I want I want I want - new(er) bike advice

Discussion in 'New Zealand' started by Mark_S, Mar 2, 2013.

  1. Mark_S

    Mark_S Fair Weather Faggot

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    I'd be keen - the Taihape - Raetahi - Wanganui - Ashurst area contains some of the best twisty roads (sealed and gravel) in NZ

    Always keen to get into that area for a ride - although I think I might have done my quota of crap weather riding for a while and I already know the klr headlights are some of the best on any mid size adv bike.
  2. Mark_S

    Mark_S Fair Weather Faggot

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    I'm bored with the klr

    bored bored bored

    I mean really really bored

    so....

    Today I rode a Moto Guzzi Sport Scura v11 - holey shit batman - how can 90 odd horsepower feel so meaty. The carbon fiber mufflers connect the engine directly to your soul.

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    makes the bmw1100 sport I rode a while back seem so dull and lifeless

    so so tempting but so so impractical :(:

    So I think I'll test ride a Griso (which I've always loved the look of) and maybe a scrambler while I start to soften up she who must be appeased....

    anyone got any thoughts on Guzzi's?
  3. innathyzit

    innathyzit AKA Woodman

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    Why is that impractical? its got a packrack. Looks lovely too.

    Get something that can be taken a wee way off the beaten track if need be. Maybe a GS? I can see the appeal already.
  4. Night Falcon

    Night Falcon Adventure NZL

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    All I know about Guzzies is Ewan McGregor rides one. A scrambler would be cool though.




    I know where you can get a reasonably 2nd hand KTM690 with hardly any scratches on it all really, and a chassis setup to go round left handers real easy for not much less than the cost of a brand new one. no way you'd get bored with that in a hurry :lurk
  5. guzzitony

    guzzitony Guzton

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    what could possibly go wrong?
  6. bart-nz

    bart-nz Been here awhile

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    I’m trying to think of a smart arsed comment, but sorry to disapoint...I like it.
  7. Voltaire

    Voltaire Titanium and Ceramic Hipster

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    Thats a bit harsh:cry

    May I suggest you take a Ducati 900 IE for a ride.:D

    Good luck with Red Baron, I'm still waiting for them to tell me when the ST4S I was interested in ready for a test ride.....oh too late, I bought one already for way less.
    ST4s's are a bargain and you get that 996 motor....whoo hooo. $6500
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  8. tri boy

    tri boy Been here awhile

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    Ahemm,
    Mark S knows the exact twin he wants/needs.
    Sadly he knows he is out of his depth trying to assimilate with that rarefied roundup of rapscallion.
  9. Mark_S

    Mark_S Fair Weather Faggot

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    if you mean airhead GS - while vary capable bikes that have character - I find them yawn inducing to ride. If I just wanted capable I'd stay with my klr. late model Gs's are a bit too white collar for a blue collar guy like me.

    In fact its the only 'all roads' bike I can think of that a) I can afford and b) ignites some fire in my boiler

    If you throw in that prime Louisiana swamp land you we trying to sell they'd make a great matched pair

    My wife changing the door locks while I'm out riding my new bike....

    Is that the S model?
    Thats a lot of bike for the money - how many km's
    I've never ridden a Ducati - can mere mortals have fun on them?

    speak english you swine (use 3 letter words if you want Bart to understand)
    actually I've emailed a guy I know who's been unable to sell his scrambler and offered a sweet klr plus a fistful of dollars

    I really want to take a Griso for a ride though....
    nearest ones are in Christchurch or Hamiltron....

    oh well back out to the shed to continue prepping the klr for sale.....
  10. innathyzit

    innathyzit AKA Woodman

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    Fixed, we obviously going through the same crisis.

    Maybe KLR ownership is only good fror 5-6 years. Perfect bike out of the box, but riding lately had lost its edge for me and something had to change. Took the GS up takaka hill yesterday and rode into canaan downs. Loved it :freaky
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    Eddieb www.AdventureRidingNZ.co.nz

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    We've got a spare bed in Hamilton.
  12. tri boy

    tri boy Been here awhile

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    Spose we could shew the chooks out of the shed, and make a straw pillow for his nibs if he wants to grace the Wuckatoo with his aroma.
    The kunikuni and pet ferrets might take a bit more encouragement to make room though.
    Te Pahu ain't flash but the septic only leaks into the shed once a day now. Running water is still something I havn't mastered. (theres a creek for washing, and the eels give a nice dead skin foot pedicure).
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  14. Mark_S

    Mark_S Fair Weather Faggot

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    Yes, in hindsight, I probably shouldn't have brought no 3 but I suspect that everything else I was considering at the time would have been a mistake as well.

    Thanks for the offer Eddie - If I come up that way I'll be sure to make the effort to catch up.

    H'mm the equivalent of an old, worn out klr with an extra cylinder - nope not for me thank you very muchly
  15. guzzitony

    guzzitony Guzton

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    just my 2 cents.

    evidently griso frames are very similar to stelvio' ones.

    so get a Griso, fit stelvio suspension, a 19" front and maybe something a bit skinnier than a 190 on the back and presto...... flipping awesome, possibly my dream bike. there's one or two minor problems to sort out i must admit but not insurmountable.
    an 1100 (2 valves/cyl) would probable be better in this environment than the 1200 with a bit more torque lower.
    if i knew how to photostuff i could even show you.:lol3
  16. bart-nz

    bart-nz Been here awhile

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    Hey, I know a few four letter words too.

    I couldn’t understand why you bought a third KLR. That’s like marrying the same bird three times. Wouldn’t you like to do the rumpy pumpy with someone new?
  17. Mark_S

    Mark_S Fair Weather Faggot

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    that would be pretty sweet. that mid range stonk would be awsome coming out of sweeping gravel corners.....

    There are more four letter words than just swear words

    It was still probably the best option out of the bikes I was considering at the time. selling a klr to buy a bandit would be like leaving a librarian for an accountant. now leaving a librarian for a hot Italian pole dancer may be another thing entirely....

    I'm taking a scrambler out for a days ride at the end of the week so we will see how that goes
  18. Padmei

    Padmei enamoured

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    Scramblers are cool mark. If I was to get sensible I could possibly be tempted by them. You need the good pipes tho.

    wait- did I say sensible???
  19. Night Falcon

    Night Falcon Adventure NZL

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    yup new pipe, upgrade the shocks a tad and chuck on some knobbies.

    They apparently handle like a PB Vauxhall on anything unsealed but are a waaaaay cool looking bike which is far more important than lack of handling :nod

    After riding KLR's you'd get a real kick out of people looking admiringly at your bike too. :D
  20. Mark_S

    Mark_S Fair Weather Faggot

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    Well I'm booked on the lunchtime ferry tomorrow and going to borrow and maybe buy Tim's scrambler (Padmei - you briefly rode his blue/white one up the top of takaka hill)

    This scrambler does have pipes, hagon shocks and new E07's and a bashplate and headlight guard so it should be fairly well sorted as an all roads bike.

    The last one I rode (up to cobb dam a year or two ago) was really good on smooth gravel - it seemed very stable (long wheelbase? low center of gravity?) and had nice smooth power for braaaaping out of open smooth gravel corners. It handled the maungatapu ok but that felt like the outer edge of its comfort zone.

    I'm not allowed to get this one dirty unless I buy it....

    The guzzi I rode last weekend is the sweetest sounding bike I've ever ridden but a scrambler with pipes isn't far behind.