After the Uly...who's changed to something different and is happy with it?

Discussion in 'Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan' started by SkiFastBadly, Aug 27, 2011.

  1. BikePilot

    BikePilot Long timer

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    I like the old Multi a lot too. I think the one area where the uly is dramatically better is passenger accommodations. Now the wife and I have just quickly sampled both so far, but it felt like she had a ton of room back there on the Uly while it was a bit cramped on the Multi. For 1-up the Multi is great. Still not sure whether I'd be on a Multi or a Uly, but I've already got one desmo in the garage and wanted something different and something pillion-friendly for when the Mrs. doesn't feel like riding her own bike.
  2. pluric

    pluric Gimpy Adventurer

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    OMG it just came to me after seeing this old photo of you lusting over my KLR.
    You need a KLR.
    How could I have been so blind? I think your riding skills are just about ready for a true beast.:lol3

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  3. pluric

    pluric Gimpy Adventurer

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    Stolen from the WTF thread....

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    You might want to see what these guys moved onto for their next bike.:D
  4. Rema in Paluda

    Rema in Paluda Been here awhile

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    he just overloaded the topcase, but if the recall has been done the carier wont mind that... :-)
  5. Lornce

    Lornce Lost In Place

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    Taken at the plant the week HD pulled the plug on Buell.

    That picture's hard to look at.

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  6. pluric

    pluric Gimpy Adventurer

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    Still it's not a bad start.











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  7. manybike

    manybike Omnipresent

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    That is bad....what a tragic waste regardless of what brand it is.
  8. wbedient

    wbedient MoTard

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    I would love to have one of the bikes in that dumpster. My '06 is great, but it would be nice to have a newer bike with the extra steering angle, improved oiling, higher redline and heated grips.

    What a waste. They could have given them to charity or something!
  9. Lornce

    Lornce Lost In Place

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    For the kind of riding I most like to do, there isn't a bike out there I'd rather have.


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  10. pluric

    pluric Gimpy Adventurer

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    Have you been dumpster diving?:wink:

    Good for you to find something you enjoy so much. I only tease.
    The brief ride I've had on a Uly was impresive.
  11. axelwik

    axelwik Yep

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    Two valve Ducati Monster or Multistrada. Keep the belts fresh and they'll go forever.
  12. wbedient

    wbedient MoTard

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    How often do you have to replace the belts?

    My only reservation with the DUC is valve adjustment intervals... just too short for my taste.
  13. BikePilot

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    Belt and valve intervals differ depending on year/model, but generally figure belts every 2 years and a valve check (note check is different from adjustment -- you only adjust if it is out of clearance) every 7500-15000 miles depending on model/year. After the first adjustment or two you probably won't have to do more than just check for a very long time.

    On the plus side they generally seem not to have the numerous design flaws of the uly so you spend a lot less time pre-fixing stuff. Probably a wash in the end.
  14. dgrs2

    dgrs2 Where'd I leave my knee??

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    Love my Uly. Taking it for a ride to VT Thursday. Second long road trip. I'll be posting a ride report in ride reports so keep an eye out for it. Going to do a kind of video diary of the trip.

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  15. wbedient

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    Post up a link to that video diary here when you're done with it... or send me a PM with the link. Sounds interesting.
  16. Petrus

    Petrus not at heavens Gate

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    So, were almost a year further since the last reply on this thread. New bikes to consider. Anyone?

    I'm eyeballing the latest Moto Guzzi Stelvio NTX to be honest. :D
  17. merc16

    merc16 Been here awhile

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    For me, it is a "new to me" 2003 Kawasaki ZRX 1200:D
  18. JTucker

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    Well I took a demo ride on a Tenere last weekend. Did over 100 miles on it. Good bike in some ways but I don't know if I can go to it after having the uly, it just didn't do anything for me. Shame, I really wanted to like it.
  19. kcumjc

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    I had an 06 Uly, bought it when they first came out. I test rode everything back then that qualified as an Adventure Touring bike and we settled on the Uly. It was the only bike the wife gave both thumbs up to.

    I have a serious love/hate relationship with that bike. It left me stranded 3 times hours and hours and hours from home (once for wheel bearings, once for a snapped clutch cable and torn belt and lastly the 77 connector) and countless fixing of little stuff over the time I had it. All was fixable and when it performed, it performed flawlessly and I had a ton of fun on it. I just got sick of putting in new rear wheel bearings every tire change and the fear of taking a long trip.

    Now that I'm commuting again, I'm after another big over grown street bike that thinks it can off-road. I like to ride my bikes and they tend to get abused off road as I take them way past their design ability. So far, I've been researching the Tiger 800XC and the Super Tenere. I need to get a test ride on each and see how it goes.


    BUT, I still have a place for the Uly in my heart. I would like another one, I'll take a '10 though. With the comfort kit, heat blankets and other stuff to manage the wind, it just ate miles. I did a SS1000 and it was like cheating on that bike.
  20. Strokizator

    Strokizator Been here awhile

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    I had an '06 Uly that I dearly loved but after two serious crashes (the second fatal to the Uly) my wife said that if I wanted to continue to ride, it had better be on something else. So I picked up an '07 990 ADV. Offroad it's the bike I wanted the Uly to be. It's 21" front tire is much more suited than a 17". It has all day comfort - I've done a 5000 mile, multi-day trip as well as a 1200 mile/22 hour iron butt.

    No bike has the character that the Buell had and I miss it a bunch. The 990 is still unique enough that you don't see a bunch of them everywhere you go ("KTM, who makes that?"). About the same horsepower, one extra cog in the transmission. Chain drive requires maintenance but it's easy to change ratios. Weather protection & cargo capacity are about the same. Both like to cruise at 80 mph. After owning both bikes, I think the Uly is more motard with dirt capable tires than a true adventure bike but that's where the market is headed anyway - with the multistrada probably being the best. YMMV

    BTW, I just turned 60 and will be in Alaska on the KTM next summer.