Best bike for Lafayette, Louisiana

Discussion in 'Tejas and the Gulf States' started by Panama, Jun 28, 2013.

  1. Panama

    Panama Been here awhile

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    Hey Guys,
    I live in Jacksonville, Florida and may be relocating to Lafayette, la. The girl friend got a job at ULL. Anyway I just returned from a epic ride fron Jax to Panama.
    I did it on a 2006 KLR 650, sold it in Panama and flew home.

    - Anyway I was thinking about a Vstrom 650, but was wonderding what the locals explore on? It would be great to do some group rides or events to meet new people.

    - So what bike do you recommend? I will be buying used


    www.ridetopanama.blogspot.com
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  2. slowoldguy

    slowoldguy Tire Tester

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    Search for swampscooters rally. I'd contact them. They host a great rally every year and should be able to point you in the right direction.


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  3. MartiniUp

    MartiniUp Long timer

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    One that runs on gumbo is a plus.
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  4. Cliff-77

    Cliff-77 Lost Adventurer

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    You sold a best all around scooter in my opinion.best bike for the money i ever owned a used 2000 KLR 650.Still ride it,i have several other bikes too.
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  5. Dadayama

    Dadayama Constant Adventurer

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    i have a BMW, and was thinking the same thing....

    You rode where? And you have to ask...
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  6. Navaho

    Navaho Long timer

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    If you like mostly dirt roads, then a KLR or DR. Not much dirt around Laf. But you have some great offroading about an hour away in Kisatchie NF
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  7. Slimak707

    Slimak707 Hard On Equipment

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    Yep I sold my BMW and bought a KLR. I like it more than the Beemer.
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  8. Panama

    Panama Been here awhile

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    I am in Lafayette now looking at rentals. I havent seen many motorcycles around. AT the moment I am between a DL- 650 ot a KLR -650

    only because I feel if I need to do any amount of HWY miles the twin might be more forgiving.

    I will reach out to the swamp group
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  9. jodyz121

    jodyz121 Mostly Harmless . . .

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    Lotsa KLR650s around Lafayette. Most of the folks I know in the Swamp Scooters have them (and ride the hell out of them). Come to the meeting - Second Wednesday of the month at 7pm - Alesi's Restaurant.
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  10. 10/10ths

    10/10ths Road Trip Fool

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    ....40 miles west of Lafayette, LA and own a V-strom 650 and it is THE perfect Louisiana bike.
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  11. KTMandu

    KTMandu Adventurer Wannabe

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    You can take yur Wee Strums - n - DR's - n - KLR's :snore but nuttin does it like a KTM V twin :evil

    Hell Panama, its all good. As long as you're on two wheels.
    Welcome to Laffy :beer
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  12. acejones

    acejones Long timer

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    Most common transportation in/around Lafayette is a pickup truck.
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