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

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

  1. zaTTaz

    zaTTaz LOUD NOISES.

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  2. Manakau.KTM

    Manakau.KTM Been here awhile

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    Is Homer yawning or slobbering with anticipation?
  3. Box'a'bits

    Box'a'bits In need of repair

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    Out of the price range in any event, unless the KLR sells. The new rules of the game says $6k-ish boys :evil
  4. ztaj

    ztaj jatz

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    Was that the yellow one on t/me in wellington ?? I almost put up a link to it but figured you woulda seen it already :deal
    Why not just repower the klr ? Then you could do it all stealthy like, and SWMBO would never know :D
  5. Night Falcon

    Night Falcon Tiger Tamer

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    6 is only and upside down 9 :evil
  6. bart-nz

    bart-nz Been here awhile

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    Yeah, my 3 year old gets 6’s and 9’s mixed up all the time...
  7. Mark_S

    Mark_S Fair Weather Faggot

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    A street triple might be just the tipple - if I wasn’t focussed on getting a twin

    I took yesterday and today off and, on the basis that, as we all know - 6's and 9's sometimes get confused I went to Tokroroa and rode the 950SM. It was a nice bike and fitted me really well. I got to ride it through some glorious backroads. Prolly much more bike than I could ever use.

    It was comfy, had a great ride, the stability in turns was nice as was the mid range omph. It got a bit harsh when revved out but that was when the scenery was gobbing past at a fair old rate. He wasn’t negotiable on price so I said I'd give it some thought and get back to him

    I stayed in Putaruru last night and took and incredibly convoluted route to New Plymouth (took 6hrs). In NP I road a slightly tatty and unloved 03 SV1000 naked and I absolutely loved it. Sporty riding position but still comfy, nice mid range and awesome top end. road it around some great backroads near the mountain and didn't want to give it back. Even with earplugs in the sound from the carbon mufflers was totally magic.

    He was asking 5900 and I offered 4500 (no reg or wof - needs $500 spent and will never be mint) . I came up to 4800 and he came down to to 5000 and that’s where we parted company.

    There are 5 naked SV's on tardme at the moment - I'll see if I can get a tidier newer one for 6-7.

    Call me odd for preferring a toyota corrolla over a 911 but I suppose that’s what you get from someone who buys 3 klr's in a row.....
  8. bart-nz

    bart-nz Been here awhile

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    How tall was the 950sm? Was the seat height stupidly high.
  9. Te Hopo

    Te Hopo AKA Deanohit

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    I get it mate, last year I was getting bored with my XT and rode my brothers Hyosung GT650 for the first time.
    And WOW, that was fun....for the first 20 or so KMs till my hip started cramping up. :kurt

    Nice bike, just not for me.
    I have since found the SV's have better ergonomics for me and think you could do a lot worse than buy an SV.
  10. Padmei

    Padmei enamoured

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    It's funny you're attracted to the SV's as I always have had the feeling they are the KLR of the road bikes.
  11. Left Testicle

    Left Testicle Been here awhile

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    hey padders. Got any more pics of ya pokahontas outfit.

    love it its the shiz:clap
  12. Padmei

    Padmei enamoured

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    With or without the undergarments?:evil


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    in the homeland she'll never see.
  13. bikemoto

    bikemoto Tyre critic

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    DR, surely?

    Really though the SV is just a re-badged TL, to expunge some market hatred. And the TL was supposed to be a shit-hot bit of kit (for a japper), a blend of GSX-R thou' and Ducati twin. But I dunno how well the original transposed into the SV bikes.
  14. Mark_S

    Mark_S Fair Weather Faggot

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    The SM was about the same as a klr - so a bit tricky for a stumpy fella

    With anything sporty the ergo's and the ride quality quickly became deal breakers for me. The nekkid SV fit me better and rode better than anything else I tried except the 950SM (which had revalved suspension and a trick 'rider' seat)

    You could be right - maybe I choose blander bikes because I value utility over charisma (and then eventually get bored - although I did clock up 40K fun km on the klr trifecta).

    For me its the v twin that creates the interest - its got a lovely creamy midrange which makes cruising along fun and (compared to what I'm used to) fair stonks along when you head for the red-line (rated supposedly at 116hp/187kg) - to my uneducated mind it feels meatier than the 950sm. If it had a typical jap 4 like a bandit 1250 motor it would lack interest. It seems to me like what I had hoped a scrambler could be like.


    Well my search appears to be at an end - clutching a fist-full of cash I hop on the big bird on Saturday morning to go and pick up my new toy
  15. Oaters

    Oaters Old - not bold - moto riding addict

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    Keeping us all in suspense eh Mark?
  16. Night Falcon

    Night Falcon Tiger Tamer

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    good luck with the new wheels.

    If you decide you want to mod it a bit to make it more off road capable than the KLR I have some 690 decals you can stick on it for a very reasonable price :D
  17. Mark_S

    Mark_S Fair Weather Faggot

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    nah not really

    its this 2005 sv1000n

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    meet the owner at Dunedin airport on Sat morning
  18. Mark_S

    Mark_S Fair Weather Faggot

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    I can't see why it can't handle a quiet tootle along a bit of gravel - nice wide bars, low centre of gravity, stable steering etc etc. might need a bit of mesh over the oil cooler though
  19. Eddieb

    Eddieb www.AdventureRidingNZ.co.nz

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    mmm, it really needs a GSXR USD front end on it, let the farkling begin ;)

    One of the fun things with Suzuki's is that lots of bits are bolt on swaps with no major modifications required.
  20. Oaters

    Oaters Old - not bold - moto riding addict

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    Nice looking machine Mark - enjoy the ride back from Dunedin