank and a trunk big enough for a helmet). Honda is way behind in the adventure touring market, I'm interested to see what this bike is all about.
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    None of the R-series do, correct. But the F800GS and the G650GS Sertao have 21" fronts.
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    Actually, when I said adventure or dual sport wheels, I meant 19" front (to compete with vstrom or bmw650) or 21" (to compete with the new husky/BMW terra and the klr).

    The picture looks to me like a 17" front wheel. If I'm wrong I take it all back, but if it does turn out to be a 17" front, I stand by my original statement that they missed the mark.

    Edit just read the specs. 17" front and rear. Still think it's as capable as a 650gs or vstrom?
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    17's front and rear
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    Slightly lighter and less travel IIRC. Still looks like another wanna-be adv bike. Can't any mfg make a 350ish pound wet bike with a 21"/18" spoked tire,6 speed, and a decent travel suspension? That should satisfy most adv guys for a mostly road bike.
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    you mean like this?

    http://powersports.honda.com/2012/xr650l/specifications.aspx
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    Boo hiss for ancient air cooled and carbed motor and 5 speed tranny. But I truly am shocked how light it is (although it'd be another ~20 pounds more once you put a decent size fuel tank on there.

    Honest, non-smartassed question... Why is it that this bike is so unsung/under appreciated? Considering the vast reach of the klr and dr.
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    the link above has the XR650L starting at $6690 in 2012

    the KLR is listed here at $6299 (http://findthebest.motorcycleshows.com/l/422/2012-Kawasaki-KLR-650)

    and the DR650 here is $5999 (http://www.motorcyclistonline.com/2012/suzuki/dr/650se/95181/05/)

    so yeah, the XRL is more but its not thousands more..is $400 or $700 really the deciding factor?

    edit:
    here's the mfg specs:

    http://www.suzukicycles.com/Product Lines/Cycles/Products/DR650SE/2013/DR650SE.aspx#Specs

    http://www.kawasaki.com/products/product-specifications.aspx?id=559

    notice the weight differences....they call XR650Ls "big red pigs" but its the KLR thats the real pig, isnt it?
  17. swingset

    swingset Got the knack.

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    Yup, Buildit said it - the XRL is arguably the best of the three in terms of "do all" capability, but it's priced high enough to be the outlier. Needs a better transmission (low gears are all goofy) and a stronger subframe, but every bike has its downsides...even those orange bikes that everyone gets butthurt if you criticize.

    I never had one ounce of problems out of my XRL's water pump.

    :lol3

    I loved mine, I will own another someday, maybe real soon.
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    You guys have probably forgotten what it's like, but it's so nice being a new rider. I can ride anything without any preconceived notions of how it's supposed to be and head down the road grinning from ear to ear. :D
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  20. Danjal

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    When I checked out the klr/xrl/dr the Dr came out on top. Better street and dirt reviews, even given the Honda's suspension. Better after market for the Dr too,and cheaper to build one up also. The 790 kit is Dr only too,the Honda and kiwi only had 725 kits. All in all for stock bikes,pick a Dr or xrl unless you want a heavier plusher klr for mostly street.