For Winnipeg and the surrounding area!

Discussion in 'Canada' started by BOBMUNZ, Jun 6, 2009.

  1. DrydenRider

    DrydenRider Sun Seeker

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    Yes always a price to pay. Light and powerful is typically not comfortable, highway capable is typically not a zippy, trail friendly. If you want to ride off road, get a real off road bike and a trailer.
    The perfect bike that does everything is as elusive as a unicorn so the only real answer is multiple bikes. I think you really have to look at what you really want or need, where you are realistically going to ride and then buy what fits that no matter how many bikes it takes. My garage currently houses 5 and I still think there is room for a couple more to fit all the ways that i would like to ride on any given day.
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  2. the_menno

    the_menno Forever Newb

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    Please take a moment and look at this video:



    Hopefully this will add a dimension to the "Do I need more HP?" conversation.

    I'm of the opinion that most of us will never explore the limits of our current ride's HP capacity and that focusing on fine-tuning our current library of skills will add to the riding experience that simply twisting the throttle can never do.

    Oh, and read this if you want: https://www.tractionerag.com/nov2016/index.html?r=97

    Riders to read about: Shane Watts and Chris Birch.
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  3. the_menno

    the_menno Forever Newb

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    "...then buy what fits that no matter how many bikes it takes..."

    This statement is not so easily applied by most. Multiple bikes, trailers, trucks, insurance, gear, etc.? Where does it end? I feel if one pursues this route you'll end up either spending your life working and stressing for money in order to satisfy all those items on your checklist or you'll be paralyzed by the choices given to you by multiple bikes and be unable to actually enjoy the idea of riding. Everytime the terrain changes you'll think: "Oh, I wish I had my (insert motorcycle) on this road ....., I wish I had my (insert motorcycle) on this trail, I wish I had my (insert motorcycle) on this cross country trip........". You'll never be satisfied. Why is "more" the default answer? Why not try less, be happy with what you have and work on your skills and really explore the full capabilities of your one bike? How many of us ride to the best of our capabilities? How many of us have added mods to our bikes to make riding "easier" or "better"? How many of us are willing to work on ourselves more and less on our bikes?

    Most bike owners are restricted by tight budgets because the rigors of life takes most of your cash. You can only ride one bike at a time so just work with it, push yourself, push your bike and understand that the "elusive unicorn of perfection (paraphrased)" probably lies within your brain and not in your wallet.
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  4. MacNoob

    MacNoob piney fresh

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    Hwy 44 today east of Beausejour - three riders heading west. Some kind of old touring bike (maybe an airhead RT?), naked standard, and some ADV bike in the rear. High vis rainsuits in pouring rain.
  5. Old Smokey

    Old Smokey Been here awhile

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    That was me and two friends. It was a '95 R100RT, Kawasaki Versys, and me on my '74 cb750. We rode the seven sisters hwy 307 loop, originally heading to Kenora for lunch. We made the call to turn back for a hot lunch in Whitemouth instead after getting pretty soggy.

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  6. BackRoader

    BackRoader Life Is A Hiway, Ride It.

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    Good on you guys, just the same. One hell of a day for a ride.... lucky for me, I've already got all my "rain riding merit badges."
  7. MacNoob

    MacNoob piney fresh

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    I thought 'those guys are pretty hardcore riding in this mess'. I'm sure you didn't see me wave. I bet the RT was the best ride for that.
  8. Old Smokey

    Old Smokey Been here awhile

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    It absolutely was. When we left lunch I had a huge puddle under my chair. The guy riding the RT was barely wet. Great protection with that fairing! Missed the wave, sorry!


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  9. DrydenRider

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    Well I was being a bit tongue in cheek about that statement needing 5+ bikes, and i do agree with what you say. If you want to be a better rider the best thing to buy for your bike is gas. On the other side most here are of the age and skill level that are not going to push the limits we see on the video. Nor can most spare the loss of time/work due to a broken bone trying to do the skills development required to make your KLR do the journeyman work of a KTM 300.

    Realistically the horsepower wars are kind of a fools game that never seems to end. Remember the Honda/Norton/Kawasaki superbike showdowns of the early 70's? Well they were pushing at best 65 horse power. Today the BMW F650/700GS "girls bike" beats that by a long shot and people are not satisfied with 125+ hp bikes thinking they need a bit more and at the same time complaining because they are heavy.
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  10. the_menno

    the_menno Forever Newb

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    The point I'm making is not to be an enduro star, but rather being the best you can be on your chosen bike in your chosen environment.

    You can break bones riding a scooter, so the idea of the bike being an issue I feel is an unfounded one. Riding a motorcycle requires a level of physical and mental fitness no matter what your age, no matter what you ride and it is the responsibility of the rider to make sure that he/she is in the best condition to ride a bike and have the appropriate skills available. Riding a bike is continuous, neverending WORK. The moment you feel complacent is the moment you should give up riding and save yourself and save others from severe damage.

    Guys ride Vespa's around the world. It's not the bike......... it's the rider.
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  11. DrydenRider

    DrydenRider Sun Seeker

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    maybe you missed the part where i said "and i do agree with what you say."
    Really? Well I suppose most of us have it wrong thinking we were just enjoying ourselves.
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  12. HooliganD

    HooliganD Been here awhile

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    So is it wrong of me to want the same off-road capability and reliability of my previous WR250 with enough power to get it down highway comfortably and not having to be WOT? All without being outrageously expensive?

    I have a great compromise bike now, the BMW 650 X Challenge, but I'd love to see Japan Inc do a fuel injected 400-450 dual sport around 300 lbs and under $10k.
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  13. meatshieldchris

    meatshieldchris Long timer

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    I take the mindset that while I'm on the bike, I'm training. Safety is a perishable habit.

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  14. the_menno

    the_menno Forever Newb

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    Build it yourself.

    Waiting on industry is like waiting on government.
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  15. HooliganD

    HooliganD Been here awhile

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    For under $10k? Not easily done. Especially for some one who lacks welding skills and a machine shop.


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  16. the_menno

    the_menno Forever Newb

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    450 engine in a 250 frame? I'm sure someone has done it somewhere on ADVrider 10 years ago. You'd be surprised what comes out of California. Where do you think I got the idea of bolting on a CRF250 front end, XR650L swingarm and rear shock onto my XR600R?

    It's all been done before, dude!
  17. meatshieldchris

    meatshieldchris Long timer

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    Got any pictures with the forks on yet?

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  18. the_menno

    the_menno Forever Newb

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    Not yet.

    The engine is being rebuilt and I'm going to strip the frame and powder coat it first, then forks and updated swingarm and shock. I'm still looking for an appropriate external oil cooler. After that maybe some updated graphics perhaps and maybe a new sheepskin.
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  19. meatshieldchris

    meatshieldchris Long timer

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    First flat on the klr. Tube was slightly folded and failed at the crease 11,000km after installation, almost certainly my fault on installation

    . That was the tube that came with the bike from the factory 64,000km ago. Some say to change the tube with every tire. I'm going to keep changing the tube once every 3 or 4 chains ;)

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  20. Mark96

    Mark96 Way Out There!

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    If I'm changing tires in the garage I use baby powder on the tube and inflate/deflate a few times. That should eliminate the folding possibility.
    But wow!! ...64 k on a tube. Way to go !!

    also...what tire did you get 11k out of?