How many 25 year and older Thumpers still on the road?

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by Mr. Thumpy, Apr 2, 2012.

  1. Mr. Thumpy

    Mr. Thumpy Seasoned not old.

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    Hello Everyone!,
    Thanks for making this a great site. I have been reading the many great threads for a while here, and now joined. I ride a 79' XT 500 Yam. in great shape. How many of you still ride a vintage bike? Sure would love to hear from you and see some vintage motorcycle Thumper Porn!!!:D

    I'm looking now to buy a 2012 DR650se or KLR650. both great bikes. Sure would be nice to just hit the starter button to start things up! Got to go and kick my bike, VM.
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  2. HuckFarley

    HuckFarley Adventurer

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    Last fall I rescued an '85 KLR600 from a friend's garage that I use regularly. It's almost like a free bike,$17 a year for insurance and one time fee for the antique tag. I also run an '89 KLR650, not quite 25 years old, but ridden regularly. I bought the '89 new and it has almost 30,000 miles.
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  3. Girlieman

    Girlieman What's in the bag?

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    I sold my KLR a while back and then decided I missed the occasional dual sport experience. I've been 'making do' with a 1975 Ossa Super Pioneer I restored. Kinda sucks on the road but it gets me there. Definitely a sweet ride in the dirt
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  4. rpet

    rpet Awesometown

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    Commuted on my '76 today!

    My thrashed '82 is dead, requiring a new countershaft seal, and I don't have the tools or skills to DIY and the bike ain't worth enough to pay someone else to do it. boo.
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  5. anselmo

    anselmo Adventurer

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    1974 Yamaha TY250, 1978 Kawasaki KE125, 1979 Honda CT90 (trail 90), 2 1984 CT110's. All running, all licensed.
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  6. plugeye

    plugeye mc caregiver

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    my 79 yammer
    antique plate good for 4 years here in Texas.
    starts & runs very well
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  7. Mr. Thumpy

    Mr. Thumpy Seasoned not old.

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    Now that is one sweet bike! I like the clean and simple look. Mines all stock. Hope to start riding it this weekend. Should make 60 outside. will be the first ride of the season.
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  8. Mr. Thumpy

    Mr. Thumpy Seasoned not old.

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    Any pics of your herd of steeds?
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  9. markk53

    markk53 jack of all trades...

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    I've got a 78 SR500 street tracker about ready... Give me another month or so. I've had it since around 1992. I took it apart about 15 years ago starting the street tracker transition. After all the street trackers with tails I had to do something different. Look in the SR500 thread here in the Thumper area for some pictures.
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  10. norton(kel)

    norton(kel) vintage

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    This thread makes me feel old! Only 2 of my 30 bikes are under 25!:rofl
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  11. Ron Bullard

    Ron Bullard Been here awhile

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    24 years old, close enough? :D

    It just occurred to me how old my XT350 is. I brought it home with the engine in boxes, and should have it running (hopefully) by the end of the week.

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    With any luck, it will be replacing my SV as a daily rider for at least a little while.
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  12. FixerDave

    FixerDave KLR650 - XR200R

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    I'm running a '90 KLR-650, bought new in '91 - so that's 21 actual riding years, and I've got 40,000km. I don't feel so bad now... here I was thinking I've got such low miles on the thing it's hardly worth insuring :lol3 With all those people putting 100,000Km per year... riding around the continent (with their dog on the tank or whatever) making me feel like a whus. Glad to know I'm not alone.

    When I get up to 25 years, I'll have been riding that one bike for half my life - just put a new radiator on it now and can't wait to get out... next weekend is looking good, 'cept the wife is now muttering about "going somewhere" for the long weekend. Whole family won't fit on the bike any more... sigh

    what's that song?? I don't want a pickle, I just want to ride my motorcycle...

    David...
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  13. Off the grid

    Off the grid Seeker of the Unf

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    1981 Suzuki TS 250 CA plated 2-stroke ratbike. So ugly even the tweakers don't want it. Great bike to tool around town doing errands. I'm tempted to toss some new springs front and rear into it, but that would cost as much as the bike did. :lol3
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  14. Baroquenride

    Baroquenride Relaxing at the beach

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    I too ride a 1985 KL600 that I bought last year.
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  15. bronyaur

    bronyaur Adventurer

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    1987 Honda XL250R. I bought it new in March 1987. It now has about 18k miles. I just rebuilt the top end and it's running smooth. I can't wait for good weather so I can use it as a commuter again.

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  16. malignity

    malignity The Hurt Locker

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    My dad is running a 74 Kawasaki Big Horn 350. Oiler doesn't work, so he just mixes it and puts it in the tank. Good running bike.
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  17. eddie bolted

    eddie bolted BOING!!!

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    I had one of those back in the day,ran like hell if ya could get it started.
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  18. alfredman22

    alfredman22 Been here awhile

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    1978 DT250. All original.
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  19. Kelly_O

    Kelly_O Been here awhile

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    ANOTHER Yamaha! My '84 TT600. Mostly stock except the XR600 fork tubes and front tire.

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  20. Mr. Thumpy

    Mr. Thumpy Seasoned not old.

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    Some of you have some sweet older bikes! Some times I wonder if I really need all the stuff on newer bikes, electric start, electronic ignition, self canceling turn signals, 0-60 in 5 seconds, and you know what, I do!!!:rofl
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