Jack of all trades or two aces...?

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by KillerD, Oct 1, 2013.

  1. FloorPoor

    FloorPoor Been here awhile

    Feb 10, 2010
    Spudville, Idaho
    I can only afford/justify one bike currently (too many kids), so the ugly Gen 1 KLR with some suspension mods is it right now. It never disappoints except when I ride it someplace really nasty and have to turn back (I REALLY miss my XR440) or when I have to pound 300+ miles of interstate. For everything in between it does just fine.

    I'm thinking in a perfect world two more bikes are needed. A KTM or GasGas 200-300cc 2t for the nasty single track, and real road bike (I'm thinking FJR or C14) for long range highway work. But currently the old KLR is what I get, so I'll ride it smiling. If you can only have one bike, the humble KLR is not too bad.
  2. SilkMoneyLove

    SilkMoneyLove Long timer

    Nov 15, 2007
    You are rich in children which is good and what you choose. with the 1 bike, you make do.

    I have a few bikes but only one kid. Still, I spend a lot of my time doing kid centered things.

    I don't know how you parents with multiple kids find any time to ride anyway.
  3. PeterW

    PeterW Long timer

    Nov 11, 2005
    Gold Coast
    DL650 works for me. Commutes, tours, handles dirt roads - all better than just 'adequately'.

    Admitted, if it was closer to dirt from where I live I'd have a real dirt bike as well.

    (That said, there'll be three bikes in my garage next week, two of which belong to my wife).

  4. killianm

    killianm Been here awhile

    Sep 9, 2012
    Central PA
    I'll stick my neck out here. Had a KLR. Lots of fun but slow. The kid that bought it was coming off a smaller dirt bike and thought it was fast.
    I now have an F800GS. Lots of fun. Faster than a KLR by far but still slow and heavy in the woods.

    Stupid Fast = liter+ class bikes. Nothing like the grin created by highway wheelies and triple digit white knuckle holdin' on acceleration. My buddy has a '10 CBR1000RR. Another mutual buddy bought an '08 600 something and the CBR guy rode it home for him. He did not have the heart to tell him how underpowered his new to him bike was because he didn't want him to feel bad. Once you are bit with all that power it's hard to go slow again. For me it was Kid #1 that made me think hard about the triple digits. Kid #2 put me ATGATT.

    Fun fast = most sport bikes (even out dated cheap ones will still make you smile) I rode a buddies SV650 that he gave $500 for and put another $1000 to fix up a bit. What a blast to ride. Yes I was smiling. Not my bike and not sure of the tires but I did scuff them in a bit and blew the carbon out.:evil

    Comfortable fast = most sport tourers and even big adventure and touring bikes. I miss the Aprilia RST1000 Futura on those long rides.

    Any one bike for everything is a compromise. Street tires suck off road. Off road tires suck on road etc etc etc. I'm looking to add to the stable but more on the touring side. I'm thinking an older RT or maybe even a Goldwing. Did I just say that?? The Mrs. doesn't like the back of the GS so much. I do love her!!:wink:
    The only cruiser I have ridden was a Harley V-rod. It was comfortable and lots of gusto (similar to the Aprilia Futura for power) but just not my thing.
  5. KillerD

    KillerD BoozeMagician

    Sep 27, 2013
    Corvallis, OR
    It has been decided! A few messy crashes in the muddy stuff has made me realize an 800xc or similar is just too pretty to be an only bike. Thus, I'll be spending the next year tricking out the ol' killer (progressive monotubes/465 rear on the way, packrat racks and 705 kit next) and throw a speed triple in the stable next as my street all arounder/long distance road warrior. Until then, I'll do my best to enjoy being a one girl man.
  6. DC2wheels

    DC2wheels Castle Anthrax troll

    Jul 11, 2008

    No, no, NO. YOU are doing it right and setting an EXCELLENT example. Keep up the good work. :D
  7. NJ-Brett

    NJ-Brett Brett

    Sep 8, 2010
    Southern New Jersey
    Lots of kids and long road trips on bikes do not mix well.
    Sometimes people want the wrong thing.
    A few years ago, I thought I wanted a bigger bike to make long trips on, or at least longer rides then I usually do, so I bought a good used new Bonneville, plenty of interstate power, and the ability to do a longer trip if I could.
    I found I did not get the chance to do a long trip, and the interstate sucked.
    I have 2 to 4 hours to ride most times, with a few all day rides once and a while, and if I have limited time to ride, spending hours on the interstate to get someplace is NOT how I want to spend my ride time.
    It might be fun if I could play around on the interstate, but its loaded with police around here.

    So I got a small street bike that makes short rides very easy and fun, and any interstate seem like a road race.
    I put twice the miles a year on the small bike then I did the big bike, 10,000 a year, plus miles on other bikes for the dirt.

    Nice choices, if its nice out, I get to play road racer for any length of time I have to ride, even if its a trip to the store to pick something up, if its wet and cold, I get to blast through mud holes and warm up working a bike hard in the dirt.

    I could live with one bike like a dr650, except its not really good for 2 up with my wife, and its too heavy for old guys in the dirt.

    You might think you want a long distance bike, but have little or no time to use it, and you might want a sport bike, and end up with lots of tickets or a bad crash.
    You might want a race bike for the dirt, but not have the time and money to keep it in good shape, might get tired of having to load it into something to get to the dirt, wasting ride time.

    What people want often conflicts with what they can really use.

    I had about an hour yesterday, between yard work and a wedding to go to, so I did 40 miles of hard dirt riding on my old xt200.
    The back yard did not get done, but my wife did not notice that....