Hold out for a SE or go with a trick 2005.5 950A

Discussion in 'Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc)' started by mathews42, Dec 16, 2012.

  1. Stumpalump

    Stumpalump Been here awhile

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    I love my Adventure but have dirt bikes for hard off road use. It blows down the freeway and eats up miles of dirt roads. Its super stable and rides 2 up amazing. The SE will eat up dirt roads better but getting home on the road will not be as pleasant. 2 up may not be as nice because of the height and wind and overall it's just a huge goofy dirt bike. Why do you thing they never sold many? Because you can't have your cake and eat it too. It's not a dirt bike and is marginal on the road. At least the Adv is good on the road and ok off road.
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  2. JOKER650

    JOKER650 Long timer

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    U should try 1 :deal
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  3. FtheRedSticker

    FtheRedSticker Adventurer

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    Never owned an SE. I'd like to! But what I'd say, having ridden dirt bikes for 30 years, owning rice rockets, a plated xr400, and a decked out harley, and only owning my 05 Adventure for about a month. It is the sh$@! I love it. 90 mph+ down the freeway. Up and off the curb at the supermarket. In the dirt, rocks, and mud. Two-up comfortably. Ability to have hard luggage. I love it. Would I like to own an SE. Yes. But I wouldn't sell the adventure to make it happen.

    Lastly I would say that as a young adult I bought the 2002 crf450, the first year the high preformance 4 strokes came out. I rode the crap out of it, also throwing a lot of money into it. Anyways, when my first son reached riding age, 3, I no longer had the the time to make use of such a high performance purpose built machine. Well that and it kept on losing compression. So I sold it and went to a plated xr400. The xr was bullet proof. Change the oil twice a year and ride it.

    Problem was, it weighed maybe 265 lbs or so. That's a lot of weight when your used to flicking whips over the table top. So now, with my youngest son clearing the able tops, he is now 7, I'm glad I have my kx250.

    What I'm trying to say is that the adventure and SE weighs what, maybe 465 lbs wet, can't be flicked into a no footed-whip over the gap. Well maybe it could be whipped, but my pockets aren't deep enough to try it. I had to buy excels when I had the crf450 because I bent the stock wheels doing so.

    I guess it depends on what your trying to do. That is up to you! Me personally, I bought the used kx250 some years ago and that is my hardcore mx track, trail, and hills weapon. My adventure is my commuter, trail, and fun, everyday weapon.
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