Best "I got to drive 60 miles to get to fire roads bike"

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by 60HzShuffle, Dec 8, 2012.

  1. 60HzShuffle

    60HzShuffle Been here awhile

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    Just curious as to people's opinions on this topic. Long stretch either on highway (65 mph limit) or state road (55 mph limit) to get to the fire roads.....My other bike is a GSA, so would need to be different, meaning more nimble on the fire roads :evil
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  2. kubiak

    kubiak Long timer

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    i would go for a ktm 690 enduro.
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  3. gatorgrizz27

    gatorgrizz27 Been here awhile

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    I agree. Anything in the 600cc class, my choice would be in supermoto trim with something like Avon Distanzias on it. Depending on if you like Euro or Jap bikes and budget:

    KTM 690
    KTM 640/625
    TE 630
    XR650R
    XR650L
    KLR650
    DR650
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  4. _cy_

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    the classic answer ... R80 G/S
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  5. zxrider11

    zxrider11 Been here awhile

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  6. eakins

    eakins Butler Maps

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    for the price, Husky TR650 Terra.
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  7. Tork

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  8. mickd

    mickd crash test dummie

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    +1
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  9. Kommando

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    That depends on your fireroads and whether you want it to be better in the dirt or better on pavement. Guys I've ridden with seemed to do just fine for short pavement hops on KTM 500s. A WR250R would be fine too. Our dirt roads are all sand so I would lean towards DR650SE or lighter. I've run slab for over 1100 miles in a day on a DR, so it's fine there too. You could be fine on a much lighter bike for 60 miles. I'd want at least the scoot of a WRR for Atlanta slab though.

    I think finding tires that work for you is actually more important. Carry an aggressive front knob to swap, or find a good 50/50 that lasts. A rear DS tire will take you a lot of places, even if it slips a bit, but you don't want to lose the front...pavement OR dirt. The clay in N GA is slick w/o a front knob, but pavement burns most quick.
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  10. Idle

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    A supermoto will work best for what you describe. Plus you can ride the trails or the racetrack, or anything else that looks fun on the way.
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  12. Velociraptor

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    KTM 690r enduro. Been riding one since 2009. I ride 30-60 miles to the dirt. The 690 does the highway OK and rips in the dirt.
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  13. LexLeroy

    LexLeroy Chief Mansplainer

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    I've got a 50 - 60 mile trip on back roads to get to the Daniel Boone Natnl. Forest, but I went the budget route w/ a used Honda XR650L. It hasn't left me stranded yet.
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  14. Gundy

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    My own experience:

    Up to about 60 mph most bikes have a tolerable wind blast. Over that a fairing makes life a lot better (think 2nd Gen KLR, BMW Sertao). If you can get there on roads less than 60 mph, the other less wind protected bikes will be fine, and give you an edge off-road once you get there. The WR250R was great for riding 25 miles on highway at 60 mph and then getting into some pretty tough single track. The DRZ400S was pretty good too.

    My KLR was fairly comfortable on the highway up to about 70 mph, and once I got some confidence, was surprisingly good off-road at slower paces. If I was going the Japanese 650 route again, I would probably go DR650 because its a bit lighter. Any of them will need some customization.

    And, do not underestimate good tire selection.....something like a V-Strom won't feel like such a great highway bike at 75mph if you throw some knobbies on it.
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  15. WIsixfitty

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    I have a cabin run that's about 120 miles one way or 3.5 hours riding back roads. Once I get there it's sand, rocks and more sand.

    My 640A does this easy peasy. My only compromise is tires. Roughly seven gallons of go juice helps immensely.:clap:1drink
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    60Hz, No wind blast with this rig...the shield took 15 minutes to make.

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  17. WIsixfitty

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    shinko 244's are much cheaper.:D

    Or whatever I have on. It's only rubber.

    IMHO sand is not real tire sensitive. Mud on the other hand. :1drink
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  18. 60HzShuffle

    60HzShuffle Been here awhile

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    Thanks for all the replies and keep them coming. The suggestions have me looking at bikes I have not thought about before (KTM's). When you get to a 600cc bike, would there really be that much of a difference jumping to up an 800cc bike at that point (e.g. Tiger 800XC, etc)?
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  19. Pantah

    Pantah PJ Fan from Boston

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    I rode a KTM 950 for seven years. It was a truly GREAT fire road bike with the right tires. It was so well suspended that it sucked up washouts, baby heads and such without getting upset. It was a bit of a handful in mud, but not bad. I was going to replace it with a new 990, but I ride solo a lot and really needed something I could pick up by myself. I bought a new 690R to fill the bill. 150lbs lighter and just as quick. Expensive for a thumper, though.
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  20. victor441

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    a BIG difference in weight, 100+ lbs. The 600 class singles generally handle being dropped/crashed with less damage to the bike and rider too and are much easier to pick up singlehanded. I ride about the same distance to get to fire roads and my DR650 works fine
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