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Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by rruugger, Mar 8, 2014.
this one hauls ass. Road ready!
Husqvarna TR650 Terra
don't forget the M
but eventually, it will be down to something like a dr650, or klr......
My guess is you're keeping the 640.
One bike only - DRz400S
Bigger is too heavy on any trails.
Smaller would lack in road power I'd want.
I avoid the straight and wide open as much as possible, thus the dual sport.
I don't give a shit about the rpm going down the road so screw the six speed - let 'er rev!
About the only thing might be a bit more saddle comfort.
I had a three bike stable for a while. Dirtbike, 650 dualsport, and liter class sporttourer.
Just last season trying to simplify I sold the trusty old Concours. I even considered selling the DR650 and just keeping the dirtbike.
It is plated, but a 300cc two stroke isn't the best of road bikes. I've taken it on some dualsport rides but the vast majority of the time it gets hauled a few hours away to ride dirt.
I guess I could go back to having the DR650 as my only bike, (I did for a few years). Having two wheel sets helps. A motard set lived on the bike most of the time. Great for roads and light dualsporting. Then keeping a knobby set for real offroad.
But after having the two stroke for gnarly, tight, single track, it would be hard to go back to punishing myself on the DR.
But all in all. The DR650 would work.
If I could only have one?
It'd have to be something like the GS. Plenty of power, loads of space, nice and big. It may not be master of any trade but it is the Jack.
The world is too big for a small bike.
Last year I wrestled with the idea of "what bike or bikes". I almost settled on a Kawi Concours 14 for the highways and either a KLR or DR650 for dirtier applications. Then I got thinking about the extra insurance and the fact that the Connie didn't have cruise and ended up here.
Now if winter will bugger off, maybe I can get more than 36 km on it.
I'm digging this thread. I see a lot of 650s, and I understand why.
This works for the riding I like to do:
That's a 2002 XR250R that's street legal. The fairing and LED lights are courtesy of our very own inmate, 'sanjoh' (ADV Monster).
It'd be my DR650 as well. I'd hate losing the others but I could live with just the DR I guess.
I'm at the age now where I've been there done that on nearly every type and size of motorcycle there is (barring Harleys) and most of my MotoGP and Paris Dakar fantasies have long since settled down to the low simmering stage, from the furious boiling point.
I'm simply not drawn as much to: "will I make this gnarly mountain cliffside trail and live?" and: ""Auuugh! That's the same cop that gave me a ticket for a wheelie last week, I'm gonna lose my licence for this speed he clocked me at!" Etc., etc.
My NC will do just fine for as far away from pavement as I want or dare to venture now, it is infinitely more comfy and civilized on the highway than my DR350.
I have no garage to work in and I can't afford to have dealers or shops do constant repairs, so it's positively laughable how superior it is to my nightmare ownership of a BMW F800ST.
The NC700X was built almost to my very dream specifications at this point in my life.
Add my vote to keeping only my DR650.
It's unfarkled at present, and I would definitely farkleise it, starting with a gel seat.
2 wheel sets, one for road/light dualsport, one for real offroad
I agree. And I am a sporty bike guy. But the DRZ is great local riding, pavement and dirt.
So I am boiling it down to 2.
DR350 and a Street Glide. I'd keep the Street Glide.
The do all machine.
OP asked the question 12 months ago .
Might have already decided which KTM he was going to keep .