How many of you prefer Thumpers to other bikes?

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by GPrairie_Rider, Jun 15, 2013.

  1. GPrairie_Rider

    GPrairie_Rider Dirt Junkie

    Aug 18, 2007
    I am not sure if this is 205. But if it is please let me know.

    Okay, I ride an 08 XRL, LOVE it! My Dad rides a KLR, he "enjoys" it but is always saying he wished he had a 2nd cylinder and such. So it got me to thinking, how many of yawl like Thumpers only?

    I am wanting a second bike, but for the life of me cannot figure out which one. I really like the 2nd Gen KLR, shit give me a 705 top end and luggage ill ride it anywhere. I also like the DRZ400SM, but I enjoy my licence more.

    So my questions it feesible to own more than one Thumper? Would you RTW on one? In my case owning a XRL, would you own a 2nd Gen KLR also? Lets face it, ive done 200miles in a day on the XR and my ass hated me. Would taking a 2nd Gen KLR and modding it do better? :ear

    I love the Super Ten, just dont love the price. Thats basically why I am posting this thread.

  2. plugeye

    plugeye unforgiven

    May 11, 2007
    Garland, Texas
    a single does everything i need.
    find myself daydreaming about riding a twin but there's no justification to replace my single.
  3. threadkiller

    threadkiller Long timer

    Jul 29, 2007
    Middle Tennessee
    If it has two wheels, I want to ride it. Thumpers are great, but they aren't everything. That said, I don't get off my DRZ without a shit eating grin on my face. That bike has never let me down, and I have done 300 mile days with no problems.
  4. gen

    gen Been here awhile

    Mar 28, 2002
    I started with 4 cylinder, then 2, now 1. Do I prefer thumpers? In many situations, yes. But clearly there are situations where thumpers are at a disadvantage such as touring or high-power output. More motorcyclists should try thumpers though- they're grrreat!
  5. 13x

    13x Adventurer

    Nov 1, 2012
    Had a XR400R, did over 14,000km around asia. Did about the same journey the following year on a 1500cc goldwing. And soon after a harley nightster.

    recently acquired a 2013 690 ER, and it just puts a smile on me everyday everytime. something i didnt have ever since i sold the XR away.
  6. TexBiker

    TexBiker Been here awhile

    Oct 4, 2006
    East Texas
    I'll always have a couple of thumpers in the garage, but never as my "only" bikes. They are simply another tool in the box. Sometimes you need a hammer and sometimes you need a wrench.
  7. WRW9751

    WRW9751 7th Day Adventurist

    Jun 6, 2011
    Ankeny Iowa
    Perfectly said!
    I wouldn't ever be without one!
    It just won't be the only one!
  8. el capitan

    el capitan Been here awhile

    Oct 28, 2012
    Vienna, Austria
    I started my bike career with a thumper (83 KTM 500 GS) and after lots of roadbikes am back to a highly farkled DR 650, which is my only bike. I donĀ“t see the need for another bike (though being rich would see me purchase a Triumph Street Triple R and possibly a big twin also). No 4-cylinder-bikes for me - been there, done that, thanks. A Triumph 955 triple spoilt me for life. But in the situation I am in (family, 2 kids) and my typical riding the DR is a perfect do-it-all-bike. I spread the virus of thumpers among other riders, though ...
  9. eakins

    eakins Butler Maps

    May 29, 2002
    Fort Collins, Colorado
    for anytime on dirt or secondary roads my DR650 is great.
    if i was doing a huge paved road tour a sport tourer would be ideal but a DR with a bigger tank, better seat and windshield does very well. if i was on hardcorce singletrack a true dirt bike would be better. if I could only own 1 bike, and I do at this moment, the DR is ideal as a do it all.
    will i keep it my only bike? no. i'd like to add a beast and a dirtbike, but i'm in no rush.

    RTW? once again a simplier thumper is ideal as speeds are lower, dealers are less or none and parts are harder to come by.
    Many choose a well prepped KLR or DR650 as a RTW bike.
  10. xlthumper

    xlthumper Adventurer

    May 24, 2009
    shiloh forest. any canadian shield trails
    only thumpers for me the only other would be v twin only because i like the sound but my 640 adventure is perfect for me. great commuter but i honestly hate tarmac so when i get to the dirt i still have the perfect bike, i dont see the point of a 1200cc bike that uses as much fuel as todays compact cars and cruisers are just nasty to me, no offence just a personal opinion, would i do rtw, yup no problem, im not going to be going 120mph so my 640 is perfect, would i have another bike in the garage.....only if i had the money and it would be a single cylinder enduro
  11. perterra

    perterra -. --- .--. .

    Sep 6, 2010
    To be honest, thumpers are okay but wouldnt be my first choice for an everyday ride. I have one because I had never owned a big 4 stroke single and wanted to ride more dirt roads. The KLR has been a good bike but it's probably not the ideal for where I live. Still, not looking to get rid of it, cheap to ride, cheap to maintain and the way I have it set up it does a decent job. But I have an eye towards an older Tiger
  12. Velociraptor

    Velociraptor TrackBum

    Apr 17, 2005
    My number one bike is my 690 thumper but I prefer a bigger bike for street only riding. My 990 Supermoto is much better for highway. The 690 always has knobbies so it's nice to have the supermoto with good street tires. If I could have only one bike it would be the 690 thumper. The lighter weight is really nice. For off road riding it is single cylinder only. I have no interest riding a multi cylinder bike off pavement. The 690 has spoiled me!
  13. kubiak

    kubiak Long timer

    Nov 25, 2007
    madera california
    i like thumpers but i buy them because its what i can afford. my dream bike is a ktm 990smr but will settle for any 950 or 990 ktm.
  14. BJZ

    BJZ Been here awhile

    Jan 2, 2002
    Scarsdale, NY
    Ride a KTM 690 EVO
    The only downsides

    Cross winds

    Not going back to heavy twins. On road ok but that's it, off road they suffer.
  15. 8gv

    8gv Long timer

    Nov 22, 2009
    CT exile now in NH

    There are bikes other than thumpers?
  16. xlthumper

    xlthumper Adventurer

    May 24, 2009
    shiloh forest. any canadian shield trails
    Hahahaha. Ya apparantly there are these things called. Multi cylinder bikes. So strange
  17. Birdmove

    Birdmove Long timer

    Oct 30, 2004
    Keaau, Hawaii
    Probably hale the 25 or so bikes I've owned have been thumpers. There were a few two stroke singles in there too. But I do like a very torquey vertical twin a lot also. A 650cc British vertical twin with a single carb can be a torque riot. You do lose some top end, but monster bottom end and mid range is so cool that I don't care about the top end. A twin carb will lose some low end, but have a better top end.
    But I love a good thumper too.
  18. Kommando

    Kommando Long timer

    Nov 28, 2006
    By the Great Lakes
    I've had several bikes of different kinds. I currently have a DR650SE thumper and a YX600 Radian I4. The DR does everything the Radian does, but not as quickly. I don't need to go 100MPH+, or 0-60MPH in under 4 seconds, and the Radian doesn't ride well as a dirtbike, so the DR gets ridden a lot more.

    The DR is a more visceral kind of has a mellow kind of general character, but it bellows when I open it up. The Radian is smooth, and it's growl down low revs up into a howl. On either bike, you know that you're definitely not in a cage. I've ridden both on long trips out of state. The DR is actually slightly better on the slab now, even if it has less power.

    I much prefer bikes like this to the bland and heavy I4 GL1200 my stepdad used to have. My mom's I4 Suzuki GS850G was a preferable bike for travel, with another sweet engine and an awesome seat, but it was just a bit much for me to ride around city streets. I preferred my I2 KZ440 for around town, but it was not any better than the DR on the interstate, and the DR can be ridden like a chunky dirtbike. I liked that motor for a first streetbike though. It didn't have crazy acceleration that could get away from you or loop unless you really ham-fisted the clutch, but it had enough beans to haul a passenger on the interstate. The motor wasn't appliance-smooth, but it didn't numb you after 30 minutes either.

    I'd love to have some inexpensive, 350lb curb, I2 scramblers to choose from. The new Honda CB500X will do, but it could be closer to what I want with a 19 or 21" front wheel, a long and flat seat, and a curb under 400lb. I want something at least as low-seated and dirty as the DR, with more long-haul passenger capability. Thumper or twin would be fine, as long as it has some torque and doesn't mind revs.
  19. MitchG

    MitchG Iron Collector

    Apr 21, 2012
    Fort Simpson, NT
    I don't think so......Are there?:evil
  20. Bad Daddy

    Bad Daddy Been here awhile

    Jul 11, 2012
    Raincouver, BC
    I've got my DRZ fitted to me, it works, runs, looks great. I would like a set of SM wheels/tires for it, to really get the use out of it.
    I would like either a f800gs, or 990 adventure for longer trips. Especially ones that have more slab than off road. Would make it a no-brainer to ride it up to the cabin, for the weekend, and all over BC. Something that can cruise at 120-140, when the need arises.

    I have only owned two bikes in the last 5 years and so far, I haven't owned one I didn't like!