Looking for the perfect bike

Discussion in 'Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc)' started by mcmann, Oct 20, 2012.

  1. mcmann

    mcmann Motorcycle ADV enthusiast

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    I guess the perfect bike is different for each rider.

    For the last two years, my SE with two sets of wheels has been perfect for me (w/aux. tank). Before the SE was a 950A (w/two sets of wheels).

    Now, I am thinking about something different. Not sure why I can't be happy with what I have? Maybe it is human nature.

    Every time I ride my SE . . . . I think "Dangggggggg" unbelievable power and handling. Then, I get home and I start thinking of other options out there.

    I guess I am just a Dumb@SS?

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    Rear tire comparison: 4.25" X 18" vs 4.25" X 17":
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  2. Mosseltje

    Mosseltje Alive

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    I have put my SE for sale once.
    But I could not think of a good replacement bike.

    So I put some new decals on it and it feels like a new bike again. :lol3

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  3. buzybraza

    buzybraza Been here awhile

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    It is (in my opinion) hard to beat a SE with 2 sets of wheels as a do it all bike. But I do catch myself thinking and feeling like you. (IE: how to improve a SE and what I can do to it) Right now I am thinking about ditching the airbox.......

    I know I am dumb!!!:rofl
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  4. Mosseltje

    Mosseltje Alive

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    The world is full off dumb people.


    Ditching airbox: check. :lol3

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  5. buzybraza

    buzybraza Been here awhile

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    What jets are you running in your setup???
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  6. mcmann

    mcmann Motorcycle ADV enthusiast

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    Other bikes I have tried that don't measure up to the SE:

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  7. AdvGa

    AdvGa Long timer

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    Learn to Love the One you have... especially if it is one of the Best.

    If you want to blow some money... send it my way and I'll make you feel better.
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  8. DaveStockwell

    DaveStockwell Rock Fodder

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    What is it that your current KTM can't do that you want it to do?

    It's fall and we are all feeling the itch of a riding season coming to a close.

    I'm a firm believer that once you have a very capable bike, unless your riding style changes dramatically, you should

    Ride More and Think Less.
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  9. mcmann

    mcmann Motorcycle ADV enthusiast

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  10. Nowwhat

    Nowwhat I'll Go Second...

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    have you ridden a Multistrada yet?
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  11. mcmann

    mcmann Motorcycle ADV enthusiast

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    The MS would be a kick-@SS bike . . . But too pricey for an early retiree like me. My good buddy (who rides a SM) is looking for a good deal on a MS. I will ride his when he gets it.

    I must have too much time on my hands . . . . Need to ride more and keep enjoying the SE.
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  12. robdogg

    robdogg turnip truck driver

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    not having a windscreen keeps it out of the perfection class for me.. I ride year round in the Northwet, so needs some kind of protection.. in a warmer climate though, the SE, or the HPII would be about the closest thing to a do it all bike ever made
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  13. mcmann

    mcmann Motorcycle ADV enthusiast

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  14. Brown Dog

    Brown Dog North Georgia Dual Sportr

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    +1
    Listen To this Wise Man :nod

    You wasn't happy until I found your SE for you, & now your wanting to replace it :ddog

    I am hurt :cry
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  15. corndog67

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    I assume you are a bit like me. I've owned 42 or 44 bikes, I forget exactly how many, but I'm always looking for something different, not necessarily better, just different. Right at the moment, the 950 SM and the Ducati S4 are doing it for me. I/we almost pulled the trigger on a Diesel Branded 1100 Monster last weekend, my wife wanted it, but the more I thought about it, the more I thought my S4 was more bike, more power, Ohlins, Race Tech forks, a little bit of an oil leak, stiff clutch, stiff throttle etc. So there is a hold on that for now.

    Also, right now, I'm kind of wanting an old SR500, I've owned 2 of them over the years, and I'm thinking I wouldn't mind having another. And maybe another dirt bike, although I just traded off a YZ450F a little while back, maybe a 300 KTM 2 stroke.

    It will never end, and I think I'm lucky my wife is a bit understanding about these things. After all, it could be a cocaine, or alcohol, or weed, or antique car, or pretty much any other expensive habit. But it isn't. And I'm not buying new, $25,000 bikes, I'm buying used, $6000 bikes.
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  16. mcmann

    mcmann Motorcycle ADV enthusiast

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    I do owe you a big favor. The SE is a great bike . . . . what was I thinking!

    I will play with a SMT shield and see how that works out for the road . . . which is it's only shortcoming.

    I did pick up a second bike to run errands on and for road usage . . . I may have overdone the shield a bit on it:evil

    I'm thinking I just need to add to the stable like you do!

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  17. Brown Dog

    Brown Dog North Georgia Dual Sportr

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    Now that I'm self Employeed, I catch myself looking & wanting more than before :ddog
    I've been lusting after another Lightweight Race Weapon :wink:
    But, ..... My SE (& 690) are Here to Stay :deal
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  18. Grayspeed

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    I love the last paragraph, It's not just me then... I was so lucky to find an understanding wife as well. Mine's a diamond! I think that she realises I'll never leave her but I will go on changing bikes on a regular basis for ever, or as long as I can afford it. :D
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  19. mcmann

    mcmann Motorcycle ADV enthusiast

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    You are a lucky man to have a wife that understands motorcycle addictions. I was averaging swapping 3 bikes a year for the last 10 years (empty nest syndrome). It took my mind off the day-to-day work politics . . . Which I am not good at . . . Which is why I sold all my bikes but the SE and paid off all my bills and retired at 58.

    Now, I am 60 and I have found ways to manipulate my IRA to free up some extra cash for addional bikes etc.

    The main concern my wife had with all the bikes were the after market accessories it took to make each bike fit my needs. After each bike my wife would say: "Let the love fest begin"

    Now, I am back thinking about all the different bikes out there . . . I can't remember why I sold many of them. I like dual sport/adventure bikes the best.

    My buddy's wife knows me well . . . . She said "I never met a motorcycle I didn't like".

    Anyways . . . Been married for over 37 years . . . So far!
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  20. AirDale

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    Ok gentlemen, I've been lurking for a few years and have decided to make a post. I have been researching the 950/990 Adventure and thought that might be the next bike for me. I currently ride a street legal YZ450F. I came across a nice looking 2008 950SE and am thinking that might be a better choice than the Adventure.

    Can someone tell me what the differences are from the Super Enduro to the Adventure? I have done some reading on the subject on this forum and know the basics. I haven't ridden either of them and don't know why I should consider one over the other. The Super Enduro I've found comes with a custom mounted Cee Bailey windscreen on it so would the wind protection be similiar? I like the idea of a lighter more dirt capable bike. I have been riding dirt and racing Motocross for 35 years.

    Thanks
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