Best Cheap Dual Sport to Let Sit for Months Without Riding

Discussion in 'The Sandbox - AKA Flatistan' started by Flacrusher, Sep 27, 2017.

  1. waybill

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    I'd agree if you use Stabil or non-ethanol, a DRZ or WR250 would suffice nicely, my mom had a house in WNC for 40+ years and I left many bikes there. I mentioned the KLR earlier because there's no need to disconnect the battery (there's no draw) and it's the only bike that'll run on rancid fuel : ) all the others you need to drain the carb unless it's a fuelie.

    If you're wanting just forest roads and more street oriented (that area might be the best concentration of paved roads in the world) I'd seriously consider an older F650 (03-07) or better yet the Dakar version. It may the best combination for that area and I've had every bike mentioned in this thread except a TW200. Up thru '07 the BMW motors were made in Germany, after that China (the Chinese ones are black). For a little more power I'd consider an 800 GS or F650 twin (either will run off and hide from a 1200GS or 1190) nimble, light, and precise trumps big power on those roads. Another great bike I had up there was a G650 XCountry if you can find one, lightweight with good power, few bikes could touch it. The bottom line is almost any bike is good, after you see what kind of riding you like, you'll be able to zero in on the bike for that. If you decide on an F650 I've got a couple extra I'm not using : )
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  2. ChopperCharles

    ChopperCharles Been here awhile

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    If you want something that's just going to run and not have issues... avoid the BMWs...

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  3. waybill

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    This from a man riding an 80's metric cruiser..

    and this.. it kinda makes me want one Charles. :D

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  4. willfreely

    willfreely Elderly Belligerent

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    Is the rope on the front to tow, be towed or hang yourself after looking at that picture?
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  5. ChopperCharles

    ChopperCharles Been here awhile

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    Tow or be towed, never got to use it though. After getting stuck in 2 feet deep worth of sticky, squelchy mud, I put a rope on the bike. Because getting it out without a tow was not fun. Never got to use the rope though, as the bike was stolen shortly thereafter. :(

    Also, what's wrong with the picture? I look pretty damn sexy, thank you very much.

    As far as 80s metric cruiser... it's a Honda. It's never stranded me. Even when the head gasket blew in 2015 - at 90k miles mind you - I was able to pull the #3 plug and ride the bike home. 31 years and 90k miles without a major problem is a pretty damn good reliability record, methinks.

    Charles.
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  6. waybill

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    Actually 90,000 miles sounds like a lot for an 80's Honda, chump change for an 80's K bike (or R bike). K's routinely go 2-300,000 miles and some well over a million. Because you brought it up I did a little research on current riders that know reliability, not talk it... Iron Butt Riders. In this years IBR rally, of the top 20 finishers there were 3 Hondas, 3 Yamahas, and 14 BMW's, over four times either of their Japanese counterparts.

    I rest my case. :D
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    Ogre_fl Long timer

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    Also had the highest number of DNF's this year.

    12 BMWs
    4 yamaha
    0 Honda
    1 Kawasaki
    2 Triumphs

    Highest number of DNF's historically and second to Kawasaki for the Highest DNF's/lowest finishers historically by percentage of entries.

    https://www.ironbutt.org/ibrfacts.htm#manufacturers
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  8. waybill

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    Not all, in fact I'd bet most of those weren't mechanical related. This year of the top 40 finishers 18 were BMW's and 8 were Hondas, over twice as many.

    BMW's are 4% behind Honda in finishes over the years but with over 100 (33%) more bikes entered, and by far most of the Honda's were Goldwings (m/c with a Porsche motor) and in the 80's many of the BMW's were airheads, a bike derived from the 1920's.

    "There's lies, damned lies, then there's statistics".. Mark Twain :D
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  9. jgunsett

    jgunsett Goin' Coastal

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    I've got this well-farkeled '09 KLR650 in Fort Myers that I'm thinking about selling this Winter. Let me know if you're interested.
    KLR for sale.jpg
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  10. 4wdzuk

    4wdzuk n00b

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    I currently have a 2014 crf250l that has 5k miles, I have ridden two polar bear events, one cross fl trip and 1 trip to tallahasse. it sits 98% of its life and has never been on a tender, hasn't needed a battery yet and still fires up about every month or so.. one of these would be my vote
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  11. motomike14

    motomike14 Thumper Crusader

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    "alternative facts"
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  12. buryurfear14

    buryurfear14 Been here awhile

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    crf250l for a small bike or KLR. My 230 still runs like a champ. Almost 10 years of pure abuse, riding it like the dirt bike it's not lol
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    buryurfear14 Been here awhile

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    to add to that, it got zero use during two surgery recoveries and never had an issue with it
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